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)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  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…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  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

      Grey says:
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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

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Arenado

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

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Nice!

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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

      Grey says:
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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

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  12. bigbear says:
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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

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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.

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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

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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)??

        • Grey

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          Haha

          • 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

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              Yeah, I like them

    • Grey

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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

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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

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      I’m curious if Madonna ever got his sperm

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Were *at

      • 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

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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!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup

          • 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.