Every other week Razzball ranks the prospects closest to contributing to your fantasy roster. The list is limited to players who still have rookie eligibility (less than 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched) and who are currently in the minor leagues. It’s not a list based on talent alone, but rather it’s a mixture of talent and opportunity. It will change frequently over the course of the season as prospects graduate to the majors, injuries occur, or service time roadblocks are passed. Here are the top 15 prospects on the cusp of the major leagues for 2015 fantasy baseball…

1. Steven Matz, LHP | Mets +7

*Casey Kasem voice* And climbing aaaalllll the way to #1 with his new hit single, “Gee Wiz, Your Niese Sure Ain’t Pretty”, it’s…Steven Matz. The southpaw jumps both Olivera and Seager this week since there’s pretty much no way he makes it to the next one. If he’s available in your league, you know what to do.

2. Hector Olivera, INF | Dodgers +2

Like Matz, Olivera is getting closer and closer, or at least he should be. In six games at Triple-A he’s hitting .444 with a homer. Also like Matz, he shouldn’t be available in most leagues at this point. The only fear is Don Mattingly and whether Olivera will get consistent playing time. I think he will, but we’re dealing with a mad scientist and not the good kind. I’ll call it Dexter’s Laboratory after watching him kill poor Alex Guerrero.

3. Corey Seager, SS | Dodgers -1

Seager’s only roadblock at this point is Jimmy Rollins, who is a shell of his former self. *Split screen…Rollins on one side, Chase Utley on the other. They each hold one half of a “BFF” heart necklace. Close-up on a single tear streaming down each of their faces simultaneously. Vaporwave plays in the background.* These guys needed each other! The Dodgers are going to roll with Jimmy as long as they can, trying to give Seager as close to a full year in Triple-A as possible a la Joc Pederson. But it’s getting to the point where a fresh Seager may help the team more than J-Roll.

4. Miguel Sano, 3B | Twins +8

Sano had been hanging around in the back half of the top ten, but with all of the graduations and the Twins’ aggressiveness with Buxton, I’m feeling more confident that we’ll see him before September. Plouffe is playing well, so the road to the majors may be through a transition to left field work or simply as a designated hitter. Sano has three homers in his last ten games, and now has 12 dingers on the year. A late July/early August call-up shouldn’t be ruled out.

5. Kyle Schwarber, C | Cubs 

I’m breaking my own rules here since he’s in the majors right now, but we’re about 99% sure he’s heading to Triple-A next week. Still, Schwarber is only an injury or two away from the majors again, even if he stays at catcher (which is apparently what the Cubs are committed to). I’d watch this one very closely for any kind of position change or inkling that they’re itchy to get him back in the lineup. He’s shown what he can do with a bat already and that’s going to help a lot of fantasy teams.

6. Jose Peraza, 2B | Braves 

There were three show dogs. Let’s call them “Jace”, “Cameron” and “Jose”. All three seemed like they were ready to hit the show dog circuit. Jose was just as handsome as his littermates, but one day someone found matching Jesus-shaped moles on Jace and Cameron’s hindquarters. The two “miracle dogs” became a sensation overnight. Now Jose waits in the car while Jace and Cameron do photo shoots for Dog Fancy magazine.

7. Daniel Norris, LHP | Blue Jays +2

Norris continues to pitch decently in Triple-A, but the walks are still a thorn in his side. He’s walked eight batters in his last 14.1 innings pitched. Norris is a decent stash given the Blue Jays need for some pitching depth, but Marco Estrada has done a good enough job rounding out that rotation and Scott Copeland has been solid with Sanchez on the shelf.

8. Aaron Nola, RHP | Phillies +5

Nola made his Triple-A debut this week and was fantastic. Last year’s first round pick threw five shutout innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. He’s one step closer to the majors with this promotion, and since the Phils are expected to shop both Cole Hamels and Aaron Harang, a rotation spot should be cleared for Nola this July/August.

9. Luis Severino, RHP | Yankees +5

Like Nola, Severino was recently promoted to Triple-A and should see time with the big club in the second half. For a lot of these arms on the list, I’d watch for how they’re used in the minors over the coming weeks. Teams may monitor their innings, and the Yankees especially may need Severino’s services down the road – even if it’s in the bullpen at first.

10. Jose Berrios, RHP | Twins +5

Berrios coughed up the Southern League lead in strikouts this week, but he still has 83 Ks in just under 80 innings pitched and a tidy 3.09 ERA and 2.4 BB/9 to go along with them. The Buxton call-up gives us hope that both Sano and Berrios could be a little closer than we originally thought. Definitely an arm to watch for the second half of the season.

11. Peter O’Brien, C/OF | Diamondbacks

I went over Peter O’Brien in this week’s profile. I haven’t been this interested in an O’Brien since Conan started doing “If They Mated”. Where he fits with the D-Backs is TBD, but O’Brien has had a great season at Triple-A and should be up in the second half at some point.

12. Andrew Heaney, LHP | Angels -5

The 24-year-old lefty has now given up five or more earned runs in three of his last five starts. Granted, he’s pitching in the PCL, but Heaney’s typically solid control has faltered lately as well. He’s walked 13 batters in his last 27.2 innings pitched, which works out to a 4.3 BB/9 if my terrible math is correct. That’s not good.

13. Jon Gray, RHP | Rockies 

Gray hasn’t given up more than three earned runs since April for Triple-A Albuquerque, so he’s done everything right as far as prepping for a call-up to the Rockies. He’s always been a well thought of prospect. My hangup is, well, are we really going to trust him this year in Coors? If the answer is no, then we’re looking at only starting him on the road or streaming, which limits his fantasy value.

14. Brian Johnson, LHP | Red Sox

Eduardo Rodriguez has been great outside of the Toronto hiccup, and the Red Sox have more good starters waiting in the wings if they should have a need. Johnson has thrown 74 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket with 69 strikeouts and a 2.7 BB/9.

15. Aaron Blair, RHP | Diamondbacks

I almost went with Stephen Piscotty in this last slot, so expect to see him soon with some graduations. Blair was always in the mix for a late-2015 arrival, and his recent promotion to Triple-A Reno brings him that much closer. His first start didn’t go so well though. Blair gave up 8 runs in four innings. Ouch.

Graduates
I’ve been tracking the graduates from these lists, but wasn’t happy with just regurgitating their stat lines. So we’ll try something a little different (and hopefully a little more useful). Each graduate is listed with their “Season to Date” and “Rest of Season” values from the Razzball Player Rater. I used the standard 12-team ESPN values entering Saturday night’s games and the table is sorted by $ROS.

Player (Highest Rank) POS $STD $ROS
Kris Bryant (1) 3B 21 36
Yasmany Tomas (3) 3B 1 12
Carlos Correa (1) SS -15 12
Maikel Franco (2) 3B -4 9
Byron Buxton (3) OF -30 3
Addison Russell (8) SS -6 2
Rusney Castillo (1) OF -23 -1
Noah Syndergaard (3) SP -3 -1
Francisco Lindor (4) SS -26 -4
Carlos Rodon (2) SP -8 -6
Raisel Iglesias (13) SP -10 -6
Eduardo Rodriguez (10) SP 0 -8
Alex Colome (12) SP -10 -9
Matt Wisler (10) SP -6 -16
Alex Gonzalez (12) SP -1 -17
Blake Swihart (11) C -13 -26

Previous Rankings: Week 2 | Week 4 | Week 6 | Week 8 | Week 10

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

 
  1. ferris says:
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    In a 12×36 dynasty, should the following be owned

    Nick Martinez
    F Cervelli (obp instead of avg)
    Neftali feliz

    in a league I am trying to compete for a title in this year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      12×36? wow…I hope those are rosters and not cats

      Martinez and Cervelli, sure. Feliz I could take or leave if he’s not getting saves.

  2. Martin says:
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    Dynasty league- can you rank mark appell, Jonathan gray, and Matt wisler? Thanks! Thinking of dropping appell for gray and sticking with Wisler.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That makes sense. They’re all pretty close together in value IMO, but Wisler/Gray combo over Appel is fine by me.

  3. Swfcdan says:
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    Franco deal went down last week, even got one owner calling it unbalanced- gotta love it when that happens right? Just means they’re jealous ha.

    Noticed none of my boys are on this list, nor being talked about much this year. Any of these guys get the call before september this year?

    Stephenson, Winker, Frazier, Meadows, Pompey (return?),

    Thanks man, and if you could rank these CI’s too for ROS would be much appreciated:

    Tex, A-Rod, Freddie, Prince.

    Keep killing the prospect work.

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Swfcdan: Pompey should return

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      boom…it was a great deal. Nice work bud.

      Agree with Cheese, Pompey’s the most likely to have 2015 value for you

      You’re welcome! Rater says Fielder, Freeman/Tex, A-Rod and I agree with that

  4. David says:
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    Which would you prefer in a keeper league, Puig/Correa or Goldy? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yikes that’s pretty even there. Give me the two-pack of Puig and Correa if you can keep them forever. Godly if it’s more short term keeps. (Not a typo)

  5. Tigres says:
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    Hey Mike- Thoughts on Aaron Judge? He’s putting up good #s in AA (12th HR last night). I’m guessing he’ll get to AAA this year; but Sep callup less likely. Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      love Judge. With graduations, I’d expect him to creep into the Top 20 midseason. Big time power obviously. With big guys like him you expect a little swing and miss, so 25% K-rate in the minors isn’t god-awful. Walk rate and average are down this year, but I’m picking nits.

      Our buddy Sky has posters of Judge in his bedroom already

  6. Bruce Leroy says:
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    Few questions magic mike.. time to drop colome? Starters under 200 innings are very valuable bc they can be brought up from our minors to start. I’ve been holding out hope he can get his shizz together. Also have mike Montgomery in the same league. You think he’s legit or his peripherals show he’s going to get blown up.. Brian Johnson is available.
    Do you believe this Dominic smith revolution? He’s available also.
    Old decrepit starters avail in my dynasty… cain, holland, Harrison, beachy, leak and garza. Any worth an add.
    Drop Cashner, chavez or Jake mcgee for Lance lynn next week. In this league I’m in first by a mile, I’m guessing Cashner bc he’s been inconsistent but can’t figure out the rays closer situation. No one can. I have 4 closers besides mcgee anyway.
    And lastly and thank you for putting up with this. Haa. I have no one to talk prospects with. I can trade chi chi in a keeper for a proven starter. His k rate is terrible but era and whip look great. I need one more starter to make a real run at first. Haven’t called him up bc his k rate would hurt me. You think o should call him up and plug him in my lineup or trade him while his value is high. Again thanks Mike.

    • Bruce Leroy says:
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      @Bruce Leroy: wow that was a lot longer than I thought. If you can answer two I’d be happy. Haa.

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Bruce Leroy: not a Dom smith believer…he’s a Batting practice monster only

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Bruce Leroy: You’ve got The Glow.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem..

      Agree with Cheese on Smith, still young and a nice hitter, but power might not be enough for most fantasy leagues

      Hold Colome, but Montgomery’s xFIP and K-rate are gross

      If you don’t need McGee I’d hold Cashner

      Trade Chi Chi if you can get a decent starter for him that helps you win now, hell yes.

      Anytime Bruce

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Mike: I really don’t understand this websites infatuation with Colome. Please enlighten me.

  7. The Balking Dead says:
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    Mike, always love these rankings and your blurbs on these guys. One of the things I look forward to every weekend!

    Anywho, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Matt Wisler this year, and in the future. He looked pretty good in his 1st start, albeit against the Mets and only 2 Ks over 8 IP.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Balking! I like your username

      Wisler’s a safe option. Good park, crummy opponents in his division. He’ll help your ratios, just might not be a good source of Ks, that’s all.

  8. Yescheese says:
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    Respectfully, you’re dreaming on a July callup for Nola, fanboy (phanboy?)

    That being said, we are probably dreaming that there’s even 15 MLB-ready prospects left in the minors… The year of the prospect!

    Happy Father’s Day mike

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, well…July/August. I’m guessing it’s after the deadline and they move some pieces. Yes, I prefer phanboy…always replace the ‘f’ with ‘ph’ ;)

      You’re right bud, it’s getting slim pickings. You too!

  9. Niceguybilly says:
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    Hey Mike, great read as always!
    As a big jays fan I was listening to AA on the radio and he was excited about Matt Boyd who recently was promoted to AAA and has done well. Anthropolus made it sound like he would get the call up before Norris. Any thoughts on Boyd?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Billy! I hadn’t heard that but it’s interesting for sure. If they like him and he’s been pitching well, he’s worth a look, absolutely. He’s certainly got better control than Norris at this point! Thanks for the info!

  10. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mr. Mike,
    I was toying with the idea of shopping Harvey for a bat… Who do you think is an equal return?
    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hard to say without knowing your league, but you should be able to get somebody in the top 30 for him I’d think

  11. MJ says:
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    Surprised Michael Conforto hasn’t made the list yet. I prefer him over O’Brien and I don’t think he is going to be far off from what Schwarber does as he has shown better strike zone judgement. What’s your take on him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Conforto as well. He’s got a little less seasoning than Schwarber did at Double-A, but I’m assuming we’ll see him up this September and competing for a spot on the roster next spring? I agree also that he’s similar to Schwarber in the hit/power mold. Long term I prefer Conforto to O’Brien as you do, so it’s just a matter of proximity at this point. Good name to bring into the fold, though…thanks!

  12. Brett says:
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    What do you see the Dodgers doing? Turner is there best hitter currently batting 3rd how do the have Olivera come up and bench him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Your guess is as good as mine. I think both Seager and Olivera could play in the majors right now. Whether Olivera can play a good enough third base defensively and what they do with Rollins are the big questions IMO. It’s a cluster-eff of infielders, similar to their outfield last year.

  13. Randall says:
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    How has Oswaldo been doing in Rochester? When do you expect him back?

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Randall: Not so hot, over-the-internet friend. He’s hitting .182 overall and .227 in the last week. I own him in a deep AL-Only league, so this turn of events is most unwelcome.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup Clyde’s on it…he’s got a pretty nasty split when it comes to hitting lefties too I believe.

  14. Mike B says:
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    Being offered Buxton for Correa in a keeper. From a purely fantasy standpoint, what is your take on their realistic/ceiling projections over next 5ish years? I think correa is more physically mature at this juncture and may have a jumpstart on production. But I still think Buxton may have a little more upside when all is said and done. Interested in your thoughts. Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      They’re like 1 and 1A as far as the best fantasy rookies outside of Bryant, so it’s a little bit of what position you need more help at. Correa’s going to get a bump with being a shortstop, and to be honest, I think Correa’s power will surface more quickly than Buxton’s, while Buxton will be more of a base stealer in the early going with power blossoming a little later. Depending on your team and your window, I’d hold your Correa.

      • MJ says:
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        @Mike:

        I may be alone in thinking this, but I think there is a HUGE gap between what Correa is now and will be five years from now and what Buxton is/will be. To me, Correa is a furure, no doubt about it, stud!! Buxton will be a good, maybe very good, player. I just don’t see him being a future stud.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          that’s totally fair. It’s a long road ahead but you could be absolutely right

  15. Xavier says:
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    Not a prospect or a rookie officially, but not many innings pitched and getting little love because he pitches in Denver, but what’s your take on Chad Bettis, Mike? Seems to be holding his own. Still available in my NL league, nobody trusts him it seems!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s classic Colorado paranoia for me. I get nervous throwing my vets at Coors, let alone a guy that wasn’t really on the radar before now. In an NL only, grab him and start him on the road if you’re liking him. Choose the home starts very carefully, that’s all. He has a decent enough K/9 and BB/9 to make him worth rostering.

      • Xavier says:
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        @Mike: Thanks for your take, Mike…I will push my luck and ask what you think of Jose Urena as well. Survived both Coors and Yankee Stadium, so I was impressed!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem…I don’t mind Urena in NL Only either. Not a huge prospect, but he’ll benefit from a friendly home park and starts against teams like the Phils.

          • Xavier says:
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            @Mike: Thanks again…both these guys have value in my 12-team NL league. I already own Urena and will make a bid this week for Bettis.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime Xavier…thanks for reading

  16. Robert says:
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    I am holding Buxton on my bench. How much patience do you think the Twins will have with him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      They should show a lot of patience with him. He’s going to have to learn to fail and adjust and they know that’s part of the process. At the very very least, he offers them good defense in center.

  17. Maxwell says:
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    16 teamer keeper.
    B mccann
    Goldy, belt
    Kipnis
    Beltre, lawrie
    Hanley
    Harper, mccutchen, puig, leonys martin
    Kershaw, sale, fiers, hutchinson, aaron sanchez, eovaldi
    Should I trade puig, Hutchinson and eovaldi for lester and pedroia? Could give me pitching depth I need.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go after some cheaper pitching. Hate to trade Puig in a keeper to be honest.

      • Maxwell says:
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        What if I trade puig and eovaldi for stras and pujols?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I like that a lot more

  18. dude says:
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    JP Crawford – Any chance we see him this year? What do you see for him for 2016?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gosh, I just love Crawford. I don’t think we’ll see him this year though. Thinking after Super Two cutoff next year for him. I don’t think he’s had a game where he didn’t get on base yet in Double-A. He could look a lot like Addison Russell when it’s all said and done, but maybe a touch less power. Look for him to be a Top 10 prospect on a lot of lists heading into next season.

  19. Eric B says:
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    This question is for the artist formerly known as Maikel…Trying to figure out the best prospects to stash/add for the ROS. Recently added Lindor and Schwarber, Lindor has been so/so, Scwarber started red hot and has cooled a bit as we reach the inevitable send down date. So my question is would you hold Schwarber until he’s called back up? I can do it now, but I have Ventura, Odorizzi and Soler on the DL so it may get harder to do so in the coming month.

    Also on Lindor, I have Lindor, Alexi and Semien that are all SS eligible. How would you rank those guys going forward and do you see a drop between the 3 of them? Olivera and Sano are available, as is Jace Peterson(trying to get the best SS configuration possible). I could drop say Alexi to add Olivera or Sano and roll with Lindor and Semien(who’s eligible at 2nd/3rd/SS) I’ll post my current roster below.

    OMT On the pitching front I recently snagged Gausman but I’m wondering if Wisler or a potential stash of Nola would be wiser…thoughts? And thanks in advance for your take Mike!

    Here’s my roster:
    5×5 HTH OBP
    Bats
    C McCann
    1B Freeman
    2B Kipnis
    3B Santana
    SS A.Ramirez
    OF Stanton
    OF Calhoun
    OF Springer
    OF Betts
    Util Pollock
    Util Semien
    Util Avisail Garcia
    Bench Schwarber
    Bench Lindor
    DL Soler

    Staff
    P Kluber
    P Chavez
    P Cole
    P Salazar
    P T. Walker
    SP Velasquez
    SP Bauer
    RP Chapman
    RP Britton
    Bench RP Perkins
    Bench RP Melancon
    Bench SP Gausman
    DL Ventura
    DL Odorizzi

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      At this point I’d take Lindor over Ramirez, so I’d swap Ramirez for Peterson. I guess hold Semien for now though.

      Lose Schwarber for Soler when he’s back….hold Gausman.

      • Eric B says:
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        @Mike: Thanks, kinda how I was looking at it too but it helps to have an outside prospective.I’ve almost pulled the trigger on Jace for Alexi several times but I kept hoping Alexi would get hot since he’s a notoriously slow starter but I’m beginning to doubt the probability of that.

        Do you think I’m overvaluing Semien do to his position flexibility? He comes in handy when I need to plug someone into 3rd(like right now with Freeman hurt Santana’s my only back up at 1st). Do you think Olivera or Sano would offer more counting stats going forward than Semien would? The only other player on the wire that can help me at 3rd would be someone like Pedro Alvarez and he’s been streaky and sits a lot against lefties.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I don’t think either of those guys will be that much better ROS unless Sano comes up soon. Bird in hand. Semien’s flexibility is nice, like you mentioned, so I’d hold for now. If your team is out of it, sure grab Sano over him, but if you’re competitive gotta roll with the major leaguers.

          • Eric B says:
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            @Mike: Im in 1st by 7.5 games and finished 2nd last year…so I’m definitely in it to win it!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              nice!

            • Eric B says:
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              @Eric B: After re-reading my posts, I’d also like to apologize for the numerous type-O’s, My English teacher would be disappointed lol.

              • Eric B says:
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                @Eric B: Ok Mike, Gausman just got demoted…ughhh! So you adding Wisler or do you think I’ve got enough pitching to stash Sano or Olivera? Just dropped Alexi for Jace.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  WTF!?

                  I’d stash the bat if you have a slot.

                  • Eric B says:
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                    @Mike: Yeah I know right, I probably need an arm to stay competitive but I try my hardest not to be all homerish when adding players, Wisler looked good but will he continue to is the better question. I know he’s a low K guy, I have K potential in my lineup but I need quality SP stats and wins to win that side of the 5×5 each week. You think Wisler can hold his spot or will he go the way of Folty and get sent back down? Also if I do stash the bat you taking Sano or Olivera?

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      go with Wisler then if you need the arm. I don’t see him getting demoted.

  20. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Happy Father’s Day bud! What do you think about this Touki Toussaint deal? The D-Backs love dealing prospects.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Ralph! You too!

      Holy cow! I’m just catching up on this now…they basically gave up Touki to get the Braves to eat Arroyo? That’s insane. I loved Touki already, so sorry DBacks, but seeing him go to the Braves only makes him that much better IMO.

      • Eric B says:
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        @Mike: As a a die hard Braves fan I’d like to thank Arizona for thinking of me this Fathers day lol!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          seriously….that is a beautiful trade for Atlanta. I’m mad jealous the Phils didn’t think of it first! haha

          Happy Father’s Day Eric :)

          • Eric B says:
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            @Mike: Happy Fathers Day to you as well Mike!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Mike: Yeah I own Touki in both Razznasty leagues and was shocked when I saw what Arizona did. Seems like robbery. I imagine the conversation went like this ” Hi John Hart this is Dave Stewart. People are saying that I’m not as dumb as Kevin Towers can we fix that?”

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              HA!

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    happy fathers day Maikel,thanks for all that you do for us

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Al! It’s my pleasure…thanks for reading!

  22. Craig says:
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    Yo Mike, thanks for the update.

    What do you see as Seager’s upside as SS.

    Let’s say compared to a guy like Correa?

    Thanks mate!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not quite as high as Correa, but not too far off either. .280 with 20+ homers.

  23. tank1 says:
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    In a keeper league, deal Buxton and E-Rod for Strasburg? Obviously, banking on Strasburg returning to form this year. I could not keep Strasburg next year but also would likely not keep either Buxton or E-Rod given other options. Other alternative would be to replace either Buxton or E-Rod with Franco in deal (or include all three). Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold Buxton and ERod there and go after some cheaper pitching, especially if you can’t keep Stras.

  24. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Which (if any) of the arms you have listed above do you rank over Wisler? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Just, like, overall? Berrios for sure.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Mike: Biggest impact if in the league.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          gotta go with Matz then for this year. Then I’d still go Berrios.

  25. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Mike! Heyward or Bruce ros? Thanks and Happy Father’s Day!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! you too!
      Bruce

  26. J Dubber says:
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    Joe Ross stay in rotation after this week?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      he’s certainly pitched well enough, but sorry I don’t know for sure what they’re going to do :(

  27. Keegan says:
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    If you were offered Joc Pederson and 2nd rd pick for next years draft for Correa would you pull the trigger. Its a keeper league so I would get Joc for 2 more seasons after this one but Correa is for 3 more seasons after this one. I also have Betts as a keeper and I do not know if I would want to hold 2 of my 3 keepers as OF. Your thoughts kind sir?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold Correa

  28. Trout says:
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    Thoughts on Mazara? Does he have 2015 call-up potential? Or is ’16 more likely? Lastly, how would you rank him with Dahl, Winker, Conforto, and Renfro?

    Thanks and cheers!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      love Mazara…September call-up’s possible…16 more likely. He’d be ahead of everybody besides Dahl, might be ahead of him now too with Dahl’s injury.

  29. Natty Boh says:
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    How high are you on Joe Ross ROS? He was impressive. How long do you see WAS keeping him in the minors?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He’s pitched really well. I have no idea what they’ll do, but I’m assuming he’ll be one of the odd men out with once the rotation gets healthy again.

  30. Luvdarooks says:
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    In 9th in a 12 team mixed 260 deep league
    SO just traded hamels & Harper for a very cheap Pederson and buxton under $10 for ’16 & ’17
    It was outvoted 3 to 4-
    Can u believe it passed the veto only because it did not get 6 no’s!
    Was I out of line. ? Doubt it.
    Like to know your thoughts

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That trade is totally fair. I don’t see the problem with it.

  31. 740 says:
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    thank u 4 the read Mike. great info….10team h2h 5×5. Need help in SS POS

    pls pick two ROS. Seager, Lindor, Russell, Segura

    thanks again

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime man

      Russell, Lindor

  32. JamesSImp says:
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    Hello,
    I am in a 12 team 25 player/team keeper league, we get six keepers for the following season, but when we keep them, the player kept has a 2 round handicap, so if i was to keep my 8th rounder his value for the next season and season after that would be a 6th rounder, losing my 6th round pick but still owning an 8th pick. players who were added not drafted are tacked on at the end of the round, so lindor/mccullers for example was not drafted and picked him up
    by me so they would count as my lowest roster spots.
    these are my players as follows, was wondering who you think is worth keeping

    oh and if we keep a first rounder we forfeit our 2nd and 3rd and if we keep a 2nd rounder we lose a 3d and 4th
    1. José Abreu
    2. Anthony Rendón
    3. Ryan Braun
    4. Nolan Arenado
    5. José Reyes
    7. Jorge Soler
    8. Charlie Blackmon
    9. Gio González
    10. Evan Gattis
    12. Jonathan Papelbon
    13. Justin Verlander
    14. Francisco Liriano
    20. Lorenzo Cain
    6. Yelich (pick up still counts as a 6th rder)
    UNDRAFTED devon travis
    UNDRAFTED maikel franco
    UNDRAFTED ubaldo jimenez
    UNDRAFTED john axford
    UNDRAFTED Lance Mccullers
    UNDRAFTED Julio Urias
    UNDRAFTED tyler glasnow
    UNDRAFTED bartolo colon
    UNDRAFTED aj ramos
    UNDRAFTED vincent velasquez

    • JamesSImp says:
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      @JamesSImp:
      i have lindor undrafted too

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Keep six? how about Arenado, Soler, Franco, Cain, Liriano and Lindor. I like Abreu and Rendon, but not if they cost you 3 rounds each

      • JamesSImp says:
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        @Mike:
        yeah, our commish wanted to keep it for parity so other’s who draft trout-esque players.
        we do not have to keep six but it’s recommended. if you do not mind me asking, why soler?
        he’s been a hard play this season.

        also berrios is available to pick up as well as nola, should I make a move for them and if I should are they keeper worthy?

        Thank you for the wisdom, will be asking you many borderline questions in the future haha.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I think you’ll get 20-25 homers out of Soler next year. Probably wouldn’t sweat those two starters with only six kept, but you may want to grab them just to see if they stick. Anytime, thanks for reading :)

  33. Jake from State Farm says:
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    Hey mike. Any thoughts on clevelands starter today? He pitched a hell of a game.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah it was a terrific start! I don’t have much on him, but he could be one of these late bloomers who surprises.

  34. Scott says:
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    Dynasty league…who are you top three from list below?

    Brent Honeywell
    Derek Fisher
    Roman Quinn
    Michael Reed
    Kevin Newman
    Walker Buehler
    Tyler Jay

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Fisher, Quinn, Honeywell

      • Scott says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem man

          • Scott says:
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            @Mike:

            As a follow-up…I asked since those are whose available in my draft

            I was offered Russell Martin for the current pick…is that good value given whose left? My current catcher is Wilin Rosario…but my team is in the race and Rosario’s uneven playing time hurts.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              If Martin helps you win now, go for it

  35. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Correa or Reyes ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      wow…good question. Prolly still Reyes but that’s awfully close.

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Mike: I know right, Reyes has shown no power or speed, other than one big game off the DL. Correa well he is what Reyes was when Reyes was young..Both in good lineups as well…

        I’ll have to sleep on it and see what Grey says in the morning..thanks

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Looking at the rater, Reyes is only three bucks higher. So I guess you gotta take Correa for the upside at this point.

  36. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Hey, nice to see you have your new old name back…

    Correa or Reyes ROS?

    cheers Mike

  37. Chris says:
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    Thanks Mike!

    Not a lot of love for Singleton huh? I know he didn’t kill it when he came up last yr.

    Plz pick the lesser of two evils!

    Fister vs Atl
    Phelps vs LAD

    Each have 1 start.

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem bud…If you’re talking about these rankings, it’s because he exhausted his rookie eligibility already. Gotta be under 130 career at bats to be on this list ;)

      I’d lean Fister, but I’d also check with SON

  38. Chris says:
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    Also, any idea how serious the aoki injury is? Would you start Melky over him this week?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not sure, but it was leg injury, no? Probably dings his speed value at least temporarily if it’s anything significant. Looks like he’ll be back Tuesday, so I’d roll with him over Melky, who’s been pretty meh this year

      • Chris says:
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        Got it Thanks! I just dropped Singleton to stash Ross any thoughts there?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Joe Ross? I’d prefer the bat there

          • Chris says:
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            Yup thanks

  39. los locos says:
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    Magic Mike..

    Weaver on the DL, Heaney get the call up? If so is an add or wait and see, which basically means let someone else own him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmmm, could be go time. If you’ve got an easy drop, I’d take a shot at him.

  40. Chris says:
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    Hey again Mike,

    I like Ross’s chances of being brought back up do you? That being said would you drop Phelps or Weaver and pick singleton back up or would you drop ross again?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Just depends what you need more….pitcher or hitter. I wouldn’t drive yourself crazy over it. Singleton is a guy you can probably grab closer to his actual call-up. :)

  41. Chris says:
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    Sounds good thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime man

  42. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Happy Father’s Day, Mike! Great stuff as always.

    Any local buzz on when Papelbon gets moved? I’ve been waiting on Giles in a few leagues. Amaro can’t screw this one up, right? Right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Magoo! you too!

      haha, yeah he better not! great chance to cash in on both him and Hamels at this year’s deadline. Harang and Revere could also be on the move.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Mike: I understand holding out for the best package for Hamels, but hopefully he unloads those other guys too. Growing up in Philly has made me a bit of a skeptic, haha.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha yeah me too. I’m pretty excited about the team to be honest, hopefully I’m not crushed come August.

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Mike: But that’s what Ruben does best!

            Yeah, I think they’re on the right track too. Isn’t Harang on a cheap one year deal? He’d make a great #5 for a contender needing an innings-eater. Would probably (hopefully) just take a middling prospect to get him.

            I don’t think that Revere would bring much back, and they’d probably have to eat some money in a Papelbon deal to get a decent return, but there should be possibilities near the deadline. Fingers crossed.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              haha…absolutely

  43. 740 says:
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    Hey Mike, 10team h2h 5×5.

    Ian jus hit waiver….should i drop Lindor or Russell or hold?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Desmond? I’d probably lose Lindor for him.

  44. The Staff Infection says:
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    Do you see any chance of trea turner getting the call this year for the nats? Their infield is crowded, but full of blah middle infielders. He seems to be doing pretty well in AA too.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no probably not this year, but both he and Difo have a chance to be up in 2016 if Desmond walks

  45. Mike B says:
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    Back to Buxton-correa: 10 team/10 keeper league, keep 1 round earlier each season..
    was just offered Buxton (22nd round keeper next season) and Harvey (15th) for my correa (19) and Kluber (11th). I’m not competing this season so the longterm value is my main concern. How does this stack up?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmmm, it’s pretty even. I’d take the Correa side though.

      • Mike B says:
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        @Mike: the offering team is in first place. I’ve countered with 2 offers:
        1-Buxton harvey and springer (19th) for correa Kluber and puig (18th)
        2- Buxton harvey for correa and tanaka/Strasburg/JD Martinez (all 3 no real keeper value)

        Also this is OBP/QS league

        Weighing Buxton’s ceiling vs correa. Love correa being SS. It’s like picking your favorite child.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup, that’s a tough choice.

  46. Chrisjen17 says:
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    Thanks again for all your insight Mike.
    I am in a dynasty league and need to add another SP to help this year with an eye to the future.
    We have limited moves and small benches, so there is good talent available.
    Our stats are different where pitchers that are high BB (like Bauer) really hurt you.
    Who would you possibly recommend two?
    IN THE SHOW:
    Jesse Hahn, Trevor May, Aaron Sanchez, Matt Wisler, Drew Hutchison, Kyle Gibson, Chase Anderson, Vincent Velasquez, Kyle Hendricks, Rubby De La Rosa

    MiLB:
    Steven Matz, Aaron Nola, Alex Meyer, Tyler Glasnow, Marco Gonzales, Jose Berrios, Manny Banuelos, Mike Foltynewicz, Zach Lee

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hahn and May seem like the best options. There’s a lot there to choose from

      • Chrisjen17 says:
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        @Mike:
        Thanks! You think Matz or Nola will outperform Hahn/May next year though?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem…it’s tough to say, so I’m going with the two I felt had the most value right now for ya. It’s certainly possible those two are better as soon as next year though.

          • Chrisjen17 says:
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            @Mike:
            Sounds good, thanks again!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime

  47. KarlJ says:
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    This year only -non keeper would you rather own Seager or Sano?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      tough one…probably Seager

  48. Jake from State Farm says:
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    Would you trade Buxton away for rizzo?? Buxtons salary is $0 $1 $6 $11, rizzo is $11 $16 $21 $26 the next four years. Rizzo is very undervalued but Buxton that cheap,could be a game changer. I am one big bat away I believe from first this year. Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yup, I’d do that.

    • Jake from State Farm says:
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      @Jake from State Farm: just looking for some positive reinforcement here haaa

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        haha no worries

      • Jake from State Farm says:
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        @Jake from State Farm: thanks. I get gun shy trading away my stud minor leaguers. Especially as studly as Buxton.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem…you’re getting a young player who’s already borderline top ten and has proven it for a couple years now, so it’s a really solid trade

  49. John says:
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    Mike, Syndergaard or Matz for the rest of the season?

    Also, not a prospect anymore, but would you hold on Rusney for this season or drop?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Thor. Tough call but I think you’ve got to lose Rusney in shallower leagues. He’s just not playing enough.

  50. Sternal says:
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    Mike, does Ian Desmond have any value as a keeper? A guy in our league is trying to dump him. I need SS for the future because Hanley will lose SS eligibility next year. Would you offer a guy like Tyson Ross or Marcel Ozuna for him? Or, is Desmond worthless?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d give up Ross for him. Hold Ozuna if possible.

  51. S>H says:
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    Hey Mike in a head to head dynasty league, 12 teams 50 man roster all of whom could be keepers. Would you deal Stroman and Y.Tomas for Strasburg, l am iffy on Stras and his arm but like the potential. Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If you’re in it for this year, yes. If not, I like the Tomas/Stroman side

  52. goodfold2 says:
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    30 many dynasty. start of possible dump off time. in () are end deal years. we get 1 franchise tag (costs real life money, currently beltre), 1 restricted tag (currently Erv Santana) and 1 any type tag (currently werth on 2 year deal). any contracts cut cost half of the remaining money, if multi -year that could be spread over each year, or all at once. so cutting werth costs 6 mil this year and next, or 12 now.
    d’arnaud .4 mil (2017
    CI – beltre 18 mil (2015)
    CI uribe .622 mil (2015)
    MI alcides 3 mil (2015)
    MI segura 6.4 mil (2016)
    OF a-jax 6.4 (2016)
    OF leonys 3.1 (2016)
    OF coghlan 1.33 mil (2015)
    util e.rosario .4 mil (2018)
    BN CI/MI c.hernandez .4 (2015)
    C Chirinos .4 mil (2015)
    CI smoak 1.347 mil (2016)
    Minors guys (room for 25). all contracts free till called up, then .4 till end of 2018.
    C – o’connor TB
    CI – l.encarnacion PHI
    l.jimenez BOS (he’s cuttable if i need room, or he hits his 150 at bats)
    kubitza LAA
    MI – drury ARI
    gumbs NYY
    lee TB (this guy needs some health)
    c.phelps PHI (cuttable for space)
    salcedo ATL
    OF – altherr PHI
    cozens PHI (tocci i’m probably bidding on here soon)
    v.reyes ATL
    dj davis TOR
    wates MIA
    SP – bolsinger .4 mil (2015)
    -chavez .4 mil (2015)
    – c.anderson 1.584 mil (2015, should’ve gone longer on this bid that i won, wasn’t sure of playing time)
    – sale 6.425 mil (2016)
    – liriano 11.5 mil (2016)
    – quintana 6.4 mil (2016)
    -erv sant 8.77 mil (2015)
    RP hatcher .4 mil (2015)
    – furbush .4 mil (2015)
    – delabar .4 mil (2015)
    – fien .4 mil (2017)
    – leone 1.15 mil (2017, i figured this would be the smart long term guy, not yet)
    – melancon 6.421 mil (2016)
    Minors guys pitchers:
    – v.alcantara LAA
    – davies BAL
    -heredia PIT
    – reynaldo lopez WAS
    – urena MIA (not long till he has to be brought up or dropped)
    – m.ynoa WSOX (i didn’t realize for months that OAK had traded him)
    – m.cabrera ATL
    – yarbrough SEA

    An owner wants Chavez and/or Bolsinger. I’m thinking it’s more useful to me to restrict or franchise chavez than Bolsinger for next year, right? Also, are any of these worth trading for in something like this:
    CI – R.wheeler MIN
    – j.mahoney MIA
    – n.javier SF
    MI diaz STL
    – d.fields (OF also) DET
    – g.garcia STL
    OF – c.puello NYM
    P – j.callahan BOS
    – t.healy OAK

    Or i could try for picks here. He’d probably NOT give anything better than a 4th though.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      man, I just don’t like that for you. Chavez has been solid outside of tonight and Bolsinger is a lottery ticket but still worth more than a 4th or scrub spec. I’m in a league like that and the 4th round is usually woof.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: 4th round is quite woof, but i have no control for next year over chavez/erv santana/beltre/bolsinger/c.anderson, and of those i’m probably best off restricting/franchising if anybody chavez/c.anderson. Beltre simply isn’t worth the 19 million he’d cost to franchise, i could restrict him, but he’d probably still cost 12 or so. Werth i do have next year at 12. So none of those prospects is worth trading for i guess. Opp also has some good players, but he’s in good competition now and likely won’t trade those.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah, I’d wait and see if you can find a trade partner with better specs to offer

  53. S.H says:
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    Would you trade my Bautista for Rizzo

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup

      • S.H says:
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        @Mike:
        Thanks Mike.

        Is there any reason to own Lorenzen or Colome if you can get Y.Ventura

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime…nah, I’d take Ventura over both

  54. los locos says:
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    Mike, how do you feel about Aaron Judge, promotion to AAA. Definate old OF in NY, Ellsbury being the most overrated guy in history. This guy is a beast, could he be the next Mike Stanton?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      with all the graduations, he’ll probably be in the week 14 rankings, although I don’t expect to see him until September

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