Los Angeles is such an eco-friendly city that when a recent EPA report cited jet fuel as accounting for 17% of air pollution, the Dodgers went out and traded for Mookie Betts. See, this year’s All-Star Game is in Dodger Stadium, and now eleven of their players don’t have to fly anywhere for the All-Star Game festivities. Always giving, my great City of Angels, that’s not actually the city of the Angels, that’s Anaheim, but they call themselves Los Angeles and it’s nowhere near Los Angeles. Not confusing at all! Let’s just drool for a second at the Dodgers’ lineup:  Betts, Muncy, Turner, Bellinger, Pederson/Pollock, Seager, Will Smith and Gavin Lux. If they trade Austin Barnes to the Astros for a trash can, then their 2020 title hopes will be sealed! Before you laugh, the Astros could use a catcher. So, Betts’s best will be in the starry skies of Los Angeles, and Rihanna might just start liking baseball again. “You’re cute with that silliness.” “Nah, seriously, I want to go bowling.”  That’s Mookie and Rihanna on their first date. Betts is in the prime of his career, and I can’t see any chance a move to Los Angeles slows him down, however–Don’t do it, Grey! Don’t be negative here! Well, Fenway to Dodger Stadium isn’t the best move. Some of those doubles off the wall might go for deep outs to the left fielder. The Dodgers didn’t steal a lot in 2019 either, but that could be from a lack of threats. Justin Turner is running? Muncy? Bellinger did run, because he can. Betts should still be a lock for 15-20 steals, but I’m knocking his power down a tad with the park change. While his projections will change a bit, his ranking is staying the same in my top 10 for 2020 fantasy baseball. For what it’s Werth, Rudy’s auction rankings changed dramatically for Betts, knocking him way down, but Betts’s projections are even better than mine, as seen at the hitter projections. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason for 2020 fantasy baseball:

David Price – Traded to the Dodgers. The phone call to the Dodgers lasted two months for Price/Betts. It was a variation of this since December:  “What’s your price for Betts?” “Yes.” “God damn it and your playing-hard-to-get, just tell us your price!” “You got it.” “What is it?!” “What is what?” “The price for Betts.” “No, Price and Betts.” “WHAT?!” And so it went in circles for many months. Finally, the Dodgers and Red Sox got on the same page with a quick Facetime call. “This is our Price.” “Is that David Price? Oh, crap, now we get it.” Okay, so David Price wasn’t bad in Fenway. Are you happy? I said it. Pitchers are good at home; that’s a secret to fantasy that no one wants you to know. Price will be good in Los Angeles. That has not been the issue. Literally everything else has been the issue. Prior to this trade, I didn’t like Price at all. Now, I’m pretty meh on him. I can see a future Price being worth his, uh, price. Just won’t be on my teams. He turns 35 years old this year; the velocity has been falling for two straight years and he hasn’t had a positive year for his changeup since 2016. Also, can you imagine how many tickets Price is gonna have to get now for all his relatives in Los Angeles? “Your last name is Price? But you’re a white kid with a Jewish Star of David. I don’t think we’re related.” What a headache. He’s still in my top 60 starters, and I updated his projections a bit.

Brusdar Graterol – Traded to the Dodgers. When he was traded to the Red Sox in one of sixteen iterations of this trade, I added Graterol into my top 100 starters for 2020 fantasy baseball, but with so little confidence in him seeing a ton of starts (or innings), and the Dodgers having 18 starters, I removed him when he went to the Dodgers.

Kenta Maeda – Traded to the Twins, because all, and I mean, all things I touch turn to gold. *touches lamé jumper* I’m Beyonce, snitches! This can’t be bad for Maeda. If you want, like, actually facts, fine. The Hubert H. Homerfree Dome is also towards the bottom of the league for homers allowed — it’s in the name of the stadium; the park has always has been terrific for pitchers; the division is goofy with terrible teams. He’ll face the Tigers how many times? The Indians are bad and trying to be worse every day. The Royals had almost as many inside-the-park homers last year as regular ones. Maeda’s about to be a top 20 starter, but I will temper expectations and leave him in my top 60 starters. For now. Cue evil laugh! *starts coughing* My evil laugh never comes out right.

Devin Smeltzer – With the trade of Maeda, Devin was removed from the rankings. Smeltzer ya later!

Alex Verdugo – Traded to the Red Sox. Did I just come back from REI? Because someone’s built a tent in my pants! Verdugo’s launch angle is still an issue, as mentioned in the top 60 outfielders, but in Fenway he can shoot line drives into the right field stands with a flick of the wrist. Perhaps I was already predisposed to liking Verdugo, but I almost love him now. I’m so close to moving him into my top 40 outfielders, and I’m all-in for Verdugo, and I’ve adjusted his projections. The recent news that he’s not 100% healthy is a bit concerning, but I’m tentatively holding steady with his projections and ranking. Still a lot of time before the season starts.

Kevin Pillar – Signed by the Red Sox. The Red Sox could be moving on from Jackie Bradley Jr., but just bench him indefinitely? That seems unlikely too. I’m sure the Sawx would like to trade JBJ for a middle reliever. Hey, I know, trade him for Brusdar Graterol! Only the fifth time in the last week he’d be on the team bus. Red Sox might consider doing a Sixth Sense remake with Bruce Willis having dinner with Brusdar Graterol. I’d say spoiler alert, but where have you been for the last 30 years? So, Pillar is a solid bat in Fenway if he gets 550 ABs. If he platoons, he’s dog meat. Incredibly, Pillar has seemed like a platoon guy for the last five years and always gets his ABs, so might be a solid fifth outfielder in deeper leagues. I moved Pillar up to the top 80 outfielders and Jackie Bradley down in the top 100 outfielders.

Mitch Moreland – Re-signed with the Red Sox. Noooooooooooo–how many O’s is that? Twelve? Hmm, ooo. Fifteen O’s! That’s like Lenn Sakata’s Xmas card list! Damn, this is gonna kill Jose Peraza’s value. Moreland goes to 1st, Chavis to 2nd and Peraza to the bench, at least vs. righties. I’ve added Moreland into the top 20 1st basemen, and moved down Peraza in the top 20 2nd basemen.

James Paxton – Out for 3-4 months with cyst removal surgery. The Yankees are so far ahead of every other team, they’ve already ramped up their scheduled injuries. Ba dum cyst! I was all-in on Paxton prior to this, but now I’m both-feet out. Figure he returns tentatively in May/June, has to ramp up activity and is at risk of setbacks. That’s a no from me dawg. I’ve moved him into the top 80 starters and updated his projections. This opens up innings for someone to step into the Yankees’ rotation during April and May. Who? I haven’t the foggiest and haven’t added anyone yet. Cashman says it’s an open competition. The Yanks are wrestling with Jordan Montgomery, who seems like the best bet — mo’ JoMo! Jonathan Loaisiga, who moves silently like the G in lasagna and farts; Luis Cessa, who seems like a long man; Deivi Garcia, who seems like a long shot, and Mike King, which is what happens before a mic check.

Cameron Maybin – Signed by the Tigers. I don’t blame reporters for this language, but everyone should stop saying things like, “Maybin will get a lot of at-bats for the rebuilding Tigers.” If a team was really rebuilding, they would not be giving a 33-year-old at-bats. Never the hoo! He was added to the top 100 outfielders, and Victor Reyes was adjusted.

Brandon Kintzler – Signed with the Marlins to close. Close what? The door, man! You think Marlins live in barns? Are you daft, bro? He’s in my top 500 and I’m very much looking forward to drafting him with my last pick and hoping he never actually comes into any games.

Yoshihisa Hirano – Signed with the Mariners. He could close. What? Don’t even start me again about the gee-dee barns! He’s also in my top 500. This year, as much as last, will be pushing the limits of SAGNOF! Rotowan also gave you an AL West breakdown where he had Magill closing, and that could be true too. Closing what? Stop it now!

Carlos Gonzalez – Signed with the Mariners. Here’s an interesting thought experiment. If the Mariners were told they could pay Kyle Lewis a million or CarGone a million, who would they pay? I’m guessing CarGone.

Taijuan Walker – Signed with the Mariners. He’s pitched 14 IP across the previous two years because of Tommy John and a shoulder injury. So, you’re saying he’s fresh! I haven’t added him to my top 100 starters, because I’m not sure he can throw 70+ IP, but I guess if you’re in a crazy deep league, or you’re the Mariners, the risk is okay.

Shohei OhtaniAngels announced Ohtani won’t return as a pitcher until mid-May. Just so we’re on same page. All the bad news that comes out about Ohtani will be greeted by me with something of a shrug and an “I told you so.” In my top 40 starters, I already projected Ohtani for 103 IP, and won’t be changing him, but I also say there how I would not draft him. This might actually help some people who drafted him, so they can just start him at DH for the first six weeks.

Eugenio Suarez – Had a water wings incident in his swimming pool and needed shoulder surgery to remove loose cartilage. Usually with a loose cartilage, I just blow in it. Am I thinking of Atari cartridges? Not the same, is it? Hmm. So, Eugenio will be limited in spring training, Rudy subtracted five games from his projections. I’m not changing them yet. If Suarez gets to the end of March and is limited still, I might change my mind. We’re still very far away from meaningful games, don’t overreact.

Nick Castellanos – Signed with the Reds, because, apparently, the Reds’ great aunt died this offseason and left the team millions of dollars to spend on free agents. Hopefully, it’s not a Montgomery Brewster scenario and the team has to lose all that money to make real money. The GGoHC completely screwed up my GGOATOAT projections. Hello, Greek God, why do you OPA! on Aquino’s fantasy value? No answer? Figures…because the Greeks invented math! Any hoo! Castellanos landed in about as good a place as he was going to, but as I said in his blurb at the top 40 outfielders, he has a lot of warts in his batted ball profile and I’m out. Possibly the biggest news for the GGoHC is he wants to be known as Nick again. Apparently, he went to the same strength and naming coach as Peter Alonso.

Aristides Aquino – The GGoHC royally effed the GGOATOAT. The GGOATOAT got got! Damn it, Castellanos! So, I’ve doinked GGOATOAT’s projections about 125 ABs and now he’s more of a number four to five outfielder vs. a number one, because I don’t even know if Aquino breaks camp with the Reds anymore. After all, the Reds still have Winker, Senzel, Ervin, Akiyama–Yo, Reds, you realize you can only play three outfielders at once, right? Aquino is now in the top 80 outfielders. Castle Wolfenstein this sucks!

Derek Dietrich – Re-signed with the Reds. The Reds really don’t want to give anyone 500+ at-bats, huh?

Juan Lagares – Signed with the Padres. We should have a glossary term for a player who has no fantasy value, but his only purpose is to screw other players from playing time. Similar to a prospblock, but not just prospects. Please suggest in comments.

Emilio Pagan – Traded to the Padres. Somewhere in Tampa, a religious man stood up and said, “Goodbye, Pagan, and, finally, the devil is out of the Rays.” The fantasy value is out of the Pagan too. I’ve dropped him way down in my top 500 and removed just about all his saves.

Manuel Margot – Traded to the Rays. “It sure is good to not have to worry about any outfield competition for once,” said Hunter Renfroe, as he whistled around one of the 2,500 local-area Hooter’s Restaurants in Tampa. Unbeknownst to him, Margot had entered the same Hooter’s and whistled to the bartender, “Hey, toots, give me a shot of something hard. I don’t have to worry about any outfield competition for once–” Just then, Margot and Renfroe spotted each other from across the bar. In unison, they both spit out, “It’s you again!” I’ve updated the top 100 outfielders and Margot.

Nick Anderson – With Emilio Pagan headed to San Diego, Anderson moves into pole position for saves. Sadly, this isn’t Hustlers and pole position might not lead to the Cash approval. Anderson is such a beast for ratios and Ks, though, I’ve moved him up my top 500, and will reach for him before a ton of safer saves. I threw a few more saves at Castillo, Poche and Alvarado too in my top 500 projections.

Wade Davis – Bud Black announced Davis would be the closer. Davis had a 8.65 ERA and 1.88 WHIP and he was made closer. You really think Bud Black’s giving Garrett Hampson a starting job? Oh…*drives from New York to Los Angeles*….kay. I adjusted Davis in my top 500.

Starling Marte – Traded to the Diamondbacks for two prospects. Revenue sharing and/or the Pirates need to be eliminated. There is absolutely no reason the Pirates needed to trade Marte like the house burnt down and they needed to move in with their in-laws. Marte was under a reasonable contract until next year (club option). They could’ve held him until July to see what teams were willing to give them then, or wait until next January. Shizz is so broken when teams are forfeiting their steelo before spring training even starts. The Pirates obviously said to themselves, “We haven’t lost a big trade in almost a year, let’s get this done!” Now that the Diamondbacks have two Martes, they just need to sign Damaso Marte, and they can begin to build houses. Thought the Diamondbacks were drunk on Martes before when they only had Ketel, now it’s a full-on Marte party! My guess is Marte goes to center, Marte goes to 2nd–Hold on, Starling goes to center; Ketel goes to 2nd base; Eduardo goes to 3rd and Lamb is baaaah-bye. This won’t change Starling’s stats dramatically, but a better park and lineup does inch him up a little in counting stats and power. His projections have been adjusted in the top 20 outfielders.

Jarrod Dyson – Signed by the Pirates. The signing of vets when a prospect would’ve done fine is a plague on the MLB. Sounding out the word plague, “Play…gay — it’s Italian!” The Pirates could’ve easily promoted Jared Oliva and played him instead. For those unfamiliar, Oliva went 6/36/.277 in the minors last year. Ya know, essentially the same player as Dyson! They didn’t even have to learn a new 1st name! Sure, maybe Oliva wasn’t ready, but giving him a chance is so much more worthwhile for an organization than signing Dyson. Any hoo! The top 100 outfielders were updated.

Cole Hamels – Dealing with a shoulder setback and goodbye to Hamels from my pitcher tiers of guys I’m drafting, and I’ve moved him down to the top 100 starters.

Reese McGuire – Arrested for exposing himself. Even E.T. doesn’t want those Reese’s pieces. Are we sure he wasn’t putting down one finger for the fastball? Never really understood the people saying McGuire was competing with Danny Jansen for the starting job in Toronto, but this stinks if it moves Jansen up people’s draft boards.

Luis Urias – Has a broken hamate bone, so I updated his projections. I added 25 homers! Broken hamate bone? Sign me up! Right? I mean, Olson last year broke his hamate bone and hit a home run in every game thereafter. No? Okay. So, I saw some sites saying Urias would need six to eight weeks to recover. That sounds pessimistic. Maybe four to six weeks, which still lets him open the season as the Brewers’ shortstop or at least return after a week or two. I’ve changed his projections a tad in the top 20 2nd basemen, but I still don’t see Arcia as the starter.

Yolmer Sanchez – Signed with the Giants. The bad news for the Giants is Yolmer’s a terrible player. The bad news disguised as good news is he’s better than half the team.

Wilmer Flores – Signed with the Giants. Wilmer Flores immediately upgrades the Giants’ lineup, which is to say the Giants’ lineup is hideous. Maybe the Giants were hearing a lot of condolences for their yet-to-begin season and decided to get some Flores.

Billy Hamilton – Signed with the Giants. He’s such a curiosity I could see adding him into my outfielder ranks at some point, because he could steal 20 bags in 75 ABs, but he’s the biggest one category guy since Adam Dunn hit 40 homers, .190 with 15 runs and RBIs. Don’t ask how it happened; it just did.

Hunter Pence – Signed with the Giants. The fun thing for you if you’re a Giants fan is you can talk about the Giants’ FO, and mean Front Office or f**k off. If you’re wondering why I haven’t projected Yolmer, Flores or Pence, it’s to save you the trouble of drafting them (and I don’t think they’re going to get 250 ABs each). What Pence does for Jaylin Davis, who I do have in my top 100 outfielders, worries me a little, but Davis is a crazy late flyer anyway.

Ryan Zimmerman – Re-signed with the Nats. I would’ve been surprised if the Nats didn’t re-sign the long-time face of their franchise after a World Series win. It’s like making out with someone for ten years, then dumping them right after sex.

Jason Kipnis – Signed with the Cubs. Not sure any good moves have happened in the last two weeks since I finished my 2020 fantasy baseball rankings that have helped anyone’s value. What does Kipnis do to Hoerner? Doesn’t make me hoerny, I’ll tell ya that. Is David Bote out of the picture? Is Descalso in the picture? Am I just singing Picture by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow? I demand answers! So, I added Jason Kipnis to the top 20 2nd basemen and adjusted Hoerner and Bote.

Steven Souza – Signed with the Cubs. Theo Epstein said the Cubs weren’t doing anything to make the team better this offseason, but the band must play on, so he made good on both counts.

 
  1. Dr Easy says:
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    How about rotobomb? “I was giddy about drafting Aristides, but then he was rotobombed by Castellanos’ ugly mug!” (I don’t know what Castellanos looks like, so don’t sue me)

  2. Ketel Black says:
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    You think Ketel puts up the same stats again this year? He’s not being drafted like he will imo. I like him a lot in the 5th round…

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great daily / latest update!

    a. I was thinking to myself before I signed on this AM…man, I could really go for a Grey daily write-up, but then I thought write about what? Stupid trades that aren’t really fantasy relevant except the Maeda to MIN move? So kudos to you for writing ANYTHING with that material.

    b. The Kipnis move to the Cubs, wow! I read somewhere (yahoo I believe) that he hails from some Chicago suburb and said for sure that was the determining factor for the Cubs signing Kipnis. Just think of all the ticket revenue he’ll generate especially when they see him lead all players in ST with 7 homers!!!

    c. MLB quote of the day for August 15, 1974

    ‘Jerry Lumpe looks like the best hitter in the world until you put him in the lineup.’

    The inimitable Casey Stengel

    [Initially I was looking for a Jerry Lumpe quote but then saw this one. Nuclear holocaust avoided. Phew!]

    d. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. I told you yesterday it was coming

      B. Haha, great call, Kipnis is a beast in the spring

      C. HA

      D. You too!

  4. Kettle Black says:
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    You think Ketel does what he did last year? Here is my situation….

    2nd- Ketel
    3rd- Bergman
    Ss- turner
    Of- Soto
    Of-Acuña
    Of- Yordan
    Util- Baez
    SP- Buehler
    SP- Strasburg

    Keep 8 forever but only 1 UTIL (old school yahoo). I think I’m gonna drop Baez. Ketels new swing made me a believer. What do you think Fantasy Master Lothario?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      It’s a toss up between Ketel and Baez for me. I’d keep Baez but no issues with you taking Ketel instead.

    • Grey

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      Yes, Ketel over Stras

  5. Cliff says:
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    Great content as always Grey. Thanks for your hard work.

    1. How applicable are Roto rankings to H2H category leagues, assuming the categories are the same? Are there any major caveats I should consider?

    2. Do you know when you’ll have the spreadsheet for points leagues ready?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Pretty applicable if they’re the same categories. Roto there’s a premium on 5 category contributors since it very difficult to punt categories and win competitive leagues. H2H you can ignore categories like steals or saves and still win. Lots of moving pieces in H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      1. Agree with DT

      2. Question for DT, surprised he didn’t answer

  6. JPHanson says:
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    In regards to Lagares, Dyson, Kipnis, etc., they are a bunch of vet blankets. It works best in a cheesy German accent.

  7. Curious George says:
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    Really bummed about the pagan trade – was targeting Nick Anderson late in a svhds league. Price for Anderson is soaring (up from nfbc adp of 259 to 174).

    Was a bit late to the pairing party yesterday. Curious what your ideal 1/2 would be here – 8 hitting categories (h2h): r, rbi, hr, XBH, avg, ops, Net sb, and k’s.

    I’m keeping acuna in the 6th round and Soto in the 21st. Drafting 7th/10. Assuming the following will be available for me: treat urner, verlander, arenado, tatis, scherzer, Bregman, freeman, Jorah, and Harper.

    My thought was arenado (since steals are less important in this setup, making him the best player on the board?) and Bregman (for SS? I know you aren’t in this year, but?). Was also big on Joram but I don’t want 2 3b with my 1/2. Thoughts? Top sp will be taken quickly in this league and 7/top 20ish SP will be kept fwiw.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’m fine with Arenado/Bregman but I’d probably got Tatis/Arenado even though steals aren’t as important. Tatis is a special talent, I don’t care what the format it…

      • Curious George says:
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        I feel ya! I love me some tatis, worried about him staying healthy the way he plays. I could see me being in on him though.!

        My keeper options for this league are: acuna (6th round), Soto (21st), tatis (24th), buehler (22nd), hiura (24th), and Guerrero (22nd). Would love to keep tatis, but acuna and Soto feel safer. Would have gotten an extra keeper if my team hadn’t forgotten to show up in the first round of the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Tatis — What’s a Jorah?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, JoRam…Meh, Tatis before him

        • Curious George says:
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          Haha my bad on the Jorah. Who’s the priority: arenado or tatis? Not sure that both will make it through the turn

            • DonnieB says:
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              I just got Story and Arenado in an NFBC DC 15 team. Feeling good…

  8. LOLmets says:
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    I could see maybin playing everyday with the tigers hoping he plays well like last year and they can swing him to the Yankees before the deadline when the Yankees entire outfield is on the IL.

    • Grey

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      I guess, prolly never happen

  9. Big Magoo

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    This trade is kind of a perfect storm for Price. He finally gets out of the AL East, where he’s spent his entire career and everyone’s familiar with him, and away from the Yankees, who’ve always pummeled him. Upgrades in stadium, defense, and division. A lot of the hitters in the NL West haven’t seen him much or even at all, which is a huge edge for the pitcher. Just look at what Lester and Hamels did when they first went to the Cubs. Health is a question mark, but I don’t think performance is. Should do very well this year.

    If you like Lamet, you should be loving Castillo right now. Not the best profile for a starter, but makes for a great reliever. Throws extremely hard, wipeout slider. Anderson’s the buzzy guy, but my money’s on Castillo leading the pack in saves in Tampa. Flying a bit under the radar.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Yeah I’m in on Price in LA. His change has sucked, but gap to FB is still there. He got hammered in the zone last year, but he still knows how to pitch and no where better than NL West to get his mojo back. He pitches 4 games in Coors and Chase, but 24 in Petco, SF and Chase. Hello nurse.

      I think TB ends up being a total closer by committee. Plus Anderson has already jumped 60 spots in NFBC so value is gone. I’d rather grab Castillo and Alvarado. Maybe even Trevor Richards and elite changeup gets in the mix. Richards actually profiles very similar to a late career Trevor Hoffman. 2nd coming of Hell’s Bells!

      • Big Magoo

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        Yeah, Price’s change wasn’t as effective last year, but he’s still missing bats and the command is still very good. Had three other plus pitches, albeit barely so. The parks, defense, unfamiliarity, and all of the other factors make him a good play.

        Could be a committee in Tampa. If someone takes the job though (20+ saves), I’d bet on Castillo. He’s proven to be able to handle it. Alvarado completely lost his command last year, and Anderson might be seen as a prime Andrew Miller type to be utilized in different situations. Good point on Richards, but I think he’s more likely to be used as a swingman and as injury insurance for the rotation. We’ll see though.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Agree on the swing for Richards, but you never know. Biggest thing for me is Anderson hype has gone way past where it should be. He’s getting drafted ahead of Colome, Kennedy, Bradley the last few days. I can’t see that at all.

    • Grey

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      He’s got issues beyond park, and league…He’s a huge health question mark

      I do love Castillo

  10. Rabbit says:
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    PT Cypher?
    PT Bar’em?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like vet blankets

  11. DonnieB says:
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    Great writeup one again. I have a couple keeper questions for a 12 team roto auction with a $300 cap at auction:

    Which two are keepers out of Story at $51 for two years , Springer at $33 for 2 years, and Eduardo Escobar at $2 for 2 years?

    Which two to keep out of Trevor Bauer at $16 for 1 year, Zac Gallen aT $10 for 2 years, Liam Hendriks at $10 for 2 years and Robert Osuna at $10 for 1 year?

    I think it is hilarious that ESPN is still in the rankings business. Do their parts ever win a perts league? Thanks for being the best in the business!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Story, Springer, Bauer, Gallen for me

    • Grey

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      Agree with DT

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    Glossary term – doily. This type of player is similar to the lacy covering grandma has on her ornate antique mahogany end table, this type of player only covers the beauty of the best parts of grandma’s living room.

    The Cubs signed Kipnis to play a little 2B, but there’s not much under that doily anyway.

    Word of caution: Sometimes you remove that doily to reveal the god-awful gash Uncle Jimmy put in said end table. And the end table is held together by duck tape.

    Conversation in 2024: Remember when the Tigers signed Maybin to play CF? Turns out that doily was the best thing about that pos.

    Are the SF Giants a team of doilies?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like vet blankets

      Bunch of vet blankets!

  13. Jim says:
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    Juan Lagares, futility man?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like vet blankets

  14. Earl says:
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    Ok, so here is what I have thus far in draft for 5×5 roto:
    Arenado
    Trea Turner
    Blake Snell
    Matt Olson
    Chris Paddack
    Eloy Jimenez

    Have been trying to closely follow Grey’s ranking and Razzball advice.

    Coming up to my picks (83 and 86; rounds 7&8). There was been run in round 6&7 on closers with top 4 gone (Hader, Yates, Osuna, Chapman).

    Feel I need to address some more speed in not distant future.

    I was thinking of maybe closer soon (Hendricks, Diaz, Hand, Rogers, Giles) and then perhaps another hitter. Was actually thinking of perhaps Laureano, Pham or Luis Robert).

    Since I took Eloy last time wondering if it would be good/wise to take Robert and yikes have 2 White Sox OF lol.

    Do people think Robert will do as well as some think?

    Anyway, appreciate the advice as always.

    • Earl says:
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      Actually failed to mention that right now Machado, Muncy and Eddie Rosario are still available as well but feel like others hitters I mentioned including these 3 might be going soon and likely before my picks 107&110 round 9&10).

      Also not sure I need the power these 3 provide but then again power is usually king; right.

      I usually find this part of draft (rounds 7-10) the hardest for some reason to decide which way to go.

    • Big Magoo

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      Turner’s your only source of speed at the moment, so I’d go with Robert or Laureano if available (Pham is a bit riskier with the health news). Robert has the higher ceiling (think Starling Marte with more power), but he also has a lower floor than Laureano due to inexperience and shaky plate discipline.

      Hendricks and Rogers would be solid options at RP1. Diaz, Hand, and Giles look to be a bit more volatile. Could also go with someone like Berrios if he’s there to shore up your rotation (something I like to do if my top guys are health risks like Snell or low volume like Paddack).

      • Earl says:
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        Thanks Magoo.

        You would not see problem going with Robert and having 2 White Sox OF’s? Really hoping Eloy has great year as took bit of risk taking him last round. Trying to decide if Robert risk/reward is worth it but guess that is beauty of this fantasy thing.

        Hoping Mercado or Tim Anderson might be still around little later for some more speed also. Would be something to maybe get both Robert and Laureano maybe round 8 and 9 but not sure that will happen.

        Also thought there were not going to be any limits on Paddack and trusting Snell’s health is good or I am in bit of pickle with my SP1.

        Thanks again.

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          Snell missed almost half of last season, and Paddack pitched roughly 140 innings, which was the biggest workload of his career. Don’t see either as 180+ inning arms. That’s why I mentioned Berrios, who should throw around 200 innings with around a K per inning and solid ratios. Still has some upside too.

          I wouldn’t be worried at all about drafting multiple OFs from the same team, especially two like Eloy and Robert. They’re both signed long-term, so service time isn’t a concern. And they’re the best options for the team.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d grab Laureano and a second starter. There still should be some closers with jobs when it comes back to you. I like Colome if you miss the group you listed. He’s at a discount because he’s on a contract year and could get moved, but I think White Sox will compete this year and he’s there for the year.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d have no issues owning Eloy and Robert on the same team. Expecting a big year for Robert. I like that plan for picks 83 & 86.

      • Earl says:
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        Laureano got taken on me so I wound up taking Liam Hendricks and Luis Robert.

        With taking both Eloy and Robert, looks like I am cheering for White Sox.

        Was maybe thinking about Tim Anderson also so maybe I will have a 3 pack of White Sox, lol.

        Why is it sometimes that one reaches certain points in draft and wonders what am I doing (at least I do)??

          • Earl says:
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            Yup. I have been told by fellow drafters that I am a source of entertainment. Not sure if that is a good thing.

            Really hoping Eloy and especially Robert have good seasons or this ship becomes a slow boat to the bottom to join the Titanic.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I like them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Magoo

  15. Gigorilla says:
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    Nice video on the busts.
    Question – did you let Alec Baldwin write the “DJ L is a bust” script?

    I know you Hollywood types love to bash Conservatives, but lets keep the politics to the politicians.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just jokes, homey

  16. Member Berries says:
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    Grey! Aka Voodoo Master lothario,

    What is the Fantasy impact on Domingod Santana signing with the Indians? Amazed at how low he signed for …

    Kyle Lewis feels like the post post hype breakthrough prospect for 2020.

    LA DMV advice: go to the santa monica one

    I think it’s time you brought Canseco back on the podcast.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m curious if Madonna ever got his sperm

      • Dave D says:
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        The best DMV in CA has got to be Crescent City. I went there one time for DL license/photo and I was the only one there except the employees. No other “customer”. It took me about ten minutes total. It’s probably worth the drive from SF (the worst DMV)just to experience that.

        Any non drivers license issues can be done at AAA, which is well worth the membership fees alone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I would never go to the DMV, but the wife decided to play a practical joke on me and get me personalized plates that I didn’t want and had to go pick up in person

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, I remember that funny story from your recent podcast. Ridunculous!!!

          • M says:
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            Saw a personalized plate in NY o the way to work yesterdsy that said “GOTRAZZ” , sure that waan’t you? Haha

            • Dave D says:
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              Haha!! I need to get something like that. Id maybe have to get an old hot rod to have plates like that. I am in CT though so I might pass you on the highway in a traffic jam at sone point.

    • Hebrew Hammer says:
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      Grand Slam in Japan was the highlight of his career, opening day last season.

      Surprisingly, Milwaukee didn’t sign him to a contract, then immediately demote him to minors :)

      Just saying, they screwed with him in my opinion

  17. ozone ranger says:
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    Ok, here is my first run of keeper decisions. Draft is March 15.

    12-team, NL-only auction one year keeper league, $260 budget, 25 active roster (14 hitters – standard position filling, 11 pitchers – no SP/RP qualifiers)

    I can only keep four, since I finished 2nd the year prior (thank you Razzball). Fried is obvious. In fact, I can sign him for $6 for two years, which Grey already gave his godlike blessing to earlier this month.

    The other three: right now, based on Rudy’s Projections, Edman, Reynolds look best. The third is either Aquino, Gallen, maybe Strasburg, maybe Hampson. Don’t know. Aquino was the obvious 3rd until the Reds signed Nick Cast…Greek Name.

    Side note: I can trade players to move up in our six round reserve draft where we can lockup minor league players for two years or draft MLB active players, which I will attempt to do.

    Thank you knowledgeable ones in advance.

    Max Fried $1
    Steven Strasburg $23
    Zac Gallen $12
    Aristos Aquino $10
    Dominic Smith $1
    Tommy Edman $10
    Joey Luchassi $11
    Bryan Reynolds $11
    Cal Quantrill $2
    Garrett Hampson $10
    Jon Berti $10

    • ozone ranger says:
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      Also I like Dominic Smith at $1 is a dark horse if he got traded to an NL with playing time for him. He can hit, but watching him flop around in LF last year was painful. Not Manny-Ram with the Dodgers painful, but painful enough.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Fried, Strasburg, Gallen, Edman for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • ozone ranger says:
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        Donkey Teeth and Grey, thank you for the input. I will heed your consensus in advice and go with those four.

        Now I need to go find a Razzball league or two to sign up with now I know my auction date.

        This site is amazing. Glad I finally found it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! Sign up for a few dozen Razzball leagues!

  18. Lenny says:
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    And Domingo signed with the Indians…. or did he?

  19. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Tuned in for my first spring training news yesterday and the first thing I saw was an interview with Jake Arrietta talking about how healthy his…………i have vuja de

  20. Smitty says:
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    Think Maeda does well in Minn., and feel the same for Price in Chavez Ravine. Seems Dyson may join Madrigal as a late source of bags and Pillar could be a decent fit in Bos. So Margot and Renfroe go into a bar…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, I love Maeda, no on Price, he has issues other than park — I guess on Dyson if desperate

  21. larry womack says:
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    Google Trevor Bauer rant. You’ll love it.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Saw that the other day, he was spot on too

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        That is a great rant……..I don’t even understand the whole playoff deal how whacky having the ability to choose your oppenent? Biggest thing is the 10 days off baseball is definitely about playing every day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          MLB wants to go to playoffs where top team selects their opponent like it’s The Bachelor

          • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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            I get they want interest but putting mediocre teams in the playoffs is not interesting. Early rounds of NBA and hockey usally are not all that great.

            If they want more teams they should have a losers tournament like the NCAA has the NIT

            I liked it when you had to win the division to get in then 162 games meant something.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it’s goofy, agreed — baseball season is long for a reason

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I agree with him 100%

  22. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Knee surgery for Clevinger.

  23. FrankGrimes says:
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    Rudy in mid-season form.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      ???

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        Read the headline…………Rudy has a wry wit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy has championship punmanship

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Is he in the best shape of his life?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, you watch Survivor?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Not yet… good start?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I liked it!

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                Nice! Are the nfbc razz leagues soon?
                I’m outta town next week.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I think we’re gonna figure them out in next two weeks

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    Ok cool… Save me a spot or email me the day before please.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      For sure

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    Thanks.
                    Loving how some players like Bellinger are speaking their mind. Although assuming that they would’ve won series without the cheating is questionable.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Very questionable, but I love it, feels like WWE

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    Ha totally. We need more!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup!

  24. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Does that Souza sign put our Happ fantasy in danger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think so, no word from Cubs other than Happ’s their starting CF

  25. kelly leak says:
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    Great job again Grey!
    Question for everyone –
    Trying to decide whether to jump in an early draft or wait. Do you feel there is an advantage to drafting early before rankings have adjusted? Is it offset by other early drafters being more knowledgeable than the more causal later guys (and gals)? Other advantages/disadvantages?
    Thanks!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      I like early drafts when your league mates are less up on fantasy news. Let’s you draft the high upside guys who could explode in value and /or adp with a good spring or secured job. Lets you grab guys like Nick Anderson and Josh James and bet on them getting their roles confirmed by end of spring (and if not, you can always drop for a boring vet).

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Duda but there’s pros and cons to drafting early and late. Value early but also injuries. More infor available later but everyone has more info.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly!

      Prefer to draft day before season starts — everyone has same info, beat them with them knowing what’s up

      • kelly leak says:
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        Thank you for the responses.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, KL

  26. D Fresh says:
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    Ahh the sweet smell of a fresh daily. It warms my soul on this -11 degree morning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, stay warm!

  27. Mel says:
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    Razz commenters-

    I have a league in need of 3 new people.
    Long term keeper league with some very interesting/fun rules.
    its a money league, hundred bucks to play. 7×7, and lots of different payouts like — winner of the month, category winners, etc, in addition to final finish.

    If interested in joining, hit me up at liftapint at yahoo dot com

    Thanks!

  28. JB says:
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    Deep league – 9×9 head to head with roto style scoring. We can keep (forever) up to 5 players – here are my options:

    Soto (no-brainer)
    Mondesi (no-brainer)
    Vlad Jr
    Giancarlo
    Laureano
    Mercado
    Hoskins

    Clevinger
    Strasburg

    I’m leaning toward keeping Vlad, G-carlo (huge help with OPS if he stays healthy) and Clevinger (we have to have 7 SPs each week). Agree?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Clev is toast, knee surgery…scratch him. Stras, Vlad, Giancarlo for me…

    • JB says:
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      Oops, just heard the Clevinger news – probably changes things…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  29. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I swung a deal last night where I gave up Hunter Dozier (1B/3B/OF, KC, $6) and got Nick Anderson (RP/TB/$6) in return. How did I do on that deal?

    Also This just in. Mike CLevinger having surgery tpo repair torn medial miniscus in his keft knee

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Fair deal

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        is anderson close in TB or is it Alvarez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  30. zombie says:
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    In mid season form, Grey! “Anyway, here’s what else…” Music to many of our ears!
    Clevinger is scheduled to undergo surgery today after he sustained partial of the medial meniscus in his left knee while training this week. Tough to pitch on crutches. Just another example, Lothario. Just another example.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, by next year no one will use Clevinger as an example of how smart it was to not draft top pitching, but I was out on him way before this

  31. Game of Throws says:
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    With Mike Clevinger’s surgery, where does that put him draft round wise in a redraft league? Is he even worth drafting at this point or is it worth taking a gamble on him to recover by May or June?

  32. Ryan says:
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    So I’m currently drafting next for my rookie/fa draft in my 14 team h2h dynasty league. This is the 5th year of this league. I’m having a hard time deciding which prospect to draft next. The draft so far has gone: Vaughn, Rutschman, jasson dominguez, adbrams, witt jr and bleday. Who do you suggest I should take next? I have my eye on Riley Greene or Skubal. Just not sure if there is someone else I should look to see that is available.

  33. Scott says:
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    Hey, everyone. I’m looking for some keeper help. Kind of a unique league — 10-team, H-to-H mixed, standard 5×5 offense plus 2B & BB. Pitching is QS, L, K, ERA, WHIP and SV+HLD. Only keep one..they count against their Round noted below. Leaning towards someone on offense, given their extra stat category and the more randomness of pitching. Thoughts…Thanks!

    6 – Vladdy
    7 – Eloy Jimenez
    10 – V.Robles

    7 – S.Strasburg
    11 – L.Castillo
    12 – J.Hader
    17 – C.Morton

  34. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    So Domingo signing with Indians is interesting… whats the standard lineup now?
    SS Lindor
    CF Mercado
    1B Santana
    3B Jo-Ram
    DH Reyes
    RF Domingo/Bauers
    LF Luplow/Allen
    2B Hernandez
    C Perez

    I guess this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That looks about right, maybe Bauers in LF too, if he can play it (not sure)

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        When I saw that signing this morning, I had a brief panic because I thought MLB sleeper sniped me again… Then i realized how meh the Indians depth is.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, they have now Mercado and others — same as they had before

  35. Brian says:
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    Hey Grey,

    16 6×6 dynasty team. use OPS. Losing joram’s 2nd elig is really killing me. Right now i have profar but segura will join him 5 starts into the year. not many available 2b.
    right now starting lineup is wilson ramos, carlos santana, profar (ugh), rendon, correa, stanton, marte, blackmon, joram, cruz, with brantley, segura, yuli, gio, jorge polanco, hicks on bench.

    been offered danny santana for my shane baz. if i did the deal i’d end up cutting either profar, segura, or aaron hicks (know he’s hurt but i’d just pop him on IL as soon as elig). Would you make the move? If so, who you cutting?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  36. Tom says:
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    I still don’t understand the case for Maeda marching up the rankings because he’s now in Minny.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t follow question

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      full time job now in weak division. Gets to pitch against Tigers and Royals multiple times.

      • Tom says:
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        He had fulltime job until September, his era was well above 4. San Francisco and San Diego last year.

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          has a career FIP/xFIP of 3.76/3.83 as a starter. Underperformed in multiple months last season that his metrics suggested he should of posted numbers closer to 2018 numbers. Call it luck, call it regression, call it karma, whatever. Plus I could see Baldelli handling Maeda same way he does Odorizzi, Maeda has similar issues third time through the order.

          • Tom says:
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            Completely incorrect his worst innings last year as far as era were the first and second innings, which would mean his first time through the order was his worst. Do we just make stuff up here?

            • Coolwhip

              Coolwhip says:
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              1) Career bro, breakdown for career. 2) times through order, innings are arbitrary, talking about when batters actually face him.

              https://ibb.co/VQH1PhX

              there is a clear correlation that jumps 3rd time through.

              • Tom says:
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                2019 bro your breakdown doesn’t hold water. So as far as last year he struggled most with his first time through the order.

              • Coolwhip

                Coolwhip says:
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                and for the sake for your argument, 2019:

                https://ibb.co/6PWW4Wk

                3rd time was still the worst. 5+ ERA and .500+ SLG

                • Tom says:
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                  And of course innings matter, you guys claiming he’s a better value now that he’s a full time starter for the whole year means he will be pitching more first and second innings when that’s his largest sample size and his era was the worst in those innings.

    • Whatever says:
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      How about a great pitchers park combined with a great offense in a weak division. Are you sure you are not an ESPN Bot?

      • Tom says:
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        He had a 5.12 era in away games last year, he had one really good month as a starter last year which was May, his September relief appearances helped bring down his overall era. In a small sample size he didn’t fare well against AL teams and now he gets to contend with a DH in most games.

        • Tom says:
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          And Dodgers stadium was a better pitchers park in 2019.

          • Tom says:
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            San Francisco and San Diego weren’t exactly Sultans of Swat last year and their ballparks were two of the absolute best pitchers parks, pretty sure you might be the ESPN bot.

        • s says:
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          When a player goes on record saying he’s not happy and then accommodated (via trade in this case) there’s this thing called pride. Kenta will go into 2020 with something to prove and extremely motivated. I’ll take a guy with a chip on his shoulder to pitch beyond his abilities, especially a guy of Maeda’s character.

          • Tom says:
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            Maybe, lots of other players out there motivated as well, usually for money. Sounds like you know him personally.

  37. Whatever says:
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    for the glossary term how about “LackHole”. Lack of skills and he keeps sucking other players stats into a fantasy black hole. No fantasy stats can escape this LackHole.

  38. WhiteRabbit says:
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    playerhater

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      player fader

  39. LenFuego says:
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    In honor of the recent Oscar winner … a PArasite. Has no value other than to leech Plate Appearances from others.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I like vet blankets

  40. Cohen says:
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    Grey, pairings question
    I got 6th pick in a 12 teamer
    Was looking at Story/JoRam but Story/Alonso looks more tantalizing.Which way u think i should go?
    I know u got JoRam slightly higher ranked.

  41. IV says:
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    Glossary term suggestions:

    ABstacle (might not work so well for Pitchers though)
    PT Blockum

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like vet blankets

  42. The Great Knoche says:
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    Home keepers submitted. 10 team 2 catchers 6×6 with Holds and OBP added. Only debate was Yates, but I figured ratios and Ks are worth it and I can spend $1 on all my other 4 pitchers and still be ok. Leaves me 7 players and $58 if I do the $1 pitcher plan.

    Amazing what years of hanging around this site can do for your home leagues. Thanks for not sucking Grey.

    C
    C
    1B Olson $18
    2B Villar $9
    3B Arenado $30
    SS Story $19
    CI Alonso $17
    MI
    OF Betts $30
    OF
    OF
    OF
    OF
    U

    SP DeGrom $30
    SP Snell $9
    SP Paddack $7
    SP Flaherty $14
    SP
    RP Yates $14
    RP
    RP
    RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice! Damn those keepers are pretty

  43. 183414 says:
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    Gray, When your top 20 S.P.’s came out, I thought you were on the negative in drafting Snell. Has your opinion changed at all. Yeah, I’ve drafted Strasburg after his 1st 200 innings year in 5 years, but at least he did, and looked stupendous, and not overworking doing so.
    Snell is definitely a stud, but I”m more concerned about a recurrence w/ Snell.
    What say you ?
    Clevinger’s injury has to benefit Plesac, I would think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, hasn’t changed

  44. ozone ranger says:
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    “Similar to a prospblock, but not just prospects. Please suggest in comments.“

    A WAR non-profiteer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, that’s solid, but I like vet blankets

      • ozone ranger says:
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        Can’t disagree.

    • ozone ranger says:
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      Wait…. Vet Blanket in a German accent is well played.

  45. MrBaseball says:
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    Kenta Maeda Min or get  Dinelson Lamet   in a trade – he won’t cost that much for one of my keepers – cant keep both – who would you want and is there that much difference

  46. Earl says:
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    looking for some advice for upcoming rounds for pitchers. I am enetering rounds 9&10.

    So far I have Snell and Paddack as starters.

    Looking maybe at following soon (listed in Grey’s rank order):
    Sonny Gray, Lance Lynn, Ryu, Zac Gallen, Mike Soroka, Kenta Maeda, Marcus Stroman, Frankie Montas, Andrew Heaney, Jesus Luzardo

    Feeling like I would like to get my hands on Luzardo but also know that Snell and Paddack are little risky (health and inning limits?).

    Any advice as to who u think will have breakout/great seasons?

    Would u advice to start going after a couple of these in rounds 9-12 of 12 team roto?

    Thanks for all the advice Grey and fellas!

      • EARL says:
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        I know that and listed them in order according to your rank.

        Maybe u are saying to just follow the rankings no matter what??

        Was just maybe also asking for your (and other’s) input as to who u might feel would have great year and maybe stand out over the rest?

        Do u also maybe feel that rounds 9-12 is good target to perhaps go after some of these guys?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am, and I wouldn’t draft Snell

          • Earl says:
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            I am also curious why you are concerned about Snell having ‘loose bodies removed from elbow’ and you do not appear to be concerned about same thing for Sonny Gray (who I thought had something similar done in Sept)?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Snell is going about 6 rounds prior and only threw 107 IP last year

  47. TC says:
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    Had Cole, Max, Clevinger, and Corbin as 4 of my 15 keepers in standard ESPN 10 team league. Just got the Clevinger news and then someone just offered me Meadows at a 12th round value for Max at a 2nd round value. Should I do it? I already have Trout, Springer, and Castellanos in the OF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Meadows

      • TC says:
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        Follow up. Would you still keep Clevinger at a 7th round value, or switch him for Conforto as a 14th?

  48. Smitty says:
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    When a player goes on record saying he’s not happy and then accommodated (via trade in this case) there’s this thing called pride. Kenta will go into 2020 with something to prove and extremely motivated. I’ll take a guy with a chip on his shoulder to pitch beyond his abilities, especially a guy of Maeda’s character.

    • Smitty says:
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      Meant for my bro Tom above

  49. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Here’s hoping for a Clev buying opportunity in keepers, but I think people are still going to be paying up for him unfortunately.

    In keepers, you like a $9 albies way more than a $34 Scherzer, right?

    Thanks!

    PS – see bellinger’s interview on altive/stros? I have a feeling altuve’s HBP count is going to skyrocket this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies, yeah

      Yeah, Altuve’s in trouble — duck, little man, duck!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        I guess it’s good for him that only Bieber/Nola will be able to nail him. The Glasnows of the world will be accidentally airmailing it over his head still…Tough target!

  50. Matty says:
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    Altuve, Meadows, Suarez – Pick 2!!

    Dynasty keeper league (12 teams)

    I’ve own Altuve for years but considering Meadows/Suarez for 2020 and beyond…

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, Altuve, Meadows

  51. Licketty Splits says:
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    In a best ball points league heading into round 4/5 with OBP & QS as categories added to the usual My 1st 3 picks were Acuna, Trea & Giolito So far 15 SPs in the first 40 picks. Do I still need to take a SP with one of pick 48/49 or will there be enough there at 72/73??
    In looking at your rankings some of the hitters left so far are: Olson, Mondesi (although have quite a few SBs & no MI but 3 Utility slots) Gleyber, Altuve, Ketel, Albies, & Huira
    Best SP are Paddack, Darvish, Severino, Morton, & Gray
    I’d just use your rankings but with the points league which include OBP & QS. I am struggling …thank god it is a slow draft.
    I think if Yu or Paddack were there I might take one of those. Would love Olson or one the 2B
    Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Paddack, Yu, Olson, that order

      • Licketty Splits says:
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        Thanks …have a good weekend!!

  52. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Which closer would you rather trade for? Edwin Diaz or Ken Giles

    Can can you tell me why you would want the chosen one over the other.

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        ok knowing that. I just got a trade offer.

        I get Ken Giles ($30), and minor league prospect Deivi Garcia, NYY
        I give up Frankie Montas ($6) and minor league prospect Logan Wyatt/1B/SF

        Is giles going to be the closer, or get traded to become a setup guy

        Thoughts?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Giles (ranked 127) was ranked higher on your sheet than Diaz (#162). Garcia i believe will be filling in for Paxton while on the DL. SO perhaps he might worth giving Montas up for.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Montas is better in keepers

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                I have a chance to acquire Zack Greinke $34, and Austin Meadows $22. He gave me a list of players he would want in return.

                Markakis $19
                Realmuto $26
                Bellinger $29
                Freeman $30
                Vlad, Jr $6
                Y. Alvarez $6
                Brantley $30
                E. Rosario $18
                Senzel $6
                Ohtani $34
                Kershaw $29
                Montas $6
                Paddack $6

                Who along with Markakis should I offer?

  53. baby seal says:
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    Woah, woah, woah… Grey going to be the levelheaded one here on Suarez???

    At first, thought I was going crazy reading this post. I was like, wait, am I from the future?? I’ve read all of this before! I can read Grey’s mind now?!? Does this mean I’ll be at sperm bank in twenty years?? I got questions and I need answers!

    Ohtanever!

    Yo, every ‘pert F’n loves themselves some Castellanos. They should go buy a block of feta and get the same experience, because it’s smelly and I don’t dig it

    The Reds plan is to acquire a bunch of ppl in free agency, turn the trades setting to ‘easy’, then make 32 trades and acquire Mike Trout. Works every time!

    Word of advice y’all — avoid the Rays bullpen situation altogether. Warren Buffet / Charlie Munger have a famous quote: “What an investor needs is the ability to correctly evaluate selected businesses. Note that word “selected”: You don’t have to be an expert on every company, or even many. You only have to be able to evaluate companies within your circle of competence. The size of that circle is not very important; knowing its boundaries, however, is vital.”

    Mr. Cash is *not* in my circle of competence. I’m pretty much out on this entire team except Morton and Mr. Yarbro. CREAM!

    Yo, I got Jaylin in the 43rd round G!

    I heard Greinke’s arriving late to camp this year due to autism. Good call! That was a dumpster fire yesterday!

    Clev dog stayed healthy–just as you predicted!

    Have a good weekend, bro!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Eugenio, have for a while

      Haha, Castellanos — no thankstellanos!

      Totally on Anderson, I just drafted Castillo and Alvarado, whee!

      Clevinger — right? I mean, always

      You too!

      • baby seal says:
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        Well, it’s Friday, so we’ll forgive you for drinking early! Good luck on the CREAM!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, thanks, Baby Seal!

      • 183414 says:
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        Totally in on Anderson, I presume. Can’t see Cash putting either Castillo or Alvarez ahead of Anderson on a regular basis. I know I jumped on Nick, perhaps a little early, but those k’s and ratios, and 25-35 saves for a good team v. the so many shaky closers seems too good to pass up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think Anderson is the closer — but the AL-Only league, where I had no money, drafted and I took flyers on the other guys

          • 183414 says:
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            Got you. Wise moves.

  54. The Great Knoche says:
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    Any idea when closer and holds charts are landing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess in next week or so, but ask Rotowan

  55. heisenberg says:
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    Starling Marte is guaranteed to have the best season of his career. Being freed from the Pirates seems to do that. (See Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow, Adam Meadows, a hundred others and Bill Mad Dog Madlock) I hope he feels like running for 30 sbs too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, maybe

  56. Terrence Mann says:
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    Hello Osho! Moving Clevinger down how far for now?

  57. MrBaseball says:
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    How much do you like Dustin May in a keeper league

    what do you have him rated for future

    number 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 starter

    • J-FOH says:
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      To quote Razzball legend and Grey perts league slayers website on May: There are some questions about his pitch mix and whiff ability, but Dustin May is a bonafide mid rotation starter.

      Dustin May’s major league debut generally went well as the tall right-hander started four games and eventually shifted to the bullpen full time. However, we’re left with some questions about his pitch mix when you compare his major league debut with his minor league tendencies.

      In the minors, May was known for two pitches: a two-seamer (i.e. sinker) he picked up three years ago in High-A and a 11-5 breaker that he refers to as a slider but can sometimes be classified as a curveball. Thanks to extension, a 95-97 velocity band, terrific arm side run and late break, his sinker is a deadly weapon that he deploys to both righties and lefties in the bottom of the zone. He’s near elite in generating groundballs with the pitch, and despite how poorly sinkers usually grade out, major leaguers had a .291 wOBA on the pitch last year.
      His slider is a pitch that usually sits 84-87 with big tilt and is another out pitch against righties. It flashes double plus at its best and is at worst is already an above-average pitch.

      So what are the questions? Well, in his debut, 89 percent of his pitches were fastballs (sinker, cutter, four-seam, in that order). And once he shifted to the bullpen, he relied solely on his sinker and cutter. His cutter was statistically his best pitch, a 90-91 mph offering that he deployed to righties and lefties.

      In short, May didn’t really use his best pitch in his debut. Simultaneously, his upside is capped as an SP3 because his fastball variations won’t get the swing and miss needed to reach the next level. I’ve overlooked a lot of May’s positives in this write up, but that’s because he’s such a solid pitcher that my pitch mix worry is really the only one worth bringing up. He’s got strong command of his pitches already, repeats his delivery well, has a lightning quick arm to help sell his pitches and five potential pitches. The question with him is not whether he can be an SP3, it’s whether he can be an SP2 because the former is in the bag.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yay buddy!

  58. J-FOH says:
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    Whats up Grey Grey!

    A few words on Price. You know he’s going to have a few magical mystery trips to the DL to keep him fresh and lighten the load. So temper the innings. His strand rate took a nose dive last year after two of his best seasons of that stat. Does it mean anything? You know what F this. We got Mookie baby! Are we gonna hit a game this year? I’m ready

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think I have to go see this dream team this year… we need some front row seats adjacent to Larry King

      • J-FOH says:
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        Only if you dress extra eccentric and I dress like Im your personal body guard. Gotta sell it to Larry

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I’m rocking a scarf and a bowler hat, eccentric enough?

          • J-FOH says:
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            In my head you were wearing a scarf. We are so in sync

  59. Crazy J says:
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    12-team Starting Rotation: Giolito, Gray, Lynn, Odorizzi, Stroman, Houser
    It looks good on paper. Any of these raise an eyebrow? Anyone I missed that is a must-have?

  60. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Just had my first draft yesterday. Feels good to be back in the mix. I was concerned about being light on speed early on, but ended up with 129 projected steals from my starters according to steamer. Nobody is projected for more than 24. Bichette, Mercado, Lo Cain, Albies. That’s not including Madrigal and DeShields on the bench. Feels light for previous years, but it might be good for top 5-6 these days. Strange times with nobody running and everyone hitting 25+ homers.

    Read that you had an industry draft this weekend. How’d it go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You drafted Mercado?! After all the crap you gave me on him? What?

      I had an AL-Only on Friday with CBS — meh, it was ok, I’ll go over the team this week

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        I guess you could say that I made a reach of faith. Hoping that my playing time concerns are unfounded. Times are tough for speed, yo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, I’m glad you came around, you know how I feel on him

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            I like the player, just have playing time concerns. Still do. But you gotta grab speed sometime or risk getting locked out. The demand definitely outweighs the supply in that department.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Glad I completely changed your mind!

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                Matt…Olson…Sonny…Gray… What’s happening to me?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m ghost riding your brain

  61. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! How’s this ranking of SP keepers?

    $4 Giolito (best)
    $14 Luis Castillo
    $34 Scherzer

    Are Gio and Luis far ahead of Max at their prices?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks about right…Castillo is just a bit ahead

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks sir! Here’s to a spring full of Bellinger and Bauer astros rants

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA, yes, indeed!

  62. Todd says:
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    Grey!

    In my points league (–1 for Ks), I’m keeping Arenado, Acuña, Soto, and Flaherty. The top guys I’m expecting to be available for my first pick, with their 2019 point totals, are Story (442 pts), Scherzer (521 pts), and Corbin (524 pts). Semien (535 pts) will also probably be available.

    Which would you recommend I draft?

    Thanks!
    Todd

  63. Michael William says:
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    Think you’ll have the KEEPER list up prior to mid-March??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hope so

      • Todd says:
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        We are contracting our league by two teams, so I know these guys will be available at the beginning of the draft. I’m expecting the owners drafting ahead of me to take Yelich and Rendon. If one of those guys falls to me, I take him. That’s the reason I can’t say for sure that these four are the top ones available.

  64. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, I am in a 10-team keeper league, which we re-draft every 4 years.
    We will re-draft this year, and my plan is to draft players under 27 or 28 years old.

    My draft rank is 10th with snake draft.
    I plan to draft SS/3B at 10th/11th overall pick, and 1B/OFor2B at 30th/31st overall pick.

    10th/11th pick
    SS : Story or Tatis if both are there when I draft? I know Story is ranked higher however Tatis is younger and potential.
    3B : Better to choose elder (e.g., Arenado orJoRem) or younger (e.g. Devers or Bregman)?

    30th/31st pick
    2B : Only Torres here, or pick OF
    1B : Should be ok to pick Olson here, I am wondering should I steal him at 50th pick and choose OF at 31st pick?

    Kindly advise your suggestions about my first 4 picks strategy, thanks.

  65. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Im next up to pick in a 12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10)slow draft. The only empty slots on my roster are 1B, C and one Util. None of the available 1B really stand out. The highest ranked might be C.Santana. Other than that I have 4 SPs and no RP.
    Trying to decide between
    Grandal/Contreras
    C.Seager
    T.Rogers
    S.Ohtani/D.Lamet/Paxton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know what your team looks like

      • Dontbichetteme says:
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        I’ve put together a pretty stellar group of keepers over the years.
        ALBIES, BREGMAN,ARENADO, TROUT, ACUNA,SOTO, GALLO
        SNELL, BIEBER, CORBIN, KLUBER.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your keepers are insane…I’d go Ohtani or Grandal, prolly Ohtani since it’s a keeper

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        its only Ohtani as a SP or DH. Two different players. would you still go OHtani over Grandal?

  66. Nightpandas says:
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    12 team keep 7 Forever OPS and K/9 on top of Reg cats

    Keepers are likely Lindor Cole Olson Bichette MChapman Bauer Wheeler also have ERosario Adell Tucker Kieboom

    Got offered Alonso Meadows Berrios for my Lindor Kieboom Adell

    What do you think…would those three be better keepers

  67. MrBaseball says:
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    What does this mean – you should not draft him – you can still draft him

    May experienced mild side tightness after reporting to spring training, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

    The fact it’s classified as mild tightness is good news, but it’s still somewhat concerning to see the 22-year-old managing an injury at the start of camp. May mostly worked out of the bullpen in his first taste of the majors in 2018, but he’ll be in the running for an Opening Day rotation spot in spring training, assuming the side tightness doesn’t have a lingering impact.

  68. cmutimmah says:
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    If the Tigers signed anyone, it should have been Billy Hamilton. Playing him everyday would have at least allowed them to sell “the base stealing guy” to the fans.

    Think about it this way, a team will 100% want a guy like Hamilton as a playoff bench player. So even if he has a bad season, he’ll still fetch something in a trade. Maybin is Meh-bin, he’s not as fast as he once was and he is just as likely to have a bad season… but he’ll be untradable in a bad season.

    Random thought – Just Dong Martinez was an Astro that couldn’t hit. Then he went to the Tigers and became a hitter, then to BoSox and became a superstar. Imagine if they had louder garbage cans back in 2013!

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