Throughout my time as a dynasty player, I’ve learned that there’s one thing that’s as inevitable in this format as death and taxes….. turnover. Sometimes it’s simply because a manager no longer likes the format or league. Sometimes it’s a lack of the time element that needs to be applied to properly compete. Other times it’s an incident that disenfranchises owners, and leads them to quit. Well over the last month I’m pretty sure all of these apply to outgoing managers within our Razzball in-house dynasty the Razznasty. There’s been drama, tears, a gang-related shooting, and an arm wrestling tournament in a truck stop. Actually I think I’m confused, all those things happened during my Memorial Day weekend with my in-laws. You know what they say, “sometimes you join the Hell’s Angels, and other times you marry into them”.  Moving along, let’s discuss the standings, trades, and wavier claims for the month of May.

 

The Standings

What was once a 20 point lead for Mentok has whittled to an eleven point lead a month later. This is just simply things settling down after a very strong April from Mentok. He’s continued to stay active making win now trades, and panning the wavier wire for golden adds. Commissioner Yes Cheese had an excellent May adding 10 points to his total, and jumping 2 places from 4th to 2nd. Cheese is one of the better dynasty players I’ve competed against, and did a nice job of making trades to improve his squad over the last year plus. He’s built a formidable team, and has a nice eye for minor league talent. In third place sits Shill Team 6, owned by frequent commentor of the same name. Shill dropped one spot in the standings but only dropped one point off his total score month over month, so he should be commended for maintaining. In fact he could be in second place within three hours, it’s that close. The two biggest gainers this past month have been Razzball Legend Nick the Dick, and first year manager Raskals. Nick gained a whopping 18 points month over month to climb from 9th place at the end of April to 4th as June begins. Raskals on the other hand has continued to make win now moves as he builds one of the most formidable squads in league. Raskals presently sits in 5th with a total of 107.5 points, a 11.5 point jump month over month. Sitting in 6th place is “The Rebuilding” Epic of Goodfoldamesh, otherwise known as J-FOH’s name of the month. He says he’s rebuilding, but damn he looks a lot closer to competing. Dee Gordon’s suspension messed with his head like Zooey Deschanel’s character in 100 days of summer did to a whiney Joseph Gordon Levitt. Rounding out the teams with a shot, is the illustrious Matt Truss of RCL and DFS fame. Matt I need to title the next Razznasty Update “Can’t Truss It”, so get to work. In fact I’ll make a deal I’ll dress like Flavor Flav in this video if you do. The rest of the standings is rounded out by two teams that changed hands (funny how that works), former Prospector Mike, and 6 flunkies including myself.

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Trades

Included below are all swaps that took place over the past month….Even one that did and then didn’t, more on that later.

Epic of Goldfoldamesh trades: Ryan Madson, Ben Paulsen, and Jay Bruce to Alice’s Sweet Tomatoes for Orlando Arcia, Renato Nunez, and Zack Godley.

Here was a deal that took place prior to ownership of Alice’s Sweet Tomatoes being transferred and re-named. Unfortunately we lost a great one in Ra’zbahl Al Ghul! Happy trails until we meet again. Wait that sounded like he died, he didn’t die FYI. Either way, the team formerly known as Ghul added some win now pieces, but at the expense of top 10 prospect Orlando Arcia and young pieces Nunez and Godley. 

Deeper Data Collection trades: Joe Panik and Matt Moore to Raskals for Cody Reed (Cin) and Raskals 2nd round pick.

I had some depth at MI and wanted to rid myself of Moore before he reverted back to what he is. I was able to move them for an up and coming spec arm I like very much in Cody Reed, and a second rounder. Raskals added more MLB players in his quest to compete. The man drives a hard bargain what can I say. 

The Hippos trades: Dallas Keuchel and Jacob Faria to Yes Cheese for Dansby Swanson and Chris Devenski

A win now move for Cheese to add pitching and a “sell Keuchel before the bottom falls out” for The Hippos. I like the Swanson get for Hippos, but fully understand the move from Cheese’s perspective. After all he got the reigning AL Cy Young winner for a prospect and a BORP. Good trade for both sides. 

Mad Beach Bums trades: Adam Jones and Adrian Gonzalez to Raskals for Franklin Barreto and Kyle Tucker.

Just more Raskals doing Raskal thangs, adding win now players with his eyes on the prize. The squad formerly run by Hannibal (pre-season front runner) acquires a pair of talented minor league players in Franklin Barreto and Kyle Tucker. This was actually the second time Raskals traded Barreto in 3 days, but more on that later. 

Mad Beach Bums trades: Jason Heyward and a third round pick to Mentok for Trea Turner.

Newly minted member Mad Beach Bum adds a top ten prospect with a short ETA for a possibly overrated outfielder and a pick. This trade could go either way, particularly if Heyward starts to rake this summer. 

**The Trade That Broke the Razznasty**

So as alluded to previously a trade took place that was undone and then sent shockwaves throughout the league forcing Hannibal to quit, and others to picket outside of the Razznasty offices. The trade was made by Razzball Hall of Famer J-FOH, and hard-charging Raskals. The trade was Chris Davis heading from Epic of Goodfoldamesh to Raskals for Franklin Barreto and Albert Almora. The trade was a mistake made by J-FOH while under the influence of cheetos and peyote, and was therefore undone by all-knowing commish Yes Cheese. I personally agree with the decision, as it’s in the best interest of the league to not let such a one-sided trade go through. This trade set off a bit of a shite storm, but this comes with the territory in high stakes dynasty leagues with no buy-in or prize pool.  

Wavier Adds

There’s been a flurry of activity in our semi-weekly auctions. ($100 annual FAAB budget)

Mentok: Brad Brach ($25), Tommy Joseph ($8), and Stone Garrett ($0)

Yes Cheese: Chris Devenski ($2), Adam Morgan ($1), Andrew Stevenson ($2), Josh Ockimey ($4), Ivan Nova ($1), and Matt Shoemaker ($4)

Shill Team 6: Chris Shaw ($4), Ryan Buchter ($1), Steve Pearce ($3), Tony Cingrani ($3), Chase Utley ($0), and John Gant ($0)

FreshPrince OfHellsLair: Wander Javier ($0), Will Harris ($2), Tyler Goeddel ($2), Coco Crisp ($2), and Jake Marisnick ($0)

Raskals: Ryan O’Hearn ($0), Jake Diekman ($3), Mitch Keller ($3), and Travis Demeritte ($0)

Epic of Goodfoldamesh: Cesar Vargas ($3), Marwin Gonzalez ($7), Dae-Ho Lee ($4), Jeremy Hazelbaker ($3), Jayson Werth ($3), Jeremy Hellickson ($3), Johnny Giavotella ($1), Addison Reed ($0), Aaron Hill ($0), and Christian Bethancourt ($0)

The Hippos: Danny Santana ($1), Ross Ohelndorf ($4), Tony Cingrani ($8), Junior Guerra ($5), David Phelps ($0), and Chih-Wei Hu ($0)

Alice’s Sweet Tomatoes: Derek Norris ($2), Chase Utley ($1), Andrew Lee ($0), Tyler Chatwood ($15), J.J. Hardy ($0), Jordy Mercer ($0), and Chris Herrmann ($1)

Mad Beach Bums: Derek Dietrich ($8), Shane Greene ($0), Jason Castro ($1), Ronald Guzman ($0), Albert Abreu ($1), Tony Watson ($1), Curt Casali ($0), Shawn Kelley ($1), Mike Foltynewicz ($11), Dylan Cozens ($0), Derek Norris ($0), Wuilmer Becerra ($0), Nick Vincent ($0), Eloy Jimenez ($0), Chance Sisco ($5), and Whit Merrifield ($9)

West Reading Phillies: None

Nightpandas: Sean Rodriguez ($2), Dan Straily ($1), Matt Andriese ($2), and Brandon Guyer ($1)

Smoke Show: Geovany Soto ($1)

Cuban Bandits: Preston Tucker ($9), Matt Bush ($4), and Chad Green ($0)

Deeper Data Collection: Connor Greene ($1), Drew Ward ($1), Eddie Rosario ($1), and Jesse Hahn ($1)

Georgia Peach: Harrison Bader ($5), Cam Bedrosian ($1), and Jorge Polanco ($1)

Cobra Kai: Christian Colon ($2), Kevin Plawecki ($0), Mat Latos ($2), Colby Lewis ($9), Zach Davies ($4), Austin Jackson ($2), and Hunter Dozier ($0)

 

Thanks for reading and a big airhorn salute to Razznasty leaguemates.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Ralph! Sorry, nothing to do with the Razznasty….but would you prefer Bobby Bradley over Brett Phillips? Arrival time doesn’t matter.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Yes I think Bradley is going to be a major power threat almost immediatley.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, I didn’t know if Phillips is a 20/20 guy or more of only 10 HR power.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: He’s got 20/20 upside but his strikeouts worry me

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: you seem like a solid contributer. Do you have interest in playing in the nasty?

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks man. Possibly next year. I’d have to step my minor league knowledge up a notch or 8.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: it’s not that hard. We only have 10 slots and most the league came in with little or no knowledge

  2. kenly0 says:
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    If you guys have an open spot. I’d love to play against some of you guys. I’ve been coming to Razzball for a year or two. I don’t comment much, but I read the articles daily. For the most part, I compete for titles in most of my leagues.

    Quick story,

    About 6 or 7 years ago I was on the boards at espn. A lot of the regs with like 3,000 posts or more were starting a new dynasty league. I wanted in and some guy said, ” but you only have 200 posts.” I talked my way in. And, needless to say. I’ve won multiple titles.

    If you guys want the best guy available. I’m right here. I love to compete. Any questions hit me up at [email protected]

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @kenly0: I’ll keep you on the short list for sure!

    • Yescheese says:
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      @kenly0: Noted

        • J-FOH says:
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          @kenly0: there is a screening and test to get in. How many walkers have you killed?

          • kenly0 says:
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            @J-FOH: Lol. Sorry, out of dragon glass

            • Shill Team 6 says:
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              @kenly0: Failed! Wrong Show.

          • kenly0 says:
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            @J-FOH: Or, I could say that I’m a badass and killed a couple of them. I do have an awesome dragon tat on my shoulder that runs down my arm.

            • Shill Team 6 says:
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              @kenly0: God day sir.

  3. Mike says:
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    Ralph I’ve told you before I’ve got guys like Moncada, Reed, Bregman, Reyes, Snell, and Giolito all waiting in the wings. I do own Polanco, Trout, and Conforto (basically only offense out of minors) and Syndergaard with Ed Rod, and Gausman as my only pitchers out of minors. I play in a full keeper but can’t decide if I should make a run for 2017 or actually go for 2018 and pick up some better holds like Brendan Rodgers and A Espinoza. Not really sure what I should do but this is year 3 of cutting old facts and bringing up prospects.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Mike: Pick up those players if you can.

  4. Birdmann says:
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    You watch the rise of the overrated Jay-Hey. I was not planning on being in this place right now. I was sad to let Trea go since he was part of my original draft team but as it was pointed out to me his fielding has been rough this season and Dusty won’t put up with a SS that can’t field his position yet alone his past hate for younger players (Joey V excluded). The addition of a third round pick was key to the deal. I may have put too much out for Brad B but I was hoping Britton would have missed more time, I will take his wins, one save and great ratios so far.
    Obey Mentok

    • kenly0 says:
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      @Birdmann: $25 for Brad B. is a little crazy, but I believe that you got a steal in Heyward. He will produce in that stacked lineup. I would’ve traded Turner straight up for Heyward. You got a cherry on top with the draft pick.

      • Birdmann says:
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        @kenly0: yeah when I added Brad, Britton had just got hurt but he bounced back. Closers in this format are hard to get at times, and one can give you a big jump. I only have McGee and Ramos, I will admit I guessed wrong on the Tampa closer at the beginning of the season.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Birdmann: Closers are a hot commodity. They’re also rarely worth trading assets for. So bidding high on potential closers is a smart play.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Birdmann: I don’t disagree with the move. If I’m being honest I think you got the better side of the deal. Especially when you factor in the pick. I just think Heyward is overrated and am a bit salty because I bought him in a few places this year.

  5. J-FOH says:
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    I love the post, the guy that went back to the Balkans after the hissy fit was so classic. I have been tinkering with theories about this and its either A) he only likes to see lopsided deals and couldn’t bear to see one corrected, even though both owners agreed B) he couldn’t deal with the fact that after I smoked his ass down the stretch last year and he made a bunch of win now lopsided deals in the off season he was still nowhere near first and would rather quit then have the shame of falling on his face after what looked like a shoe-in victory. Either way this is for sure a top 5 all-time boo-hoo moment that needs to be remembered in song

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: wow, you just called him a girl and gave him a song in one fell swoop, thats a total slam and legs

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @J-FOH: No I always use this song for nostalgia. I’ll choose to remember the good times with Hannibal!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: he will always be hannah Montana to me and I will remember him like the girl I think he is

            • Mordacious Levator says:
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              @J-FOH: unless he himself was denied similar thing with a deal previously this is just utterly reprehensible on his part. or i guess if anybody in league had not been let out of mistake deals such as that one in the past.

  6. Yescheese says:
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    Thanks for the love Ralph. You guys are thorough competitors. And personally if I were Raskals, I like my current return on Barreto even more than the former.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Yescheese: I would agree on all fronts wise and all knowing commish!!!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: he might move like molasses but I like my pick to pass the baton too, I was only an interim and I felt we needed a guy that was going to be around for a while. He already has my vote to take over you when you get burnt out on writing…prospector cheese anyone?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @J-FOH: Here here!

  7. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I’m such a dollar shopper!

    Wanted to call attention to a few great FAAB buys

    1. Harrison Bader
    2.Mitch Keller
    3. Josh Ockimey
    4. Chris Shaw
    5. Junior Guerr

    There were a bunch of good buys but those stuck out. The first three are really good long term.

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: damn yeah Bader might be the steal of the bunch, or a total flash in the pan. For that price, can’t complain

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Yescheese: He’s really interesting he’s moving really fast and the stats have been great across all the categories. Maybe he flames out or maybe not. The fact that he’s already doing this in AA is encouraging.

        Loved that Ockimey pickup. I love that kid.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: getting Bader in rejects was kinda awesome.

  8. MJC says:
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    Mad Beach Bums here gotta defend my trades, although I’m happy you guys seem happy with them. The team I took over didn’t look like it was competing well at all for this year so I was pumped to get high ranked prospects for older players who are just going to put up average stats. A gone is 34 and declining and jones is only 30 but for the 3rd year in a row seen his production dip. Getting barreto and tucker greatly boosted my farm and will hopefully help me more than keeping those guys around. And heyward sheesh, can’t stand that guy. I think people just get excited about his athleticsm but looking over his #’s there not impressive and he’s prone to long droughts of being terrible. He’s had 1 good year. I threw in a 3rd thinking it was needed for trea who should be a good multi-cat producer from an infielder spot. As I understand it my 3rd basically equates to 33 round pick? Anyways glad we’re happy with the trades and look forward to moving up those standings.

    • MJC says:
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      @MJC:
      And thanks for having me in the league!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @MJC: I agree with your general statements. I do think you have a chance to compete if you add some players in the right spots. Turner should be up and contributing this year. I just don’t think you needed to add the pick personally.

      On another note you made a flurry of good wavier wire adds today that will be discussed in the next round up.

  9. MJC says:
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    No that was the other new guy with all those adds. Ya I’ll just chalk up throwing in the pick to not knowing my league mates yet. In my other leagues it’s generally friends or people I’ve played against for a few years and understand their tendancies more.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @MJC: Haha so it was! All these new guys, I can’t keep you straight!

      We’re glad to have you and I trust you’ll be a great addition.

      • MJC says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: haha ya from the league comments there’s a lot of new fruit from someone’s Bartolo colon cleanse. Also figure I’ll play for the future while the league is still free and hopefully be set up right if we ever do decide to have league dues.
        I won’t let the league down I’ll be a great and active competitor and won’t throw any weird Euro fits.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @MJC: Euro fits are exactly what I’ll have after England is eliminated.

          Oops wrong sport!

    • Birdmann says:
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      @MJC: the pick swayed me

      • MJC says:
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        @Birdmann: ha! I honestly like when both parties really like a trade. So glad we both are happy with our new treasure.

  10. thorbs says:
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    Bit off-topic but looking for some advice, Ralph et. al!

    10×10 dynasty league, sitting in third place. My team is bat-heavy and my pitching has been shithouse.

    C: Swihart/Castillo
    1B/3B/CI: Votto/Arenado/Frazier
    2B/SS/MI: Odor/Story/Kinsler
    OF: Trout, Betts, Bryant, Ozuna, Conforto
    UTIL: Pujols, Beltran
    Bench: Carter, Pillar
    SP: Greinke, Keuchel, Kluber, Liriano, Nelson, Andriese, Wisler
    RP: Chapman, Miller, Britton, Neris, Jeffress
    IR: R De la Rosa, Felix, Minor, Montas
    Minors: Robles, Reed, Olson, Wall, Bader, Verdugo, Tapia, Happ

    Been offered Chris Davis or A-Gon for Cody Reed straight up. Crush is very tempting, especially with the uncertainty of pitching prospects.

    Another owner is after Conforto, and has offered Odorizzi+ for him. He’s got Barnes, Bauers, Bellinger, Albies, Arcia, A Rosario, Benintendi, Kepler.

    If I could secure, say, Davis/Odorizzi/Arcia or Davis/Odorizzi/Kepler for Conforto/Reed/mid-round pick or a lesser prospect, pull the trigger?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @thorbs: I say hold looking at your lineup I don’t think you improve that much. You already have Votto/Arenado/Frazier/ and Bryant available as corner options. The outfield is stacked, actually the whole lineup is. Pitching isn’t bad just been bad. I’d try and trade these additional pieces (Conforto/Reed/pick) to a not competing team for an ace or #2 starter. You can do better than Odorizzi.

  11. Mordacious Levator says:
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    somebody quit from a trade being renegged on (i’m assuming it was done RIGHT AWAY). that’s sillyness, unless the guy who quit had wanted to do that exact thing earlier and not been allowed to, in which case i’d flip completely to his side of things. i’ve been so drunk once i accepted trade (not because of thoughts being screwed up) but it was in dark room and my motor skills/sight were simply that bad to have clicked wrong button twice.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mordacious Levator: It took a few days (3) but we were giving the two owners a grace period to figure out a different trade package. It didn’t happen and then the deal was reneged.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: so you’re sure the guy who left didn’t try to do that himself (maybe in the first year) and was told no? that would be one completely legitimate reason to get pissed and leave (i would if some owners got different treatment). if yes cheese was same comish in year 1 that’s not likely of course.

  12. Duffy says:
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    Would u trade stroman for Alex Reyes in a dynasty lge?

  13. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Raul Mondesi worth keeping, or is his sudden power and speed combo a result of his cold medicine..LOL

  14. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Morning Prospector Ralph..Hope all is good with you..

    My question for you my good man is: Are Hyun Soo Kim & Dae Ho Lee worth adds over say Raul Mondesi and Hunter Dozier This is a 10 team 5×5 roto forever keeper league…

    cheers,

    MP

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