The latest Cuban raftee, Hector Olivera, signed yesterday with the Dodgers.  Olivera leaves Cuba with a slight tear in his UCL and he missed out on the 2012-13 season in Cuba due to a blood clot in his arm.  Michael Moore just called, he says you better go back to Cuba for better healthcare.  In related Cuban news in regards to the Dodgers, Alex Guerrero might be the first person to raft back to Cuba to play.  “I was watching Coach Taylor in the Florida Keys, and I think I need to go back to Cuba to play 3rd base.”  That’s Alex Guerrero discussing his future with loved ones while enjoying Netflix streaming.  I’d love to interview Puig about this Olivera signing.  Not because I think Puig would have anything interesting to say, but because Puig strikes me as a guy that is always at a strip club, and that would make for a fun interview.  Olivera has some huge question marks like The Riddler’s leotards.  He has those aforementioned health concerns, he’s about to turn 30 years old and he doesn’t have a place to play every day.  The Dodgers are so concerned about his health, they put a provision in his contract in case he needs Tommy John surgery.  He could take over for Uribe at some point, but he’ll need at least a month in the minors, maybe a few months.  So, a guy with injury concerns that will need at least a month of minor league at-bats that doesn’t have a set place to play?  Well, I’ve heard better scenarios.  Want more wonderful that isn’t wonderful?  Lots of baseball people seem to think Olivera is a Latin 29, i.e., he’s actually a few years older than what is being reported.  Also, baseball people scratch themselves and spit a lot.  Those same spitting, scratching people also think Olivera fatigues too quickly, because his conditioning isn’t there.  I will say that after watching Olivera hit he looks like Hanley Ramirez to me.  The me who has a minor in Punting Middle Infielders from the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston.  The me who is out on a limb like the Tootsie Roll owl saying that Olivera’ll hit 12-15 homers, steal 6-9 bases and hit .275-ish.  There’s obviously a huge amount of risk, upside, downside and unknown here.  He could be up in July or April.  He could play every day and hit 22 homers while stealing 15 bags or platoon with Uribe and hit 8 homers and steal 2 bases.  He reminds of another import from this offseason.  Call him The Cuban Kang.  For this year, I’ll give him the projections of 51/14/56/.272/6 in 400 ABs.  That is admittedly almost complete conjecture.  Or as I said in the top 20 3rd basemen after I ranked him, “Hector of Olivera, Cuban Baseballmania, Ole Uribe, Corey Seager year away, Dodgers beat Padres, Pope Vin, Puig X, Mattingly Lineup Sets, NL West blown away, what else do I have to say?”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Hyun-Jin Ryu – There’s no structural damage to his shoulder.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is there’s no timetable for him to return.  Whatever, times tables are for nerds!

Starlin Castro – Scratched yesterday due to his groin.  Gross!

Jorge De La Rosa – Will start the year on the DL.  Apparently, the Rockies have pitchers.  And they say fantasy kills real baseball.  Pfft!

Coco Crisp – Day-to-day with elbow soreness.  *breathes in deeply*  Ah, a minor ailment for Crisp, we must be getting close to the season.

Jaime Garcia – It’s being reported that Garcia’s currently in the lead for the Cardinals 5th starter job with Marco Gonzales and Carlos Martinez being sent to the minors.  Damn, I was expecting to hear Garcia was hurt before I reached the end of that sentence.  I have Martinez projected for only 138 IP, so even if Garcia is the 5th starter in April, I doubt it stays that way very long.

Koji Uehara – Different day, different story about when Koji’s going to return.  Today, the Red Sox are saying he might not be ready for Opening Day.  Can we just say he’ll be back within a week of the season starting and miss maybe one save and be done with Koji updates?  Yes?  Thanks!

Jacoby Ellsbury – Girardi said Ellsbury is “progressing great” and could be ready to play on Opening Day.  No word if Girardi used air quotes around the progressing great.

Heath Bell – Decided to retire.  For Heath a jolly good fellow and nobody can deny he should retire.  He is planning a show on MLB Network with ex-Oriole Larry Sheets called Heath Said, Sheets Said.

 
  1. Baggiejohn says:
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    Or just wait for Cliff Lee to retire, and form an Emily Bronte tribute band ?

    • Ned Shakeshaft says:
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      @Baggiejohn:

      That kind of highbrow humor got Dennis Miller kicked off of Monday Night Football.

  2. zeus says:
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    obp by the way

  3. zeus says:
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    Tracy Morgan RIP

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @zeus: what?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @zeus:
      not cool

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Raft back to cuba,,ha,but serriously

  5. Martin says:
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    Dynasty league. Spun my Freddie freeman and AJ pollock for Travis d’arnaud, arenado, and Danny Salazar. What do you think?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Martin:
      meh

  6. Dileo says:
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    Hey Guys-

    Taking the advice of guys on the board, and dropping My second catcher for SP. The pool is slim at this point. Of the three, which would you roll with:

    K Graveman / jimmy nelson / gee

    Would all be sp7 for me. My first instinct is Graveman, as hes been filthy so far in ST. Thanks!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Dileo: Id go nelson…but if you can you should just stream that spot if those are your best options

      • Dileo says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: cant stream. Limited pickups and its H2H. I could always hold Zunino and wait it out. Free add/drop period ends opening day, so have some time….

    • dscottncc says:
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      @Dileo:

      I love Graveman and his breaking ball is sick. Haven’t seen much of Jimmy nelson, but Graveman is an easy pick over Gee for me. Gee is blah but a good innings eater.

      Go with the upside man.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dileo: Graveman is a bold move and looks like he’s locking up a spot in pitcher friendly OCo. Id take a shot on him.

  7. Shitbird says:
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    Think I’ll form a band called The Riddler’s Tights

    • Strolg says:
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      @Shitbird: You’d have to cover 96 Tears.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shitbird: Sign me up as your manager that ruins your career!

  8. JeF With 1 F says:
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    I will avoid Aloe Vera like the plague ….unless i need a little lube

  9. JeF With 1 F says:
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    I have Ryu, Wheeler and cingrani on a few teams…….Great start….Still have Ryu…..for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Yeah, I’m with you… They seemed so alluring in February

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yes they did!

        • Nude Intruder says:
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          @JeF With 1 F:
          Ryu dealt with the same thing twice last year and still put up great numbers. His current ailment isn’t even close to as bad. I bet he just misses 1-2 starts at most. Cingrani and Wheeler are, however, longterm tenants in the house of fantasy shame.

  10. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Fantastic write-up!!! Very funny M Moore reference. I don’t know who Moore’s favorite baller is but am sure he’d be “bowling for columbine”.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  11. Chuckles says:
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    Soooo, what’s up with the C of C references? Did you attend the College of Knowledge?

  12. Earl Sweatshirt says:
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    Last rendon trade question — which side wins?

    1. Wong and JD Martinez for rendon
    2 Wong and Betts for Rendon
    3 Wong and Arcia for Rendon
    4 Wong and marte for rendon

    Please and thanks.

    • Mes to the Rocco says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt:

      In re-draft I’d take Wong and Marte … Wong and Betts is also intriguing

    • golfnut says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt:

      I would say Wong-Marte……

    • KillerB says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt: btw, Grey, when you get to it… I meant who is the winner in each of the 4 proposals. Thanks.

    • Meet The Jets says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt: any Rendon side. If you’re trading away Rendon bc of his boo boo I would hold pat. If you’re on the Wong side haha then offer Wong/Betts.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Earl Sweatshirt: Rendon only wins in #3. 2 and 4 seem like overpays to me.

      • Earl Sweatshirt says:
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        @Grey: Just so I’m clear — you’re saying Marte/Wong is better than Rendon? Does that mean the other 3 trades favor the Rendon side?

  13. Joeg414 says:
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    I hope when ESPN (in 5 weeks )adds Hector to the pool, he is added as a 2b.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joeg414: Maybe, but since Yasmany got OF, I doubt it… Maybe in Yahoo

  14. Jason Morgan says:
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    What happens to Guerrero this year?

    • royce! says:
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      @Jason Morgan: I think he’ll be used as a utility guy at the major league level for now. Otherwise the Dodgers have to release him.

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @royce!: What are the chances of getting everyday at bats? The signing of Olivera makes no sense.

          • PK says:
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            @Grey: Haha

        • Nude Intruder says:
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          @Jason Morgan:
          No way they release him, which means sad trombone for Darwin. They could trade him, which might be the best situation for Fantasybaseballers. Olivera signing makes sense for next year, when you have an aging Uribe on your hands, and as flight insurance for Kendrick.

  15. Mes to the Rocco says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the write-up!

    When will teams officially put guys on the DL (I’m itching to make some FA acquisitions)!

  16. James says:
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    Any thoughts on Billy Burns…worth a pickup? can I trade B. Hamilton?

    • Cram It says:
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      @James: He should be in a platoon at best right now barring injury, so I don’t think he can replace B-Ham’s production, if that’s what you’re suggesting. But, you can still trade Hamilton if you want!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @James: Sure, for SAGNOF

  17. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Puig’s that kinda guy that justifies going to the strip club at 11:30am because of the free lunch buffet. Who doesn’t love a free lunch buffet? In other news, Elvis Andrus homered yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Puig goes to a strip club because he knows the bouncers

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Me too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jfoh, I missed you.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: likewise, wish you lived closer so we can take Ted and Sam for walks together

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ted has enough buddies, his words, sorry!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Ted is SOOOOO Hollywood

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Apple doesn’t fall far

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: of course you apple doesn’t fall far, you are already pretty low to the ground to begin with

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… I thought your culture called us low riders?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    we would call you smiley and Ted would be little puppet

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’s Lambchop!

      • Nude Intruder says:
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        @Grey:
        He’s a regular down at Sam’s Hofbrau on Olympic. Nothing like breasts, bottomless arnold palmers, and questionable sandwiches. Puig and Ordell Robbie “game recognize game” there almost every wednesday lunch special…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why am I just learning this now?

          • Nude Intruder says:
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            @Grey: The city unfolds and reveals its secrets like a flower, or maybe more like a blooming onion…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              LA, so blooming tofu?

  18. Cram It says:
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    You said you do more auction drafts than snake. You have posts about some of your snake draft team results. Do/will you have one for like a 12 team auction you’ve done? I know you don’t pay for studs, so I’m curious to see what a Grey auction draft team looks like. Or you could just make one up and have a “Grey’s ideal fantasy auction draft team fantasy” post.

  19. The Shelby Sensation says:
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    ESPN 12 team roto – standard 5×5 scoring.
    1st pick with Trout. Thoughts on the team? Never played Roto before, and the first pick was a kind of a strange place to pick.

    C: Yan Gomes
    1B: Eric Hosmer
    2B: Anthony Rendon
    3B: Nolan Arenado
    SS: Danny Santana
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Yasiel Puig
    OF: Carlos Gonzales
    UTIL: Javier Baez
    UTIL: Marlon Byrd
    BN: Carl Crawford
    BN: Eric Young Jr.

    SP: Jeff Samardzija
    SP: Tyson Ross
    SP: Jake Arrieta
    SP: Alex Cobb
    SP: Mike Fiers
    SP: Danny Salazar
    SP: Drew Hutchinson
    RP: Houston Street
    RP: Joaquin Benoit
    RP: Bobby Parnell