When Jonathan Lucroy vetoed the trade to the Indians this past weekend, I thought we were going to find out Lucroy was Joey Lauren Adams in Chasing Amy.  Other teams were going to try and convert him into one of their players, but he was always going to continue to play for the other team.  Then, at some point, he was going to describe oral sex in insane, graphic detail, using balls, bats, and a gear shift, and other teams were just going to give up trying to get him to play for their team.  Then it turned out the Brewers were not going to be “Holden” him forever, you can “Banky” on it.  Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress were Chinese finger-cuffed to each other and sent to the Rangers for Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz.  By the way, Luis/Lewis is the Spanish version of tomato-tomahto.  I wonder what the Brewers finally said to Lucroy.  “We love you, but, dude, if you really love this organization, you’ll get the eff out of here.  Go!”  Then cried in the rain all super-weepy like Ben Affleck.  So, Lucroy gets a small boost in value from the lineup, but the stadium change is nearly a push.  As for Jeremy Jeffress, who is Jason Lee in this scenario, will work set up for Sam Dyson, who will keep the job.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Carlos Beltran – Traded to Rangers for their top pitching prospect, Dillon Tate.  Maybe there was a smell about him that the Rangers didn’t like.  Wait, that’s Dillon Taint.  Beltran fills the Rangers’ need for a super old guy who loves to strikeout in the playoffs on nasty curveballs.  This does little to Beltran’s value.  I mean, he’s 39 years old, nowhere is going to change his value.  He’s a Zombino that will mash and eat brain custard if healthy, and that “if” is the size of the caution tape aides have put around Clinton to avoid her using her own server.

Joey Gallo – Optioned back to Triple-A.  At least they didn’t trade him for an aging outfielder or overrated catcher.

Jay Bruce – Traded to the Mets for Dilson Herrera (okay, there are too many Herreras in the major leagues already — wait your turn, Dilson) and Max Wotell.  I like how the Mets’ PR department spun this, “The Mets acquired the NL leader in RBIs.”  Yeah, RBIs are something that always translates from team to team.  Sure, in Metco, batting between Neil Walker and Wilmer Flores (assuming Yoenis is injured), is an RBI paradise.  RBIs are solely about the player.  No other factors.  Sure, right, sarcastic interjection.  I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop on Bruce, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the move to the Mets starts the falling Timmmmmmberland.

Jon Niese – Reacquired by the Mets.  This move was actually for Bartolo.  He said he wanted more shade from the sun to avoid melanoma, and Jon Niese’s nose is just what the doctor ordered.

Matt Reynolds – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer as he plays shortstop for Reyes.  Would’ve preferred if Reynolds waited a day to hit a home run because I have a bid in on him in an NL-Only league.  Oh, wellskis.

Wilmer Flores – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 11th homer.  After the Mets’ game, their management said, “Please, don’t worry, we will get Flores out of the lineup as soon as we can.”

Gary Sanchez – Brian Cashman said on the YES Network that Sanchez could be called up as soon as Wednesday.  Though, I’m not sure you’re allowed to say anything negative on YES.  Sanchez has big-time power and plate discipline.   He also should be eligible at catcher, but is not in ESPN leagues (DH-only), though he is a catcher in Yahoo.  Allah forbid, we were to all get on the same page with position eligibility.

Jose Peraza – With the move of Bruce, Peraza should have everyday playing time.  I went to look for him on waivers in my leagues where I needed steals, and I found out I was about three days and a FAAB dollar short on all of them.

Archie Bradley – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  He’s pitching on the next level.  Unfortch, the levels are going down.

Daniel Murphy – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .355 as he returned to the lineup.  Holy Cheezits, I just realized something.  Daniel Murphy could win the NL MVP.

Anthony Rendon – 2-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting .263.  He had six homers in July (top month for power), and stole four bases with a .272 average (top month for average).  Compared to his breakout season:  he hit .287 in the 1st and 2nd half.  Though, six homers in a month would match his career high for power.

Joe Smith – Acquired by the Cubs.  Captain Joe Smith should work behind Strop and Rondon, and continue to harbor resentment at Elizabeth Warren being called Pocahontas.

Kyle Hendricks – 9 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He has the third best ERA in the major leagues at 2.22.  More like Kyle HendZOINKS!

Adam Conley – 4 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners (6 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 3.41.  His home ERA is 2.88.  Guess where this game was.  Go ahead, I have faith in you.

Hector Santiago – Traded to the Twins for Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer.  This is like the Chess Club announcing they added a new kid to the team on the same day that the high school football team won the state championship.

Max Kepler – 4-for-6, 6 RBIs and three home runs (12, 13, 14).  And here’s the president of the Chess Club!  “Can you talk about rook to Queen-3?  Kepler!”  Damn, too much press around him now.  Any hoo!  Talk about picking the worst day to have a massive game.  Dude, you’re not even going to be the back page lead on the trading deadline day.

Jose Berrios – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners (0 BBs), 5 Ks as he was recalled.  I imagine there’s going to be some ups and downs like how I rock your moms to sleep, but Berrios does have the stuff to be an ace.  Unlikely this year, but keepers should take notice.

Eddie Rosario – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer.  Damn, I was thisclose to grabbing him for the batty call.  Stupid non-Blink move!

Joe Mauer – 4-for-5, 4 runs and his 9th homer, hitting .268.  Looks like Mauer will get to ten homers, which I didn’t think was possible.  You know, the same number of homers as Michael Conforto, who hasn’t been relevant since April.

Danny Salazar – 2 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 3.38.  That’s his 4th bleh start out of five and this one came against the Max Kepler All-Stars.  I don’t want to yell fire in the theater of Razzball, but he did have an arm issue going into the All-Star break, and he’s headed for an MRI.

Steve Pearce – Was re-reacquired by Orioles.  *counting ‘re’s on fingers*  Or is that re-re-reacquired by the Orioles?  *writes Pearce’s years with Orioles on one hand’s fingers, writes ‘re’ on the other hand’s fingers*  Okay, now I just have a bunch of crap written on my fingers and still don’t know.  Pearce was with the Orioles twice before.  Whatevs, he’s a bench/platoon guy.

Andrew Benintendi – Called up by the Red Sox.  Wow, was this the biggest Monday in fantasy baseball ever?  I need a spritz, a massage and a Fanta.  I’m so giddy, I’m going to now start randomly quoting Eastbound & Down.  Mammy told me about your tomfoolery in the toolshed.  Mammy tells me you put a spoon up your behind and then sniffed it.  Is this true, Mammy?  You misunderstood, Mammy, that was love!  I’m now going to place a handkerchief to my forehead and pass out.  When I awaken, I will tell you about Andrew Benintendi.  Okay, so the Red Sox wouldn’t call him up to sit and he has a .312 average, 9 homers and 16 steals in 97 games in the minors.  If you don’t have room for him, make it!  Mammy, would want that.

Fernando Abad – This bullpen piece was traded to the Red Sox.  David Ortiz asked if he could wear Fernando around his neck on a gold chain, because he’s a “Abad man,” but the Red Sox haven’t agreed to that yet.

Craig Kimbrel – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save as he was activated from the DL.  “May all of your closers return from injury as fast as Kimbrel.”  Thank you, imaginary fortune cookie that I’m picturing reading.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-4 and his 22nd homer, hitting .306.  If I win my Scout league (I’m two points out of first), it will be in large part due to Betts.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.91.  I wonder if all the hitters yesterday were mentally drained thinking they were about to get traded at any point, so when it came time for the games, they had nothing left.  That’s for every offense’s hitters except the Twins, which makes sense since no one would be trying to trade for them.

James Paxton – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.93.  Every time we’re out, he pulls us back in.  I will call him Streamer Corleone.

Steve Cishek – 2/3 IP, 1 ER.  The end is unlikely near, but if it is, Edwin Diaz would be the grab.  I also briefly entertained picking up the other Mariners’ setup man, Tom Wilhelmsen, but I thought about how I’d prefer to be handcuffed to a piano while scuba diving.

Francisco Liriano – Acquired by the Blue Jays.  I mention this on the podcast that is coming later today (I also interview B-Real of Cypress Hill on the podcast — insert multiple exclamation marks), but I think the Pirates were the biggest winners at the trading deadline.  Not by what they acquired, but by dumping Liriano.  I imagine the Pirates drove Liriano to the airport like you would drive your mother-in-law to the airport after the holidays.  “No, we’re not going back to the house for the toothbrush you left, instead, I will mail you a case of new toothbrushes.  You can’t miss your flight.”

Scott Feldman – 0 IP, 1 ER, as he was also acquired by the Blue Jays.  I get it, the Blue Jays want Aaron Sanchez out of the rotation, but they could’ve just pitched Jesse Chavez and Drew Hutchison in the rotation rather than acquire two of the worst pitchers in the league.

Troy TulowitzkiJays are confident Tulo will avoid the DL.  Have they seen Tulo’s track record?  Not sure how confident I would be.

Marcus Stroman – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 13 Ks.  Damn, there was some pitching yesterday.  Stroman has alternated good start with not-so-good start for the last six games, so the time to grab him was before yesterday’s game.  His ERA is at 4.74, so obviously there’s been a bunch of terrible starts mixed in.  The Stream-o-Nator liked yesterday’s start, but doesn’t love his next one.  I could go either way with it, which shows the problem.  I have no faith in him.

Doug Fister – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.56.  He was supposed to be on paternity leave yesterday, but Fister’s wife still hasn’t gone into labor.  She might be scared to spread her legs around Fister.

Will Harris – 2/3 IP, 1 ER and his 3rd blown save, and 2nd blown save in as many appearances.  The time to grab Ken Giles was about six weeks ago, but there’s still time (if he’s not owned in your league).

Aledmys Diaz – Hit the DL as he was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his thumb moments after weekly lineups were set.  Ugh, put those stats in a ziplock.

Brandon Guyer – Traded to the Indians.  Cleveland is a top six offense, and the Rays were a bottom three hitting team.  Progressive is a top three field this year, Tropicana is a bottom five field every year.  Guyer is a platoon player and none of the preceding matters.  Hashtag all preceding matters!

Juan Uribe – Designated for assignment.  Now, if the Indians win the World Series, Uribe can look forward to getting a ring that features a topaz-colored lollipop.

Ivan Nova – Acquired by the Pirates.  It’s off limits for the Yankees to be selling at the trade deadline while the Pirates are buying, so this move was written off as a ‘change of scenario’ deal where maybe Nova can figure out his stuff under the tutelage of Ray Searage — or simply Ray Tutelage.

Will Smith – Traded to the Giants.  Now they just need to bridge the 4th inning to the 6th inning for Peavy, Samardzija and Cain starts.

Matt Moore – Traded to Giants.  Wait!  Maybe they don’t need to worry about Peavy or Cain anymore.  Moore gets a boost in value from this trade.  Tropicana and AT&T are essentially a push, but NL West vs. AL West is like Andre the Giant vs. Salvatore Bellomo.  I’m not grabbing Moore in any 12-team mixed leagues, but I wouldn’t have streamed him prior to this move, and now I’m considering owning him and would stream him.

Andrew Susac – Acquired by the Brewers.  If Susac gets the job as the starting catcher in Milwaukee, I will speak more effusively about him at that time.  Right now, he’s in the minors.  Look at Grey, holding back some sexy, upside info!  Plus, Grey, nice usage of effusive.  Also, love the way you drop some third person in your writing.

Hernan Perez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Okay, just put this hot schmotato on all my teams already and stop playing games!

Chris Carter – 1-for-4 and his 25th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, and third in four games.  Yesterday, I said something like he can hit a dozen homers the rest of the way.  Today, I’m saying eleven more.

Travis Jankowski – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 19th and 20th steals.  Padres don’t need to trade for players to finish in 4th place.  Nah’mean?!

Matt Duffy – Headed to the Rays, because they need to have a Matt on their team.  “Yo, I’m here.”  Shut up, Matt Andriese.

Chris Archer – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.38.  Solid start, and Imma let you finish, but Duffy had one of the best starts of the year!

Danny Duffy – 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 1 Walk, 16 Ks, ERA at 2.98.  What the flippety-flap?!  You’re worse than Kepler!  What are you, president of the Oratory club?  4-H?  3M?  2 Legit 2 Quit?  1 Bad Motherf*cker?  Hayzeus Cristo, what a gorge game.  Not to make this all about me, but, well, ya know.  In 65 2/3 IP that I’ve owned Duffy, he has 77 Ks and a 2.74 ERA and 0.99 WHIP.  So, ya know, he’s kinda been doing this for the last two months.  And this is a league where I don’t hold anyone, and I’ve held him.

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer.  He’s done ishkabibble in the last week, but might be the sign he’s coming out of it.

Paulo Orlando – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting .323.  He has hits in six of his last ten games with two homers and two steals.  Sounds like we have a light schmotato here.

Jesse Chavez – Acquired by the Dodgers.  I bet this is one of those moves that looks like nothing at the time, then Chavez ends up a solid starter in September when McCarthy, Hill, Norris or Kazmir are visited by DLzebub.

Josh Reddick – Acquired (with Rich Hill, who I’ll get to) by the Dodgers for Frankie Montas, Grant Holmes, and Jharel Cotton, a group that sounds like cast members of Melrose Place.  Reddick had to get out of Oakland.  With Semien and Reddick together, Tipper Gore was threatening to have their games classified TV-MA.  I like this move for Reddick’s value.  Lineup is better, and the pitchers’ park in LA won’t affect him, if he wasn’t bothered by Oakland.

Rich Hill – As previously mentioned, Dodgers grabbed Hill too.  Hill gets a nice boost in value too.  Dodger Stadium is a solid place to pitch, and it’s NL over AL.  Hopefully, Los Angeles autograph seekers don’t embarrass themselves too much by asking Rich Hill for a sniglet.

Yasiel Puig – With the addition of Reddick, Puig took the biggest hit on value.  I.e., he got Reddick’d over.  So, the Dodgers said he’s headed to the minors, but, rather than taking it sitting down (literally), Puig stormed off the Dodgers’ flight.  The Dodgers have called in Tom Hanks to film a “There’s no crying in baseball” short called, “In A Puig Of His Own.”

2020 Draft Kit
  1. Justin says:

    Hiya Grey,

    Great write-up as always. If Sanchez does get the call, would you hold with Contreras or swap the 2?

    Also, any concerns with Bregman (like he will get the AJ Reed back to the minors treatment)?


    • Grey

      Grey says:

      @Justin: I’d hold Willson for now… Bregman could be sent back if he doesn’t start hitting

      • Joey says:

        Minor Legue studs not ready for varsity team yet in AJ REED and Bregman. I’ve grabbed them both when the timing was right and they were HUGE disappointments. Dropping Breg right now for Pedro Alvarez as a bench spot.

        • Joey says:

          Grey…hopefully tomorrow’s post touches on Bregman. I want to dump him as a bench slot and added available: Brandon Moss, Pedro Alvarez, or Carlos Santana. All avail and had great nights tonight. Also I was offered trade of Benintendi for Joc Pederson. What’s your smack on that? :). Thx

  2. Manley Ramirez says:

    Just want to thank you for curing my mom’s insomnia. Her trips to the basement to nag me have become much less frequent!

  3. Brian says:

    Would you drop McCutchen to take a flyer on Benintendi? If it doesn’t work out Napoli or Saunders is on the wire. Do I continue to wait on Cutch? Seems like a lost year.

    • Chicken Dinner says:

      @Brian: Hold

    • Malicious Phenoms says:

      @Brian: agree with CD

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      @Brian: Agree with others

  4. Ryan says:

    Would you drop Ellsbury for Benintendi? 12 team redraft league

    • S P says:

      @Ryan: Does Ellsbury have top 50/100 overall upside at this point? Cause Benintendi does.

      • Ryan says:

        @S P: Yeah, this is definitely where I’m leaning. Just wanted to make sure I’m not crazy for thinking of dropping Ellsbury for him

        • AL KOHOLIC says:

          @Ryan: Ellsbury isnt running much since hurting his hip and he is getting caught stealing a lot so yes i would

    • Malicious Phenoms says:

      @Ryan: yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      @Ryan: Unlikely

  5. Herr Drumpf says:

    5×5, 12 team auction keeper. At basically the same salary, rank Piscotty, Polanco and Sano for 2017-2019. And are any of them more valuable than Harper for the rest of this season?

    Nice Elizabeth Warren reference.

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      @Herr Drumpf: Thanks! Polanco, Piscotty, not more valuable than Harper

  6. Chris says:

    Would you cut kintzler for cody allen who was dropped after the miller trade. Cle hasn’t announced who will close and could play matchups. Miller wasn’t used in the 9th today for what it’s worth. Allen gets k’s where kintzler doesnt. Kintzler doesnt get alot of save opps. Allen may get as many as him if he isn’t the full time closer. I am just trying to improve my team here and trying to look at all angles. Thx

    • Malicious Phenoms says:

      @Chris: Allen over Kintzler

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      @Chris: Sure, you can try it

  7. Chris says:

    Miller is also the only lefty in the pen.

  8. Ante GALIC says:


    Great lede and write-up!!!

    a. First off, I didn’t appreciate the true mastery in your moniker ‘Fantasy Master Lothario’ until yesterday when you told me to start Duffy and I was like thanks because I almost benched him. Thank you a million times over!!!

    b. Am in a rush, going to the field. So…..

    c. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (August 2)

    Paramedic: On my count. One,two,three. Get a monitor on her. I need o2 sat. Okay,she’s going into respiratory failure.
    Ethan: What-What does that mean?
    Paramedic: She’s not getting enough oxygen. We need to intubate. Respiratory failure.
    Paranedic: What’s your name?
    EthanL Ethan.
    Ethan,how long has lauren been out?
    I-I don’t know. She-She sounded wed. That’s why i rushed over to her place.
    Paramedic: Start positive pressure ventilation at 100% oxygen.
    Can you be more specific?
    Ethan: She-Shwas mumbling her words. She-She said her head hurt.
    Paramedic: Pupils areixed and dilated. No corneal reflex.
    Dr. Alexx: Sounds like a subarachnoid hemorrhage. I’ll do a spinal tap.
    Dr. Alexx: Has lauren been ill? Ethan,has lauren been sick?
    Ethan: Yeah,the flu. Is this the swine thing?
    Dr. Alexx: No,this isn’t the flu.
    Paramedic: Doctor,please Cardiac arrest. What is with th girl?
    Ethan: Lauren!
    Paramedic: She’s in systole. Okay.
    Ethan: Lauren!
    Paramedic: Epi. I’m starting chest compressions.
    Ethan: Lauren!
    Paramedic: Ic,please,get him out of here.
    Calleigh: Come on,ethan. Here we go,sweetheart Let’s go. It’s gonna be okay,all right? Justgot to give ’em some space.
    Dr. Alexx: Still no rhythm,alexx. Get those paddles ready. Another dose of bicarb. Defib doesn’t working asystole. Could be fine v-Fib. Charge to 0.
    Paramedic: clear.
    Calleigh: Ethan Anyone you want me to call?
    Ethan: Yeah,my mom and dad. I got-Got their number on my cell phone.
    Calleigh: Sure. You’re going to propose.
    Ethan: Yeah. I’ll just wait until she gets better,you know. She,uh– She likes ice cream after she’s sick,so i’m just goa slip it in the dish.
    Calleigh: That’s cool. Yeah.
    Ethan: She looked a lot better yesterday,so i figure maybe today’s the day.
    Calleigh: I’m sure she going to be okay. You said she w going to be okay.
    Ethan: Hey,man Alexx,what happened?
    Dr. Alexx: I need you to get horatio down here,please.
    Calleigh: Why?
    Dr. Alexx: ‘Cause that girl was murdered. And in my experience,you may have your number one suspect right here (cue the queue of sunglasses).


    • Grey

      Grey says:

      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! A. Nice! B. Good luck! C. Haha

      • Ante GALIC says:

        @Grey: Grey!

        Made it back! A huge black rain cloud followed us the entire way back. Fortunately as you can Frank Voila see, we made it just ahead of the heavy rains!!!


  9. BreadnButter says:

    Max Kepler or Josh Reddick?

  10. Robert says:

    Bregman or Benitindi for utility spot?
    Drop Wellington for Sanchez?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:

      @Robert: Bregman and hold the Beef, not sure how much playing time Sanchez gets, with McCann still in NY.

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      @Robert: Benintendi…Welington

  11. Chris says:

    If you needed steals would you add peraza or jankowski? Would you cut will harris if you owned giles for one of them? Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      @Chris: Peraza….I wouldn’t cut Harris

  12. Mrs.Featherbottom says:

    Top notch. Methinks the same about Chavez-he was a super reliable SP prior to Tor.