Entering June, it’s becoming a two-horse race between Hannibal Montana (Csifu) and Razzball’s own J-FOH in our dynasty league – the Razznasty. There’s a group duking it out behind them, but both teams have pretty much dominated the league so far. Since our last update, J-FOH has pulled away from R’azbahl Al Ghul and closed the gap on Csifu’s first-place lead. Csifu’s squad continues to pitch incredibly well with an absurd 2.56 team ERA. J-FOH leads the league in homers (by 18), and has gone toe to toe with Csifu in wins and saves. His 3.04 team ERA is good for second in the league while his WHIP is sitting third. Somehow these two teams managed to avoid the starterpocalypse and forgot to invite the rest of us into their bunker. Read on for a look at the full standings, this month’s trades, and our league’s FAAB report.

2015 RAZZNASTY STANDINGS Hitting Pitching
Rk Pts Diff Team GP R HR RBI SB AVG W K Sv ERA WHIP
1 145 1.5 Hannibal Montana 878 355 88 366 45 .271 35 527 40 2.56 1.084
2 142.5 1.5 Clusterfoh 856 383 106 336 49 .266 35 531 41 3.04 1.127
3 101 0.5 Ra’zbahl Al Ghul 854 303 74 313 40 .267 34 470 19 3.82 1.213
4 99 0.5 Kid A 850 326 83 319 59 .267 28 421 22 4.36 1.293
5 98.5 4.5 The Hippos 840 308 70 266 50 .256 37 592 18 3.39 1.218
6 97.5 3 Ralph 777 297 70 284 28 .260 36 452 29 3.51 1.182
7 91 0.5 Mike 831 316 64 250 59 .265 31 630 28 4.06 1.318
8 80.5 2 DayPandas 786 264 69 279 31 .259 34 390 22 3.28 1.125
9 79.5 1.5 Nightpandas 767 315 69 281 52 .259 29 455 26 4.03 1.325
10 77.5 8.5 Mentok 795 298 69 281 54 .260 27 404 22 3.74 1.299
11 76 2 Yes Cheese 814 305 79 307 45 .270 26 390 6 4.08 1.298
12 75.5 0.5 Cuban Bandits 772 267 62 246 40 .263 30 318 36 3.43 1.230
13 65.5 3.5 Baezaworldseries 802 291 49 279 37 .247 28 465 28 3.96 1.238
14 59 2 Georgia Peach 777 262 80 282 35 .245 25 405 25 3.97 1.310
15 45 0 Brooklyn GM 639 233 58 212 23 .249 16 237 15 3.29 1.147
16 27 0 Cobra Kai 305 116 33 116 15 .258 5 101 1 3.74 1.257

Trades

Baezaworldseries trades Alexei Ramirez, SS to Hannibal Montana for Vincent Velasquez, RHP

Classic win-now trade for Montana, who uses a solid pitching spec to fill a need on his major league roster.

Baezaworldseries trades Lance McCullers, RHP to YesCheese for Alen Hanson, MI

This one went down the same day I posted my Alen Hanson fantasy. Hanson was recently named the International League player of the month for May.

Mike trades Tyson Ross, RHP to YesCheese for Josh Reddick, OF

I won’t overanalyze it even though it’s a trade I was involved in. My outfield is shaky and YesCheese needed an arm. This was about as painless as a trade negotiation gets, especially since both players are about the same age.

FAAB Report

Carson Smith ($15) and Blake Snell ($0) – I missed out on Smith the first time he was available, so I wasn’t about to let him slip by me again. He’s a nice young arm with a chance to close as soon as this year. Snell has been fantastic so far this season, so he was an easy pickup to fill a farm slot.

Lance McCullers ($3), Carter Capps ($4), and Chase Utley ($0) – Baezaworldseries landed McCullers and turned him into Hanson, who in my humble opinion is the better bet. Capps is a smart play for potential saves and Utley is the type of boring vet who should bring a nice return for a zero bid. Three solid players for $7.

Eddie Rosario ($18) and Brent Honeywell ($0) – Rosario is hitting close to .300 even if there aren’t a ton of counting stats to go along with it. That has value in a deep league like this one. Honeywell is a pitching prospect whose stock should be on the rise as the season progresses and a smart pickup for Cobra Kai’s prospect-heavy squad.

J.A. Happ ($2) – For two bucks, the Cuban Bandits get a solid arm in a pitching-friendly home park.

Preston Tucker ($1) – MauledbyPandas picked up Tucker in early May. Both Big Magoo and Dave went over their Tucker fantasies recently. Let’s just say this $1 bid could be a steal, but you should read their posts to see what I mean.

Anthony Alford ($0) – The former football player is rocking a .454 OBP in the Midwest League and should see his stock rise in the Blue Jays organization this summer. Hannibal doesn’t need any more good players, but he got one here.

Tsuyoshi Wada ($15) – Similar to the Happ pickup, Kid A gets his hands on a nice arm that slipped through the cracks in April.

Carlos Frias ($5), Mike Wright ($3), and Jose Ramirez ($5) – Nightpandas did some work on the wire this month, and for under $15 he got three serviceable players…even if Lindor is breathing down Ramirez’s neck.

Wilin Rosario ($12) – Rosario was one of the bigger claims for Ghul this month, and it’s hard to argue with a power hitter who calls Coors Field his home. Also, I think Ghul is a Rockies fan so he might have some inside info on them.

Shawn Tolleson ($10) and Mike Bolsinger ($1) – Tolleson has been money since taking over as the Rangers’ closer, so in hindsight ten bucks looks like a small price for Ralph to pay. For more info on Bolsinger, check out JB’s pitcher profile.

Eduardo Escobar ($2), Roenis Elias ($4), and Logan Forsythe ($3) – I love the position flexibility Hippos gets with both Escobar and Forsythe. In a league where free agent pickings are slim, it’s nice to be able to slide your players around within your lineup.

Justin Bour ($2), Will Venable ($3), and Ivan Nova ($1) – Bour is the new black! But seriously, it was a nice pickup by YesCheese. No sense in letting the guy sit on waivers while he’s this hot. The Nova stash was a good use of an open DL slot.

 
  1. Brian says:
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    My 10team H2H Yahoo league is sporting a nifty 2.52 ERA (0.60 ahead of 2nd place) 1.04 WHIP (0.05 ahead of 2nd place) and a nice 42 Saves (4 ahead) on the season. This is my first year following this site…love it so far!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! Thanks!

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    The Lance McCullers move was genius.

    If only there was a way to upgrade my mediocre offense across the board. I blame everything on Rusney and Danny Santana

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha…I think Rusney will turn it on.

      Which way on McCullers? You like the McCullers side of the trade or just the pickup and flip that Baez worked

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Mike: The pickup and flip for Hanson. That’s a chess when everyone else is playing checkers maneuver.

        Someone King Baez or make his pawn a queen…..

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          word…The McCullers Gambit!

          • CMUTimmah says:
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            Hmmm… @Mike: This “Free-Lance” had a “Hanson” return… *puts pinkie to mouth*

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              well played!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Mike: Rusney looks blah, I’m hoping for some fireworks.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          for real

  3. mauledbypandas says:
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    Mike you have entirely too many K’s!

    I have to admit this is my least favorite fantasy team of mine. Cishek and Doolittle have made it impossible to compete in saves this year. My offense is the most worrying part though. It’s time for these pandas to hibernate

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      word…with my K numbers you’d think my ERA might be a little better….bummer

      Sorry to hear you don’t like this team, but I’ll trade you saves! Don’t go to sleep Panda!

      Great Tucker pickup BTW

  4. WalleyWorld says:
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    Hey Mike. Thoughts on the best option to include in a trade to try and land Rendon? Dyansty league. Top pitchers are Zimmermann, Bauer, Richards, and Harvey. Also have some top prospects in Giolito, Bundy, Taillon, and Norris. Thanks for any suggestions.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d move a spec before an MLB arm. Any of your four there would be fine if you’re landing Rendon, although I’d try to hold on to Giolito if possible.

  5. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    Where have you gone, Mike DiMaggio? Third places turns it’s lonely eyes to you

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      seriously! I sneezed and lost 20 points.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      your team’s looking strong Ghul…nice job!

      • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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        @Mike: Thanks man!

  6. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    I thought I had some inside track on Wilin, but then the 2 games I went to at Coors he looked horrible at 1B and got thrown out by a mile TWICE trying to stretch singles into doubles. Dude can hit, but Walt “hitting is not important” Weiss seems to hate Wilin’s lack of heady savvy… so he starts anybody and everybody instead.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        that’s a good point

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: I own him in a 30 team dynasty with Mike. I’ve been praying for a trade all season. The .157 iso has me worried, where’s the power Wilin?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: he does need to get moved to AL, his name is paulsen has even stolen his job now.

  7. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    So bitter that FanTrax punted my FAAB bids a couple weeks back. Had Wada queued up for $5. Was shocked when no one claimed him, then Kid went $15 the next go round. Sad Hippo. Not like pitching is going to do much for me in that league though, maybe could’ve traded him for a bat though. My offense is woeful and now the injuries are piling up. Oh and saves suck too, screw closers.

    Thanks for the write-up Mike, well done as always.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Matt! Injury bug has started to hit me hard too. May have to waive Byrd altogether.

      Hang in there bud…worst case we do some trade work in the offseason :)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      let me know if you have any other bidding probs…I can put on the wizard hat. I may flip the switch to premium next year, which will give us a lot more freedom with FAAB stuff

    • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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      @MattTruss: yeah it is touchy. You have to go a day ahead to prepare the roster soil and make sure you choose active/reserve carefully. The penetant man will pass

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Yea, that was exactly the case, I set up a bunch of waiver claims early in the day so I’d be all set and then later in the day changed my roster around to get guys in the lineup that were playing and it screwed up who was where in the reserves and it just nixed everything. I should’ve spoke up I guess, Wada was the big miss. Oh well.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ah yeah…that’s how I missed out on Smith first time around when JFOH snagged him.

  8. Yescheese says:
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    My desperation for pitching knows no bounds. I have ample MI depth so I didn’t mind dealing Hanson. I’ve submitted dozens of trade offers, most rejected … Case in point, JFOHs response to my latest trade was “HaHaHaHa”. Lol. McCullers gambit or not, I am dead in the water with a top 3 offense and last place pitching. JA Happ, Kyle Lohse, Mark Beuhrle etc have only been destroying my ratios. I’m desperate guys. My pitching has imploded!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, I hooked you up with a fancy new Ross though!

    • MattTruss

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      My pitching abounds, and offense is hurting, seems like we’d be a good fit for a deal, let me know. As far as I know I haven’t gotten any offers from you. Let’s do stuff!

    • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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      @Yescheese: That is FOH’S out of office auto reply for all trades! I got the same response, but in his defense my offer was probably a tad weak

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Yescheese: I need some hitting and my pitching is getting deeper with Tanaka’s activation. So take a look and we can discuss a deal.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Who cares about JFOH!? I want to know about Yes Cheese!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha…he’s shrouded in mystery and cheese hats

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Mike: well I’m no son of Madelaine Albright that’s for sure!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha! prediction time…your team will pass mine by next month’s update :)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: my mother care about me Grey

      • Yescheese says:
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        @J-FOH: all due respect JFoh, you went into this league saying you would compete, and you have done just that. Congrats man

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Yescheese: I have been fortunate so far and I need to add some prospects. I don’t even have all those slots filled

  10. J-FOH says:
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    Hi Mike, Nice write up. But where is the Belt for Reyes deal? Oh and a correction in the standings. I’m in first with 146 and HM in second with 142.5. Anythehoo, carry on with the good work.

    • Mike

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      thanks man! technically this is the May writeup, so everything is through May 31st. That trade will come in the next writeup. I’m really looking forward to some deadline action, so hopefully Ghul makes it a 3-horse race…some of the cats are still pretty tight

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: but dammit I want my rank reflected now!

        I see Grey came by to dump some hate on me, I think he’s mad I’m still in first in Perts league

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha I gotta say I’m really impressed

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: the sample size is a good size

  11. Baezaworldseries says:
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    I have a new strategy. Never start Nelson, Anibal, May, or Hutchison ever again.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like it!

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Baezaworldseries: I have a similar startegy in which I start everyone possible because my ratios can’t get worse and we don’t have a IP cap…

  12. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Anyone have a good FA pick up for tonight? And how much are you bidding on them? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Grady Sizemore could put you over the top

      • bububut Lucroy... says:
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        @Mike: Thanks. You think $12 will get him?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha if you go by my average bids you’ll need 13!

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Mike: Whoops. That was an old name on my boy’s laptop.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I see through your many avatars and into the soul of the comment

          • Baezaworldseries says:
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            @Mike: How very Yogananda of you. You down with SRF?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I can only meditate for five minutes at a time thanks to my two kids. At this rate I’ll achieve enlightenment when I’m 264 years old.

  13. Baezaworldseries says:
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    In everyone’s honest opinion. Do you guys see me finishing top 5 this year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      some of the cats are so tight anything could happen…but it looks like you need some power to jump into that next group

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Mike: By the Power of Greyskull!! I really thought I had the big bats going into the year. Oh well. Anyone want Bautista?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          it’s about to heat up with the weather!

  14. Big W says:
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    Hey Mike!!

    What’s your thoughts on Tim Cooney in Cardinals organization? I just saw a note on rotoworld that has me intrigued. He has been pitching in the PCL and we all know that league is a pitcher’s nightmare. Apparently he leads the PCL in WHIP with an 0.84 and ranks 5th in ERA with 2.55.

    When do you think he might be given another chance with the big club and what do you think is his upside? Is this guy a big K guy?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime! I noticed that today too.

      Not a big K guy (7ish K/9 in minor league career) but good control. Probably tops out as a #4 starter in the bigs. As usual, Cards have more pitching than they know what to do with, and he could get another look this year if they have a need or something opens up.

      • Big W says:
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        @Mike: Copy that… so nothing worth stashing at the moment.

        Thanks Mike!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime! probably not in most shallow leagues, but keep one eye on him in deeper ones.

  15. Csifu says:
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    Nice write-up Mike. Glad I’m not the only one who likes Anthony Alford, he has huge upside.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Csifu! great pickup

  16. Yescheese says:
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    Interestingly, the public nature of this league does seem to complicate trading. My well documented pessimism regarding my pitching staff seems to have influenced potential trade valuations.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      aka you are getting a lot of wonky offers?

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Mike: wonky yeah, mostly just too far apart in valuations. The league is young too so the going rated are hard to establish. it’s probably no different than Major League teams seeking leverage over one another. I compromised my own position in acknowledging my need. I feel pretty good about my pitching now. I’m no longer trotting Mark Beuhrle out there anyhow!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          good point…takes time to develop the relationships

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @Yescheese: @Mike: McCullers????? Nice get McCheese. I liked him. He just didn’t have much of a track record. Look who’s loving the flip now!! McCheese!!!

  17. Swfcdan says:
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    Think McCullers will cut it this year in 10 teamers? Thinking of promoting him and adding Dahl to fill the void.

    Also in my 16 team H2H dynasty got the need for speed, thinking of doing something like this:

    Reyes + R Zimm + A Jackson (prosp) for B-Ham + Iglesias + Owens/Shipley. have B Crawford for SS already so wouldn’t be relying heavily on Iglesias, I am losing confidence rapidly in Zimm. Do you like the deal, and if so which pitching prospect would you take as I am lacking there?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      promoting McCullers and adding Dahl is a good move

      deal sounds fair…I’d lean Shipley but it’s kind of a coin flip between those two

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: Thanks will do the first move, just wait for the double seal of approval from Grey before offering the trade.

        Oh and Franco!!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sounds good

          Franco!

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Mike: Grey says we should call you Maikel (or maybe Mikel)from now on, I agree with that.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              ha ha sounds good to me!

  18. ME says:
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    I have a dynasty league trade question for you. It is a 20 team, h2h dynasty points league. I was offered Byron Buxton for my Noah Syndergaard/Colin Moran/Patrick Kivlehan.

    I have other young pitchers like Rodon, Ventura, Bundy, May, Harvey, Appel, Tyson Ross, and Joe Ross. I am looking to deal one for an elite bat. Do you like this deal?

    • love it…for real

      • ME says:
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        @Maikel:

        Great, thanks!

        • anytime

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Maikel: wow, actually did change the name, but we’ll still know it’s you from avatar.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @ME: oh yeah, top 3 guy right there.

  19. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    12 team dynasty with deep benches. this lineup.
    norris
    forsythe
    pedroia
    harrison
    crawford (while hot)
    LF upton
    CF cain sugar
    RF calhoun
    util polanco
    BN segura/E5/alonso (trying to drop him for waivering franco, but i’m 11th, so not likely)
    DL mesoraco/soler/morneau
    NA tapia/t.anderson/alcantara
    also have bundy/stephenson in pitcher NA slots. drop alcantara for any of c.frazier/pompey/margot?

    • hmm…tough one…I like the upside of Frazier and Margot but personally I can’t quit Alcantara. If I had to pick one it would probably be Frazier though. Not Pompey, since you might as well keep Alky over him for proximity

  20. The Harrow says:
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    h.harvey/sims/shipley/newcomb/biddle when nola comes up for 5th NA spot in yahoo 16 team dynasty? want guy with long term value that is not likely up soon.

    • I’d go with Shipley

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        @Maikel: or could just go with another, higher ranked overall bat type. might as well show roster to see if that’s better
        sal perez
        rizzo
        kipnis
        bryant
        alcides
        LF JD Mart
        CF Lake
        RF souza
        util tucker
        util lind
        BN j.peterson/maybin
        DL ellsbury/j.lowrie
        NA dahl/a.jackson/j.p.crawford
        SP cole/pineda/liriano/burnett/buchholez/hendricks/chavez
        RP britton/giles/j.smith/romo/strop
        DL wheeler/ryu/walden
        NA nola/stephenson
        Bat options would be margot/meadows/dj peterson/mondesi, could later (next season?) add mazara/brinson/rosario/devers/mcmahon if/when yahoo adds them. All the rest of the top 50 are gone. With ryu/wheeler back next year (or Ryu maybe earlier) i might be better off with long stash bats now that i think about it.

        • The Harrow says:
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          @The Harrow: and a.miller at RP.

        • def. Mazara. I have no idea why he’s not in the system. Dude could be up later this year!

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Maikel: that would be awful, as then somebody with higher waiver can read the news and get him. before he’s up go with shipley or one of those bats that are in yahoo.

            • I’d go Meadows

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                @Maikel: i forgot, waiver order doesn’t mean much in this one, it’s budget, and i’m down to 33/100 from my NA guys bidding what i thought would win, but it won by a LOT since less people had knowledge of these guys than i thought. that actually is probably worse, since if he comes up at end of year somebody that hasn’t used much of waiver budget can go crazy to get somebody.

                • word…yeah save some of that FAAB

  21. Alex says:
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    Hey Mike, in a daily dynasty league, 15 teams, so RPs are valuable, I need to free a minor league slot. Who would you drop? Lindgren or Caminero?

    Leaning lindgren since he has BB issues and is less likely to close, thanks

    • I agree

  22. Whatever says:
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    Mike,

    Not sure if you are still checking this thread. Which guy would you say has the better long term outlook? Aaron Judge or Ryan McMahon? Or which one would you give up first in a trade versus the other?

    Thanks

    W

    • I would prefer to keep Judge and move McMahon if it were me, but both are solid prospects

      • Whatever says:
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        @Maikel: Thanks, Mike

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