Pudge (<—this nickname wasn’t always ironic) was traded to the Yankees for Kyle Farnsworth, a cuddle boy if there ever was one. This moves yawnstipates me from a fantasy perspective. Farnsworth should not take over as closer, but that does not mean he won’t take over as closer. I think it’s still Rodney, with Zumaya and Farnsworth battling over holds. Did I take a flier on Farnsworth in any leagues? Of course, I did. I’m like Pookie from New Jack City and saves are my crack. It didn’t help anyone’s cause that Rodney blew a save last night. It pains me to say this, but I don’t think Farnsworth is as far out of the closer picture as he should be. Though the Tigers may still go after Street or another reliever. As for the Yankees, I-Rod is reunited with A-Rod. Now they just need to find a really manly looking woman and have a menage-a-trois. Pudge is better than The Oldest of the Catching Molina Brothers and Chad Moeller (though I will miss him on my Razzball team. Hopefully Josh Bard can pull his dead weight.). Pudge waived his no-trade clause for the opportunity to let the NY Media figure out ways to blame him for the Yankees inevitable early exit from the playoffs. I say if Pudge didn’t want to be in Detroit, Tigers fans should be glad to get rid of him. Pudge will probably bat towards the bottom of the Yankees lineup and do pretty much what he was doing for the Tigers. This does little to his value. Who this trade really affects fantasy-wise is Brandon Inge. Rudy became (very mildly) giddy to pickup Inge in one league. As he put it, “.240 and 20 HRs at 3rd is George Foster-ugly. That at catcher, I’ll take it and like it.” Well said, Rudy. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Manny Ramirez – Traded to Marlins? Perhaps. Manny in Florida makes the NL East more fun. (And if you’re an AL fan, trust me, the NL East is already fun. Hanley, Wright, Howard, Utley, Reyes, Brian Schneider, the list goes on) The Sox supposedly want Bay. They nixed Kemp. This confuses me. Is Kemp too raw? Not enough power yet? The Sox have become the Yankees and they can’t wait longer than one winter for a player to fully mature? Can’t be, Manny still hasn’t matured. Either way, Manny anywhere is Manny being Manny. You can’t mess with his head cause he’s like Robert DeNiro in Awakenings. Manny, you’re wearing a pancake on your head. Yeah, so? As for Bay in Boston, this has the upside of a better lineup, but Bay seems like too much of a thinker and Boston could get in his head. I’m 50/50 on whether this is a boon or bust for Bay if it happens. You make the call!

Tim Hudson – Dr. Grisly Andrews says Hudson’s going on his Xmas card list under the category, “Tommy John recipients.” Drop Hudson, if you haven’t yet. Unless you’re stockpiling for 2010, when we will be taking flying cars to our fantasy baseball drafts. Mark my words!

Dioner Navarro – I figured since I mentioned Pudge and Inge, I may as well throw a Razz-bone to Dioner. It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned him. Regular readers now I loved him back in May when he first returned from the DL. Well, he’s still hitting .300, but, honestly, this is like a Keppinger .300. I think Yunel excited me more– Scratch that, I think Mini-Me’s sex tape excited me more. The only positive is Dioner is a poor man’s Mauer at an eighth of the price. Yawnstipating at best. I would consider an Inge look if you’re okay at average.

Kelly Shoppach – 2 HRs. If you’re keeping score at home. Shoppach 11 HRs, VMart 0. If I had access to the government’s time machine (and they have one!), then I’d go back in time to March 2008 and draft Shoppach as the first catcher off the board in every league just so I can see my leaguemates’ looks. (I’d still draft Rios in the third round. I’m a slacker like my father!)

Alexi Casilla – Done for the year. Just as he was on his way to the coveted 5/5 club. There’s always next year!

Huston Street – 1 ER and the loss. Somehow he’s still an Athletic and uninjured. Sometimes you roll snake eyes and sometimes you roll your eyes.

Bobby Abreu – 2 HRs and batting .400 since the All-Star break. Next year you’ll look at 2008’s stats which will be 20/20/.310 and you’ll have no idea how Abreu did that last year, so you’ll refuse to draft him again. Then next year, he’ll get 20/20/.310 and you’ll have no idea how he did that, so the following year… Do you see where this is going?

Carlos Pena – 1-for-4, HR. As I said in the rankings of top 100 for the 2nd half, Pena coul actually put up decent numbers. He hit 7 HRs in July. The most HRs for any month this season.

Rocco Baldelli – Set to come off the DL this weekend. However, last time he was due to return, he stubbed his toe on his DL history and broke his foot, or some shizz. Caveat emptor, for those in Latin America.

Adam Wainwright – Had a setback in his bullpen session and now won’t go on his rehab assignment until August. Guys, bad news, I don’t think we’re seeing Wainwright until September at the earliest and maybe not at all.  The mouth on the lefthand side of the screen says, “Contingency.” The mouth on the righthand side says, “Plans.”

Chad Billingsley – Shutout, 8 Ks. I said a while back that he was my very early 2009 Cy Young prediction. Unfortunately, now he’s gone and made himself look too good and he’s not going to be a bargain at all next year. Oh, well.

Cliff Lee – 5 IP, 6 ER. I’m under contractual obligation to only mention when he pitches poorly. Something I signed at the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston.

Shane Victorino – HR yesterday. Now has one more than Alexis Rios. I’m so keen-o on Shane Victorino…

Dan Uggla – HR yesterday. Member this dude? In May, he was so going to bat .400 and hit 50 HRs. Member that? Yeah, he hit .145 in July and .122 after the All-Star game. cough Told ya so. cough

Brandon Inge – Hit a HR. Pudge is gone and now you got a fatty for Inge.

Ben Francisco – 2 HRs and 4-for-7. Still batting third for the Indians. Yeah, the Indians collapsed this year. Hafner and VMart should be forced to work one of those winter fantasy camps where the Account Manager for your company goes to play ball with Mike Pagliarulo.

Manny Parra – 5.1 IP, 5 ER, Had a 3.05 Home ERA coming into today’s start. Then the Cubs happened.  I like Parra going forward, but you have to expect bumps. If you can’t handle bumps, a rookie pitcher is not the way to go.

Chad Gaudin – 1.54 ERA in almost 14 IP. As most of youse know, I’m a big believer in solid middle relievers balancing your ratios. Gaudin can help.

Wandy Rodriguez – 4.2 IP, 6 ER. It’s like Daniel Cabrera and Oliver Perez had a son and they named him Wandy.

Ray Durham – Ray Ray started second game in the row over Weeks. From the dugout, on his cellphone, Rickie Weeks, “Hey, whatcha doing?” Giambi, “Watching Sexson strikeout.” Weeks, “Tell me about it. If they wanted a lousy 2nd basemen, they had me!” Giambi, “I know! What, I wasn’t striking out enough for them? That can be fixed. The only thing I can’t do is tall. I guess that’s what they wanted!” Weeks, “Durham’s not even tall. I don’t get it.”

  1. Steve says:

    Great work as usual, Grey. What do you make of the Give-Atkins-Get-Dunn-Pick-Up-EE scenario I’m floating in the forums?

  2. Dr. Grisly Andrews? C’mon, you gotta call him by his proper Razzball Glossary name – Dr. Freeze.

    Dr. Freeze – Nickname for Dr. James Andrews as anyone going to see him is going to be on ice for 12-18 months. Francisco Liriano went to Dr. Freeze in 2006 and he’s still not fully thawed. See Hangin’ With Teddy Ballgame.

  3. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Me: read read read yes read true read agree read read read Mini-Me’s sex tape —

    >audible snort<

    @Rudy Gamble: Dr. Freeze. Nice. But only if said in Schwarzenegger’s accent from Batman & Robin. I PUT YOU ON ICE!

    I just want the trade deadline to pass so I can drop all my sad speculative relievers e.g. Casilla, Ziegler, Cult Leader Jim Johnson, and get back to my sad actual relievers, e.g. Rodney and Izzy. (Ugh.) Actually, I’ll probably keep Ziegler. He tossed 3 scoreless last night! That’s all right! That’s like a Mini-Me shutout.

    Also: If Fuentes doesn’t get traded, it’s going to make Fantasy Land’s two months of Corpas! Buchholz! Corpas! Buchholz! tsuris look mighty silly. We’ve been sweating this trade more than Fuentes.

    My pointless 2 cents on Manny: I think it does rip the heart out of the Boston mystique if they trade him. Somehow, Papi/Bay doesn’t seem so fearsome. And I too wonder why they wouldn’t just go out and get someone young and future-awesome rather than young-ish and present-good.

    I do hope the Rays get Dunn. Or Bay. Or someone. Go Rays!

  4. drizzle21 says:

    More than anything, I’m curious about how Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston originated. I just went to the real CofC for 3 years, so I have to know.

    Also, it’s worth trading Bedard for C. Guillen with the sole intention of flipping Guillen for a more reliable SP, right? Are there any targets/caliber-of-pitcher you think a hot Guillen could land?

  5. Frank Rizzo says:

    Is it worth going after A-Rod? He’s very good but his name alone makes the price too high.

    If I were to offer Miggy for him, what more would I have to send in that package to get him?

  6. ABell says:

    I just landed Rollins and Dunn and a draft pick to be named later for Dan Haren. Don’t ask me how or why this guy offered me this trade. but hwat do you think of rollins? and would you try to package him with like a scott baker for hanley? because i think i would. its been a long time since i’ve been this happy.

  7. Frank Rizzo says:

    @ABell: I’ve got Rollins too. It’s nothing to get real excited about at the moment. I’m waiting for him to get hot. And waiting, and waiting.

    Rollins/Baker for Hanley will only happen in your wettest of dreams.

  8. jph says:

    @Everyone: Someone in my league just offered Beckett for my Utley. I feel I have to solidify my pitching for the post season (I’m currently 1st with 4 games left before playoffs). Here is my lineup–should I do the trade:
    Pujols (Traded Bedard/Hamels for him and Manny)
    Markakis (traded Maine/Wagner for him)
    D. Lee-Util

    Dice-K (traded Manny for him)

    If you suggest I trade Utley-who should I replace him with:Lopez,kendrick,Alexei Ramirez,Matsui,Aviles,Kent or Jeff Baker

  9. Fan says:

    I love the Seinfeld reference. Way to slip that in there. Keep up the good work.

  10. Freak says:

    Love the Dick Weeks/Giambino conversation.

    Hilarity all around.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: If you can pull it off, I like it. Especially if you need the HRs and can take the hit in average.

    @Rudy Gamble: We need to hire someone to take a weed whacker to the glossary and keep only the A+ stuff.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: “I just want the trade deadline to pass so I can drop all my sad speculative relievers…” Such a good call. I’m carrying so many guys that I’m literally dropping real relievers so I can have a speculative one. I need to be stopped. I have Denny Bautista on a team.

    I agree on the Rays. Love to see them make an actual run. I hope they don’t do one of these moves, “Rays Pickup Scott Downs for Stretch Run, Show Fans They’re Taking This Pennant Thing Serious.”

    @drizzle21: Yeah, that’s a great trade and I’m not even a fan of Guillen so that shows my current love for Bedard.

    re: CofC — College of Charleston is a recognizable name, which makes it somewhat funny, then you juxtapose Fantasy Baseball… Don’t make me explain my thought process on the superfluous stuff. You either chuckle or find me three sides short of a Yahtzee die. BTW, Welcome College of Charleston!

    @Frank Rizzo: First, Rudy totally disagreed with me about the Pudge trade. He agreed with you that the Tigers made a very bad move and Rudy’s secretly a Yankees fan, so there’s that.

    Miggy for Arod isn’t really worth it. What are you trying to get? Five steals from your third basemen in addition to what Miggy already provides. Explain more why you wanna make this deal.

    @ABell: Excellent trade in moving Haren. Doesn’t hurt to try and get Hanley for those two, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Rollins is very reliable early third round SS. Coming off his MVP year last year, he was over hyped coming into this year. He could get hot down the stretch and improve on his (slightly injured) season, but he is more or less a 110/20/70/.290/30 guy — Not this year because of injuries and some slight slumpage, but he’s still that guy next year. And, btw, that’s a good guy to have at SS.

    @jph: Try and move one of your other hitters for Beckett first. Derrek Lee, McLouth, Markakis. If that’s not possible, I wouldn’t make this trade. Utley’s a timebomb waiting to exlode with offense and, in fact, just hit HRs in back to back games. I’d even trade one of the three guys I mentioned for Billingsley before the Utley for Beckett trade.

    @Fan: Thanks, but I gotta be honest. I wrote the above at around 1am in the morning last night, not sure what reference you’re referring to.

  12. ABell says:

    ok the player/draft pick to be named later in the dunn/rollins for haren deal (comment #6) is either Wang now or a third round pick (which is really a 9th round bc we have 6 keepers) so do I take Wang or a 9th rounder? Grey remember the yunel, cueto, and bedard for Haren i got offered yesterday? i was about to take it when this other guy put in the dunn/jroll/posada adn 3rd rounder offer. what is with the guys in my league. both of these guys have legit shots at the title, but i’m startin to think i do too if rollins heats up and garza replaces haren valiantly. we’ll see

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ABell: I like your chances too with Rollins and Garza. I’d take the 9th rounder. BTW, I love that leagues that exchange draft picks, fun stuff.

  14. jph says:

    Griffey to ChiSox..i like

  15. Frank Rizzo says:

    Here’s what I’m being offered…

    I give Miggy/McLouth

    I get A-Rod/Delgado

    I have McLouth, Victorino, Pence, Holliday, and Markakis in my OF. Victorino is sitting on my bench. He could outproduce McLouth the rest of the way.

    I believe A-Rod is more than 5 steals over Miggy’s production. Maybe I’m wrong.

    Delgado gives me a a solid utility guy. I have Atkins at 1b.

  16. Frank Rizzo says:

    And I forgot to add, the guy who wants to make the trade with me for A-Rod does not have any hope of making the playoffs. So the trade would not come back to haunt me H2H.

  17. ABell says:

    ya, i was leaning towards the pick too, thanks. i love the draft pick trading too, as long as i don’t do any more moves like hafner for a fourth round pick like last offseason.

  18. Frank Rizzo says:

    Isn’t McLouth a relative unknown? Sure, he’s picked it back up a couple of times when people thought he would fall off but is he far superior to a Victorino/Pence platoon in the 2nd half?

    You just mentioned Miggy wasn’t “that far over his head”. Doesn’t that mean he is? And A-Rod is the best in baseball….no?

    I was under the impression that I wouldn’t lose much at all in the OF, would gain power and RBI at Utility, and would be equal to or better than I was in all categories at 3b.

  19. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: Yeah, I’m looking forward to mass-dumping Casilla, Johson, etc. into a shallow grave in the woods.

    I live in NYC and would love nothing more than to see the Yankees miss the play-offs. Oh, the fun we’ll have! Tabloids calling to bring back Torre! Unsourced stories about Jeter short-sheeting A-Rod’s bed! Earnest editorials about What It All Means for America!

    I think if I lived in Boston, I would root against the Sox. I’m just cranky that way.

  20. corey says:

    Any word on Gio yet? Time to drop him?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: McLouth is a 30/20/.270 hitter, Victorino is a 12/40/.280 hitter. Barring injury, they are what they are. Victorino might be a bit more injury prone, but that’s it. Neither should be on anyone’s bench. Now whether you can get actual value for either them is a totally different dilemma and one I can sympathize with. No one trusts McLouth, not even you. No one trusts Victorino, not even you.

    Miggy is not going to hit 8 HRs every month. He’s good for 5. That’s where he’s slightly over his head. Arod is the best player in baseball, yes. Delgado and LaRoche aren’t that far apart. So you’re trading a top 15 player (Miggy) plus a 30/20/.270 hitter, for Arod and potentially LaRoche. Now is Delgado hitting better currently? Of course. I wouldn’t trade McLouth on the hope that Delgado’s hot hitting continues. I would trade McLouth to slide Victorino in my lineup. Trade McLouth for a different piece that could help. A 2nd basemen or a SS. Or trade a different OF. Or trade Miggy and Pence for Arod straight up.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’ve earmarked a few disasters waiting to happen to move Bautista, Casilla, et al for. Notably Jason Bartlett… Mmm-mmm… Crappy average and MI speed. Yummy.

    @corey: The A’s are dragging their feet. I’d drop him for now if you need the space. He might not be up until Sept.

  22. ABell says:

    I dropped Gio today, couldn’t afford the spot any longer

  23. Steve says:

    @Grey: I seem to struggle each week in AVE anyway (and I’m last over the season in AVE – and OBP) so there’s not much of a hit to take.
    I reckon Dunn will help in OBP and Runs as well as HR so the trade-off is worth it, right?

  24. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Runs will probably be a push, but I agree with the rest. It’s still a good trade, I like it.

  25. Frank Rizzo says:

    OK….I’m not sure about this at all since Cain has been so good…

    Give Miggy/McLouth/Cain

    Get A-Rod/Delgado/Kazmir

    “I’d give my left nut for A-Rod in a trade…” – I’m trying to make it happen because I feel the same.

  26. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Rich Harden is soooo overrated…

    So far this year for the Cubs…
    20.1 ip
    34 K’s

  27. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @ABell: I did the same with Gio. I dropped him for Crede.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Eh. Sorry, man. Not feeling it. Though it’s not to say it’s bad.

    ****Take followups to the newest post.

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