As many of you know, I’m in the NL-Only Tout Wars and LABR, so every year I take part in an industry NL-Only league with the CBS peeps (and Donkey Teeth, BDon, Itch…Now that I think about it, it’s all Razzball people and CBS’s Scott White) to try to find my footing like a drunk sailor hearing about a peg boy for the first time. If you don’t know what a peg boy is, don’t google it, which is what someone says knowing that will 100% cause someone to google it. Some might mock, some might mock draft, but this is my draft prep, and am happy to take part in this league. Until about 25 minutes into the draft, and players go for way too much, and I start getting hungry and I just want the whole thing to be over and ermahgerd! But, for those first twenty-five minutes of the five-hour draft, I’m laser focused. For this league, I once again use Rudy’s NL-Only rankings, and his War Room (it’s free with a subscription). I won’t try to get you to buy it anymore. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make the horse put a cape down so I can walk over the water without getting wet. (If you want a shallower league, play against me and hundreds others for prizes –> Razzball Commenter Leagues.)  Anyway, here’s my 12-team NL-Only team and some thoughts:

C: Austin Barnes $1
C: Victor Caratini $1
1B: Pete Alonso $28
2B: Garrett Hampson $9
SS: Jean Segura $8
3B: Ke’Bryan Hayes $20
MI: Brendan Rodgers $4
CI: Christian Walker $16
OF: Cody Bellinger $37
OF: Marcell Ozuna $29
OF: Raimel Tapia $13
OF: Shogo Akiyama $6
OF: Cristian Pache $7
UT: Paul DeJong $15
Bench: Cole Tucker, Luis Garcia, Josh Rojas

P: Zach Eflin $11
P: Charlie Morton $18
P: Pablo Lopez $16
P: Tanner Rainey $4
P: Joakim Soria $5
P: Alex Reyes $3
P: Carlos Martinez $5
P: Adrian Houser $2
P: David Peterson $2
Bench: Alex Wood, Vince Velasquez, Brandon Kintzler, Drew Rasmussen

I ALREADY KNOW IT’S COMING — THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID — SO JUST TELL ME WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING WITH THIS PITCHING STAFF AND GIVE ME YOUR HALF-BAKED RATIONALIZATIONS.

Fine:

And since a lot of you make like I never admit my mistakes, I made a mistake in this draft.

YOU MAKE SO MANY MISTAKES!

Shut up, Al Capps.

YOU JUST MADE A MISTAKE BY SAYING THAT TO ME. CAN WE MAKE MY FONT BIGGER SO I SCREAM LOUDER AT YOU? HOW ABOUT BOLDER? DARKEN MY FONT, YOU COWARD!

My mistake comes with a caveat that explains how it wasn’t a mistake.

OF COURSE IT DOES!

I only want two relievers in these mono leagues. Alex Reyes was a mistake. Or Tanner Rainey was a mistake. Or Soria–Okay, my bullpen is a mistake. You should (as I should) take about $20 and get saves. Not a good habit to fall into drafting three terrible relievers, and only really one with a real chance for saves. If I did it again, I’d take someone like Kenley for $17 and Reyes for $3 and be done with closers. The way that I was able to salvage it, at least partially, I grabbed more innings on my bench, so I can put in Wood — hey now! — and bench Rainey or Reyes. As you see from my War Room totals, it’s clear my bullpen is a mess.

HEY, NOT TO RAIN ON YOUR PARADE OF “SOB STORIES” BUT YOUR ROTATION IS A MESS TOO.

Tough but fair. Here it is when I factor in Alex Wood:

Still not ideal, but you see if I’m putting in Wood — seriously, is this NC-17? — it does help the staff, uh, literally. I’m pretty fine with my rotation vs. admitting my bullpen is not great. Last year, here was my rotation in this league:

P: Kirby Yates $20
P: Kevin Gausman $9
P: Sean Doolittle $12
P: Steven Matz $9
P: Zach Eflin $3
P: Sandy Alcantara $7
P: Johnny Cueto $2
P: Joe Ross $2
P: Rick Porcello $3
Bench : Freddy PeraltaEric Lauer, Daniel Ponce de LeonRyne Stanek

I didn’t win the league (came in 4th, but I’m throwing out all 2020 results in that dumb year). My rotation was not the reason why I didn’t win. My top bats last year were Arenado (not great, Bob), Puig, who I drafted the day it was rumored he was going to the Rockies only for that to be rescinded (really not great) and Ozuna (actually great). If you notice one thing, look at how right I was on Gausman, Eflin, and Alcantara. In an NL-Only league, you don’t need to hit more than three SPs like that. This year their prices went from a combined $19 to this year’s $42. That’s what I don’t think people understand when they say you have to draft top starters. You have to draft starters this year that will outperform their price and be higher priced next year. This year on my staff, I believe Pablo Lopez, Eflin (again!) and C-Mart will be worth more next year. Charlie Morton is fine, and prolly correctly priced.

SINCE I’M IN CHARGE OF TEEING YOU UP, ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY ON YOUR HITTING?

It’s so stacked.

STACKED WITH ROCKIES.

People get a narrative in their head and can’t shake it. See it all the time. Arenado is traded and this year that narrative is the Rockies suck so their hitters will suck. Do you know how many full-time Rockies have hit below .250 in the last 20 years in a 162-game season? C’mon, guess. Rockies hitters are never bad. They play in the equivalent to a zero-gravity chamber with aluminum bats. No guesses? There’s been four Rockies hitters since 2000 who have hit below .250 in a season. Four in 20 years! Trust me, they haven’t always had good hitters. Clint Barmes did it twice, then Ian Desmond (2018), Trevor Story (2017) and Juan Uribe (2002). That’s it! And only one of those was below .235.

ANYTHING ELSE THAT HAS YOU PEELING AWAY DANDRUFF AS YOU SCRATCH YOUR HEAD?

Cody Bellinger is one that has me truly perplexed this year. He’s clearly a top guy in the NL. On our NL-Only rankings, he’s the 4th best. He’s debatable with Tatis in those auction prices, and clearly above Betts. I love Cody. If it were my own ranks, I’d have him below Betts, but(ts?) here’s the thing:  Betts, Tatis, Soto, Acuña, deGrom, Trea Turner, and Yelich (!) went for $40 or more, and the 1st four in this list went for $50 or more. Prices were not cheap. Bellinger though? He went for the same price as Ozzie Albies. I get the concern about the shoulder, but c’mon. He had that surgery so long ago now, and he’s in the prime of his career. As I said above with the pitchers, do you really think Bellinger is going to be priced less than $37 next year or more? He’s such an easy $40+ in NL-Only. I get that a lot of you play in mixed, shallower leagues, but this is a big takeaway for those leagues too. Cody Bellinger is going to look like a steal in drafts by June of this year. Speaking of shallower leagues–

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  1. VinWins

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    You knew it would be me, right? From urban dictionary: “A pegboy was a young man kept on pirate ships by pirates. This young man was forced to sit on a large wooden peg…all the time. Anyway, this was done so that whenever a pirate wanted to drop his anchor (so to speak) he’d have no problem.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      NOOO!!! Don’t read it!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        *pours bleach on eyes*

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          Haha. Pretty sure you used it before (the term) in a tier.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, yeah

  2. VinWins

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    Still 3 openings for tonight’s Razz draft.

    10 teams/Weekly lineups/14 active and 8 bench players/Limit 50 moves.

    Points league where you try to be bad.

    HITTING

    At Bats (AB)2
    Hits (H)-3
    Home Runs (HR)-6
    Runs Batted In (RBI)-4
    Runs Scored (R)-4
    Strikeouts (SO)2

    PITCHING

    Earned Runs Allowed (ER)1.5
    Hits Allowed (H)1
    Home Runs Allowed (HR)4
    Innings Pitched (IP)-1
    Losses (L)8
    Strikeouts Pitched (K)-1
    Walks Allowed (BB)1

    7 PM ET: https://www.fantrax.com/newui/fantasy/joinLeague.go?leagueId=6a32lbzqklankpvq&isSubmit=y

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And not bad as in good

  3. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!!

    So good, so good, ’cause I got you!

    a. Belli looking good at 37$. I like the rationale again, so rational, on the pitching staff. Hopefully SAGNOF on the RP front. If not, bone up on IP from Wood. One or other method should work out. If the hitting pans out as it should you will either have an excess that you need to trade for quality pitching in the second half or trade up for a better hitter who is a better second half hitter. You’ve done it before, don’t spaz out.

    b. MLB quote of the day for February 25, 2021

    1. Andy Pafko, born February 25, 1921

    ‘Those Dodger-Giant games weren’t baseball. They were civil war.’

    Andy Pafko in Baseball and the Mythic Moment: How We Remember the National Game (James D. Hardy, Jr., McFarland Publishers, 02/12/2007, Page 107)

    2. Jack Lohrke, born February 25, 1924

    ‘Jack is one of the luckiest boys in baseball. A telegram ordering him to report to San Diego from Spokane team took him from the ill-fated bus in 1945 which overturned an hour later and killed many of the Spokane players. He missed disaster two other times. Opinion has it that he was one of the best players ever developed on Pacific Coast.’

    1959 Bowman Baseball Card (Bowman Gum, Inc., 1949, Jack Lohrke, Card #59 of a Series of 240)

    3. Ron Santo, born February 25, 1940

    ‘Very few players are as closely connected with a franchise as Ron Santo is with the Chicago Cubs. His extraordinary playing career, his rabid following as a broadcaster and his many charitable endeavors for the Chicagoland area—where he has made his home for nearly 30 years—makes his contributions to this franchise special and unique.’

    Cubs President Andy MacPhail on MLB.com (Carrie Muskat, 09/15/2003, ‘Cubs to Retire Santo’s No. 10’, Source)

    4. Cesar Cedeno, born February 25, 1951

    ‘The best young center fielders (career value up to age 25): 1. Ty Cobb, 2. Mickey Mantle, 3. Tris Speaker, 4. Cesar Cedeno, 5. Willie Mays, 6. Joe DiMaggio, 7. Ken Griffey, Jr., 8. Richie Ashburn, 9. Lloyd Waner, 10. Pete Reiser.’

    Author / Historian Bill James in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (Free Press Publishing, 2001, ‘Top 100 Center Field Players Ever. #21. Cesar Cedeno,’ Page 737)

    5. Paul O’Neill, born February 25, 1963

    ‘Hitting is a lot more than just picking up a bat and swinging it. You’ve got to be observant, evaluate the situation, know the pitcher and his tendencies, and know yourself. If you want to be successful, you have to become a student.’

    Paul O’Neill

    c. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for February 25, 2021

    ‘Babe Ruth was great. I’m just lucky.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Yeah, I know, right?

      C. No Reggie no! He was lucky!

  4. Holala says:
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    Hola! Deep keeper league:

    Soler or Lamet? Gracias !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lamet

  5. Racehorse says:
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    Just joined another RCL.

    After hanging out here at the mighty Razzball for 10 years and not participating in any commentator leagues, I’m now in 5 leagues for the 2021 season …

    Time to get after it !

    • Denver90 says:
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      Ditto.
      Only it’s 3 years and 1 league. (so far)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Join more Denver90!

        • Denver90 says:
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          Wifey out of town next week. Great opportunity to cozy up to the ‘puter and knock out a draft or two.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice! Good luck!

  6. Dunphy'sJointVenture says:
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    Been reading Razzball since I can remember but just now making first comment and signed up for a RCL.

    Looking forward it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great! Happy to hear it! Good luck!

  7. Danny says:
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    Who to let go- Grisham in rd 20, Rutschman in rd 22, Arenado in rd 4, Yordan in 13.

    Already keeping Bregman in round 7. Also in future years, their keeper price is 2 rounds earlier. So next year Adley is round 20, Grisham 18. Which is making me think Arenado has to go????

    • JB says:
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      Can you trade Arenado to another manager? I’d imagine someone would bite.

      • Danny says:
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        Maybe, league is kind of lame with trades unfortunately

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  8. JB says:
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    Would you move Marquez for C Santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I guess

  9. the master of pez says:
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    12 team, $260 auction, OPS instead of avg league. 6 keepers max. I’ve identified my possible keepers as (In order of my own perceived value):

    Robert $8
    Lowe $4
    J. Ramirez $32
    Semien $3
    Yelich $41
    S. Murphy $1
    Springer $19

    Gallen $10
    Ryu $10

    S. Sanchez $3Hendricks $12
    Gray $12

    My initial thoughts were Robert, Lowe, Ramirez, Gallen, Ryu and Sanchez.

    I also have been having some talks with a guy to trade $3 Sanchez and $4 Lowe for $15 Jimenez and $6 K. Marte. Obviously I’m taking on more salary (+17) but getting better players out of it. Wondering if that is a good deal or if I should just stick with the original plan.

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      poor edit there, sorry, that is supposed to say

      S. Sanchez $3
      L. Hendricks $12

    • Grey

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      I’d want Eloy/Ketel

      • the master of pez says:
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        I have a feeling he might as for Robert. Would you trade an $8 Robert for Eloy/Ketel?

        my only concern is that the way our prices increase, i’d suspect that Eloy will be a keeper for me for 3 years total (he would be $37 for me to keep in 2024), Marte for probably only 2 (he’d be $20 for me to keep in 2023).

        But Robert, if he excels, would be a keeper for 5 years probably, maybe 6.

        • Cram It says:
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          I’d want to win now, not worry about 3-5 years from now.

          • the master of pez says:
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            valid point. the landscape could change drastically anyway by then and i could easily have other solid keepers by 2024

          • Grey

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            Yes, always this

  10. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Hi Grey –

    Interested in your thoughts on best keepers below. I have to leave off 2 of the guys below, thoughts on which 2 you’d pass on? We can keep for up to 5 years at gradual increases. Thanks!

    14th rd– Paddack (2nd year keep)
    20th – Carlson
    24th – Lux (2nd year keep)
    25th – Bohm
    26th – Wander (2nd year keep)
    27th – Sixto
    28th – Grisham
    29th – Teoscar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Lux, Paddack

  11. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Morning Grey,

    The Trout trade are talks are on. The current offer is this:

    I give up:
    Javier Baez ($21)

    Minor league prospects:
    Austin Vaughn
    Shane McClanahan
    Tyler Gentry

    I get:
    Mike Trout ($40)

    Minor League Prospect:
    Aaron Sabato

    $19 in Salary Cap Space

    Make the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Austin Vaughn?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        sorry Andrew Vaughn

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Baez/Vaughn for Trout? Sounds fair, take Trout

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            I give up:
            Javier Baez ($21)

            Minor league prospects:
            Andrew Vaughn
            Shane McClanahan
            Tyler Gentry

            I get:
            Mike Trout ($40)

            Minor League Prospect:
            Aaron Sabato

            $19 in Salary Cap Space

            Make the deal?

            • Grey

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              I’d take Trout

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                ok i proposed it

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Cool

    • Cram It says:
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      LOL. This is like the 18th version of the same trade we said to take Trout. I thought you didn’t want to give up Vaughn.

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        well cram if I want trout i have to give something up

        • Cram It says:
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          That’s a different tune you’re singing from the first time you asked about this trade 3 weeks ago.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Cram!

          • Cram It says:
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            Crammed again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hahaha

        • Player X says:
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          Scott – have you ever considered your leaguemates may be reading Razzball?

  12. Perfect Game says:
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    E. Suarez, Ozuna, Mondesi… power was sapped for awhile after their shoulder issues/surgeries. I believe Mondesi’s injury/surgery was a dislocation???

    With Bellinger it’s his lead shoulder and he has a long, violent swing with the amount of torque he generates for power. I don’t know what’s involved for a dislocation surgery, but I have reservations about him reaching 35-40 HR if the recovery does affect his power. Looking forward to seeing him in BP and spring games.

    • Grey

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      I hope you’re wrong…Or proven wrong after watching him

      • Perfect Game says:
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        Me too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me three

          • swaggerjackers says:
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            Me four

            • Grey

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              Five!

  13. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Have to check Pablo Lopez. I have forgotten about him hehehe

    Keeper league.
    14 teams

    Would you trade Machado and Kyle Tucker for Tatis and JD Martínez?

    I would get Tatis side.

    Thanks!
    Chris

    • Grey

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      Haha

      Yes

  14. Whitt23 says:
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    Quick trade question; 12 team 6×6 keeper with QS and OPS as extra cats.

    His Soto and Lux for my Woodruff, Tim Anderson, and Julio Rodriguez
    or
    His Soto and Lux for my Woodruff, Robert, and Julio Rodriguez

    Any thoughts are appreciated.

    • Grey

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      Sure, give up Anderson

  15. toolshed says:
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    I am glad you prefaced your rockies statement by stating over a 162 game season. Mcmahon was awful last year. He hit a robust .215 in about 50 games last year whole striking out in over 1/3 of his at bats and having a 51% gb rate. Coors is not the panacea for everyone I guess. I think he would have bucked the trend last year if he played a full year. Somehow he found a way to hit 9 hr. Not sure what to make of that.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, McMahon hits a lot of ground balls (50%+) and that’s not good in Coors…But even he has never been truly awful in a regular season

  16. Smitty says:
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    I see you snuck a couple of speed guys in. Is this the year Black let’s em play? I’m in with DT’s draft, couldn’t dodge this year! Have a great day

    • Grey

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      Awesome! Glad you’re playing! I think Rockies have no other options, but I guess Rockies can always have other options

  17. FrankGrimes says:
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    Not setting kds this year worked great for me haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did it? What did you get?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Numero Uno

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Shut up! That’s supposed to be my spot! Wait, I thought Cram had #1

          • Cram It says:
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            Oh, I’m #1. Don’t think he’s in our league. I mean, Frank Grimes may or may not be his real name, but I don’t see a team with any reference to that.

            • Grey

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              Of course Frank Grimes is his real name, have you never seen The Simpsons?

              • Cram It says:
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                The what? Is that one of Jessica Simpson’s 6 reality shows?

                • Grey

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                  Haha

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Upon further review.. I’m in Rudy’s league

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              NOOOOO…What?

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                Guess I was too slow ha

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sigh, yeah, oh well

            • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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              YOU GOIN DOWN GRIMEY!! COBBLERS @ #3!!!

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                Let’s do this!

                • Jolt In Flow says:
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                  Man! I missed out on both leagues with you guys.

                  I’m in Donkey’s league.

                  Good luck gebtlemen, as long as you’re not in my league.

                  Jolt

                  • Grey

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                    Take Ohtani in the 3rd round and watch how upset Donkey gets

                    • FrankGrimes says:
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                      Haha

  18. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Greg Polanco
    Ty France
    Sam Hilliard
    Mikal Franco
    JP Crawford
    Aaron Sanchez

    Cut two, positions don’t matter

    • Grey

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      You could cut all these guys except Hilliard — Polanco, Maikel

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually, France isn’t awful if this is a deep league

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          Deep dynasty league. 10 teams, 60 man rosters. Start 21 bats and 14 pitchers, 6×6 roto, daily moves

          • Grey

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            It’s not that deep

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              ok, which two would you drop

              • Grey

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                Polanco, Maikel

                • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                  thanks man

                  • Grey

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                    No problem

  19. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – keeper lock deadline coming up, so just wanted to get a final gut check on my 7 keeper choices. League is 12 teams, roto 5×5, $260 budget. Pitchers usually go for +$10-15 inflation over Razzball prices, and then add more from there if there’s any sort of hype for them.

    KEEPERS:
    Acuna ($32)
    Story ($19)
    Eloy ($10)
    Xander ($12)
    Kyle Lewis ($4)
    Carrasco ($12 – probably 25 in this league)
    Burnes ($4 – would easily go for 20 in this league)

    OTHER OPTIONS:
    Voit ($10)
    Muncy ($6)
    Snell ($19)
    Sixto ($3)
    Machado ($31 – draftable for mid-upper 30s)
    Robert ($24 – who knows what he will go for, I think mid/upper 20s is most likely)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Makes sense

  20. hot corner says:
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    Currently in an NFBC 50 draft (12-team, 50 Round, Draft and Hold). I am looking at my roster and realized that I drafted the Grey Albright All-Star team.

    C – Nola
    C – Posey/Bart
    1B – Alonso
    2B – Albies
    SS – Bichette
    3B – Bryant (worth it at pick 146)
    CI – Riley
    MI – Baez
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Springer
    OF – Verdugo
    OF – Dozier
    OF – Franchy
    UT – Walker

    SP – Gray, Berrios, Bundy, Gausman, Means, Mahle, Heaney, Dunning, C-Mart
    RP – Jansen, Garrett, Garcia

    • Grey

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      YES! My man, hot corner…

    • pinkman says:
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      Dayum, nice team!

      • Grey

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        I wish I drafted it myself!

        • hot corner says:
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          Literally, every time I picked, the top guy in my queue was available. The whole board was taking pitching early, so I started with 5 hitters. After everyone had 2 SP’s, everyone switched to hitting and SP’s ranked 20-40 were freely available for about 7 rounds.

          Something tells me that won’t be possible in Monday’s DC!!!

          • Grey

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            Haha, nice team tho, seriously

    • Jolt In Flow says:
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      Were you drsfting against Yahoo, ESPN, and CBS guys?! That is sn unreal team. Like they want you to win.

      Excellent team and good luck!

      Jolt

  21. OaktownSteve says:
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    I think there’s a very good chance Reyes is going to be the Cardinals 5th starter. I’ve been digging deep in the STL beat writer internet twitter land and my current handicap is Hicks is going to eventually end up their closer and Reyes will be in the rotation.

    • Grey

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      I kinda hope you’re right for this team drafted…So many pens are a mess this year

    • J-FOH says:
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      Oaktown!!!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Heya! Wasn’t sure if you were still lurking about.

        • J-FOH says:
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          I heard rumors of you being here and know this is your usual window to come in and have fun with Albricker

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            Draft season is the best. Got back in a league with Magoo, too.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              You back in on fantasy bb?

              • J-FOH says:
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                Nah, I play that novelty org tied 30 team dynasty but thats for the discord chat and to play spoiler seeing if I can out play better teams to bump them from the playoff…so no I don’t play anymore

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  My kids pulled me back in.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    My daughter is into art and anime. No baseball pull here

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      My daughter and her friend have a 70 page movie script they wrote and a summer shooting schedule!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Film school at your alma mater?

    • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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      Yeah I think Reyes will be long reliever/spot starter…The Cards staff (like all teams) are going to be short innings…and will need all of the innings eaters than can get. Unfortch, Reyes will hurt himself and offer Shoemaker/Garrett Richards-type stats.

      Gallegos is by far the best RP in STL…so whilst I rather him close, he’ll likely be putting out the fires that all of the shitbirds start between innings 6 and 8… leaving J HIcks to close prolly 60% of the time. Just my best guess!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Thanks, dude. Good to get another take on it. Drafted both Reyes and Hicks in a draft champ so rooting for health.

        • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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          Prolly a nice cheap hedge in a DC. Good luck!!

  22. Ryan741 says:
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    Grey, need a trade opinion for a points keeper league. I would be trading Gallen (15th round keep) and my 3rd round pick for Sixto or Ian Anderson (both 15ths also) and his 2nd round pick. So essentially Gallen/Conforto for Sixto/Xander based on where those picks are at. I love Gallen, but I feel like Sixto or Ian aren’t all THAT different, just will probably throw less innings than Gallen, but just as or more talented. Would just need to find some inning fillers later on in my draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Bogaerts

  23. Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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    NFBC, 15-team query…

    Say you’re in slot #4 and have started BEST then BOGAERTS… Do you

    A.) Go SNELL, since SPs are flying off of the board at an alarming rate, or
    B.) Go upside with ROBERT to load round out a sweeeet, 5-category offensive start, or
    C.) Go ALBIES as a solid, low-risk move, or
    D.) OTHER….like Tim ANDERSON, ELOY, MAEDA, etc

    • Cram It says:
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      You already have a SS so not C. or Anderson. I wouldn’t go SP either.

      • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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        Are you saying Cram: Since available players are similarly valued, go with a haven’t filled?
        I understand that. And went over this a little with Grey yesterday…I just feel it makes more sense to take best player available until I no longer have a starting spot for said player. Just my 2 cents

        • Cram It says:
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          I mean, I don’t know exactly who is available when you pick, so I’m just going on theory since, yes, they’re mostly similarly valued.

          • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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            Thanks CRAM!

    • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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      Oh and DEVERS was gone by this pick (#34)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a 15 team? I’m fine taking Snell, you don’t want to get locked out not getting a #1

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Figure in a 15 teamer, 3rd round is around 45-60, which is drafting SP season

        • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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          C’mon Griz! 3rd Round is 31-45 yo!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Depends where you’re at in draft room — Just don’t miss a #1 SP, no one gets a trophy for bravery

            • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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              First one to get two SPs or two closers or two Catchers LOSES!!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha, fair!

      • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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        If I was confident (not sure I am) I could get Ryu in the 4th round…would you still go Snell there?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t risk it

          • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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            Going off your rankings…

            Would you be okay with a top three rotation of Ryu/Bundy/ (Paddack or Urias or Gausman) in one of these 15-team, NFBC DCs?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes, if you can get Ryu — Just don’t miss out on a #1 SP, that’s all I ask — you don’t want a rotation starting with Bundy

              • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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                LOL! My first two DC’s back in November went
                Glasnow/Gray/Marco! and
                Glasnow/Hendricks/Musgrove

                So I KNOW my Lothario doesn’t like those!
                But C’mon man, the Cobblers need your rankings to come out earlier;)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, 2nd and 3rd SPs there aren’t awful, but yeah I don’t know on Glasnow

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      I like Eloy there.

      • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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        Are you okay with SBs from that first three OTS?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          It’s a little tight. You’ll hope Betts and Bogaerts hit the upper side of their projection range. My thing is I’m personally a little off Robert. Over the years I’ve gravitated away from high strike out players. Robert upside is real, but I feel about him like I felt about Moncada two years ago. If he blows up on somebody else’s team ok, but I think a really low BA is possible. I want to see him demonstrate some contact.

          I think Eloy is a candidate to hit 40/.300. Guy can really rake. I’d love to bank him and then take the gamble later on Arozarena or Grisham and gamble that they could give you something not too far off Robert.

          It’s a tough call.

          • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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            Thanks OTS! Glad to have your insight back!

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              Take it for what it’s worth!

  24. Taco Bellinger says:
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    H2H points keeper league…
    I’m planning on keeping Tatis, Bellinger, Harper, Buehler.
    Who’s my last keeper?
    Do I keep Guerrero or Bichette over Arenado?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bichette

  25. Luke says:
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    Would you consider trading Kristian Robinson for Nate Pearson in a 6 x 6 roto dynasty? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  26. Greasy Palms says:
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    Grey please help me with a keeper question. 5 x 5, Auction, espn league. Please choose 8 from my list. Bellinger $19, Yelich $29, Bregman $13, Betts $19, Story $15, Turner $13, Eloy $17, Abreu $8, Merrifield $11, Nola $18, Darvish $13. Thanks and keep up the good work

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Whit, Eloy, Breg

      • Greasy Palms says:
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        I was on the fence with keeping either Nola or Witt, both seem reasonable at their price Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. OaktownSteve says:
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    Guy in the 1st round I’m most torn on is Bellinger. Just can’t decide.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Absolute stud — best price you’re getting on Cody for another 5 years

    • Laura Holt

      Laura Holt says:
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      I can’t decide on him either. I think anyone who drafted him last year at #3 or whatever his ADP was (myself included, in one league) is having PTSD. He was an absolute team-killer the first month of the season. I certainly think we’ll see significantly better than last year, but it’s really hard to get fully on board after suffering through watching him at the beginning of 2020. I do really like that he’s a sneaky source of a little extra speed though.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        for me it’s the shoulder. He’s dislocated it a few times now. The surgery is supposed to clean that up I’m sure. I think Grey said he heard a medical type person thingy say it shouldn’t affect him. Just gives me the jitters.

  28. Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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    THE PASSWORD FOR THIS WEEK IS …..(whispers)….AGITA!!!

    As in ….It sure seems like Cram It possesses a lion’s share of AGITA!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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        LOL! U did nothing wrong Crizzam!! Love your comments. Seem to have an East Coast tinge!

  29. Laura Holt

    Laura Holt says:
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    So weird how I never get invited to this league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not weird — it’s so you don’t beat us!

      • Laura Holt

        Laura Holt says:
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        I’m actually kind of relieved that I don’t have to worry about getting my ass kicked and losing all NL only cred I’ve built up. But when you guys are ready for some legit competition just let me know ;)

        • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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          Oh THEY SCURRED!! As a modern-day philosopher has said: Their PULL-OUT Game is WEAK!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never…will never let you know! :)

  30. OaktownSteve says:
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    Sitting in my office watching Tanner Houck starts from last year. I really don’t have time to be doing that, much less posting about it here. Draft season is an irresistible force.

    Houck I’m not sure he’s got enough command or how well the fastball ultimately holds up. I read he’s a legit shot at the 5th starter. Looks like he needs polish. But the slider is pretty good. It’s a knee buckler. I looked it up on Savant and saw that he threw 94 sliders at the MLB level last year. 47.2% whiff rate and zero batting average against for the slider. It’s a good one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      47.2% whiff rate — boing! Yeah, I talked to Ralph about him recently and the general feel is he’ll never have command to be a starter

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Never is such a long time

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          NEVER — haha, yeah, true…Maybe he meant more this year, but who knows, guys mature and breakout all the time, his stuff is great

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            Very raw. Not the worst dart in a DC late round.

            • Grey

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              Agreed

  31. the master of pez says:
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    I posted above about the Eloy/Ketel trade with talks of Robert, Lowe, Sixto.

    it became a 3 team and ended up like this (I’m team 1)

    Team 1 out: $4 Lowe, $3 Sixto Sanchez
    Team 1 in: $15 Eloy, $6 Ketel

    Team 2 out: $15 Eloy, $6 Ketel, $3 Plesac
    Team 2 in: $4 Lowe, $16 Bauer

    Team 3 out: $16 Bauer
    Team 3 in: $3 Sixto, $3 Plesac

    I have team 1 as sending out +14 and getting back +20
    I have team 2 as sending out +20 and getting back +14
    I have team 3 as sending out +14 and getting back +11

    I think I won

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool, yeah, you won

  32. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Hey, who you think wins the 5th spot in Cleveland’s rotation

    Quantrill
    Logan Allen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Allen

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Quantrill

  33. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Just recieved thios trade offer in my dynasty league

    I trade
    Soler
    Musgrove
    Rizzo

    guy is a cubs/royals fan

    I get
    Clint Frazier
    Deivi Garcia
    Oscar Mercado

    thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        what I would like to get is Frazier and Deivi, Yankees fan, would you offer Soler or Rizzo, one of those shud be enough, no

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d offer Soler, should be enough for Frazier and Deivi…At least Frazier

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            You like Clint better than Soler?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              In a keeper, yeah

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                He wants Rizzo instead of Soler, do it?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah

                  • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                    Rizzo is old and I really think the two Yankees have bright futures

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I do too, but it’s risky

  34. primetime says:
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    Thoughts of trading Nola, Moose, Civale and Robles for Robert, Luzardo, Framber in a keeper league 5*5 obp/ qs.

    I feel Nola has a lot of value being a top 5 starter.

    Smith
    Freeman
    Biggio
    Story
    Arenando
    Bellinger
    Lewis K
    “Rosario”
    Mondesi

    Bieber
    Nola
    Glasnow
    Maeda
    Urias

    Bench
    Gore
    Tailon
    Civale
    Skubal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair — Is that your team? You don’t need Nola, you could use Robert

      • primetime says:
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        Yes. My team. Jimenez is another guy who’s been offered for Nola.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eloy’s safer floor, depends if you need speed

  35. J-FOH says:
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    oh shit. Hi Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeehaw!

  36. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Continued from above. I don’t mind the risk, I have a deep team and I want to keep moving old for kids so I will continue to contend every year. I have won five in championships a row, no harm if I don’t win this year, but I doubt it would be because of this trade.

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