Ken Griffey Jr. missed a pinch hitting opportunity last week because he was asleep in the clubhouse.  In related news, Grady Sizemore has been sleepwalking through his at-bats.  Maybe Griffey was pooped from his Dick’s Sporting Goods commercial.  If the end is indeed nigh for Griffey, and if nigh is the right archaic word, this could mean an extended leash for Michael Saunders.  He’s a low teen power/speed guy without much average, so the M’s would be going from yawning to yawnstipating.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brad Lidge – Stiffness in his elbow.  In Italian guy straight from Ellis Island terms, that’s notta so good.  The Phils held Contreras to pitch the ninth for the save.  Save vultures, commence vulturing.

Jair Jurrjens – Felt a pop in his hamstring.  Why don’t they call it soda?!  Oh, wait…   With no medical training, I can tell you the three things you want to avoid.  Take out a note pad.  These are kinda important.  1) Feeling a pop anywhere in your body  2) Pains in the chest  3) Being dead.  Medlen’s time in the rotation just got a bit longer.

Ryan Braun – He was removed after getting plunked on the elbow.  And someone has to pay Eric Plunk a nickel.  Not it!  Braun’s day-to-day, which is better than week-to-week and much better than minute-to-minute.  Fine line, friends.  Fine line.

Manny Corpas – 1 IP, 4 ER.  I’ve set some kind for record of picking up new closers only to watch them club me over the head with my trust.  It’s taken me longer to put together furniture from Ikea than for Corpas to suck.

Huston Street – Will begin rehab on Thursday.  Aw, maybe only two more weeks of Manny Corpas.  So sad. /sarcasm

Eric Young Jr. – Jim Tracy knows Clint Barmes.  He knows Melvin Mora.  Why doesn’t he know Eric Young Jr.?  Just send him back to the minors if you’re not going to play him.  I hate you, Jim Tracy.

Miguel Olivo – Only 4 hits in his last 34 at-bats.  The not so good Olivo that’s played in the majors for the last 7 years is starting to rear its ugly head.  Bring back Iannetta!

Troy Tulowitzki – MRI showed nothing major so Tulo should be back in the next couple of days.  Tulo legit 2 quit.

Tommy Hanson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, now has a 2.30 ERA on the year.  When I avoided him in the preseason, I said I might regret not owning him.  And that’s me paraphrasing my regret!

Chipper Jones – Glass Chipper has an aggravated right groin.  That’ll teach him to pay so much attention to his left groin.  Stop neglecting your right groin, it’s aggravated!

Jason Heyward – Yesterday, he tested his groin.  Hey now!  Heyward hopes to play Tuesday, which is today for 98% of our readers.  Thanks, Google Analytics!

Carlos Gomez – To the DL with a left rotator cuff strain.  Jody Gerut should see starts, but Jim Edmonds probably will.  Why?  Because the Brewers want people time traveling from the year 2000 to feel at home when they see Edmonds.

John Jaso – 3-for-5 as John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt bats .350 on the year.

Chad Billingsley – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 7 Ks.  Now has three decent starts in his last four.  Yes, it’s only three decent starts in his last 6, but I’m cherrypicking stats here, leave me alone.

Brandon Morrow – 1 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Damn those hodgepodjays and their sexy upside!

Aaron Hill – 0-for-4, batting .190 on the year with 2 homers.  Yup.

Brennan Boesch – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs as he bats near .400 in the last week.  Should be playing for at least another two weeks, until Guillen returns.  Worth a look in deep mixed leagues for a part-time replacement.

Ivan Rodriguez – 4-for-4 as he bats .393 on the year.  Yeah, that makes sense.

Luis Atilano – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Now has 12 walks to 11 strikeouts.  That’s an avoid.

Miguel Batista – The poet laureate of the major leagues notched a save in Capps’ stead.  Capps had pitched two consecutive days.  Don’t matter, just don’t bite on Batista.  And what’s a mention of Batista without Castro…

Starlin Castro – 0-for-2, 3 errors.  Cubs fans blamed the third one on Bartman.

  1. Terrence Mann says:

    Corpas treated my peripherals like Mrs. O’Leary’s cow treated Chicago. Going to take a lot of time and effort to recover from that disastrous moment in time.

  2. @Terrence Mann:

    I dropped him just in the knick of time. Hello Contreras!

  3. Mic says:

    is gordon beckham worth a waiver wire pick-up… ten team keeper league… i have first priority…

  4. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Ian Desmond or Brignac, if offensive Ks are a cat?

  5. Bring Back Pluto says:

    @Mic: Don’t use your priority, but I’d nab him if he clears.

  6. DrEasy says:

    Glaus is heating up. Drop Smoak for him?

  7. AB says:

    Is Ricky Romero a sell high guy? He looked really bad against 2 pretty bad offenses last week.

    Also if i had to pick between Romero and Cecil who should i take?

  8. Terrence Mann says:

    @Elijah: How can a guy be such a solid setup man and such a horrible closer? It’s gonna take the whole week for my numbers to recover.

  9. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    Funny title

    Here’s a “mystery man behind door #…” duo for ya:

    Player A: .308, 19 R, 7 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB
    Player B: .292, 17 R, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 2 SB


    Player A: Hanley Ramirez
    Player B: Ian Stewart

    Difference of a solo shot

    Oh and whose line is this…
    .339, 16 R, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 4 SB?


    Vlad fackin’ Guerrero! :0

    Now those are a couple value picks

  10. penpen says:

    @AB: I watched both pitch in their last starts; they are ridiculously similar, low-90’s lefties who rely on a change up for k’s. It seems Cecil has the better control, and Romero has a bit more velocity? Romero might have more upside while Cecil has more stability…

  11. Tony says:

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Until Vlad hits the DL as one of his OLD knees snap off and Hanley hits stride blowing Stewarts Doors off….. but yes nice value picks for the first 5 weeks.

  12. Hi everyone, which is a better deal in a deep league where pitching is a premium?

    Trade #1: Wigginton + Chaucin for Beckett
    Trade #2: Wigginton for Gavin Floyd

  13. joe from point pleasant says:

    @Grey & anyone else who wants to help:

    -Glaus vs Freese?
    -Contreras over or under 2 weeks in the closer role?
    -When is it going to be time to drop Beckham?
    -Chris Young (AZ) is a FA in my league, worth an add?

  14. @joe from point pleasant: I think most people would opt for Freese, but I have a good feeling about Glaus. Under on Contreras. The other two depend on how deep your league is.

  15. Malacoda says:

    I hate asking questions in my comments, but how the hell long do I have to hold Kubel?

  16. Bring Back Pluto says:

    @Bring Back Pluto:

    OK, actually let me make it:

    Desmond, Brignac, or Aviles

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Bring Back Pluto: desmond > avile > brignac

    brignac just isn’t getting the ABs in the crowded rays lineup. desmond is starting to ‘get it’ i think. he’s looked good in the nats games i’ve seen recently. the nats lineup is also pretty solid, much better than the royals. aviles will probably hit for a higher avg than desmond, but that’s about it.

  18. ScoutAbout says:

    @Grey et al. I’ve been offered a straight up trade of my Heyward for his Brandon Phillips. I think this is a no-brainer do it for me. I’m currently starting Wiggy at 2B and have Braun, Soriano, Span, Pence, Willingham, Maybin (who I will drop when Michael Stanton is brought up–he’s in my minors slot) as my OF (we start 5). I’d just like some feedback from the peanut gallery here before I do it. Thanks!

  19. TonyCino says:

    12 team, 10×10 roto, mixed, daily, keeper league. With Hanley at SS and Phillips at 2B how would you rank these for MI: Aviles, Alexei, Starlin, Prado?

    With Howard at 1B and Wright at 3B how would you rank these at CI: Sandoval, Freese, Smoak?

  20. papasmurf says:

    Lost in the shuffle, crapoli goes deep off garza!

    Homer numero dos. Time to rejoice…

  21. The Cow says:

    Matusz has come down to earth lately and I have the chance to pickup Olsen, who has strung together some quality starts. Do I pull the plug on Matusz?

  22. Donnie Baseball says:

    Anybody know just how bad EY jr. defense at 2nd really is? If Tracy feels more comfortable with Mora at 2nd.

    And don’t worry Grey, I still think Hanson has a dead arm period at some point.

  23. Jeff says:

    12 team 5×5 roto league. We start 5 SP’s, 3 RP’s, and 1 P. We also start 1 2B, 1IF, and 1 U.

    I have Utley, K. Johnson and A. Hill at 2B.
    I’m starting Vlad at my Utility spot and K. Morales at my IF spot so K. Johnson and Hill don’t see much playing time.

    My RP’s are Capps, Cordero, and Hoffman.

    I’ve been offered Valverde for Hill. Should I take it?

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @The Cow: i would. matusz is gonna be a stud, but this year being in the AL east he’ll probably be more of a 4.50 era guy and struggle to win 10 games with that O’s lineup and bullpen. plus he’ll probably get shut down or at least have some starts skipped come august or september.

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jeff: if you have faith in valverde to be a solid closer all season, sure.

  26. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Yeah, I thought I stole Hanley at a “good price” in a few auction drafts (wasn’t targeting him in any), but it’s only a “good price” if he plays like Hanley Ramirez… not so good when he’s playing like a mini donkey.

  27. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Donnie Baseball: good i say. i’ve been wanting to pick up contreras for vulture Ws/saves and a ratio boosts, but haven’t been able to fit him onto my team right now. maybe beckett will get everything worked out and come back ready to give me something usable.

  28. Timequake says:

    I’ve been offered Jason Heyward for Jonathan Sanchez. My other OFs are Ichiro, Victorino, CarGo, Granderson, and Rasmus. My other SPs are Verlander, Lee, Hanson, Liriano, Buchholz, Chacin, and Vasquez.


  29. ron mexico's papi says:

    Mike Stanton hit HR #15 yesterday. Ryan Howard Jr. should be in the big leagues in short order. Dude is just killing baseballs right now.

  30. Calogero says:

    Now that I’ve dropped Fatty Corpuscle for Contreras, how long will it be until Contreras supernovas and Corpas starts getting consistent saves? I say Wednesday night.

  31. Eric says:

    @ron mexico’s papi: I think if enough people predict this kind of thing on enough different blogs, the Marlins will forget the arbitration incentives for keeping Stanton out of the bigs until later in the season, the fact that he’s never even seen AAA pitching in a real game, or that the young guys with upside they already have like Maybin and Coghlan probably could have used more seasoning. It’s likely that if enough people predict an imminent call up, Florida’s management will just do it. Let’s make this happen, people! C’mon!

  32. Dan Z says:

    Grey, anyone else…

    trade Aramis Ramirez and Scott Baker for Pablo Sandoval and Carl Pavano? Id be getting the Pablo side…

  33. Frank Rizzo says:

    Much too early to be writing off A Hill as a Schmohawk imo. I’m trying to trade for him in fact. Patience.

  34. Suck My Wieters says:


    I asked this question a few days ago, I believe smokey answered….

    I have an offer of Hunter Pence(my player) for Aaron Hill

    I know you think Hill is a schmohawk, and I agree but Pence is, as well. Which Schmohawk do I take. Its tough dealing with schmohawks.

  35. Eddy says:


    Who should I let go for Nelson Cruz?

    Fukodome, Schierholtz, Jose Guillen, or Scott Podsednik

    (11th in runs, 5th in SB, 7th in HR and AVG)

  36. Wilsonian says:

    @Malacoda: I’m thinking the same thing. I have him in a 16 team H2H, 5 player keeper, and he’s just rotting on the bench with me playing Smoak and Davis at UTIL every night. I just dropped Prado for E. Santana instead of dropping Kubel, and then Prado responds by hitting a slam. I’m starting to really regret that decision, aside from the fact that I would only be left with 3 OFs. But seriously, how much longer do I hang on to this bum? There are a few options out there…and I’m hoping Prado clears so I can pick him back up. He’s way more valuable than the Kubster…

  37. Grey and anyone else —

    I’m keeping Kazmir on my 20-team roster because he just seems so much more talented than the kind of pitcher I find on waivers in that league, the Lohse-, Moyer-, Homer Bailey-, Ohlendorf-, Jason Hammel-, Dana Eveland-type guys. I figure Kazmir may eventually turn things around.

    But someone just dropped Jason Vargas … I know he’s no Bob Gibson, but is it worth dropping Kazmir or someone else to get Vargas? The other droppable names on my roster are Eric Young (if he’s sent down or benched) or Takahashi, who is a huge help in a pitching-dry league by adding innings, Ks, ratios, etc. Aside from Kazmir, my SPs are Cole Hamels, Jared Weaver, Chaucin, Latos, and (come June) Chapman.

    Or is something better than Vargas, a la Chaucin or Medlen likely to appear on waivers before too long?

    If it is worth grabbing Vargas — I can’t believe I’m considering this — is it worth using my modest (16th) waiver priority just to be sure I get him?

  38. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    @Eddy: and @Grey

    I have the same question with Nelson Cruz. Need to drop either Bruce, Quentin, Byrd, Ibanez, Rajai Davis.

  39. Wilsonian says:

    @Howie Met Your Mother: @Eddy: and @Grey: I figured I should go ahead and jump on this bandwagon. These are the guys I consider to be droppable for Nelson: BJ, Krispie, Stewart, Konerko, Colby Lewis, Lidge. Real tough call, but I’m almost leaning towards BJ. I need some help here.

  40. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: if you drop bj you are a fool. drop lidge unless you are extremely thin at closer. and given that you just got him back off the DL, i assume you were planning to be without him for 6 weeks or so anyway.

    do you play in an 8 team mixed league or something?

  41. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: also if it comes down to it, sell off bj + lewis or krispie + lewis for a SP upgrade or something. don’t give aw2ay a guy you probably drafted in the 5th round who while he hasn’t been great hasn’t been droppable bad either.

  42. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:

    Say you were the type of fella with terrible luck who has been scrambling to fill your catcher roster spot since Miggy Montero’s knee asploded.

    Which low upside schmo would you be using?

    Russel Martin, John Buck, or Rod Barajas? I’m also tempted to take Ruiz just for Philly homer’s sake, and the fact that he’s moved up to 7th in the lineup.

  43. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @FlyinHawaiianPizza: take ruiz. he’s helping your avg and obp. then barajas.

  44. Save-vulturing: Joba, Putz, or Contreras? Please rank.

    @Terrence Mann: Haven’t we seen this movie before? The “Corpas Can’t Close Follies”?

    @Timequake: Nope. You can get a better pitcher for Heyward. Wait for him to get healthy and hit two more bombs, then sell.

    @Eddy: Why is Nelson Cruz available? What’s going on? Drop any of those guys for him. Or all of them.

    @ron mexico’s papi: Yes, I have him in my Double A fantasy league, which I’m currently winning.

    @Jeff: Seems fair. You don’t need Hill.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Same question for you: How is Cruz available? Do you not play with DL slots? If not, why not?

    Maybe people need to post how big their league is, what settings, and whether it’s relatively sane pros and friends or public league full of anonymous Yahoos!. If only for my morning sanity.

    @Wilsonian: Ditto! Drop Colby Lewis. If Cruz is available, is Halladay also available? Pick him up too. /rant

  45. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:


    Unfortunately, we don’t use OBP or OPS in our league…but I am leaning towards Ruiz…

  46. jumpingjackflash says:

    what side would you rather have tulo/beckham vs. wright/f-her (y.escobar, c.pennington on waivers)

  47. ScoutAbout says:

    Anyone? Heyward for Brandon Phillips?

  48. nick m. says:

    i’m getting a little impatient with berkman – i hate to throw him out there for someone else to pick up, but is it worth dropping berkman for adam laroche?

  49. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins:

    He’s available for me because he’s coming off my DL spot, thus I have to drop someone so I can start him again.

  50. Terrence Mann says:

    Holy crap. When Grey sees how many leagues Cruz is available in, he’s gonna pop a blood vessel.

  51. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    Pick 2- Cecil, Scherzer, Floyd, Olsen, Porcello, Latos

    This is similar to my question from yesterday, but both Porcello and Floyd have cleared waivers and I want to know which 2 to grab.

  52. Timequake says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I meant that I give up Sanchez and get Heyward. I assume I oughta take that, then?

  53. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    I really dont think he’s available. I’m pretty sure most people like me are asking who they need to drop to bring Cruz off the DL. I have no one else injured, so I have to drop one of my extra OFs. And again, in my case it’s Byrd, Rajai, Quentin, Bruce or Ibanez.

  54. Terrence Mann says:

    @Terrence Mann: Maybe these guys all have him on DL…..hope so, anyway.

  55. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I always love the words of wisdom from TPT. You kind of smack me back down to reality. Like I said the other day, you’re becoming Grey, Jr. I was leaning Lidge a little too (Aardsma, K-Rod and Capps are my other cloasers). Krispie has been too hot to drop, and I don’t really want to drop BJ. I would like to somehow magically have Nelson just reappear in my lineup. But I do like your trade ideas. In a small league like this, do you have any reasonable names I could target with one of those deals. And yes, it is an 8 Team league. I’m in multiple (obviously) and this one is by far the smallest.

  56. keith says:

    I currently have the following players on my roster:


    DL M. Gonzalez


  57. ProBeez says:

    Tu-lo-git-2-quit. Nice.

  58. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    @nick m.: Stick with Berkman for
    @Eddy: Schierholtz

  59. HalLeeday34 says:

    Alcides, Aviles, Alexei or Desmond? What trash man would you want?

  60. Wilsonian says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Halladay is not available, he’s already on my roster, just snagged him up this morning. But yeah, what Howie said, Nelson is on my DL. He’s primed to be activated on Thursday, and even in my teeny tiny league, I’d like to have him back in the lineup at that time. He’s still top 75 and hasn’t played in two weeks.

  61. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: maybe you could find someone worried about hamilton’s health and deal him krispie + another piece for him while krispie is hot? krispie is gonna be hot and cold all year, that’s what he is. he started hot, and razzballers where dropping 5th round picks off to slow starts for him, then he went into a funk and he was dropped for ww schmohawk potential sagnof of the week, and now he’s hot again.

  62. Lis Franc says:

    8-team H2H mixed – do I drop Matusz to bring Blanton back from the DL?
    SPs: Verlander, Lester, Hamels, Peavy, Price, Oswalt, Buchholz, Slowey, Matusz

  63. Eddy says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins:
    Yea you misunderstood the Cruz questions. If I’m rostering guys like Fukodome and Schierholtz I think it should be pretty self-explanatory that Nelson Cruz is not just sitting in the FA pool. I just need to boot someone for when he returns to my lineup. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

  64. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Lis Franc: i don’t think matusz should be owned in 8 team leagues period. unless it’s a keeper/dynasty league. in which case, i’d hold matusz over blanton since you don’t really need either right now.

  65. @Howie Met Your Mother: @Eddy: @Wilsonian: Aha! Okay, that makes more sense. I should have figured that out. I thought maybe some itchy-fingered league-mate was like, “No DL, gotta grab Fred Lewis — adios Nelson Cruz!” and you were swooping in.

    So, no disrespect. At least not to you. More to your theoretical, non-existent, itchy-fingered league mate. That guy sucks.

    If you’ve got Cruz coming off the DL, drop your worst OF who you wouldn’t own if Cruz never got injured.

    @Wilsonian: Find the guy who’s last in steals and offer him BJ plus Colby Lewis for a top 20 starter, say, Beckett or Lester or Felix, etc.

    @Timequake: I’d consider that. I had Heyward coming into the year at something like .280/20/80. I think now you’ve got to revise it upwards: maybe .275/30/90? He strikes out a ton and will have long dry spells, but he’s putting up good production numbers. If you can spare Sanchez and need an OF, make the trade. Though I still believe ultimately Heyward’s value comes in trading him away for something better/more reliable.

  66. sean says:

    @Lis Franc: Not sure you need the 9th starter. I know it’s a shallow league, so sometimes you need to let better-than-expected names go on the WW.

  67. Wilsonian says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I like that trade idea. It might work, but unfortunately that guy has the likes of Javy on his roster, so I’m guessing he might hang on to his Lester. I’m thinking I might send a few offers out there and see what I can come up with. And no offense was taken. I do seriously have Halladay though…but he’s never been a FA, so don’t worry!

    I take it the consensus is to hang onto Konerko and Ian Stewart in this situation. Just a little FYI: it is an 8 Team, H2H league. My roster looks like a who’s who of perennial All-Stars and I currently have Morales, Utley and Longoria in my 1B, 2B and 3B spots. Would it be worth it to drop a Konerko or a Stewart, in the event a deal does not go down, based on my strengths at those positions and in Konerko’s case, on the chance that he CANNOT maintain this level of supremacy all year?

  68. @Wilsonian: You can always fish around to the bottom few guys in steals, find the best match.

    In an 8 team league, Stewart might be droppable, given your roster. Are you currently playing him at all?

    You can also shop Konerko for a closer or something like that. Though the primary goal here is to open up an OF spot.

  69. Slam says:

    Just got offered Josh Hamilton for Ian Stewart….what do I do?

  70. Wilsonian says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Stewart really only plays on days where there’s an open spot. With Utley and Longo, they definitely get the starting nod. There’s two UTIL spots with three OF spots. I’ve been playing Konerko in one of the UTIL spots, and then my other 4 OF/UTIL spots have gone to Kemp, Upton, Krispie and CarGo. So he hasn’t seen much by way of PT.

    What do you think of an offer of Upton/Lidge or Lewis for Cain or Kershaw? My old man has Cain and Kershaw and I know he’s fed up with Cain not getting run support and Kershaw being bi-polar, plus he told me he was looking at Lewis after I had picked him up. Or should I shoot higher?

  71. artie says:

    Anyone else concerned about the potential career years for K’s for the following players:

    Lind, Kemp, Pujols

    Sadly, I have them all and they are striking out at an alarming rate this year.

  72. artie says:

    I’m the biggest Stewy mark going and I would do that deal. Jim Tracy is a mess with his roster selection — having Barmes and Mora around doesn’t help.

  73. Eddy says:


    Alright, so this is going to seem a bit random, but bear with me here. I made a bet with buddies that I could place in the top half of a 12 team fantasy FOOTBALL league this upcoming season.

    My problem?

    I don’t watch football, barely know anything about it, I’m not sure what’s considered “good” in terms of stats (like .300 hitter is above average in baseball), what are the standard fantasy categories, and hell, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t even know all the positions.

    That said, I AM dedicated to researching, and am willing to learn for the sake of pride this August.

    My question: Is there any place I can start where I can learn how to read the stats and what’s considered good/bad? Any highly recommended websites? I’ve skimmed through some Razzball football articles but I can’t really get a grasp on it since it requires football knowledge already.

    Finding this website for baseball this past off-season in December has elevated me to 1st, 2nd, and 5th in 3 leagues so far and I started playing fantasy baseball in the 2009 season. Needless to say, I can get hardcore when it comes to learning about a fantasy sport.

    So yea, if anyone can give me any heads up, just comment back here, or if you want to get more in-depth, just shoot me over an email at [email protected]

  74. @Wilsonian: Upton alone should be enough to get either Cain or Kershaw. Personally, I’d rather have Kershaw.

    Konerko will definitely cool off eventually but with that supporting staff, you’re always going to have two guys worth starting. (Is the Kemp Matt Kemp? He should really be playing full-time, no?)

    @Slam: In a vacuum, I’d want Hamilton.

  75. sean says:

    Grey, I was able to get Roberts on the cheap in a later draft around the 10th round. I’ve had him stashed, but I’m starting to think this is going to be a lost year for both him and the Orioles. Safe to drop him for someone who can actually give me some stats before the AS break?

  76. Wilsonian says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, Kemp plays every day, I was just saying, Konerko got one of the UTIL spots (Morales at 1B) and then my 3 OF spots, plus the last UTIL spot have generally gone to Kemp, Upton, Krispie, CarGo. So Stewart had been the odd man out. That’s what I was meaning, he hasn’t seen much PT, making him a little more expendable (especially with Utley and Longo).

  77. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: Ha!

    @Mic: Eh

    @Bring Back Pluto: Desmond

    @DrEasy: If you like….

    @AB: Cecil… Not sure what you’re selling Romero for.

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Nice!

    @Enrique: #1

    @Malacoda: I would’ve lost him already in most leagues.

    @ScoutAbout: I’d take Phillips.

    @TonyCino: Alexei, Starlin, Aviles…

    @papasmurf: Napoli!

    @Donnie Baseball: Hope so re: Hanson.

    @Donnie Baseball: Hope not.

    @ron mexico’s papi: Yup

    @Calogero: Ha

    @Dan Z: I’d take the Pablo side.

    @Suck My Wieters: I’d take Pence.

    @Eddy: Schierholtz

    @enrique: Go with Vargas over Kazmir.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Contreras, Putz…

    @jumpingjackflash: Wright side.

    @nick m.: It’s okay.

    @Terrence Mann: Ha

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: Depends on matchups… Cecil, Olsen, Latos (at home), Floyd….

    @ProBeez: Hehe… You spelled it better.

    @HalLeeday34: Alexei

    @Slam: Take it if you need an outfielder.

    @artie: Not concerned about Kemp or Pujols.

    @sean: Yeah, if there’s someone out there.

  78. Dingo says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: If it helps, I also was confused by the Cruz questions. Maybe it’s just nice to imagine that somewhere there exists a league where top players are available for free to any non-comatose owner. It’s kind of like the big rock candy mountain for fantasy hobos.

    To answer your save vulture question, I’d rank them Contreras, Putz, and Joba, based on likelihood of getting saves. Based on overall ratio help and roster flexibility, I’d swap Joba with Putz.

  79. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @sean: no dl? even still, it comes down to whether you need the roster spot. if you don’t need it then sit tight. sure maybe you could squeeze 15 ABs or so out of a guy on short schedule days, but he could easily do more harm than good if he’s ww fodder and the last man on your bench.

  80. @artie: Kemp and Pujols are both in the top 36-ranked players in Yahoo! They’ve combined for 14 HRs and about 46 RBIs. No need to panic here, and to pay too much attention to K rates.

    Lind will bounce back too. He’s probably not going to hit .300 like last year, but .280 seems reasonable, with all the tasty peripherals.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about things like K rates unless someone is really in the tank and there’s some huge red flag to be noticed. Otherwise, look at Mini-Donkey, who was super-valuable last year despite mondo Ks.

    @sean: No DL? Then he’s probably droppable. Old + speed guy + injury = warning flags aplenty.

  81. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    @Grey: and anyone else.

    How valuable (and in what order) do you think these guys will be from July going forward: Chris Tillman, Kris Medlen, Aroldis Chapman? Any thoughts in particular about any of these guys besides what Grey has written about Medlen?

  82. @Dingo: Thanks. I’d like to live in the shadow of that Big Rock Candy Mountain…. though whenever someone in my league makes a bone-headed drop, it makes me a little sad, like playing chess against someone who’s like, “Okay, which one is the castle?”

    Makes winning less fun, somehow. And makes losing unbearable.

  83. Mr. Rickey says:

    Does Guiterrez have any saves potential at this point?

  84. TonyCino says:

    12 team roto league, please rank these CI: Sandoval, Freese, Smoak?

  85. The Dangerous Summer says:

    @Grey (and whoever else)Give Rollins, Get Carpenter. Good deal? Am I getting enough back?

  86. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @TonyCino: panda > smoak > freese

    @The Dangerous Summer: eh, you’d be much better off waiting til rollins comes back. if he plays like he was to start off the season you can get better imo. carp has recent injury history and isn’t a huge K guy.

  87. @sean: You solid at 2B? If so, lose Roberts.

    @TonyCino: Sandoval by a long shot. Smoak and Freese are pretty much tied. Smoak for power, Freese for average. Or pithy threats to Batman.

    @The Dangerous Summer: Meh. I’d want Rollins. If you need pitching, you can get something better back. Maybe Greinke.

  88. Chris says:

    re: Eric Young, Jr. Seriously – wtf Jim Tracy?

    Tulo unavailable, CarGo unavailable, Young is NOT sent down, but then he doesnt get the start?? What’s the point.

  89. sean says:

    Hunter Pence just hit the FA pool in my FAAB league. $1000 budget/$772 remaining. What’s it gonna take to snag him?

  90. sean says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I snagged Kelly Johnson in the first week, so I’m not hurting, but he might have a two-month stretch of uselessness coming…

  91. john butte says:

    Grey, drop either uggla or span from a utility spot and pick up aramis, who was just dropped?

  92. sean says:

    @sean: I was hoping to combine Johnson’s ridiculous first start with Roberts when he comes back into some super Voltron 2B action over the long haul.

  93. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: give smoak more time on the avg. his babip is .178 and his LD rate is 25%. that just doesn’t smell right. he could easily go on a 10 game tear and get the avg up to around .300 just by being a little luckier. conversely, freese has a .390 babip with a 20% LD rate. i think you’ll see the avg meet in the middle sooner rather than later.

  94. artie says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins:
    Baron, gonna disagree with you there…. in one aspect: if the K rates are outside the career norm. Lind in particular. He is in a major downward spiral. And this is truly only his second full year.

    Kemp and Pujols (while I don’t worry about them) are ranked so high because of early April. I think Pujols is trying to do much at the moment — especially with Holliday out.

    Sadly, I traded Werth/Pierre for Kemp right after his 6th jack. He hit one more and went in the shitter. Then Werth went on a tear. Gotta love that.

  95. keith says:

    @grey, @all Need saves and steals (leading in OPS):



    easy win right

  96. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @artie: don’t sweat the trade now. give it time. you’ll probably happily own kemp come september.

  97. artie says:

    I ain’t grey, but I would keep what you are giving.
    What Rivera is that? Mariano I assume.

  98. artie says:

    oh, I know. more just laughing out loud bro.

    I mostly blame Rihanna.

  99. sean says:

    @keith: I wouldn’t make that trade.

  100. keith says:

    Mariano yeah.

    I LIKE my players more but in a 6×6 roto (ops/hits instead of avg) the fact is i have 2 pts in steals and 3 in saves with my current relief pitchers being putz, santos, rodney, corpas, gonzalez.

    Do I wait to tray and vulture saves/steals?

    Going forward will swisher outproduce kubel by that much?
    Lewis is my 5/6th starter right now. Verlander, Nolasco, Beckett, Hughes, Peavy (buerhle). While beckett and peavy have been atrocious i probably expect more of them going forward than Lewis. Joba is fungible if im getting Mo.


  101. keith says:

    12 team mixed league btw

  102. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @keith: you are giving up utley and getting bakc more ‘speed’ but figgins isn’t doing much and kinsler could easily miss more time this year. he’s not exactly a model of health.

  103. artie says:

    seriously. i wouldn’t do it. figgins isn’t really a steals machine. and to Poon’s point, Kinsler has a gimpy ankle and isn’t running either.

    why not move beckett (on name value alone) and keep Lewis.

  104. keith says:

    Yeah, if I could count on kinsler/figgins I think I make it. But it’s too risky. Will try to get cheaper steals/another deal for rivera. thanks!

  105. Professor Chaos says:

    @Grey: Who ya got going forward, Contreras or Simon? Thanks!

  106. ETMcgee says:

    Drop Ricky Romero for Chacin? I have romero but am concerned with his recent performances and the fact he is in AL East vs chacin in the NL West.

  107. Guest Writer

    Bourn's Bump says:

    Anyone? Zito vs. SD, Slowey vs. White Sox, Haren vs. Dodgers, Penny vs. Houston. Choose two.

  108. Wilsonian says:

    @Anybody and those giving me advice earlier: Opinions on Beej-Up and MMD for MD? Decent deal? Better for one side? Looking to clear space for the RETURN of Cruz.

  109. tHe ShiT says:

    @ Grey/all:
    Matusz should b owned in my 16 team h2h right? Some dude dropped him yesterday for Leake…

  110. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: i’d want someone more well-rounded than MD. he’s not running much thus far, which means he essentially is big donkey. i’d think bj + MMD could at least land you someone like votto, maybe a adrian gonzalez or someone who isn’t gonna pull your avg the wrong direction. hell maybe even wright the way people are wigging about his Ks right now and he’s in a mini-slump since he went on a bit of a tear.

  111. tHe ShiT says:

    @ Bourns Bump: Zito and Penny

  112. Tom Emanski says:

    @Grey: @papasmurf: All that means is that Scioscia will bench him tonight.

  113. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Wilsonian: That seems fair.

    @Professor Chaos: Simon. Always take the actual closer over the maybe closer.

    @artie: Does Lind even have a career norm at this point? Slumps be slumps. We nerds then comb the stats to find the “reason” for the slump, then get all freaked out because someone’s line-drive rate is 5% lower than their CHONE projections. SELL SELL SELL!!!

    I wouldn’t worry about any of these players. They’re people, not robots.

    @sean: He’ll blow hot and cold. If you’re happy with final numbers around .275/22/80/15, then hold him and be happy. If you’d rather unload now that you’ve got 10 of those 22 donks under your belt, that’s sound as well, if you can find the right partner. I wouldn’t hold Roberts as insurance to Kelly. I think Kelly ends the year more valuable in any case.

  114. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: LoL thx Grey!

  115. steamer says:

    Which player would you rather have for the rest of the year at MI – Barlett or Weeks? Which one has the better trade value right now?

  116. joe says:

    Should I still be owning Scherzer and Cueto in a 14 team H2H league?

  117. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @steamer: weeks. you just always need a contingency plan for any injuries that arise.

    bartlett’s been so bad, that weeks has to have more trade value too.

  118. Professor Chaos says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks, Baron. Your input is always appreciated and serves as a great compliment to Grey’s advice.

    @Grey: Thanks, as always!

  119. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Professor Chaos: Thanks! Especially when I say the exact same thing as him, right after he does. I’m like the shrimpy, shrill dude in the gangster movie. “What he said! What he said!”

    P.S. If you can find a way to pick up Contreras without losing Simon, do it.
    “Surgically repaired elbow feels sore” is like a mating call to saves-vultures.

  120. Professor Chaos says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: @Grey: I have Smoak, Podsednik, Jamie Garcia, and C.J. Wilson as other “cuttable” candidates. It’s a 12-team mixed non-keeper.

  121. Sucklingduck says:

    @Everyone: Someone just offered me Andrus for Wandy and Aviles. i could use the steals but i could use last year’s Wandy more. Anyone watch him pitch recently? Dude barely throws 90 and relies heavily on his hook which can’t be good for your arm. But Barry Zito is doing just fine! Sheesh, i just wanna ride the Wandwagon again instead of just laying his ass on my bench!

  122. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Professor Chaos: If you need saves and not steals, I’d drop Podsednik.

    @Sucklingduck: I’m super-high on Andrus this year, so I’d do this deal. I’m also last place in SBs in my league (thanks, Julio Borbroken!) so anyone with wheels gets my saliva glands activated.*

    But I think it’s a fair trade.


  123. I’ve got a commissioner question. There’s a dead team in the 14-team league where I’m commissioner and the manager just gave me the password to go in an invite someone else to take over. This new manager has a challenge ahead of him: the new team is more than 10 points out of second to last, Alex Gordon is the starting 3B, Montero is the starting C (Pudge is on the bench), Vasquez has been active all season, Michael Brantley is on the roster (thankfully benched). The team ERA is 6, the WHIP is 1.9. Offensive stats are a little better.

    But there’s talent: Prince Fielder AND Miguel Cabrera, King Felix, Broxton, Werth. Thankfully, the new guy says he likes challenges, and he’ll be in charge as of tomorrow.

    Anyway, here’s my question: one of the other managers, who doesn’t know the new guy at all, said it would be fair to raise the dead team’s waiver priority as a way to help compensate for coming in late, and it turns out Yahoo! Sports does allow that. What do you guys think? Have you heard of that? Is that kind of thing done? If so, should I just do it or ask if any other manager has any opposition to the move? The current waiver priority for the team is 7th.

  124. Josh says:

    Beltran’s return date keeps sliding, and Stanton’s minor league numbers are so gaudy, I’m thinking about stashing Granderson in my DL slot and dropping Beltran for Stanton.

    Also, I’ve been ignoring my catcher slot so far this year, but Russell Martin is showing no signs of improving on last years numbers, and Napoli is heating up. Think its worth making a move?

    As an aside, the #1 catcher on the player rater: John Buck. Catchers suck.

  125. Eddy says:

    I actually didn’t know you could do that, but that sounds perfectly fair to me. I’m sure your league mates shouldn’t fear anything because after all, he is in 13th place, and it’s a good sign of sportsmanship too. Go for it.

  126. Scott says:

    I should trade Stewart or Headley for Nolasco, right?

  127. Eddy says:

    Thanks for the website, it’s exactly the type of resource I was searching for!

  128. Dracula says:

    Should I drop EY2 for Medlen in a 20 team league?

  129. Grey

    Grey says:

    @enrique: Let him fight his way back without changing the waiver priority.

    @Josh: They do suck. Go with Napoli. It’s fine to go with Stanton. Losing Beltran’s not going to kill you.

    @Scott: Yup

    @Dracula: Sure

  130. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Professor Chaos: podsenik. or however you spell his name. he’s just a sagnof and isn’t raking like he did to start the season when everyone got all excited about him for some reason.

  131. Donnie Baseball says:

    Hey grey, have you changed your thoughts on Robot Jones.

    His 21/22 bb/k ratio has me intrigued.

  132. mc serch says:

    @artie: @Baron Von Vulturewins: @Grey: I for one am a bit concerned about Lind, not only because of all the k’s and o-fers but also because he hits in a horrible lineup. Unless Wells keeps it up and Snider steps it up, why give Lind anything to hit? Grey, what’s your take on Lind?

  133. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    i think it’s a great idea. it’s like an expansion team getting the #1 pick. just slot them in a #1, and everyone moves back one spot. everyone should be able to handle that in exchange for an active owner.

  134. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Donnie Baseball: Changed my thoughts in what way? I liked him coming in to an extent. I still think he’ll be a bit of an average drain.

    @mc serch: I agree with Baron. Lind’s striking out an insane amount, but it’s also the 1st week of May. One hot week and he’ll have 10+ homers, be near the leader board in power and no one will care about his Ks.


  135. Dingo says:

    @enrique: Sounds like a good idea to me, but I think you should definitely run it by the other managers. The guy (or gal!) who currently has the #1 priority may have passed on picking up other players in order to use it for a player who now might not be available. If he/she objects, then I’d say don’t do it.

  136. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @enrique: Not to be a grinch, but I agree with Grey. Besides, the changed waiver thing’s not going to make a lick of difference. He’ll have #1 priority, until he spends it on the Next Eric Young Jr, at which point it’s gone.

    It’s a nice gesture, but unnecessary, and unfairly punitive to the players behind him.

    @mc serch: It’s fair to be worried, but who did he have hitting behind him last year? Lyle Overbay?

    The lack of a hot Hill in front of him is probably affecting him. If anything, though, the Jays have a much better offense overall this year (so far) than last.

    In any case, you can’t trade him, so just ride it out. He may be in for a Ludwickian fall, but he’s young, with skills, so there’s a good chance he rights the ship.

  137. Chomp Samba says:

    Mets just called up Chris “The Best Mets Carter Since Gary Carter” Carter. Do you think he’ll get ABs?

  138. AB says:

    I just traded Zobrist and Romero for Kendry Morales…… Good deal or did i give up on Zo too early?

  139. dj says:

    you guys can blame me for braun’s injury.. my karma just got raped thanks to the following string of trades i made:

    1. jon rauch for adam lind,

    2. lind + slowey + aardsma for zobrist + alfredo simon + lindstrom,

    3. zobrist + kershaw for braun

    yes. i basically turned rauch into braun.
    the very next day: braun hit in the elbow; not starting; bone spurs.
    i wouldn’t be surprised if he’s out for the year.

  140. steamer says:

    Looking for a SP on WW: Duchscherer, Cueto, Cecil, Gio, Pineiro. Which one?

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