With three full months of baseball left to be played, a third horse may be emerging in the race for the first Razznasty dynasty league crown. R’azbahl Al Ghul has made solid win-now pickups and finds himself gaining some ground on the two frontrunners – Hannibal Montana and J-FOH. This month saw a group of about five or six teams ping-ponging around behind the leaders, but it’s been Ghul who has come out of June with sole possession of third place. Here is what else is happening around the league – including full standings, trades, and our league’s FAAB report…

2015 Razznasty Standings

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Trades

Mike trades Jose Reyes to J-FOH for Brandon Belt

I have plenty of steals, so moving Reyes for Belt helps me get a little younger, while J-FOH stays in the hunt for a ring.

Ralph trades Jordan Zimmermann to YesCheese for Yasmani Grandal and Jhonny Peralta

Ralph gets two win-now pieces and the Grandal breakout seems legit. Cheese lands another nice young arm.

Mentok trades Pablo Sandoval to YesCheese for Ivan Nova and Brett Lawrie

Cheese cashed in his Nova stash for a proven third baseman. Nice little move for both sides.

FAAB Report

Derek Dietrich ($2), Scooter Gennett ($10), and Franklyn Kilome ($0) – I’ve had a hole at second base since the draft when I made a blunder taking Arismendy Alcantara too high. Gennett has been a decent patch, though, and DeShields should be back soon.

Danny Santana ($0) and Keury Mella ($0) – First, I was surprised both of these guys were still out there, but good on Baezaworldseries for snagging them.

Joe Ross ($0) and Robbie Ray ($0) – J-FOH has made great use of his claims all season and both Ross and Ray provided value for him immediately.

Cody Anderson ($21) – It’ll be worth the large bid if Cody keeps pitching like he did on Monday. Wow! Good pickup by Cobra Kai.

Tony Kemp ($0), Jesse Biddle ($0), and Michael Lorenzen ($1) – Cuban Bandits went after a couple of prospects close to the majors in Kemp and Biddle. Lorenzen is a solid arm that fits their window for competing as well.

Ben Paulsen ($10) – We had a debate in the league chat about his mustache. Is it cop or pedophile? I said it was more muppet-esque. Great pickup by Pandas.

Max Kepler ($2), Mason Williams ($8), and Wei Chih Hu ($0) – Jay’s favorite German spec…Max Kepler! Williams played well before he was injured and Hu is a lottery ticket in Triple-A.

Ichiro Suzuki ($1) and Francellis Montas ($0) – Suzuki”s playing time will benefit from the Stanton injury. Montas is a White Sox prospect who is pretty close to the majors and could have value in the rotation or as a setup man/closer.

Will Smith ($6) and Mike Leake ($2) – Kid A won a mini bidding war for Smith, while Leake provides his rotation with some nice depth.

Mike Montgomery ($5) and Bobby Parnell ($1) – Montgomery has been another surprise, while Parnell is a decent saves spec in the Mets bullpen.

Michael Morse ($1), Michael Saunders ($0), Alejandro De Aza ($2), and Marco Estrada ($2) – Solid pickups across the board here for Ghul. Two good DL stashes (Morse should return soon) and both De Aza and Estrada have been pleasant surprises.

Marlon Byrd ($2) and Rafael Soriano ($13) – Byrd is the word for Ralph, and apparently his wrists are made from adamantium. Soriano is a saves spec which is a necessary evil in this league.

Odubel Herrera ($2) and Brandon Barnes ($4) – I have a soft spot for Doobie, and Barnes is a great pickup with Corey Dickerson temporarily out of the picture. Good plays by Hippos, but I wouldn’t expect anything different.

Aaron Hicks ($0), Manny Banuelos ($4), and Eugenio Suarez ($2) – Both Hicks and Suarez will see increased value with Buxton and Cozart out, while Banuelos has found success with his new club and should see the majors at some point this year. YesCheese made good use of his FAAB here.

  1. Tyler says:
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    Nice updates for this league. It would be cool if the other razzball dynasty league had updates like this.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Tyler!

  2. Csifu says:
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    Dropped Montas already for Richie Shaffer. Looks like Shaffer finally figured it out and I think he has bigger upside than Montas, who’ll probably end up as a reliever.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      dang, your team is solid man.

  3. Yescheese says:
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    ALL YOUR TRADES ARE BELONG TO ME

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

  4. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Cool updates, I love this stuff, trades and FA report and so on, thanks Mike!

    I would love to get in a league like this..If you have any openings let me know..

    cheers

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks MP! will do

  5. Milarky says:
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    Hey Mike, thoughts on Springer for ROS and as a keeper? I have a chance to get him and more in a deal for Stanton to help me win my league this year and I’m trying to decide whether to go get him. Other options are good starting points (Marte, Jones, Upton, Bautista, but I think Springer is another level.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take Springer if he helps you win now. obviously in a vacuum I like Stanton more, but Springer is a good return for him to help you this year and later.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Milarky: springer now appears at least as hurt as stanton, and it might be longer.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        ugh…yup

  6. Nat David says:
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    Weird trade here,

    I get: Mike Moustakas and the injured Jake Odorizzi
    I give: Chris Davis and the nearly cleared Patrick Corbin

    Davis/Moustakas would both fill the single utility spot in my line-up

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Davis side for me

  7. Malicious Phenom says:
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    FYI : Banuelos is starting for the ATL tomorrow..

    • Who Dat Ninja! says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Think its a good idea to start? I’m contemplating picking him up

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! worth a flier

  8. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I can’t believe those Ross and Ray pickups by FOH. Serious moves. The Anderson one was also brilliant.

    I totally gave up of Danny Santana when he was demoted. I have feeling that one could come back to bite me.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      for sure, JFOH is rockin it.

      not sure about Santana, but he’s young

      maybe it’s just the first year honeymoon, but I feel like this has been a really fun and active league. Really enjoying it with you guys.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Mike: Agreed, I’m not as active in the chat but I’m always lurking.

        BTW Sano coming up!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          wow! the prospect power rankings just keep getting shaken up!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Mike: Keeping you in business and busy!

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yeah this is a great recap,thanks for the work

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime…thanks Al!

  10. Yescheese says:
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    Hey buddy, you can blast our moves too. You’re always so nice

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      lol, I honestly like them! you guys are great

  11. tals23 says:
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    Is Rafael soriano worth a stash…. Weekly points redraft… I have Ramos and Robertson but always like to have an extra closer

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      probably not in 12-teamers, but I think it makes sense in deeper formats if you’re desperate

  12. I b Teheran it up! says:
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    Franco has been a great addition to my team, but who has more upside between him and Sano in points league? Great stuff Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      overall I like Sano better still, but for the rest of this year I think Franco might be the better bet. it’s basically a coin flip, so I’m just going with the guy who’s had more experience against upper level pitching recently

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Mike: What if Sano played for the Phils? Still Franco?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha!

      • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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        @Mike: this surprises me a bit. Do you lean toward Sano having more power upside? I guess to state the obvious Sano walks more but he K’s a bunch more too. I think Franco has the better hit tool personally. Sano strikes me as a Trumbo kinda guy, hit .230 in the bigs. Maikel strikes me as a lil sumthin sumthin more

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Sano has more power upside, yes

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hey Mike do u see deshields getting plenty of abs going forward if so at the expense of martin most likely if hamilton stays healthy,,any thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Hamilton stays healthy……. We both know the answer there Al

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      huge if for Hamilton’s health. Plenty might be the wrong word, but yeah I think he’ll see enough to make him rosterable in 12-teamers

  14. J-FOH says:
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    Hey wait I thought this column was only dedicated to myself and my favorite Hungarian fantasy baseballer. You guys are playing too. Sheez. What is a guy to do and what is this ring you speak of? Are we talking decoder, mood or a class ring from university of phoenix?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: you still didn’t answer the ring question?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          we’re at ring pop right now but working our way up to onion

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: I will take nothing less than a calamari ring

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hey, who’s doing rings of calamari?!

  15. Kid A says:
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    Of course you take a standings screenshot right before my 5 point bounce into 5th place – Bogey on your Six, Mike.

    It should also be noted that your $10 Scooter bid was an uncontested bully play.

    P.S. Don’t think for a second I’m not hawking your climb out of the gutter in our RCL.

    P.P.S. Any news on Sano or Seager? The streets are talking, what are they saying?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Kid A: oh come on boys I mentioned it like 8 comments up. Just kidding!

      • Kid A says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I didn’t know if you were referring to some soccerballing nancy. Besides, I refuse to believe any prospect news until I get confirmation from Mr. Minor. Mike is the David Wooderson of FBB.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          who the hell is David Wooderson?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: shut the front door!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              oh ha! I thought it was a soccer player

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Kid A: I’m offended by all of this

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! I’ve perfected the art of the double digit bid on players nobody else wants

      It’s crazy how just a tweak or two helped a couple of my RCLs start to click, and by tweak I mean not starting guys on the DL and in the minors

      haven’t heard any news on Sano…he good?

  16. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    news is sano being called up

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice! power rankings getting the shake up this week with him, Heaney, and Matz gone

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Mike: not much left to rank!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          seriously

  17. David says:
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    Keeper league, which side: Kluber, Stanton, Granderson for Price, Puig and Granderson? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Stanton side

  18. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Mike, great stuff as always. In light of today’s call-up, do you prefer Sano or Maikel Franco when just considering the rest of this season?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Skeezix! similar question above, so I’ll use the same answer:
      overall I like Sano better still, but for the rest of this year I think Franco might be the better bet. it’s basically a coin flip, so I’m just going with the guy who’s had more experience against upper level pitching recently

    • I b Teheran it up! says:
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      @Skeezix:see 5 comments up

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    14 team redraft H2H with hits/OBP over AVG/total bases, losses added.

    chirinos (stream catcher)
    E5
    dozier
    bogaerts
    franco
    OF -marte/bautista/burns
    Util v-mart/panda
    BN souza/holt/soler (active slot he’s back soon)
    DL d’arnaud/buxton
    NA sano
    SP burnett/liriano/price/hammel/c.anderson/hendricks/thor/hahn/matz/wood/fiers
    RP axford/familia/perkins/osuna

    1. Drop somebody (holt probably) for sano now, or just wait and see?
    2. one reason to not wait and see is i won’t have to drop anybody else to get new NA stash. yr rankings say stash 1 of peraza/d.norris/nola/o’brien. Norris i simply don’t trust do to BB rate. With my lineup better off with peraza/nola/o’brien? or maybe somebody not ranked. schwarber is being stashed still. Other than Buxton (dropped Heyward to keep him) i’ve done quite well grabbing guys off your list Franco/Matz/Thor all solid adds.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d drop Holt for Sano and grab Nola

  20. David says:
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    I meant to ask, keeper league, Kluber Stanton, Granderson or Price, Puig, C. Davis. Which side would you prefer? Thanks again.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I still like the Stanton side, but I think it’s fair on both sides

  21. Milarky says:
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    Hey Mike, I haven’t looked at the stats – does Marte’s power surge this year look for real, or is it lucky? I’m trying to figure out what to expect in the second half (and for next year for that matter).

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Milarky: find magoo’s post that was recent (last 2 weeks). search big magoo.

      • Huh? says:
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        @Mike: Interesting stuff – it seems you’re more bullish than Magoo is then. This is tricky because I’m looking to get the best player possible and more for Stanton, but I need an element of power.

  22. WalleyWorld says:
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    mike, dynasty trade question for ya. trying to land arenado. his value may not get much higher but owner has sano and contacted me asking for Matt Harvey + more. I offered him harvey and hosmer for arenado and gausman. fair deal? what kind of upside does gausman have? thank you sir

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Arenado side all day for me

  23. dem ribbies says:
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    Hey Mike! thx for this as always!

    I’ve got a prospect question for ya.

    if you had to rank the top 5 guys in the MILB, based on future impact (not factoring in when they will be called up) what would that look like?

    …and would Javier Baez be on that list?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If we’re considering Baez a prospect, sure.

      I think Gallo, Giolito, Seager, Moncada are some of the top names. I’ll have a midseason top 50 out later this month though :)

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Mike: sweet! thx!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  24. Mike says:
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    Hey mike , any thoughts on Trevor Story? Seems like an underrated prospect.

  25. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    hey Mike – drop Shoemaker for Estrada, Erasmo or Bolsinger? Could keep the latter 3 in the 25th rd next year. Looking for K’s mostly

    thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ugh, I’d call them all streamers honestly, so I guess I’d hold.

  26. Mick says:
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    Hey Mike, 20 team 6×6 H2H dynasty league with 25 man rosters and 3 na slots. I have Conforto, Schwarber, J.P Crawford, and Gallo all with the na task I have to drop one. I am actually thinking Gallo. He has enormous power but the swing and miss is just as enormous. Long term what do you think? Thanks for any input and razzball rocks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Mick!

      tough question, but just going by my rankings I’d say Conforto

  27. Sternal says:
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    Hey Mike. I’ve got a guy looking to dump Braun in a keeper league. How high do you value Braun as a keeper? He needs a catcher, so I was considering offering up Salvy Perez. I’ve also got Hanley that I’d like to move since he loses SS eligibility next year. I’m not sure about giving up Hanley for Braun though.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem going after Braun, but I’d try to move a lesser piece than Hanley, yeah

      • Sternal says:
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        Thanks. Who are come good outfield targets for Salvy in a keeper? Looking to pair Salvy with Ozuna and or Tyson Ross for an outfielder. @Mike:

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem…maybe Blackmon? I moved Ross by himself for Reddick in this Razznasty dynasty league

  28. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    just took over this one, meaning i’ll have at least 2 espn leagues next year. it’s 9 keepers, but comish thinks to ensure some teams aren’t a lot better than others the keepers go like this, 2 SP, 2 RP, 5 hitters and at most 2 of those can be OF, and you can’t repeat the same position, except, if you want you can have a prospect (150/50 regular cut off point) from any position as your 5th hitter keeper. 14 team league H2H (one win, from many categories, so having a balanced team not as necessary as standard H2H). total bases, caught stealing, K’s and OPS extra hitting categories, and BB’s, QS, losses, and holds added for pitchers. I used 6 of my 7 weekly adds adding lowe/capps/de aza/dave peralta/aramis/mauer (those latter two very good lately)
    zunino
    rizzo
    dozier
    carpenter
    mercer
    MI scooter
    CI aramis
    LF kemp
    CF pollock
    RF calhoun
    OF de aza
    util d.peralta
    BN desmond/le mehieu/mauer
    DL stanton/bitch tits fatt adams
    SP peavy/erv santana/haren/kuechel/fiers/hahn/kazmir/teheran
    RP kenley/perkins/boxberger
    P capps/lowe
    1. my keepers are certainly perkins/kenley/keuchel/rizzo/stanon/dozier/pollock (or calhoun), but i’m think the 2nd SP is pretty damn weak, and 5th hitter isn’t good options either (carpenter/desmond don’t seem great as keepers). Idea would be to grab Schwarber (he could count as prospect or catcher, either way works). CUBS probably don’t recall him till AUG 14th when they go to WSOX and would need a DH, but probably good idea, or could grab some other prospect later. All the big names are gone of course. Probably gotta trade desmond + pitcher for better SP somewhere. Also could wait to see if a guy like crawford/mazara came up this year and go with him as 5th hitter keeper. i could waste a roster spot and stash dahl/moncada or another longer way off guy, but we have no NA slot. seager is gone, along with other likely up coming guys.

    what’s best order to trade for out of these for 2nd keeper SP: hammel/mccullers/thor/walker/pineda, those are all on somebody’s trade block. stras/kershaw are too, but i’m not paying for those.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thor, Walker, Pineda, Matz, McCullers, Hammel, but they are all relatively close right now. Sorry for the delay, just emerging now from some shoddy internet at a hotel.

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Mike: no problem, i know the feeling, i was at a 3 day wedding when buxton came up (and some other big name that weekend) so i missed him in redrafts that i didn’t already have him in NA slot (which was a few). One owner in this league has all of pineda/walker/matz. And he responded first too.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          word. and doing stuff on a mobile device is like a monkey effing a football

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