The Cuban legend goes that Aroldis Chapman once threw a fastball so hard that it caused Fidel Castro to say, “I haven’t seen something so beautiful since a young Charo.”   Knowing that Fidel is a huge Charo fan, that’s not mild praise.  (Fidel co-wrote Charo’s unauthorized biography, “My Cuchi-Cuchi” with Kitty Kelly.)  The problem with our Cuban friend, Aroldis, and it’s a pretty major problem, there’s no spot for him in the rotation and he’s been pitching strictly as a reliever for a month or so.  He’s on his way to the majors and I’m foaming at the mouth to own him in keepers and leagues next year.  He can be a top 25 starter next year.  Alas, for this year, you’re looking at a long man out of the bullpen.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  First, wanted to point out that the RCL Standings and Fantasy Razzball Standings have been updated.  Anyway II, here’s the Buy/Sell:


Brian Duensing – Okay, I’ve mentioned him now to the point where it’s going to start to seem like I really3 like him.  His K/9 was terrible in the minors and not much better in the majors.  He has been able to keep his ratios all tidy-like and he gets the Indians next.  I’ll buy that for a dollar!  (Not much more though.)

Daniel Hudson – Is it Dan or Daniel?  Can we get a ruling on that?  I’m more bullish in NL-Only leagues on Hudson, but he has the stuff to make a difference in mixed leagues.

Yunesky Maya – Let’s see what I said the other day, “He left Cuba with a 2.51 ERA in six years.  You can think of Cuban ball as Triple-A with less capitalism.  Might see Maya in the majors in the next few weeks, depending on how his starts go.  In NL-Only leagues and keepers, I’d grab Maya now while the rest of your league is sleeping.  In mixed, redraft leagues, I’d wait to see how his minor league starts go.”  And that’s me quoting me!

James McDonald – Nice K-rate, terrible team for wins, potential trouble with walks, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame bun.

Mike Minor – I just bounced your brains over the fence for a ground rule double with my Mike Minor fantasy.

Joel Hanrahan – You know what he’s getting in Pittsburgh.  He’s getting saves.  A’la Ric Flair, “Wooooooo!”

Drew Storen – Clippard’s pretty unusable right now and Burnett’s a lefty.  Storen’s the man to own, so why is he unowned in 65% of ESPN leagues?  Because 64% of ESPN leagues are abandoned.  You make sure you’re not in that 1%.

Aaron Heilman – SAGNOF!

Chris Perez – Honestly, he should’ve been owned at least a month ago so if you’re in a league where he’s unowned (30% of ESPN leagues), then you’re not reading this anyway.  So I can write anything here and you won’t read it.  So… I was the one who finished your milk, didn’t flush the toilet that time – you know the one, pulled the string on your favorite t-shirt that made it unravel and cut you off on your way home from work.  And I’m not sorry!

Omar Infante – In your RP slot is about the only place he’s not eligible to play.  If you’re looking for runs and average, you could do worse.  Aaron Miles, for instance, he’d be worse.

Neil Walker – If you get an erection for longer than 15 minutes after picking up Neil Walker, you should see a doctor.  But he is hitting right now.

Luke Scott – In 290 ABs, he has a line of 46/20/47/.286/1.  Markakis has a line of 49/8/39/.291/4 in 412 ABs.  Zoinks!

Chris Johnson – In the last ten games, he’s batting .444 with 3 homers, 7 Runs and 12 RBIs.  Put it another way, 7/3/12/.444.  Yet, one more way, Pick/Him/Up/Now.

Alex Gordon – “What’s with all the guys on this crizzappy teams?” asks your inner monologue.  The good teams are vying for the playoffs and not giving these Razzbags a chance.

Kila Ka’aihue – Now if the Royals just called up Mike Moustakas  and started serving Spam kabobs at all home games.  Why am I not in charge of a major league team?  Or at least in charge of a major league team’s concessions?

J.P. Arencibia – I just went over my Arencibia fantasy.  Find your way there.

Peter Bourjos – You know the episode where Alex P. Keaton takes speed pills and starts moving a mile a minute in his rolling chair?  That’s Bourjos.


Jay Bruce – What a disappointment.  I’m unfriending him on Facebook.  We’re through.

Carlos Santana – Hey, Rob Thomas called.  He hopes your knee surgery goes smooth.

Vladimir Guerrero – Has anyone else seen the Walking with Dinosaurs ‘stunning theatrical event?’  Pretty cool (if you’re 12).  So I was watching one of these lumbering beasts.  Let’s call him Vladasaurus, cause I don’t remember what they called him.  So Vladasaurus was moving through his natural, artificially recreated habitat and then he began getting days off.  The robot trainers, or what have you, wanted Vladasaurus to be fresh for the postseason or whatever they called it.  This had the opposite result and Vladasaurus ended up looking rusty and not knowing whether he was coming or going.  Then, one day, Vladasaurus jumped into the stands and mauled a man body painted in the Oakland A’s green and gold.  I wouldn’t trade Vladasaurus for LukeScottasaurus, but they could be closer than you might think.

  1. big o says:

    there are two cuban missiles ?

    someone ought to revive jfk .

  2. anoraxx says:

    Buchholz for Pagan, which side would you take, Grey?

  3. black love says:

    can you rank these pitchers: Duensing, McDonald, and Chacin

  4. alvaro says:

    Price for Konerko?

    Im I giving up too much for D. Price?

  5. Ciao Grey. Would you start Beckett @NYY? And @TEX? He is pitching well, but his next two assignments are the scariest in baseball for me.

  6. TheEvilEmpire says:

    Whaddya think about Carlos Ruiz, Grey? Recently dropped Olivo to keep Montero and am starting to wonder about snatching Ruiz.

  7. Intrusivity says:

    Jhoulys Chacin was not in fact in this afternoon’s buy/sell.

    News has been up and down on him returning to the rotation. Worth the stash in a VERY pitcher-centric/deep h2h points league? When I say insanely pitcher-centric/deep, I mean Mike Pelfrey is starting to look enticing on the waiver wire, because past him it’s Rodrigo Lopez Town.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: Eh

    @Intrusivity: I know, I said in the comments this morning he wouldn’t appear because the Rockies changed their mind on starting on Sunday. If he were up, I’d like him. Stash if you like, he could be up next week sometime.

  9. metsthoughts says:

    Should I drop Tyler Colvin to pick up C Johnson? Tyler currently occupies my FLEX position most of the time.

  10. Eric says:

    Would you rather have Infante or Ian Desmond for MI depth? This is in an 18-team roto league.

  11. barker says:

    why did i sit arroyo vs the cubs damn it…

  12. barker says:

    could i get gregg or perez or hanrahananan for a package of lowell and wade davis or is that an insult

    start nolasco vs the cards or no

  13. barker says:

    in a twenty team league for those trade offers

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @metsthoughts: Eh

    @Eric: Desmond… Infante’s only a week or two pickup while Prado’s out.

    @barker: Start Nolasco. Trade’s fine for you if you need saves.

  15. zorob says:

    In a keeper league (can only keep players for 3 years), who would you predict to be more useful over the next three years, Travis Snider or Yunesky Maya?

  16. Principal Blackman says:

    What, if any, trade value does Bruce have now? Do you still think he’s capable of a big month, or is he washed up for the year? Is he a candidate for an outright drop?

  17. big o says:


    chapman accuses choo of stealing signs .

    obama bestows “life tenure” on selig
    in us diplomatic corps .

  18. Principal Blackman says:

    Also, start Buchholz @ NY tonight?
    what about Cecil v. TB?

  19. Steve says:

    @barker: Sshhhhh!

  20. big o says:

    i see keith hernandez (bloomberg sports) changed the name of his show to “mustrash talks” .
    did you threaten to sue ?

  21. Alex Gordon for Garrett Jones. I have Alex and I like him but Garrett’s been producing okay all season.

  22. alvaro says:

    Sorry, I dont know what you meant

    No on giving up Konerko fro Price

    Or No, Im not giving up too much for Price?


  23. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Wow, hadn’t heard that post-RW Stephen update… that’s golden. Count him in. Yeah, CT is good for some violence, possible racial/ethnic/sexual-orientation/cancer-status slurs… I could see that. I’m cool with cutting Landon, if you say so (I don’t keep up with the challenges much since Coral’s boobs stopped appearing). Possibly Ruthie? Is she still an alcoholic? Oh, right, that’s not politically correct or something, she’s always an alcoholic, right? But is she sober?

    Anyhoo, this sounds like a winning recipe to me… especially if the house is in Camden, NJ. You’re on the left coast, find someone we can pitch this to, please. Then have your agent call my agent. We’ll do lunch.

  24. Rhymenoceros says:

    To comment on the RCL standings, how does Baby Gorillas have 109.5 points?!? The person is 2nd place in that league ranks number 36 overall. Dude must have a stacked team or simply fleeced all the other owners.

    I am curious, though, how does the league index and total points factor into the standings?

  25. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    I hate Jay Bruce. I’ve spent at least five adding and dropping his lame ass around his short stints with two other teams in the league.
    Now I only have three moves left with him on my roster.

    Victorino, Stanton and Kubel are the best options.

    I need HR more than SB but is Victorino too good to pass up? roll the dice with Stanton? Yawnstipate with Kubel?

  26. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    I forgot to mention Jay Bruce is back on my roster mostly due to your mid-season jones of a ranking. You can make it up to me with the right call here or alternatively tell me to fuck off – the choice is yours.

  27. big o says:

    @Deeeeeez Nuts:
    judging by his “we’re through” comment , i’m guessing that Grey doesn’t care what anyone does with Jay Bruce …. the guy’s dead , to him .
    further , if the decision was his , he’d prolly trade him off for a couple of those taco tickets that he gave away last year .

    Jack Bruce ?
    Lenny Bruce ??
    different story .

  28. @Deeeeeez Nuts: Victorino is supposed to be back in mid-August so I think you have to grab him.

  29. Adam says:

    Of these guys I can keep 3 for next year (but no longer): Delmon Young, Santana, Starlin Castro, Volquez, Padilla, Travis Wood, Niese, Adam Laroche, Quentin, Aroldis Chapman… but I noticed Joe Nathan is a FA in my league. Should I pick him up and stash him on my DL, so I can keep him for next year? Or is he too risky to waste one of my 3 keeper picks?

  30. Jah says:

    @ January Grey for a Keeper Q:

    A-Rod, Pujols, Hanley, Josh Johnson, Ubaldo, Liriano, Utley, Votto, CarGo. I think CarGo is the #2 or 3 overall OF, Votto #2 or 3 1b going forward. I can’t let go of Pujols and Hanley, so i think it comes down to Utley, Ubaldo, JJ or Liriano.

    If I told you I was keeping Latos as an additional 6th keeper (20th+ rd keeper from previous draft) in a 10-team, 5-keeper points league, which 5 are you keeping of the above list (no restrictions) for the 2011 season and beyond?

  31. Anonymous says:

    What about Bruce in a keeper? Then what?

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: I had my lawyers draw up papers.

    @Frank Kim: I’d take Jones.

    @alvaro: You ask ‘Im I giving up too much for D. Price?’ I said nope.

    @Awesomus Maximus: I’m already on the horn with the proper people. Crazy wheels are in motion. Ruthie is sober though.

    @Rhymenoceros: He’s over on games started pace. Bob’s in better shape at #2.

    @Deeeeeez Nuts: I’d go with Victorino, but he’s not healthy right now.

    @big o: Yup

    @Adam: You won’t keep Nathan over 3 of those guys.

    @Jah: He’s at the beach. I say Utley.

    @Anonymous: No idea your parameters, but seems doubtful at this point to keep him.

  33. Steve says:

    @barker: OK, now it’s safe to be annoyed.
    @big o: Classic.
    @Grey: (sings) The worst mullet by far and he plays the guitar, that’s Arroyo
    He’s ratio gold and that never gets old, that’s Arroyo!

  34. Steve says:

    Ibanez is hitting, but facing a lefty. Sit or start?

  35. royce! says:

    Regarding Chacin, apparently he isn’t coming up to start Sunday because he pitched on Thursday and pitched over 60 pitches, so COL will probably bring him up next week.

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Ha!

    @Steve: Sit… Depends on your option though I guess.

    @royce!: Yeah, heard about it, that’s why he wasn’t included in this Buy/Sell.

  37. peter says:

    Ok, I “get” that Jim Tracy likes to sit Ian Stewart against LHP, but it seems that every-other time he’s on the bench, he has a great track record against the opposing starter. For instance, tonight’s Zach Duke – against whom he is 4 for 8 with 3 doubles. They really need to get Melvin Mora in there that badly?

  38. genghis chone says:

    Beltran or Gordon? Is Beltran just going to suck this year?

  39. Steve says:

    @Grey: It’s him or CQ. I’m looking to put Ethier in my RF slot as he seems to be coming round.

  40. genghis chone says:

    Other options: Chris Johnson, Jose Tabata, Nick Markakis, Rajai Davis, Aaron Hill, Omar Infante, Adam Lind

  41. Grey

    Grey says:

    @peter: Preaching to the choir.

    @genghis chone: Probably, but I’d go with Beltran.

    @Steve: I’d put in Ethier.

  42. Steve says:

    @Grey: Ah sorry, man. Not enough info supplied. I’ve got Ethier for my RF slot, Grandy for CF, so I’m choosing between CQ and Ibanez for LF.

  43. big o says:

    i got burned by sitting ibanez against a lefty .
    now , i’m just plugging him in .

    i read somewhere , that ibanez has (yearly) a stretch of 52-57 AB’s
    where he’s just light’s out .
    it might also have been the same article reminding me that he was always a 2nd half hitter for seattle (‘a la laRoche) ,
    which is why i picked him up , right after the a.s. break .

    and , yes ,
    i did say
    ‘a la la .

  44. big o says:


    does that mean that i should move to california ?

  45. Steve says:

    Snider out of the lineup. Guess the Jays are taking it one day at a time with him…

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I’d go with CQ.

  47. Steve says:

    @Steve: OK, that was a pretty lame one. Either no one got it, or they’re to embarrassed for me to say anything…

  48. @Steve: Don’t you worry none, just take it like it comes.
    But so’s my slumping Rios. A shame cause when he shines he really shows you all he can.

  49. elwood blues says:

    C.Lee or C.Ross in an NL Only 4X4 League?

    Who’s better down the stretch?
    Will either get traded before Aug 31?

    I couldn’t wait anymore for Chacin, I traded him for Lilly cause I need wins like RIGHTNOW

  50. DrEasy says:

    @Steve: Arencibia not playing either. Cito loves his veterans.

  51. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Arencibia scheduled to start tomorrow though, catching Brad Mills as Litsch goes on DL

  52. barker says:

    @Steve: was this close to startng him too — GodDamn bronson arroyo i hate you

  53. barker says:

    berkman or adam jones sit or start

  54. aconstipatedmonkey says:

    Well, since Bruce decided not to show up this year, he should at least tank the last 2 months, to make him even cheaper to grab next year when he decided to rise from the dead and go 30HR/10SB for all those who put their faith in him.

  55. danimal35 says:

    Minor doesn’t seem to be in the yahoo player pool…pick up Duensing and drop Zimmermann and then pick up Minor over Duensing once he is available?…Zimm’s N/A status really hurts

  56. Tom Emanski says:

    Perhaps non-Jays fans aren’t aware. We certainly won’t hold it against you guys, but his name is:

    Aaron Cibia

  57. Jenkies says:

    Drop Jenks for Perez or Storen?

  58. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: Now that’s what I like to hear. Shame about Ruthie… she had a lot going for her.

    Back to baseball… is there a term for sporting alligator blood (say, by starting Buchholz @ NYY) and then getting bit by the alligator (say, by Buchholz giving up a 2-Run HR in the 1st)? If not, you can just call it “this guy”.

  59. Trick dad says:

    Should I pick up Tyler colvin and drop Franklin gutierrez?

    Also, please rank the top 3 pitchers for keepers in a 12 team pitching heavy h2h league: Scott baker, marcum, Wade Davis, fausto carmona, Ervin Santana, max scherzer, jhoulys chacin, Jason hammel, Randy wells, or aroldis chapman? Thanks!

  60. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    I own Hudson, Minor, Heilman, Walker, Scott, Johnson, Kila, Bourgos, and yes, Chapman. Too much upside? :-) Guess I can let go of Chapman.

  61. I am the Liquor says:

    Like clockwork, steal and HR for Cargo.

  62. fitz says:

    Cargo with the slam and legs already in just the 3rd inning.

  63. I am the Liquor says:

    @fitz: Damn forgot the official term

  64. fitz says:

    @I am the Liquor: oh well, A+ for being a speedier posted. =)

    but extra credit for me for noticing he did it when he’s unfortunately not on a single one of my teams and I’m watching the Sox game !

  65. fitz says:

    F for failure in spelling

  66. elwood blues says:

    As mentioned, I need wins as I battle for 1st in NL ONLY 4X4,
    Is Major Minor worth a pickup? I would drop an 8th inning guy.
    My worry is WHIP and ERA with Minor.
    And I can’t figure out how the Braves win with that offensive offense.

  67. Bill Lumbergh says:

    CarGo is the man! Happy I’ve got him in all my leagues!

  68. elwood blues says:

    well, so much for that WHIP and ERA, I see Nolasco took care of ruining those categories for me tonight.

  69. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @elwood blues: small sample size (6 GS), but 1.89 ERA and .93 WHIP in AAA recently.

    ATL has a stellar pen which is a nice plus.

  70. danielpwnz says:

    Kalish on the Sox should be a Buy. He’s getting regular playing time with Cameron on the DL and Hermida gone & he’s hit at every level of the minors. Just hit his first homer against the Yankees right now.

  71. aubreyhuffingglue says:

    I’ve been offered Berkman for Garret Jones. I need runs, but not sure the extra drag on my batting average is worth it. (I already own Reynolds.) I’m in 5th place right now in a 12 team 5×5 league with a lot of ground to make up… Seems like a big risk, but is it worth it?

  72. Grey

    Grey says:

    @simply fred: I like it.

    @fitz: Nice!

    @elwood blues: I’d grab him.

    @Trick dad: I’d do that add/drop. Scherzer, Chapman, Marcum… Not an easy bunch to rank. Depends a lot on how much you want right now.

    @danielpwnz: I just talked about him yesterday, didn’t want to repeat myself.

  73. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: Looks like that ‘gator blood paid off, after all. I think this Buchholz kid is the real deal… too bad he’ll be overvalued next year and I won’t get to own him again.

  74. sal says:

    olsen or minor going forward? points h2h

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Yeah, him and Price aren’t going to be affordable next year.

    @sal: Minor

  76. fitz says:

    Kershaw and Nolasco hate fantasy baseball

  77. Anonymous says:

    @Grey: (Regarding Bruce as a keeper): We keep 6. My team consists of:
    C: Arencibia and Buck
    1B: Miggy and LaRoche
    2B: Walker and Zobrist
    SS: Hanley
    3B: Bautista
    OF: Bruce, Pagan, Bourn, Granderson and Werth

    SP: Halladay, Wainwright, Sabathia, Nolasco, Vazquez, Marcum and Myers
    RP: Soria, K-Rod, Rivera, Bard and Benoit.

    The first five are obvious with Halladay, Wainwright, CC, Miggy and Hanley. The last one is tricky. I think Bruce and Werth are my best options, but Bruce has sucked and Werth hasn’t exactly been stellar.

  78. I guess the trust exercise with Jay Bruce resulted in a tangle of knotted heads.

  79. Oh and BIG DONKEY!

    My HtH Opponent: “That SOB is getting on my nerves.”

    Love it!

  80. Anonymous says:

    @Elijah: In addition to DonkMan, CarGo continues to mash. Slam and Legs for him every day.

  81. royce! says:

    @Grey: I saw that others were asking about it, and just wanted to add COL’s rationale for not starting him Sunday, and bolster the idea that Chacin will probably be up next week.

  82. Anonymous says:

    @Elijah: Ditto.

  83. papafrog says:

    @Grey: I/got/chris/johnson. Oh, and I loved how you listed BA, HR, RS, RBI in that order. For whatever reason I still prefer RBI before runs but I will take what I can get. Thanks, Grey! :)

  84. Go Heilman?!?

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Anonymous: I know, nice.

    @royce!: I would hope so. Will have to mention him the day or two before he gets the call.

    @papafrog: No problem.

    @Elijah: Yeah, that won’t last long. Go Hudson though.

  86. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: Heh… yep, and Price is another name on my roster that I’ll just have to enjoy for the one-year contract. Funniest part is, all the guys who wouldn’t trade me a decent bat for either of them a month or two ago will be the guys driving up the auction price next year. Such is fantasy…

  87. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Yeah, everyone’s other players are great next year. No one wants them the year they’re actually doing something. No one trusted Mark Reynolds in 2009. Then everyone wanted him in 2010.

  88. @Grey:

    If nothing else, Mark’s still been good for what Donkey’s do best. It’s not his fault he’s been limping from excessive goading all year!

  89. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Yeah, the leg issues definitely cramped his style.

  90. big o says:

    i certainly hope greinke’s stock continues to plummet this winter …. bad team , and all .

    shouldn’t surprise anyone , here , that i’m buying into the idea that
    the recuperative powers of a long off-season have , potentially , a greater affect on non-physical ailments .

    tommy john surgery , i’m less optimistic about .

  91. Long Bong Hitters says:

    Drop Jamie Garcia for Travis Wood, or no?

  92. aj says:

    13 team roto 5×5.
    who do you like?
    ss yunel, alcides, asdrubal, hardy
    catcher montero, wieters, yadier

  93. Steve says:

    @Grey: Even in H2H, would you go near any of these guys for Sunday?

    Diamond v Reds
    Esmil Rogers @ Pirates
    Maholm v Rox
    Davies @ Seattle

    I’ll likely be OK in Wins and ratios by Sunday, might need Ks.

  94. Steve says:

    @Grey: Oh – and even though I grabbed Hudson for a spot start in H2H, you think he might be worth keeping around?

  95. Dootdedoo says:

    Does anybody have a read on Mauer’s injury? About to make a trade in a keeper league (I give Jennings/Hart and get Mauer/H.Bell) and wanted to make sure I was pretty safe that Mauer’s bat would be in my lineup.

    Proceed with confidence, or are you worried about the shoulder injury?

  96. KCC26 says:

    forgive me, for i feel that this isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned his name here, but could Chipper Jones be a person of interest? I know that he can’t stay on the field, but he’s hitting in the middle of the Braves lineup and our league uses OPS. Right now I’m rolling with a combo of Gordon/Alvarez to replace Youk. Anyone have anything to say about Larry in an OPS league?

  97. db says:

    Word of caution about Duensing: the Indians have scored the 6th most runs over the past week. They aren’t rollovers right now.

  98. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    @KCC26: If you do grab Chipper, you’re basically committing yourself to religiously checking the Braves lineup everyday up until the first pitch (for the late scratch). Consider yourself warned.

  99. fitz says:

    Oswalt, Wilson, Quentin for Braun, Aards
    ma, De La Rosa which side do you like?

  100. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Diamond for just Ks, but he’s risky. Wouldn’t touch the other guys. I’m holding Hudson in the league where I grabbed him.

    @Dootdedoo: I wouldn’t trade Mauer with or without an injury, but I don’t think the injury is anything to worry about.

    @KCC26: I wouldn’t bother with Chipper. Though I do agree with Deeeeeeez Nutz.

    @db: Thanks for the heads up!

    @fitz: Braun side.

  101. fitz says:

    sweet. thank you good sir.

  102. rey mysterio jr says:

    12 team, h2h, keep 6 annually.

    What do u think of this:

    Fielder/dunn/sandoval/beckett for Youk/CC/Pedroia/Bruce?

    Right now, my keepers are: howard, wainwright, pedroia, youk, holliday, werth.

    After the deal it would be: howard, fielder, wainwright, holliday, werth, dunn?

    I’m in 4th place now and tryin to make push for this year and next year.


  103. An MRI on Manny Ramirez’s injured calf was postponed because the outfielder came down with a case of claustrophobia. A typical claustrophobic will fear restriction in at least one, if not several, of the following areas: small rooms, locked rooms, cars, tunnels, cellars, elevators, subway trains, caves, and crowded areas. Many claustrophobics remove clothing during attacks, believing it will relieve the symptoms. MRIs are very confining. But, if they can somehow get him to and back on the field, I’m buying a ticket. They might have to move him to center for more room and out of the middle of the lineup.

  104. big o says:

    once again , am jealous of those who get to say home this week-end and watch baseball games .

  105. big o says:

    thanks for the morning chuckle .

  106. royce! says:

    How would you rank these 4 in a league that counts 5×5 + OBP and XBH?

    Domonic Brown, Jay Bruce, Kalish, LaPorta, Burrell?

    In the year that has been so improbable….the impossible has happened: I think I might have to drop Bruce.

  107. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Brown, Kalish, Bruce, Burrell…

  108. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: I have Johan and Hamels going today. Start one or the other, or both?

  109. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Verlander/Haren for Wainwright OR for Cliff Lee?

  110. Dave says:

    I have rios and I was just offered choo and torres for him? What are your thoughts?

  111. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Fletch: Wainwright, but I wouldn’t do that trade.

    @Dave: Looks good if you need depth.

  112. vinko says:

    welcome to the mlb J.P!

  113. elwood blues says:

    Follow up to last night.. ignoring all my needs for this year.. in a keeper league 4×4 NL.. I have only limited Free Agent money left..
    would you rather use it on
    Minor or Wallace??

  114. Wilsonian says:

    8 Team H2H Keeper. I have Longo and Wright. He has Votto and Pujols. Deal Longo for Pujols? We keep 5, no limit on time and no draft penalties.

  115. Tom Emanski says:

    Aaron Cibia!!

  116. Martin says:

    @grey- if i can get either brett anderson, zito, beckham, or gordon for my curtis granderson, who should i go after? I’m thinking anderson, beckham. I have ian stewart at 2nd and chris johnson at 3rd. Thanks

  117. @Tom Emanski: Seeing that HR made my day. Malto bene! Carlos who?

    Just got up after working an overnight shoot. Bummed that I missed the Fangraphs chat. Any NYers on here that went?

  118. Sos says:

    Hey Grey…deciding my keepers for next year seems like a long way off but for right now looking at next year, would you rather keep Delmon Young in the 12th rd or Jayson Werth in the 14th or neither? We lose two rounds each year a player is kept…

  119. Nutsadamus says:

    Need some advice for which 3 to start next week out of Dempster, Padilla, Arroyo, G-FLoyd, or D Hudson. As of now Dempster and Padilla have 2-start weeks but the matchups have me worried.

    Also, A-Ram or Berkman in my U spot next week?

  120. Principal Blackman says:

    Who would you recommend as replacements for Bruce?
    Venable, Burrell, Stanton, Fowler, Kalish, and Granderson are all FAs.

    Also, is it time to drop Brett Gardner for one of the above?

    Thanks, for the advice.

  121. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    lol. ok, he’s good. 4 for 4 with 2 HRs

  122. Tom Emanski says:

    Crazy thing is that JPA will probably get the day off tomorrow. Gotta love Overmanagin Cito Gaston

  123. Earl Battey says:

    I have room to add a bat. They’d give me some options behind my current starters. Would you rather have:

    Hill as a potential replacement for MMD?
    Arencibia as a potential replacement for Wieters or Suzuki?
    Lind as a potential replacement for Gardner?


  124. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @Tom Emanski: wow. I’m a Cards fan, and compared to LaRussa, Gaston is invisible.

  125. @Tom Emanski: We’ll see. Hey he still outproduced 2 days of Torrealba or Jaso or whatever Santana replacement was available in 4 PA’s.

    Damn, kid may be keeper material. Might make a nice trade chip…

  126. mic says:

    @Grey: JP Arencibia! Thanks yo I needed that…

  127. Tom Emanski says:

    @VinWins: Can’t disagree there

  128. Hoping J.P. is Shane Spencer in a bottle.

  129. Martin says:

    @grey- my granderson for brett anderson deal got rejected. Should i try and get Beckham or Zito instead?

  130. AnotherFalstaff says:

    Grey – Rosenthal reporting that Sonnanstine going for Niemann due to shoulder tightness. Drop Volquez for Hellickson (just picked up Minor for two starts next week)? Thanks!

  131. @Grey:

    Still sure I shouldn’t let go of my cold Weiters and grab a hot Arencibia Pepper?

  132. ViagraFalls says:

    Start Richard and DLR?

  133. Wilsonian says:

    Suzuki or JP in an 8 Teamer?

  134. Carl Spackler says:

    Grey, do you think they give Harden one more shot or will this be the time the Rangers might call back on Holland?

    Aaron Hill or Gordo Bechkham the rest of the year?

  135. Wilsonian says:

    Oh, and in a shallow league…Pence or Krispie from here on out for spot starts?

  136. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: or Quentin?

  137. Max says:

    What do you think about a Latos/Feliz for Werth trade in a keeper league? I need offensive and Werth would be good for that but I feel that I’m giving way too much for the future of my team.

  138. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nutsadamus: Padilla and Folyd, but I don’t know the entire league’s matchups by heart. Berkman…

    @Principal Blackman: No on Gardner… Those names are less than inspiring for Bruce too.

    @Tom Emanski: Ha

    @Earl Battey: Arencibia over Suzuki. Hill over MMD… Gardner’s steals, Lind’s power, depends what you need.

    @mic: Nice…

    @Martin: Beckham…

    @AnotherFalstaff: Eh

    @Elijah: You’re picking your scab. Wieters hits two homers on Tuesday and you’ll regret it. It’s tomato-tomahto, do it if you want.

    @ViagraFalls: Sorry, I was out. I would’ve though.

    @Wilsonian: JP

    @Carl Spackler: Where’s Harden going? Hill…

    @Wilsonian: Krispie…

    @Max: I’d hold the two arms, but it’s fair. If you need hitting, go for it.

  139. @Grey:

    I got 1 too many Snorioles as it is!

  140. @Grey:

    This is what I got right now:

    C Arecibia
    1b Votto Roboto
    2b Lopez
    3b Mini Donkey
    SS Tu-Lo
    MI Alexei R
    CI Big Donkey
    OF Matt Holiday
    OF CarGo
    OF N Cruz
    OF Krispie
    Util L Scott
    Ben M Byrd
    Ben D Dawg
    DL Utley
    DL Buck

    SP J Johnson
    SP M Latos
    SP C Hamels
    SP J Sanchez
    SP B Arroyo
    SP Wandy

    RP H Bell
    RP D Aardsma
    RP C Perez
    RP A Heilman
    RP E Meek

    7×7 HTH 2nd place

    2nd Runs
    1st HR
    3rd Total Bases
    2nd RBI
    4th Steals
    4th AVG
    1st OPS

    4th K
    10th Wins
    2nd Losses
    3rd Saves
    4th BAA
    4th ERA
    4th WHIP

  141. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Gotcha, then make the switch. Sucks you’re not having any good win karma with that staff. They’re solid. Nice double donkeying too.

  142. Steve says:

    Man, that Heilman bubble burst pretty quick.
    Live by the SAGNOF, die by the SAGNOF I suppose.

  143. aj says:

    who is the odd man out? folwer, rolen, gordon
    13 team roto 5×5

  144. Carl Spackler says:

    Anyone still holding on to Beltran or am I the only one?

  145. Howard says:

    Peter Bourjos…ticker tease!!!

  146. aj says:

    Who would you drop Joel Hanrahan, Javier Vazquez, Madison Bumgarner?
    Is Hoffman closing?

  147. DrEasy says:

    The closer carousel is in full swing everywhere. Hoffman or Ax? Putz or Jenks? Simon or Garf… I mean Gonzalez? Heilman or just forfeit?

  148. Steve says:

    @Steve: Not too proud to take the win, though…

    @Grey: Grabbed Diamond for tomorrow in H2H. Need another. Gun to your head:
    Rogers @ Pirates
    West v Cards
    Suppan @ Marlins
    Bell @ Tigers
    Huff v Twins
    Marquis @ Dodgers.

    Yes, that is all that’s left.

  149. Fletch says:

    @Grey: J. Upton for Choo straight up?

  150. Chad Qualls says:

    Jenk-ies! :

    When a pitcher seemingly loses all of his stuff and out of no where gets his command and velocity back.

    Jenk-ies! Kerry Wood found his stuff again!

    Well, I’m currently dealing with a brain freeze at the moment and the Mystery Team is trying to figure it out. They think it might be Bobby again and his meddling command…

  151. Terrence Mann says:

    Sometimes, everything goes right for a fantasy team. This week has been one of those weeks.

    Cordero gave me the lead in holds today.

    I will never question Dusty Baker again.

  152. Juan says:

    C Mauer
    1B Votto
    2B Gordon Beckham
    3B Chris Johnson
    SS Jeter
    OF Shin-Soo Choo
    OF Matt Holliday
    OF Delmon Young
    OF CarGo

    2B Utley
    OF Ellsbury
    DH Vlad Guerrero

    SP Brett Anderson
    SP Beckett
    SP Wandy Rodriguez
    SP Jered Weaver
    SP Zito
    SP Billingsley
    SP Jaime Garcia

    RP Capps
    RP Wagner

    I’m in a 10 team H2H points league. After the tremendous debut of Arencibia, I’m in a hurry to pick him up. But I already have Joe Mauer in my lineup. Is it a bad idea to pick Arencibia and drop players like Vlad Guerrero, Ellsbury? Mauer always give me injury concern even though that’s a minor deal. And if Arencibia plays like Posey rest of the season, giving him up would cause me a huge mental hurt. Does he have the potential to overachieve Posey rest of the 2010 season? If so, who should I drop for him?

  153. @Terrence Mann: I’ll drink to that. Only minus was Smooth going down which had me in a panic a few days ago. I grab J.P. and he goes all Kevin Maas on TB in his debut.

    Up 11-0 going into tomorrow and just took over 4th place… Hanrahan’s shaky week’s been the only blemish. I have a week before our trade deadline, I think I’m going to make a play for Mariano.

  154. @Grey: On that note, stick with Hanrahan or take Putz or Hoffman off waivers this week? In the back of my mind is a 10th round pick for Mr. Rivera

  155. big o says:


    decisions … decisions … decisions .

    don’t know how you do it .
    day in .
    day out .
    and you’re pretty damn good at it .

    still , none as tough as last night’s south park repeat ,
    where the boys had to choose between
    a big douche and a shit sandwich
    as their new school mascot .

    have decided to play hookie , tomorrow ,
    ‘cuz i’m just not up for watching two all-day busy crap games
    and then listening to all the mean-spiritedness that inevitably follows .
    instead , will hit the all you can eat sushi …(urchin …. mm mm good) ,
    followed by a drive up to see my grandson (2yrs) .
    hopefully , back in time to catch the late game with you ,
    and a few others .

    on thursday , i will drive to the bank and straighten out my paypal account
    so that i can send you some money to keep yourself
    and this site , alive .

    and even though some of some of these other clowns
    have tired me , at times ,
    i want you to know that i have continued visiting this site
    on a daily basis .

    i don’t know how you do it ,
    but don’t stop .
    your dedication is exemplary .

  156. ruah says:

    Which one for the rest of the season, Soriano or Snider?

  157. Wilsonian says:

    Pick two for the rest of the year: Colvin, Brown, Snider, Fowler, Murphy

    LaRoche or Pence for the rest of the year for UTIL spot starts?

    Thanks man!

  158. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Ha, totally.

    @aj: Fowler, unless you need steals. Then Gordon.

    @DrEasy: Ax, Jenks, Simon, unless you’re vulturing.

    @Steve: West… Sorry, if it’s too late.

    @Fletch: Upton

    @Chad Qualls: Ha!

    @Terrence Mann: Ha

    @Juan: You have no room for him.

    @3Fingersbrown: I’d hold what you have. I’d give that up for Rivera.

    @big o: Thanks for the kind words, O.

    @ruah: Snider…

    @Wilsonian: Snider, Colvin, unless you need steals. LaRoche…

  159. royce! says:

    Wade Davis is heading back to Florida with Niemann- both are going to have their shoulders examined. Hellickson was scratched from his start today and is likely going to be called up to pitch on Tuesday against DET. Perhaps the Rays have a prepaid trip to the disgraceful list in mind for Davis?

  160. Myles says:


    On your advice I added Starlin Castro a few weeks ago. Great move.

    My league names keepers this week. I can keep him for up to four years at $3, $5, $7, $9 but I have to commit to the contract length from the start. How long should I keep him? Is he more than a $9 player in the long-term future?

    Get this one right and there is a daiquiri in your future.

  161. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Yeah, could be.

    @Myles: I’d keep him the full length.

  162. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Morrow 11 Ks, 0 hits thru 6. V Wells left game after hitting wall.

  163. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Dislocated big toe for Wells

  164. Grey

    Grey says:

    @VinWins: Thanks for the heads up!

  165. BKK says:

    @VinWins: 16 K’s thru 8, the man is HOT!!!

  166. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BKK: Damn…

  167. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Obvious hit to end no-hitter at 8.2

  168. Grey

    Grey says:

    @VinWins: Yeah, saw it. Not sure why Gaston didn’t pull him there though.

  169. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @Grey: Yeah, a lot of pitches. Cito wants his pitchers to be finishers.

  170. Grey

    Grey says:

    @VinWins: That’s good, but at 125+ pitches, it’s okay to pull a guy that was a reliever as recent as last year.

  171. Kcroaks says:

    “Carlos Santana – Hey, Rob Thomas called.  He hopes your knee surgery goes smooth.”

    Holy crap that’s funny.

  172. Steve says:

    @Grey: Heh. Went for Rogers. You know why you can be OK with starting Diamond and Rogers?
    When your opponent starts Maholm and Wesley Wright.

  173. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @Grey: Won’t argue that. Hate to see bullpen blow it, but that’s why you’ve got closers. 17-11 yesterday. 1-0 today.

  174. mr baseball says:

    Brandon Morrow – wow

  175. mr baseball says:

    Instant replay – Brandon Morrow – wow

  176. mr baseball says:

    T. Diamond Dallas Page – BANG

  177. Lines says:

    CarGonna win me the league.

    Apologies to everyone who missed witty comments like this, I’ve been away.

  178. Lines says:

    Also, SONOVABENCH! I overslept and left Werth on my bench.

  179. struggler says:

    Darn – Looks like Morrow moves up from a 15th round pick to a 10th rounder next year. I hate sleepers who are over touted and lose sleeper value. is there a term for this?

  180. Earl Battey says:

    I need to play 2 out of these 4 guys: Markakis, Abreu, Gardner, Bruce

    I’m also wondering if I should sub MMD (facing 4 lefties this week) for Gordon (groin strain) Beckham.

    I have needs everywhere, but since I have some catching up to do I’d lean towards upside.


  181. Earl Battey says:

    By the way, this isn’t really a question, but I got swept up in the intoxicating Arencibamia yesterday and I woke up with a terrible headache and three catchers on my roster. I’m playing JP with Wieters (again, praying for upside) but will hang on to Suzuki until JP makes at least 2 starts in the bigs.

  182. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Earl Battey: Neither MIs are good bets this week. I’d go with MMD. Markakis, Abreu…

  183. Earl Battey says:

    Is it worth dropping Beckham for Aaron Hill? I have enough average killers on my roster already, but Hill might provide some power. It’s a keeper league, but I doubt Beckham would make the cut on my team anyway.

  184. Earl Battey says:

    Actually, Ozzie just said that Beckham’s injury will keep him out of Monday’s game but he should be OK after that. If he needs more time than that, then he plans on playing Bobby Jenks at second.

  185. Martin says:

    @grey-i got offered manny and gordon for my granderson. Should i do it? I have nobody on the DL on my team right now.

  186. herschel says:

    @Grey: who to start in a weekly league? napoli (3 vs kc, 3 vs tor) or arencibia (3 vs bos, 3 @ ana)? thanks.

  187. TastelessGarbage says:

    Drop Beckham for AsCab? Indians get Balt/Sea/@KC in next 10 days….

  188. Steve says:

    @Grey: Undaunted by streaming ‘Neil’ Diamond and ‘Mr’ Rogers, I’d like to giove Erv-San some company on Monday. Mazzaro @ Seattle or Norris v Atlanta?

    I won’t insult you by listing the rest.

    It’s H2H…

  189. Steve says:

    @Grey: No, no they’re not.

    But as I like to say on the golf course, it’s not how, it’s how many.

  190. Steve says:

    @Steve: And someone else (not my opponent), just beat me to both of them.

  191. Steve says:

    @Grey: How about Kyle Kendrick v Dodgers on Tuesday? He’s had three decent starts in a row…

  192. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Ha! Sure, go with Kendrick.

  193. Steve says:

    Please don’t let it get any Wuertz…

  194. Steve says:

    @Steve: Exhales.

  195. royce! says:

    Start Andrus or Adrubal next week? Both have been good, but TEX is only playing 5 games next week, all at home against Hughes, Vazquez, Beckett, Lester and Matsuzaka. CLE plays 6 at home, against Arrieta, Bergesen, Millwood, Pauley, Vargas and Fister.

  196. Steve says:

    The Nats’ use of their bullpen is somewhat mysterious to me.

  197. motorcitykitty says:

    Hey Grey, and Razzballers…..I need an opinion….I had the last pick in a 16 team h2h league and I’m in first place in my division. My team is stacked in pitching and pretty balanced in hitting, but as I look at the teams I will have to beat in the playoffs, I notice they all have a big bopper or 3 in their lineup, and while my lineup is nothing to sneeze at, no one player is exceptional this year. Adrian Gonzalez is my top hitting pt producer. Our trade deadline is friday. As I looked at my lineup trying to find something I could trade up for, I noticed David Ortiz at DH. Jim Thome is a sitting there available for me to pick up for free. If the only trade you could make to trade up at one position was to package Ortiz with my player at the position I’m trading up for and then put Thome at my DH, would you do it? Is Thome dependable enough? Is Ortiz too much more valuable than Thome to deal him? This looks like my last option to upgrade before the playoffs.

  198. Iceman says:

    Thanks for the advice, past and present.

    A suggestion for the daily round ups: perhaps group your player notes by pitchers and hitters? You could get even more specific if you wanted to annoy yourself, but even just 2 giant groups would be cool.

  199. Steve says:

    @Grey: That’s how it seems. How did that outing help Storen, exactly?

  200. genghis chone says:

    Anyone else having trouble accessing their ESPN team? I am in Peru so that might be part of the problem, but I haven’t had any issues for like five weeks until today.

  201. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Iceman: I try to group them by teams.

    @Steve: Any idea what genghis is experiencing?

  202. Iceman says:

    @Grey: Ahh, I see. Just a thought. I’LL SHOW MYSELF OUT.

  203. Steve says:

    @Grey: No, sorry. I can see all too clearly how poorly my team at ESPN is going today.

  204. Steve says:

    @Grey: Just noticed in my H2H league that Hoffman is sitting on the wire. My current relievers are K-Rod, Wagner and Heilman.

    Should I grab him?

    We count Holds in this league – is the Hoff the 8th-inning guy when it’s Axford’s turn to close?

  205. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Iceman: Hehe

    @Steve: Ha

    @Steve: You should grab him, but not at the expense of those guys.

  206. Steve says:

    @Grey: Nah – I’ll be dropping ‘Rough’ Diamond for him.

  207. Donnie Baseball says:

    pick up Bourjos, Cain, or Craig?

  208. sean says:

    I need average and steals and I’ve been starting Denard Span all year hoping that he gets hot. I’m not really sold that it’s going to happen, and I think I can do better than 5/20/.270 on the wire in this ten-team league.

    Who should I have instead: Venable, Headley, Ben Francisco, Tabata, Kalish, David Murphy, Travis Snider, or Alex Gordon?

  209. big o says:


    a guy in one of my leagues has made 207 moves , so far .
    not sure if he’ll exceed his last year’s mark of 292 ,
    but am wondering if you’re approaching this kind of activity
    in any of your leagues .

    cust curious .

  210. Steve says:

    @big o: 136 in my H2H league (no IP maximums so streaming is possible if you want to), 99 in my RCL league (which is seconfd only to Al K’s 108). Relatively few in my other two leagues.

  211. Steve says:

    @Grey: I’ve gotta be starting D-Fowl in the CF slot over Grandy in my H2H league right now, no?

    Fowler’s on the wire, and since Grandy’s mini-flurry of activity a little while back, he’s been horrid.

  212. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Currently holding Nunez and hoping he doesn’t lose his job. Should he, which would you replace him from:


    This is how you ranked them in the most recent Closer Look. Any recent activity change those rankings at all?

  213. Eddy says:

    How low would you sell Kinsler right now? (In terms of SP)

  214. big o says:

    @Awesomus Maximus:

    if those guys are all available in your league ,
    you must be the only razzball reader amongst them .

  215. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @big o: You would be correct… they’re my friends, but they’re not as “committed” as I am to the game. Plus it’s only a 10-Teamer and two teams have gone with a “punt saves” approach (no idea why when the league is that shallow, but whatever).

  216. Lines says:

    Lidge or Valverde? Anyone?

  217. Steve says:

    @Lines: They’re equal in that they’re both getting Saves, but as Lidge owner I’d probably rather have Valverde, if that makes sense.

  218. elwood blues says:

    richard or LeBlanc?
    who is the better hodgepad for 2011?

  219. Wilsonian says:

    16 team H2H, 5 player keeper. Anybody here worth dropping for Minor (he finally hit waivers in my Yahoo FA pool and I’m looking to put in my claim)?

    Ervin, Axford, Storen, Hanrahan? Other pitchers are Lester, JJ, Haren, Latos, Cain, Bills, Capps

    Also, earlier you said Snider over Brown for the rest of the year. Would you still think that way in a keeper, too, where I doubt I’d keep Brown anyway?

  220. Martin says:

    @grey- Do you like cecil, howie kendrick, or gordon beckham better if I have ian stewart at 2nd and chris johnson at 3rd?

  221. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: You have no one to drop for Minor. Brown in a keeper.

    @Martin: Cecil…

  222. struggler says:

    Chris Carter call up

  223. Gambler says:

    With my league’s trade deadline coming up, just wandering:

    Would you trade Guerrero to get Shin Shoo Choo, or should I be more ambitious?

    and do you think Ellsbury is finally going to start hitting and getting steals close to the pace he was at last year?

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