Tommy Hanson was called up by the Braves yesterday.   His numbers:  66 1/3 IP, 90 Ks, 0.86 WHIP, 1.49 ERA in Triple A.  Hello, beautiful, may I interest you in this Sutter Home White Zinfandel?  It’ll go lovely with your 90/17 K/BB ratio.  How about some honey mustard pretzels to go with your 12.2 K/9 ratio?  Ah, yes, those were some great times when you dominated in the Arizona Fall League with a .63 ERA in just over 28 innings.  Chuckle, chuckle… Yes, those were the best prospects in baseball and you held them to 10 hits and 49 Ks.   But can he dominate in the majors?  Much has been made of rookie pitchers at this site.  More often than not, they drop a roofie in your box of wine and do unthinkable things to your Forbidden City.  Hanson seems like he can handle his own in the big leagues, but remember in Double A he was great, but not insane with a 3.03/1.13/114 and a 10.5 K/9 in 98 IP.  If Hanson comes out and dominates on Saturday, his value will go through the roof.  If he stumbles, you might get stuck with Cueto of ’08.  Rookie pitchers are very risky.  If you need a hitter, Hanson’s trade value might be at its peak.  Now if you need pitching and you can handle the risk, Hanson can provide the reward.  In a keeper, obviously you hold him tight like your Grandma holds her bucket of quarters in Atlantic City.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Nate McLouth – Traded to the Braves.  This doesn’t do much for his value.  Cox can’t even sit lefties against lefties anymore because the Braves lineup is basically all lefties.  McLouth’s a 25/25 guy with a so-so average.   However, this opens the door for… Wait for it… It’s coming… Okay, here it is…

Andrew McCutchen – The Pirates fleet-footed centerfielder (no, he doesn’t have ships for feet).  I picked him up in one 15 team league.  He was just dissected last week in our Scouting the Unknown.  Best case scenario is .280/25 steals with maybe 5 homers.  He’s Dexter Fowler, ya’ll!  I’d pick him up in 12 team leagues unless you’re bloated with steals, but, really, who ever has too many steals?  Remember though, if you pick him up, you might have to watch Pirates highlights.

Gordon Beckham – The 2008 1st round draft pick of the White Sox has been promoted, presumably to man 3rd base (bye bye Betemit) and maybe see time at 2nd or short.  He doesn’t have much of a minor league record to go on, but the 200 or so minor-league ABs show solid AVG and 15-20 HR pop.  Upside for this year is Tulo’s rookie year.  Downside for this year is Tulo since his rookie year.  So dust off that waiver claim in mixed leagues, if you’ve got a mediocre MI.  Between Clayton Richard and Gordon Beckham, White Sox GM Ken Williams has seen a lot more success in the draft after focusing on prospects that sound ultra-British.  How’d he miss out on Collin Balester?

Ian Stewart – 2-for-4 with a 3 run HR yesterday.  That’s his first time in weeks that he made contact twice in a game let alone safely put them in play.  He’s barely usable in 12-team leagues now with his selling points as follows:  1) He has 2B/3B eligibility and is 1 game away from OF,  2) He has serious power.  Even with his Razztastic .188 AVG, he has 8 HRs and 23 RBIs, 3) He does walk a good amount (near .300 OBP), and 4) He enjoys a good slap and tickle as much as Clayton Richard and Gordon Beckham.

Jose Reyes – Now won’t return on Friday as he aggravated his calf and fantasy owners.  Is it me or is there more injuries this year than any year in the history of the world?  WTF?  Seriously.  Can we get our shizz together and stay healthy?  Ta!

Joey VottoReds have gone on record saying Votto is dealing with some personal issues.  Dusty said, “I once hiccuped and swallowed my toothpick when managing the Cubs.  I didn’t think much of it, but felt a light-headed for a couple weeks.  I started Kerry Wood 5 straight days during one stretch when I meant to give him an off day in between.  Then I sneezed and a toothpick shot out of my ear and poked Mark Prior in the shoulder, which caused it to dislocate.”

Laynce Nix – While younger bro, Jayson (mom & dad likes them unnecessary Y’s) waits for an opportunity in Chicago, the older Nix is getting some love from Dusty over Dickerson & Gomes.  A 2 HR day today was rather Brucian of him, but ignore this Ranger/Brewer retread unless you’ve got some inside dope that the Nix brothers got the same ‘strength trainer’ as the Giles brothers used to employ.

Derek Lowe – 7 IP, 2 ER.  Really wish I owned him in a league.  No, he’s not dazzling, but it’s so nice to have a guy that consistently gives up 3 or fewer runs.   So far he’s only had one game where he’s given up more than 4 runs and has a 3.40 ERA on the year.

Ted Lilly – 7 IP, 1 ER.  What I said about Lowe, but with a few more strikeouts.

Scott Feldman – Now 5-0 with a 3.79 ERA.  And he pitches for Texas.  It’s like that Bizarro Seinfeld episode where Feldman is the considerate and productive Kramer.  Why do we have the feeling that we’ll be cursing him out like the real Kramer would once summer comes around in Arlington?

Hunter Pence – 4-for-5, .346 on the year and battling Tejada in the NL batting race.  Speaking of bizarro, when did Pence decide to start drawing walks like Picasso drew guernicas?  He has as many walks as he did his whole rookie year in 2007.  He has only one less walk than strikeout this year.  Last year, he had 40 walks and 124 Ks.  That’s a terrific trend.  Maybe he can talk to Frenchy.

Jeff Niemann – Niemann!  Hey, we got a theme going here.  He threw a complete game, two-hitter with 9 Ks.  Not sure what’s in the water down in Tampa (though it’s probably served at Hooter’s), but it seems like every year they get a great performance from a not-so-great pitcher (Sonnanstine ’08).  Still, I wouldn’t trust Niemann going forward.

Jhonny Peralta – Hit a 3-run HR tonight which ups his season total to….2.  For a SS whose only value is his power.  Oh well, he’s still doing better than fellow silent-H shortstop, Khalil Greene, who is suffering from a harshed mellow.

Kyle Lohse – Left the game with forearm discomfort.  The Cards trainer said this was a similar injury to what Royce Clayton suffered in ’98 when he greeted McGwire in the dugout after a homer.  Dave Duncan shrugged his shoulders saying, “Whatever.  I’ll just find another scrub pitcher to turn into a servicable starter.  These reclamation projects are getting too easy.  Someone get me Ankiel.”

Dr. Brian Bannister – The Incredible Hulk of Crap.

Jonathan Broxton – Hit 100 MPH on three straight pitches.  Cust kayin’.

Josh Outman – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  He has a near-4.50 FIP.  Caveat, Razzballer.

Adrian Beltre – 3-for-5, HR and 3 RBIs.  He’s hot.  I know you don’t want to believe it but he is; .357 over the last 7 games and 8-for-10 over his last two.

Ben Zobrist – Hit a grand slam for his 10th HR.  Is this one of those body-switch movies between BJ Upton and Ben Zobrist?  Which one’s Fred Savage?

J.A. Happ – 7 IP, 0 ER.  Okay, Happ-shot, now the schedule gets hard.  Wait, he gets the Mets in Metco next.  Hmm… You can’t spell Tummyaches without M-E-T-S.

Kevin Youkilis – Left the game with an ankle injury.  One exuberant fan thought Youk’s ankle was broken and yelled Opa!

  1. Joe from Point Pleasant says:

    Hey Grey,

    I currently own Jacoby Ellsbury and I love him, he is hitting over .300, and the 22 sb’s is really nice. Now. I was just looking through the waiver wire and realized something.

    Michael Bourn is available, and his is VERY comparable to Ellsbury but he gets absolutely NO love in the fantasy world.

    Check these numbers…

    Bourn – 190 ab’s – .295 avg, 31 R, 3 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 21 BB, 18 SB
    Jacoby- 221 ab’s – .308 avg, 29 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 12 BB, 22 SB

    In 30 less ab’s , Bourn has scored more runs, has more triples, equal homers, only 3 less RBI, almost double the walks, and only 4 less SB.

    In terms of OBP and SLG%:
    Ellsbury – .345 OBP – .376 SLG
    Bourn – .368 OBP – .389 SLG

    Bourn sits atop a lineup that is ripping lately with tejada, pence, and el caballo all on fire. Seems to me that the runs should start to come at an even higher pace then they have thus far.

    Meanwhile, Ellsbury is now hitting 8th in the boston lineup, with varitek slowing him down in the 7 hole, and big back Nick Green behind him. Green is soooo scary that Ellsbury has already been intentionally walked twice since the lineup switch.

    Is it just me, or does Michael Bourn need more recognition in the fantasy world. He holds a .285 minor league average so its entirely possible that he stays around where he is at now. Is it time to pick up Michael Bourn? Do you think we are seeing the true “Bourn Identity”, or are these numbers just a fluke. Has a new Ellsbury been bourn? (i could go on forever with the wordplay, so ill stop now)

    Let me know what you think, Thanks!

  2. Joe from Point Pleasant says:

    “higher rate**” not pace
    “big bad nick green**” not back

  3. Quintero says:

    Grey, Ian Stewart is having a serious of bad lucks or a mechanical problem?
    LD rate is way down(25% to 14.1%) and up is FB%(43.6% to 53.8%). K/BB rate is improving but not much.
    Do you still consider him a breakout candidate? Would you be so kind show me some comparison?(best case/likely scenario )
    I own him in two dynasty leagues…and basically what he does everyday is slapping me with 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 and I’m tired of tickling like someone who works in the British administration…

  4. Nathan says:

    I got offered Lilly and Alexei Ramirez for Kinsler. I could use the pitching with Liriano, Nolasco and Volquez on my team. Good deal or can I do better for Kins? (H2H 12 team league)Thanks

  5. Prince says:

    @Grey @Rudy: Great column. Loved the “Ultra-British” piece. “Slap and tickle” … ha! Anyway, bench both Lackey (@ Tor) and Kershaw (@ Phi)? I’m so bad at picking these pitching matchups. Thanks…

  6. darkdragon88 says:

    Ben Zobrist comment = Family Guy reference…nice

  7. reveries says:

    Vice Versa reference=best post ever.

  8. Steve says:

    Another trade going down in my H2H league. Hamilton for Adam Jones + Jenks.

    Do I need to bust out the Razzball form letter?

  9. Mike says:

    Another owner just dropped Garrett Atkins. Is there any upside there? I’m thinking about stashing him on the bench for a week or 2 in case he heats up.

  10. Crafty35a says:

    For those who were as worried as me about the Youkilis bit — looks like he was just bruised when he was accidentally kicked at a play at first. Says he should be fine today.

  11. Hardcore Midget says:

    Just picked up Aaron Rowand yesterday to fill in for my now DL’d Hamilton.

    Is it worth dropping Rowand for Beckham or McCutchens in a 12-team H2H keeper league?
    Would make whoever I pick up a possible 5-year keeper.

  12. That was a Happful outing. I get a feeling the less will come.

  13. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Hardcore Midget: just my opinion, but beckham seems to project as a michael young/dustin pedroia type hitter, and while mccutchens projects more like a carl crawford type hitter (similar to dexter fowler). with mccutchens, they say the power will come (just like they’ve said about crawford for years, and they are saying about fowler now), but it’s at least a couple years away IF it actually comes.

    i’d probably prefer beckham this year just because of the position eligibilities.

  14. Joe from Point Pleasant says:

    @Hardcore Midget: I think that Beckham has to be your man. He will play a bunch of 3B this year, but should eventually slide in at either 2b or SS in time, which is good for eligibility. He hits for a nice average, and will eventually provide you with 20 HR pop. He hits doubles by the boatload which is another good sign of developing power in a young bat. I bet you some of those doubles will be flying over the wall in cellular field. I can see this kid turning into a superstar in 2-3 years.

    McCutchen just doesn’t have the upside. I could see him eventually hitting 15 HR and stealing a bunch of bases but I dont see Pittsburgh going anywhere fast. They just traded away their best hitter, and I have a feeling Adam LaRoche will walk after the season is over as well. Think of McCutchen as a Cameron Maybin type, and you saw how he panned out this year.

    Rowand is very easy to replace so why not take the shot with Beckham. And yes, I would certainly consider keeping him, especially if he shows u anything at all this year.

  15. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Joe from Point Pleasant: mccutchen may have a similar skill set and project to be a similar player to maybin, BUT a huge difference is mccutchen’s K rate is much much lower, something like 20-25 Ks in about 200 ABs this year. i think mccutchen could give you some steals and a fairly empty decent average this year, but i don’t think he’ll fall flat on his face a la maybin just because of his ability to put the ball in play and beat out some infield hits. say .280-5HR-35RBI-45R-20S the rest of the way?

  16. Outstanding stuff. But I’m a sucker for any Guernicas reference. Pence has indeed been an artist thus far and looks to likely continue that freebase trend. Do you have similar faith in Beltre after such a small sample size of recent production? He’s been on my “never on my team again” list for a couple of years, BUT if I could sell high on Zimmerman (package with an arm for a banged up Longoria buy low type), could I comfortably rely on a contract year circa ’07 out of Adrian on that pathetic Mariner squad?
    & where do you think young Hanson (Mmm Bop; too funny) fit in among Liriano, Nolasco, Price & Escobar? Thanks guys!

  17. ***Posted this in the wrong comments…sorry Grey***

    G. Beckham or Gamel for really just a bench spot…I really don’t have a legit 3B (Pablo/F. Lopez) and Mat isn’t proving to be…should I hold pat or give her the boot for the new hotness?!?

  18. Hardcore Midget says:

    Thanks for the advice guys. Decided to pick up Beckham for now, but will keep an eye out on Mccutchens too. If he starts off hot, I might be tempted to drop Rasmus and pick him up.

    Also figuring that if Beckham becomes eligible at 2B, I can try and trade him or Kinsler (who is in his last year as a keeper for me).

  19. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @zombie: i would definitely feel ok relying on beltre for a week or 2 if you swung the longoria deal. even if he gives you a sweet 2-23 week while he fills in for longoria, it’d be fine.

  20. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Bwaahahah….I grabbed Gordon Beckham on my Blackberry first thing this morning, and by the time I got to work, I already had a Dexter Fowler for Beckham offer waiting in my email.

  21. G says:

    I streame Happ just for yesterday but do I drop him now or keep him? Will he get abused against the Mets?

  22. johnny says:

    5×5 roto $ League… we start a 2nd, SS, MI… I have Aaron Hill, Orlando Hudson, and Alexie Ramirez in those spots with Felipe Lopez and Brandon Morrow on Bench. Do I dump a bench player to pick up Gordon Beckham?

  23. Greg says:

    Which pitcher would you drop K. Escobar or Blackburn?

  24. Greg says:

    @johnny: I would dump Felipe Lopez.

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Hardcore Midget: i wouldn’t. rasmus i think could have a big 2nd half. he’s already gone through many of the growing pains guys like mccutchens and beckham will still have to go through. not many guys come up and go all braun/longoria at the MLB level, most of them struggle a few months, have some nice games here and there, then finally put it all together (think nick markakis a few years ago, or pedroia in 2007). so i would probably hold onto rasmus unless mccutchens puts together more than a couple nice games (at which point he’d be gone, but whatever, in my 5 man, 12 team keeper league dexter fowler has been picked up and dropped more times than i can count).

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @G: have the mets been abusing anyone? and isn’t it at metco? at this point i’m treating @nym like @sd.

  27. Stephen says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Depends on where each player bats in their respectful lineups. Also, how deep your league is. In shallow/normal leagues I would be hesitant to own either. Very few young hitters come to the majors swinging and making consistent splash. Holding my breath, Beckham is going hit like Wieter is right now.

  28. Neil says:

    @Greg: Personally, Blackburn, but that’s just me. In my 12×12, there are a lot of guys like Blackburn available, but none have the upside of a K. Escobar. Escobar may fall flat on his face (he said he’s not throwing the slider…a little concerning), but if he fails you can swap him out w/ a Randy Wells or Koji Uehara or many similar “hold the fort” guys. Right now I have Escobar, Hanson, Randy Wells, Smoltz and E. Santana on the bench and will probably use Hanson and Escobar after their first starts (Brewers and Detroit, no thanks). I think Hanson gets PIT after that. I’m least excited about E. Santana…one more stinker and I’m cutting him. No velocity, movement or Ks…yuck.

  29. Ian says:

    Should I start Kelvim at Detroit or a flu-ish Maine at WAS (10 team league)

  30. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Stephen: hasn’t rasmus been batting 2nd a fair amount?

    sure mcutchens might not have as much competition and might leadoff from day 1, but he also won’t have pooholes knocking him in. i’d be fairly surprised if from today going forward mccutchens outperforms rasmus (barring injury of course). if you want to sell off rasmus just as he may be having his “i belong here” moment (10 of last 13 hits for extra bases) in exchange for another rookie you can spend a couple of months riding his ups and downs, then so be it. i think with rasmus, he’s already been there, done that, and adjusted accordingly, mccutchens hasn’t.

  31. Hardcore Midget says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Appreciate the advice.
    I’m definitely not going to drop Rasmus anytime soon, as he’s starting to hit pretty well.

    I’m more frustrated with the OF rotation that LaDouchea has going on. You never know if Rasmus is getting the start or not.

    I’m pretty hard up right now for another OF since Hamilton hit the DL. Kemp and Bruce are my everydays, but then it turns into a guessing game. Is Rasmus gonna play? Should I put Morales in instead? Just kind of annoying.

  32. agarthered says:

    Happ or Pavano?

  33. Stephen says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I was talking about Beckham and McCutchen

  34. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    How many “Bend it like Beckham” jokes will they be making in the ChiSox locker room?

    Worth dropping Felipe for Beckham, on pure upside? Felipe’s been a nice bench player but his counting stats aren’t counting for much.

  35. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Hardcore Midget: i’d plug morales and go with it instead of guessing on rasmus. morales isn’t hurting you, and he seems to get a hit every game over the last few weeks. i think morales will bat about .280-25HR-90+RBIs which is more than fine for a 3rd OF/util/fill-in 1B/CI guy.

  36. knighttown says:

    I’m first in HR, last in BA. Is my Bruce for his Pence fair? If I really want it to happen do I add one of my SPs? (Cain, Oswalt, Beckett, Vazquez, Liriano, E-Jax, Weaver, Hanson).

  37. ScoutAbout says:

    Start Lackey at Toronto today?

  38. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @knighttown: i’d hold onto bruce expecting his average to rise, and pass on pence expecting his average to drop. from this point forward, would it shock anyone if bruce batted .275 and pence batted .300? that’s not a huge difference, expecially when tossing in a usable starter. i do however, expect bruce to hit 40ish HRs, and pence to be closer to 20ish HRs, so i guess it depends on if the HR differential is gonna hurt you.

    personally, i’d go bruce, but i’m in a H2H league so empty averages are no fun.

  39. boyle says:

    Love the Hanson reference. One of the older brothers of Hanson is in a decent band right now. A super Group of sorts with guys from Smashing Pumpkins…called Tinted Window. check them out.

    Johnny Damon for Josh Johnson.

    Seems fair to me. I’m in a 14 man mixed my OF is loaded

    Braun, Markakis, Vlad, Damon, Hunter, Lind

    would love to bolster my pitching staff…although Damon is in a contract year at that new park.


  40. MJB says:

    12 Team 5×5 h2h; Is Iannetta worth dealing a 12th rd 2010 pick (Keep 9, third rd pick)? I’ve been riding Napoli and also have Suzuki.

  41. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Drop either Felipe Lopez or Jerry Hairston for Beckham?

    Please rate following pitchers: Saunders, Pelfrey, Guthrie, Feldman, McCarthy, and Pavano.


  42. Scott says:

    @boyle: I like that trade. Hunter’s value is probably overvalued right now too.

  43. agarthered says:

    Sorry Happ or Pavano or Meche?


  44. boyle says:


    It is tough to trade Hunter right now. People know his ave. will be going down…

    I suggest Johnny Damon for Josh Beckett
    He counter traded with Josh Johnson for Johnny Damon.

  45. Mr Baseball says:

    good stuff grey

    Dr. Brian Bannister – The Incredible Hulk of Crap.

    (Cartoon Series)

    Doc Brian Bannister,
    Belted by major league hitting,
    Turned into the Hulk of crap.
    Ain’t he unglamo-rays!
    Wreckin’ the era
    With the power of a ball,
    Ain’t no monster clown
    Who is that unusable lovable?
    It’s ever lovin’ Hulk!
    Hulk! Hulk! of crap”

  46. royce! says:

    Re: Bizzaro Jerry- Feldman pitched against Vargas (the Bizzaro Neuman) a couple weeks ago (5/12). Holland got the win though, so… I don’t know what to do with that.

  47. Tony says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: 40HR’s? People think i’mnuts in my league when i was claiming 30-35 this year and easy… but 40 might be pushing it…. I think he tops this year at 35 if he gets there… I dont know how the average is gonna rise either. I’ve watched alot of Bruce AB’s. They’re not pretty. Sometimes you see that sweet sweet swing. Othertimes he’s guessing and just flailing at offspeed pitches that he can’t hit if he was swinging telephone pole.

  48. TonyC says:

    dice-k or tommy hanson? (not a keeper league)

  49. Tony says:

    @TonyC: id go dice, i hate dice, but people get way to hyped on these rookies…. for every one tim lincecum there’s 14 dustin mcgowans, etc.

  50. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: if you think 30-35 easy, then what’s 40? a hot week? thats the only difference between your 35 and my 40.

    as for the average, i think it’s not too much to expect him to bat .270-.280 from here on out as he continues to adjust, and finishes with an average around .260 for the year. granted i haven’t watched a ton of his ABs, but the kids talented.

    @boyle: i think i’d almost rather have johnson than beckett. at worst they are about interchangeable.

  51. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: same with hitters, for every pooholes/longoria/braun there’s 20 travis sniders or alex gordons.

    one of my favorite fantasy drafting tactics is to grab a top prospect in his 2nd (or 3rd) big league season after he’s struggled a bit and 90% of the league has given up on him becoming a stud.

  52. TonyC says:

    @Tony: i’m a little weary of the hype machine, but i’m also just tired of the arsonist that’s been showing up every five games to pitch for dice-k. He was okay in his last start, but I was afraid to start him.

  53. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe from Point Pleasant: I agree with what you said, I’ve said relatively similar stuff myself. I also own Bourn on a team and wish I had him on every team.

    @Quintero: He’s on pace for 20 homers and 5 steals at 2nd base. And that’s him being awful on average. That’s pretty good at 2nd base. Be nice if he picked it up a little but he strikes outs a lot.

    @Nathan: I’d want Kinsler there.

    @Prince: Thanks! I’d start both.

    @darkdragon88: Sorry, never seen Family Guy show.

    @reveries: Hehe

    @Steve: Seems fair.

    @Mike: If you have room…

    @elijah: Hehe

    @zombie: I wouldn’t rely on Beltre for longer than a month. Price, Hanson, Liriano, Escobar, Nolasco….

    @danimal35: Beckham

    @mgeoffriau: Nice!

    @G: I’d hold Happ for now.

    @Ian: Neither? I’d go with Maine if forced to choose.

    @agarthered: Happ

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: If he’s just a bench player, go for Beckham.

    @knighttown: It’s fair, you don’t need to add anyone, but if you have to, add Liriano.

    @ScoutAbout: I would.

    @boyle: I will check them out. I’d take Johnson there.

    @MJB: I’d deal Iannetta if you can get anything.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Hairston — Guthrie, punt….

    @agarthered: Happ

    @Mr Baseball: Ha! Nice song.

  54. jbatkins says:

    Who the shizz is Willy Aybar and should I be playing him right now? I’m in a pts league (so you can keep your stinkin steals… I’ll take the R/RsBI!), and he’d be a utility player. That means the guys fighting for his spot would be Jose Guillen, “You dead dawg” Dukes, and something called Chone Figgins. What say you, fine gentlemen?

  55. bobbo says:

    Over or under 20 hr’s for Vlad this year? On a scale of 1 to ‘done’, just how useful will he be from here on out?

  56. jbatkins says:

    By the way, the important part of my question is, will Willy Aybar still be gettin burn once Bartlett’s back? Or is he just a short-term/fill-in-for-a-guy-on-his-day-off kinda guy?

  57. MJB says:

    @Grey: I would be the one getting Iannetta for a 12th rounder. I take it I should hold onto the pick and go w/ Napoli

  58. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @jbatkins: dukes or guillen. personally i’m a dukes fan.

  59. SRM says:

    12-team 6×6 (w/ OPS) non-keeper trade offer just popped up in my inbox:

    A Soriano


    I’m 1st in HR (he’s 6th), he’s 1st in steals (i’m 6th). Still, I’m thinking no. In a 5×5, maybe.

  60. jbatkins says:

    @SRM: I am a big proponent of trading a guy at his peak, which I think Ibanez has to be, and you’d also be picking up Werth coming off of a real slump, but I have to believe you can get more than this for those two players. However, if you’re really in need of steals…. I wouldn’t call it absolutely ridiculous.

  61. Scott says:

    Drop Krispie, Coco, Teahen, or Kelly Johnson?

  62. Scott says:

    @SRM: I agree with the above comment, but you are giving too much. You have to be able to get more for Ibanez and Soriano right now.

  63. SRM says:

    @Grey: @jbatkins: Thanks. I think I’m going to counter with a Ibanez-Crawford haymaker. Grey, yesterday you said you’d trade Ibanez for Top-50. Would this 1-for-1 be better than the 2-for-2?

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: I wrote a post about Vlad about a week or so ago. Search on the top left of the site.

    @MJB: Stick with Napoli.

    @Scott: Teahen

    @SRM: Crawford is fair. What 2-for-2?

  65. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Would you kindly rank for AL Only keeper league (for overall worth over this season and 2010, combined) –

    Michael Young
    Chris Davis
    Jason Kuble
    Grey Favorite “Moobs” Butler

  66. Eric C. says:

    Russell Martin or Wieters for the rest of the season?

  67. Ham says:

    The Beckham hype has officially taken over in my keeper league. You only can keep 4, and they have to be drafted in or after round 5 (and FA pickups) to be eligible keepers. I was just offerred Carlos Lee and Tulo for Harang, Beckham, and Dukes. Can’t hit accept fast enough

  68. Ham says:

    The Beckham hype has officially taken over in my keeper league. You only can keep 4, and they have to be drafted in or after round 5 (and FA pickups) to be eligible keepers. I was just offerred Carlos Lee and Tulo for Harang, Beckham, and Dukes. (carlos lee cant be kept). Can’t hit accept fast enough

  69. cruisinkc says:

    Keeper league trade, 10 teams Categories 6X6 including OPS and QS

    I would get: Corey Hart, Russell Martin, Heath Bell

    Give: Carlos Quentin, Adam Wainwright, Geovany Soto

    In this league I wouldn’t be keeping Quentin as we only keep 6 players each year and I already have 6 solid keepers. Worth doing the deal? I do need saves and SB… I’m actually lacking in pretty much every offensive category other then runs.

  70. 12 teamer H2H league

    Start Jay Bruce vs. Carp tonight? -OR-

    Start Burriss in a DH’er to accumulat more stats?

    Bruce has been slumping and Carp has been nasty so i’m leaning towards burriss because he’ll get more AB’s. Everytime I bench Bruce he goes yard AT LEAST ONCE!!!


  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike D.: Davis, Butler, Young, Kubel

    @Eric C.: Wieters

    @Ham: Gotta grab Lee there.

  72. @cruisinkc: who are your 6 keepers that you’d keep over CQ? and are you basing your “not keeping of him” on this year? I wouldn’t do that…

  73. @Grey: bruce or burriss like i stated above… thanks

  74. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cruisinkc: Sure, that’s fair for your team.

    @Tony Y: Go with Burriss.

  75. @Grey: cool thats whats my gut was saying…. heads up to all bruce owners with no other options tonight, he’s going to go off tonight, even tho he’s been slumping, even tho carpenter has been nasty, enjoy my curse.

  76. sean says:

    Got offered Kemp for Ibanez. I have room for improvement in all offensive categories, not one any more than the others (6s across the board in a ten-teamer).

    I’m thinking about countering to get Kemp and junky closer Franklin for Ibanez. Good move? Or am I flipping the next NL MVP from Philly?

  77. SRM says:

    @Grey: Oops. Comment #59 I was offered a 2-for-2, but I’m thinking of going back with a 1-for-1 with Crawford for Ibanez straight up even though i like Werth and Soriano is killing me lately. Seems a bit better for my side as a 1-for-1 unless you think otherwise. Or maybe i can try to swap out Soriano and put in C Davis.

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sean: I’d take Kemp there, with or without Franklin.

    @SRM: I’d try and swap in Davis, but I like the 1-for-1 deal for you.

  79. Mr. Rickey says:

    In a 10 Team 5X5 Roto league, I have John Baker but cannot resist considering options from the FA pool. Are any of these an upgrade for the rest of the season:

    Ramon Hernandez
    A.J. Pierzynski
    Kurt Suzuki
    Ivan Rodriguez
    Chris Snyder
    Rod Barajas

  80. DrEasy says:

    @ScoutAbout: Lackey is a RHP, that’s enough to make him a good matchup against the Jays. Go for it!

  81. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Tony Y: I’m benching Bruce as well — after his two-donk night* awhile back, he’s been 1-for-24. After grousing about having too many OFs to start, I picked up Matt Joyce and slotted him in for Bruce. Joyce can be Bruce for short stretches — hopefully I get the tail end of a hot streak.

    I had Joyce last year in my RCL team — he’s a nifty little popper when he’s hot.

    *Two Donk Night — excellent 70s soft-jazz-rock band

  82. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Last place team in my league just put Greinke on the block, looking for R, HR & RBI in return. What’s a fair offer?

    I’m a big Greinke believer, and I was thinking of offering Dye/Oswalt, though that leaves me thin in the OF, with only Holliday, Bruce, Pierre and Joyce (until Votto returns to man Util).

  83. Scott says:

    Early roster question for next week, 5×5, would you start Harang at WAS over any of these options: Billingsley vs SD, Hamels at NYM, Vazquez vs PIT, Lowe 2 starts vs PIT & at BAL, Edwin at CHW?

  84. Zebo says:

    who is better from now on: Hardy or Becks (Beckham)?

  85. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: I gotta sit Liriano tomorrow don’t I? Even against Seattle?

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Zebo: Hardy

    @BigFatHippo: It sucks, but I can’t tell you to sit a guy against the M’s. They’re terrible.

  87. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Whaaaa, I have to think for myself?


  88. agarthered says:

    I’ve already got burnt by Wang this year, but wondering him or Pavano or Meche?

  89. Eric C. says:

    Should I trade Ellsbury and Cliff Lee for Brad Hawpe and Jered Weaver? (And then followup by picking up Michael Bourne)

  90. Andy R. says:

    Miguel Cabrera just left the dugout after grabbing his hamstring while running the bases. Announcers think he’s done for the day.

    What did I do to deserve this? First Votto, now Cabrera with only Davis to fill in for both… Yak.

  91. Rick Dempsey says:

    @agarthered: You’ve held on to Wang this long….WHY WOULD YOU GIVE HIM UP NOW!? At least wait a few hours until he makes his start this evening.

    @Eric C.: Cliff Lee in a contract year and Ellsbury on pace for 70 steals should not be so easy to let go, do you need power that much? But it’s possible the other owner won’t even bite.

  92. Eric C. says:

    @Rick Dempsey: Haha. He was the one who offered that deal to me. I was kinda hoping that Michael Bourne would make a reasonable substitute for Ellsbury if I lost him. (Yeah I kinda do need power though but I want it at good value)

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:

    ouch,carmona wanging it,and dontrell well he`s dotrelling it

  94. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    With the possible AAA demotion, is there any point in holding onto Atkins? I’m eyeing Kubel right now…

  95. agarthered says:

    @Rick Dempsey lol i dropped him after his first game, just wondering what everyone was thinking he could do the second time around. Im not gonna even bother with him, hes not worth the headache.

  96. Sabs says:

    Hawpe/Weaver for ManRam/Slowey, which side ya got?

  97. Greg says:

    I’m debating now over whether to get Scott Baker or keep Kelvim Escober… any advice?

  98. Greg says:

    Luckily nobody in my league will pick up Scott Baker (10 team) because his stats don’t look appealing so I could hold off for a while…

  99. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Sabs: Definitely ManRom/Slowey. No brainer, IMO.

    @Grey: Gracias.

  100. Mike says:

    need an arm in 16-team H2H-Points League…trade Lind for Lilly?

  101. Mike says:

    or Adam LaRoche for Meche?

  102. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mgeoffriau: Kubel hit one homer in 90 ABs in May.

    @Greg: Escobar

    @Mike: LaRoche for Meche.

  103. Mike says:

    EDIT: I have Lind…need an arm Rank these arms as to who I should go after: Slowey, Lilly or Baker

    Or would it be better to keep Lind and try to trade LaRoche for Meche?

  104. Mike says:


    Whoops…sorry, Grey, you beat me to my edit. Thanks for the quick input.

  105. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: LaRoche for Meche.

  106. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Grey: I see your point on Kubel…but are still of the mind that Atkins may have positive value in a 12 team mixed league this season? I’ve tried trading him all year long — I can’t 5 cents much less 50 cents on the dollar. FA list shows guys like Kubel, Thome, Sheffield, Cody Ross, Matt Joyce, Josh Willingham….seeing Atkins on my roster every day feels like getting punched in the soul.

  107. Dingo says:

    Scherzer and Ass-Dribble just got dropped in my league. Is it worth using my #5 waiver claim and dropping one or two of the players listed below to pick one or both of them up? If so, which one should I go for first? I’ve got Reyes on the DL and the wonder duo of Flippy & Zo manning my middle infield.

    Droppable players: Randy Johnson, Nick Johnson, Kosuke Fukudome, Kendry Morales

  108. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mgeoffriau: Drop Atkins for Joyce.

    @Dingo: Drop Johnson for Scherzer.

  109. Dingo says:

    Thanks, but did you mean RJ or NJ? And you don’t think it’s worth picking up Ass-Cab?

  110. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dingo: Flip a coin? I’d drop Nick though if he’s droppable. No on Asdrubal.

  111. Ashley says:

    I traded Lowe for Damon a few days ago because I am so sick of Jay Bruce. I’ve had Bruce for about a week now and I don’t think he has a hit for me yet. The one day I put him on the bench he hits 2 homeruns and a triple. I hate him so much.

    I’ve made a lot of trades lately actually. I have ADHD when it comes to fantasy baseball.

    I traded Adrian and my 17th rd pick for Greinke and his 11th rd pick.

    A-Rod and 21st rd pick for Fielder, Vazquez, and another 11th rd pick.

    And a couple weeks ago I traded Quentin, Josh Johnson and a 14th rd pick for Victorino, Slowey, and a 7th rd pick.

    So here is my updated roster…

    I Miss Football Pos Player

    C Ramón Hernández (Cin – C,1B)
    1B Prince Fielder (Mil – 1B)
    2B Ian Kinsler (Tex – 2B)
    3B Mark Reynolds (Ari – 1B,3B)
    SS J.J. Hardy (Mil – SS)
    OF Raúl Ibañez (Phi – OF)
    OF Ryan Braun (Mil – OF)
    OF Shane Victorino (Phi – OF)
    Util Johnny Damon (NYY – OF)
    BN Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    DL Chris Iannetta (Col – C) DL

    SP Kevin Slowey (Min – SP)
    SP Cliff Lee (Cle – SP)
    SP Zack Greinke (KC – SP)
    SP Mark Buehrle (CWS – SP)
    RP George Sherrill (Bal – RP)
    RP LaTroy Hawkins (Hou – RP)
    RP –empty–
    BN Ubaldo Jiménez (Col – SP)
    BN Edwin Jackson (Det – SP)
    BN Tommy Hanson (Atl – SP) NA
    BN Javier Vázquez (Atl – SP)

    I dropped Hardy for Hairston Jr this morning.. I’m sad I missed out on Beckham because he went to UGA. I’m still in 1st, but tied with someone now.

  112. I have Pelfrey, Carmona, Ohlendorf, and McCarthy on my Razz team today, safe to say they’ve served me well this afternoon.

  113. Greg says:

    @Ashley: I would not drop Hardy for Hairston Jr.

  114. Ashley says:

    @Greg: I don’t want to have 3 Brewers on my team, and Hairston Jr is great as long as he stays healthy. I’d be surprised if he goes another month avoiding the DL, but I figured I’ll give him a shot anyways.

  115. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ashley: Your team looks very solid still. Since you have some pitchers who are pitching a bit above their head. I’d look to consolidate some of your staff, i.e., Jackson and Ubaldo for Lilly or Lowe.

    @bpasinko: Nice!

  116. Greg says:

    @Ashley: I know what you mean… I own Fielder, Hardy, and Hart.

  117. Ashley says:

    @Grey: Yeah I’ll see what I can do. I don’t trust Ubaldo at all. And I don’t trust Leyland, I think he’s determined to end Jackson’s career by August.

    Should I drop Hawkins for Nolasco?

  118. sean says:

    @Grey: is it worth looking to ditch Wright. BY now, I feel like he’s lost so much value that I can’t really get anything I consider an upgrade. Guess I’ll just hold on and hope he finds out a way to solve Metco, or stays on pace to swipe 50 bags to go along with his 12 HRs.

  119. Greg says:

    Start Ubaldo @STL on Sunday?

  120. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ashley: I wouldn’t drop Hawkins there.

    @sean: Did you read the latest post by Baron?

  121. martin says:

    wright and jj hardy or furucal and holliday?

  122. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Own Sizemore and Hamilton (and Assdribble and Miggy, actually) in a small (8 team) AL Only keeper league. Last place team offering deal (I’m in 5th). Guys can be kept up to 3 years max, I’ve noted salaries.

    Give: Grady ($40), Butler ($2), Polanco ($1), Hughes ($1)

    Get: Rios ($30) or Dye ($20); Teahen ($1) or Beltre ($9); Callaspo ($1 – plays for me until Assdribble back); Papelbon ($27)

    FYI on Hughes: Wang got lit up today in his “triumphant” return to the NYY rotation…

    Thank you

  123. Grey

    Grey says:

    @martin: Wright side.

    @Mike D.: I’d take Rios, Beltre, Callaspo and Papelbon.

  124. Greg says:

    @Grey: I owe you a bunch of daiquiris… cannot find the link now though.

  125. Mr Baseball says:


    Chad Billingsley FOR Gordon Beckham – keeper league – I HAVE BECKHAM – what to do ?

  126. Greg says:

    @Greg: Found it!

  127. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Thanks, Grey. 2 quick follows:

    1- 5×5 Roto format – would that change the players you recommended I take?

    2- Is this deal pretty fair for a keeper league like this? Lots of close friends in this league, and I don’t want to cause a ruckus. FYI, the last place team is like 30 points out of first place. He’s taking Grady in the hopes he can flip him to a contender before our trade deadline in early August for more cheap keepers.

    Thank you for your reply.

  128. Mr Baseball says:

    grey its a 20 team keeper league – here is my team – take a look – dp you still feel the same – thank you

    cat-Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    1b-Joey Votto
    2bEmmanuel Burriss
    3b-Adrián Béltre
    ss-Jhonny Peralta
    of-Shane Victorino
    of-Matt Kemp
    of-Carlos Quentin
    uti – Fred Lewis

    Cameron Maybin -bench
    Garret Anderson – quentin replacement
    Scott Podsednik – votto replacement since I don’t like anyone to replace votto at firstbase – its blank

    sp-Wandy Rodríguez
    sp-James Shields
    sp-Jordan Zimmermann
    sp-Ubaldo Jiménez
    sp-Jonathan Sánchez
    sp-Clay Buchholz -NA
    SP-Brandon McCarthy
    SP-Anthony Swarzak – WILL DROP

    Heath Bell – RP
    David Aardsma -RP

    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Doubles (2B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base Percentage (OBP)
    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Quality Starts (QS)

  129. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike D.: 1. Nope 2. It’s fair.

    @Mr Baseball: So you’re punting 1st base? Confused by that. You have a solid foundation for a 20 team league, obviously would be nice if Votto and Quentin came back. You must be hurting without them. You should drop Swarzak. He’s bad news.

  130. Mr Baseball says:

    grey after looking at my team – I should still make the trade – right!

  131. Mr Baseball says:

    Jason Giambi is now my first base man – dropped swarzak

    team is 33- 66 this year – when a team is doing so bad – sometimes you do crazy things – The punting is over – Giambi looks like I should get something out of him

  132. Mr Baseball says:

    accepted the trade – done deal if league votes it through – Gordon Beckham came cheap enough – Yahoo never put him on waiver list – added right from free agent market – all you have to do is be a fast typer – I type faster than Tim Wakefield throws his fastball

    hey grey you better like my team – 65% was drafted on your advise

  133. Greg says:

    Giambi… that schmohawk was subbed in today and hit a HR against me.

  134. Joe B says:

    hey grey… need a little wisdom from the stache himself.
    10 Team H2H league
    Pitching stats: W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, HR Allowed, K/BB

    Rank my SP going forward please: Vazquez, Danks, Wandy, Liriano, Kershaw, Baker, Hanson

    I will be dropping one of these guys when I get Jose Valverde back from the DL… is Francisco Crapiano going to turn it around???

  135. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe B: Vazquez, Wandy, Danks, Kershaw, Hanson, Baker, Liriano… Lose Liriano if he falters tomorrow.

  136. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr Baseball: Cool… But I wouldn’t advise you to punt 1st base. Giambi should’ve been on your team last week.

  137. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Thank you for the answer. I know most people don’t care about fair deals, but I do.

    Ready for this? I go to accept… and its gone. I think he was worried that I won’t take his offer… So, now, he’s offering to sub in Matt Holliday for Rios.


    Ummm…. Holliday or Rios? No keeper considerations for either.

    What a day…

  138. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Regarding Holliday vs Rios… Just looked up their stats, and I can’t believe how close their numbers are.

    ZiPS gives Holliday the edge in 3 cats (HR, R, RBI) and Rios a SLIGHT edge in 2 (AVG, SB).

    I’m thinking Holliday here. But perception-wise, does adding Matt turn the deal into an “unbalanced” one?

  139. Joe B says:

    Baker had a good outing on the bump today: 2ER 10K vs 1BB in 7IP, but gave up another dinger… his peripheral stats rock (nice WHIP and K/BB), but he needs to keep it in the damn yard! Me thinks he turns it around. (by that I mean he gets his ERA down around 4.50 and gives up below 25 HR on the year). He just looked so damn good most times last year. I will NEVER draft Liriano AGAIN! That is a promise.

  140. Steve says:

    I’d just like to tender an apology to all Rowand owners. I picked him up for his double header to fill an empty slot in my H2H league.

    This, of course, has cooled him off.

    Sorry once again.

  141. Steve says:

    @Grey: Would be for my H2H team so need to see how the rest of today pans out, but how you feeling about Gaudin v the Snakes tomorrow?

  142. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I’m starting him and he’s sure to screw me.

  143. Greg says:

    Randy really wants to win today.

  144. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Greg: Nice to see twelve hundred people showed up for the big day.

  145. Greg says:

    I know 300 wins is a huge milestone.

  146. Steve says:

    @Grey: Some late-breaking run support for Shields would be nice. He’s been pretty good apart from that one inning.

    I’ve given up hoping for Wins, though.

  147. vinko says:

    Found this info about Harang, since extra innings in San Diego
    (Stats since May 26, 2008)
    9-16 5.22
    174.1 innings
    211 hits
    35 hr
    1.48 WHIP
    .299 BA Against

  148. Steve says:

    @Steve: @Grey: You’re welcome.

  149. Grey

    Grey says:

    @vinko: Yeah, Dusty’s a bastardo.

    @Steve: Nice!

  150. Steve says:

    Howell on for the Save. What does this mean?

  151. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: He should be owned.

  152. Greg says:

    Will RJ announce his retirement after today’s win?

  153. Steve says:

    @Grey: In two out of three leagues, he already is :-(

  154. Greg says:

    Wilson might blow it here.

  155. Greg says:

    Questionable call there on strike 3 to Dunn!

  156. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Greg: Was too close to take though.

  157. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: who the hell invited you to the keeper league,kinda kidding you vulture,@Grey: is danks worth a poop or what?

  158. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: read my post in our league?you beat me to howell by seconds,,might be good news,i swear about every supposed fill in closer ive picked up in both leagues has gotten smashed,kinda like im going to do tonight,watched the 1 year old grandson 3 out of last 4 nights,love him more than fantasy baseball but now its time to let loose,,,whoooooRaaaaaaaaa

  159. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Why did I pick up McCutchen just to sit him on my bench? There oughta be a term for that, son of a bitch!

  160. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: thanks,i thought i stole a gem late in the draft and he`s faultered so far,,no where to go but better i hope

  161. Steve says:

    What’s up with the Wandwagon? Is he just getting back somewhere near where he should be, or is it something more sinister?

  162. Ham says:

    Almost made the Add Baker, Drop Atkins move today. LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED GARRETT

  163. Steve says:

    Also – Guthrie or Gaudin the better start tomorrow?

  164. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Wheels have come off? Guthrie

  165. Steve says:

    @Grey: Gotta hold him though, right?

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