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.

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cmutimmah
cmutimmah
2 years ago

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!

MrBaseball
MrBaseball
2 years ago

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.

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
2 years ago

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

dontbichetteme
dontbichetteme
2 years ago

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

Dontbichetteme
Dontbichetteme
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

dontbichetteme
dontbichetteme
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

Wilson
Wilson
2 years ago

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.

Michael William
Michael William
2 years ago

Think you’ll have the KEEPER list up prior to mid-March??

Todd
Todd
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Todd
Todd
2 years ago

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

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

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!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks sir! Here’s to a spring full of Bellinger and Bauer astros rants

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
2 years ago

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?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Matt…Olson…Sonny…Gray… What’s happening to me?

Crazy J
Crazy J
2 years ago

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?

Crazy J
Crazy J
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I’m not sure how I got on the D. Peralta train but derail me… H. Dozier before Peralta?

J-FOH
J-FOH
2 years ago

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

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Only if you dress extra eccentric and I dress like Im your personal body guard. Gotta sell it to Larry

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

In my head you were wearing a scarf. We are so in sync

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  J-FOH
2 years ago

You should both wear feather boas like the Hulkster. Go big or go home.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

That WAS you the other day: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9CGdftOnDB4

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Im thinking Grey can’t escape that he’s this guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgIFtAof6po

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Im feeling a beret to go with my scarf

MrBaseball
MrBaseball
2 years ago

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
J-FOH
Reply to  MrBaseball
2 years ago

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.

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
2 years ago

Hello Osho! Moving Clevinger down how far for now?

heisenberg
heisenberg
2 years ago

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!

The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Any idea when closer and holds charts are landing?

baby seal
baby seal
2 years ago

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!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Got you. Wise moves.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

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
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
2 years ago

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?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks …have a good weekend!!

Matty
Matty
2 years ago

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?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

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.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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!

Smitty
2 years ago

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
Reply to  Smitty
2 years ago

Meant for my bro Tom above

TC
TC
2 years ago

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

TC
TC
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

Earl
Earl
2 years ago

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
EARL
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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)?

MrBaseball
MrBaseball
2 years ago

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

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
2 years ago

“Similar to a prospblock, but not just prospects. Please suggest in comments.“

A WAR non-profiteer.

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Can’t disagree.

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
Reply to  ozone ranger
2 years ago

Wait…. Vet Blanket in a German accent is well played.

183414
183414
2 years ago

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.

The Great Knoche
2 years ago

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

IV
IV
2 years ago

Glossary term suggestions:

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

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

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.

LenFuego
LenFuego
2 years ago

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

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
2 years ago

playerhater

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
Reply to  WhiteRabbit
2 years ago

player fader

Whatever
Whatever
2 years ago

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.

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

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

Coolwhip
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

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

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

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

Coolwhip
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

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
Tom
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

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
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

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
Tom
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

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
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

and for the sake for your argument, 2019:

https://ibb.co/6PWW4Wk

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

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

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
Whatever
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

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
Tom
Reply to  Whatever
2 years ago

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
Tom
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

And Dodgers stadium was a better pitchers park in 2019.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

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
s
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

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
Tom
Reply to  s
2 years ago

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

Brian
Brian
2 years ago

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!

Coolwhip
2 years ago

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?

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Scott
Scott
2 years ago

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

Ryan
Ryan
2 years ago

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.

Game of Throws
Game of Throws
2 years ago

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?

zombie
zombie
2 years ago

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.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Fair deal

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

is anderson close in TB or is it Alvarez?

JB
JB
2 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  JB
2 years ago

Clev is toast, knee surgery…scratch him. Stras, Vlad, Giancarlo for me…

JB
JB
Reply to  JB
2 years ago

Oops, just heard the Clevinger news – probably changes things…

Mel
Mel
2 years ago

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!

DFresh
DFresh
2 years ago

Ahh the sweet smell of a fresh daily. It warms my soul on this -11 degree morning.

kelly leak
kelly leak
2 years ago

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?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  kelly leak
2 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  kelly leak
2 years ago

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.

kelly leak
kelly leak
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thank you for the responses.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Does that Souza sign put our Happ fantasy in danger?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
2 years ago

Rudy in mid-season form.

The Great Knoche
Reply to  FrankGrimes
2 years ago

???

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Read the headline…………Rudy has a wry wit

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Is he in the best shape of his life?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Not yet… good start?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ok cool… Save me a spot or email me the day before please.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ha totally. We need more!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Knee surgery for Clevinger.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Turrible

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Fantastic. Traded him for Olson 2 weeks ago in home league.

larry womack
larry womack
2 years ago

Google Trevor Bauer rant. You’ll love it.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  larry womack
2 years ago

Saw that the other day, he was spot on too

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

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.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Smitty
2 years ago

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…

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

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

Lenny
Lenny
2 years ago

And Domingo signed with the Indians…. or did he?

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
2 years ago

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
ozone ranger
Reply to  ozone ranger
2 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  ozone ranger
2 years ago

Fried, Strasburg, Gallen, Edman for me

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Member Berries
Member Berries
2 years ago

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
Admin