How Mets are the Mets Mets’ing when they hire Robinson Cano‘s old agent to be their GM, then immediately go out and trade for an aging slugger, coming off his worst season, who is owed $100 million (minus $20 mil M’s are taking) over the next five years and is 36 years old?  Is that just so Mets or what?  This feels like collusion to me.  I’m not reporting them to Robert Manfred or Robert Mueller, because I used to be a CAA client, Brodie’s old agency, and just maybe the Mets will hire me now.  C’mon, Bruhdee, I can catch.  I mean, I think I can, how hard is it?  Any hoo!  The real piece is obviously Edwin Diaz, but I will get to him after the lede jump.  Last year in a suspension-shortened season, Cano hit ten homers and .303.  Too bad about that suspension since it tarnishes his legacy, which was previously “Guy who never hustles.”  You got the title back, Machado!  Until Cano doesn’t hit .280 and 20+ homers over the course of a full season, I will think he can.  We haven’t reached that point in his life cycle yet.  Of course, it could begin this year.  We shall see!  Or not.  Your choice.  I don’t have a ton of love for Cano in fantasy, because 20+ homers and counting stats can be had for cheaper.  For 2019, I’ll give Robinson Cano projections of 84/24/92/.286/1 in 588 ABs.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason for 2019 fantasy baseball:

Edwin Diaz – The real flagship piece to the trade between the M’s/Mets — Met’s?  Hmm, confusing portmanteau.  Couple of thoughts about Diaz’s part of the trade, and how all this pertains to real baseball.  Diaz is going to be terrific for the Mets, maybe for a long time.  It’s a solid move by the Mets; they needed a closer.  Great closers help real baseball clubs more than they do fantasy baseball teams.  Some unloading of cash by the Mets, not nearly as much as first reported.  I do think the Mets won this trade, but you never know with prospects, so maybe in three years, this trade will look entirely different.  Fo fantasy, SAGNOF!  I don’t see any possible scenario where I own Diaz next year, even if I like him.  Spend your money elsewhere, not on a closer.  For 2019, I’ll give Diaz the projections of 3-1/2.51/0.94/91, 42 saves in 62 IP.

Jay Bruce – Going the other way in the Mets/M’s trade.  When the big piece your team gets in return is Jay Bruce, you have to seriously consider whether or not you’re reupping your season tickets.  Trust the process goes only so far when you’re saying things like, “We like Jay Bruce’s flexibility to play outfield and 1st base.”  For 2019, I’ll give Bruce the projections of 51/24/58/.233/2 in 542 ABs.

Jean Segura – Traded to the Phils.  At least that’s what the internet was claiming late Sunday, I haven’t heard it officially yet.  JAWN Segura, as Phillies fans will undoubtedly pronounced it, fixes the top of the Phils order, and gets Just Peachy Crawford the hell out of town.  Throw a Gritty doll at him on the way to the plane!  I could see Segura regaining top form in Philly, and being a 20/30 powerhouse once again. I kinda love Segura in Philly.  For 2019, I’ll give him the projections of 92/17/71/.308/25 in 577 ABs as I take the bet he hits 2nd vs. 1st, but that could change which would shift my runs and RBIs.

J.P. Crawford – Headed to the Mariners.  There’s also talk Carlos Santana is in the trade, but I don’t know yet, so I’ll include him in my next trade/signing update.  If I were a major league team, I wouldn’t want Carlos Santana over Ryon Healy or J.P. Crawford over anyone, but the Mariners are, apparently, gonna Mariner.  By the way, odds for next year’s World Series are gonna be five teams at 2 to 1, and 25 teams at 500 to 1.  For 2019, I’ll give Crawford 49/10/55/.217/8 in 479 ABs.

Omar Narvaez – Traded to the Mariners, because they needed a three-hole hitter. Gotta suck to be a Mariners fan right now. They won 89 games last year, but rather than try to win an extra 6-10 games this year to get into the playoffs, they are blowing up shizz.  Will be fun when the Mariners have suitcases of money that are owed to different players take the field on Opening Day.  “Skip, I’ve never seen this before, but it looks like the Mariners are starting a suitcase of $60 million at 1st base.”  For 2019, I’ll give Narvaez the projections of 41/14/46/.266 in 387 ABs.

Alex Colome – Traded to the White Sox, who are going the opposite way as the Mariners, because, I’m told, you can either be a very good or very bad MLB team nowadays. Who is going to close for the Mariners next year?  They might have to break Nicasio an emergency.  My guess is Colome is the White Sox closer now, and I’ll project him in 2019 for 2-3/3.31/1.22/64, 27 saves in 60 IP.  Going low on saves projection here because he hasn’t secured the job yet.

Yan Gomes – Traded to the Nats to split time with the newly-acquired Suzuki.  The Nats are shoring up their catching corps this year, which you can take to mean a crew of guys ready to go to war for the Nats, or take it to mean, I misspelled ‘corpse’ and that’s what they’ll be for the Nats’ WAR.  I’ll give Gomes the projections 41/15/42/.241 in 337 ABs.

Josh Donaldson – Signed with the Braves.  *rips up imaginary Johan Camargo sleeper post, person passes by noticing me*
Them: What are you doing?
Me:  Miming the tearing up of fantasy value for Johan Camargo.
Them: The Donaldson signing, huh?
Me:  Yeah, how’d you know?
Them:  Because you’re imagining this conversation.

I don’t believe Donaldson will ever stay healthy again in his career.  He also seems in the mode where he will play injured and cost his team and fantasy owners, so this hurts his value and Johan.  Lowercase yay!  Maybe if we’re lucky, it will cost Dansby Swanson’s fantasy value instead of Johan’s.  Maybe yay!  For 2019, I’ll give Donaldson the projections of 54/22/63/.263/2 in 422 ABs.

Brian McCann – Signed with the Braves.  He will platoon with Flowers, so swallowing everything off the plate will lead to the fresh scent of Flowers ‘n McCann.  It’s better than blaming it on the dog.  For 2019, I’ll give McCann the projections of 42/16/49/.238 in 312 ABs.

Lonnie Chisenhall – Signed with the Pirates.  He hit one home run last year, and a high of 13 homers in the majors, which is to say I can’t wait to see who hits more homers on the Pirates:  Chisenhall or Josh Bell?  For 2019, I’ll give Chisenhall the projections of 46/12/51/.272/2 in 377 ABs because I’m obviously feeling charitable.

Matt Moore – Signed a deal with the Tigers. Denny McLain had bankruptcies, waved a gun at a reporter he didn’t like, was suspended for gambling, spent time in prison for embellzement, had mob ties and might be dead if I Google him.  I don’t mean I’d kill him by Googling him, I mean he could be dead, but I don’t know unless I Google his name.  Yet, I’d take him over Matt Moore.

Tommy La StellaCubs traded him to the Angels for cash.  Cubs are going crazy with their new Venmo account!  Right now, I see La Stella getting under 200 ABs, so I’m not projecting him.  Angels have a direct line to God, right?  Good, then God willing, La Stella won’t see more than 200 ABs.

Garrett Richards – Signed with the Padres.  Makes sense that an old Angel would become a Padre.  Working that religion angle today!  Any hoo!  I briefly guffawed when I saw Richards is 30 years old and had only one season over 200 innings, and many seasons below it.  He hasn’t sniffed 100 IP in a season since 2015.  I wonder if James Paxton calls him daddy.  It would be weird since they’re the same age, but we’re living in weird times.  Obviously, I’m intrigued by Garrett Richards when he returns, but that might not be until 2020, due to Tommy John surgery.

C.J. CronTwins claimed him off waivers, because the Rays DFA’d Cron after he hit 30 homers and cost next-to-nothing.  Gentlemen, this is a good time to point out you should never sleep with your boss’ daughter like Cron repeatedly seems to do.  Either that or his shit-eating grin is just too much for any organization.  I think there’s at least a half a percentage point that the Rays didn’t designated him for assignment, but said to someone, “He’s our designated hitter,” and the league misheard, and the Rays just didn’t care enough to correct them. For 2019, I’ll give Cron the projections of 64/31/80/.249/2 in 517 ABs.

  1. Brian says:
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    Seattle is no longer the Aquaman, the are now the submariner. Great write up Grey!

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!!!

    Awesome write-up! Like Matt Prater’s kick to break the NFL record for longest successful field goal!!

    a. Totally loved the Matty Moore blurb. And totally agreed with it. He did so well in a pitcher’s park (SF) in the NL, I wonder how well he’ll do in another pitcher’s park.

    b. God willing on LaStella!! A lot of Cubs’ fans had him rostered because of it’s a Maddoning world. I doubt he gets any love now.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for December 3

    1. For two months my sole occupation was avoiding acquaintances, for during that time I did not earn a penny or buy an article of any kind or pay my board. I became very adept at slinking. I slunk from back street to back street. I slunk away from approaching faces that looked familiar. And at midnight after wanderings that were but slinkings away from cheerfulness and light I slunk to my bed. I felt meaner and lowlier and more despicable than the worms. During all this time, I had but one piece of money – a silver 10-cent piece. And I held to it and would not spend it on any account less the consciousness coming strong upon me that I was entirely penniless might suggest suicide.

    2. [With a revolver to his head] Many times I have been sorry I did not succeed, but I was never ashamed by it.

    3. Hawaii is the land of contentment – the only supremely delightful place on earth.

    4. At noon, I observed a bevy of nude native young ladies bathing in the sea and went and sat down on their clothes to keep them from being stolen. I begged them to come out for the sea was rising and I was satisfied that they were running a risk but they were not afraid and presently went on with their sport.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Not good B. True, prolly inconceivably will get 400 ABs C. I like Hawaii too! You should see if you can see Julia Louis Dreyfuss Mark Twain prize ceremony, it was solid

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        a. Thanks for the intel as always, will try to look it up.

        b. More importantly, did I hit the payload yet? Not the one? I thought the one about where he contemplates suicide (important for all of us) was the one!

        c. One step closer to maybe getting a job in the Americas, as a result of the Venezuelan crisis. Cross your fingers for me. Have contacted the focal point for assembling the team. That person has now sent my details to HR. Awaiting action from HR. Don’t hold your breath sometimes it take them forever to respond and then they say why didn’t you respond to the e-mail that they sent 20 seconds ago which is actually a layered e-mail of 400 e-mails but none of which I was copied on, get it?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          B. Nah, not yet, sad emoji
          C. Good luck! Hope you get it!

  3. Josh says:
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    Where are my sleepers? Fuck the Mess. This is sleeper week and now you’re ruining it.. Damnit. All.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: Josh had a bad weekend. Must be a Saints fan, or perhaps he’s a Georgia Bulldog guy.

  4. Josh says:
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    Sleepers mofo. Fuck the Mess.

  5. Mike L says:
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    I don’t blame the Mets for trying but who’s their best player now? Conforto? Thor or Degrom? They don’t seem to have enough pieces yet to sell the farm. They probably have a 2 year window now so if they have money they need to go after Harper or Machado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeGrom is their best player until further notice — don’t see them going after Machado or Harper, but maybe… Cano was a salary dump, whereas Machado or Harper will be a huge salary commitment

  6. The Dude says:
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    No mention of the prospects the M’s got? Jarred Kellenic and Justin Dunn are the prize from the Mariner’s perspectives (at least that’s what my M’s Fan friends tell me (or maybe that’s just what they’re telling themselves)), but wanted to know your take on them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kellenic is so young, he could go all sorts a ways, seems like a possible speed/power threat tho… Dunn seems a lot closer and more interesting short-term at least, we might see him this year, but of course TINSTAPP

  7. Matty says:
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    Schrodinger’s Denny McClain.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, don’t Google him, he will die bc of it!

  8. Ryno says:
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    Denny McLain is, in fact, still alive, kicking, and will sign anything, anywhere, as long as you’ll pay him an appearance fee. I’ve seen him at numerous sports card shows in MI and the dude will show up anywhere as long as you cut the check.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Honestly, if someone was paying me something to sign my name, I’d do it too… Maybe we can get Denny on the podcast this year, for a small fee of course

  9. Branta says:
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    With Santana traded in the Segura deal today and Bour a FA, Rhys might get 1B eligibility back next season. I was struggling with keeping him in my keeper league because my OF is stacked (I traded Judge last season and still have Betts, Benintendi, Bryant, Acuna, Marte, Chris Taylor, & Hoskins). So him potentially slotting back at 1B really helps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Hoskins back at 1B helps him and the Phils too

  10. Pash says:
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    I’m surprised at your thoughts on Donaldson. He just joined an A+ offense, turned down multi year for a one year contract in hopes of more next. Seems like he’s put his eggs into performing this year. Feels like he could do like 90/30/100/.275

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guys have put their eggs into performing before, doesn’t mean anything

      • Pqehwb says:
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        @Grey: former MVPs though? He’s not that far removed from being elite.

      • Pasha says:
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        @Grey: former MVPs though? He’s not that far removed from being elite.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess we’ll see, he feels pretty removed from it as far as I can see

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There’s a new post too, Pasha

  11. Dave D says:
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    So who do you think Cano will get his lone predicted SB off of?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maikel Franco after Gabe Kapler uses all his catchers by the 3rd inning

  12. Crime Dog says:
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    Dodgers extend Roberts through 2022. Ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The misery never ends!

  13. Polka

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    feels like, shit Grey that is COLLUSION!
    Did they hire the agent/GM’s son to be ball washer too?
    crooked bastards-

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fishy AF, right?

  14. Polka

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    Hey Detroit, my buddy Vito’s son who doesn’t write at Fantasy Alarm can throw in the high 80’s to low 90’s on his heater, and he’s not 59 with a zillion injuries. Al Avila Sr. step into my office…..You’re fucking fired!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, fire Alex Avila the catcher while they’re at it too!

  15. Dave D says:
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    50 rounds done, draft now complete. I went with 16 potential SP and 6 RP. I like Armstrong a lot as a potential sleeper closer in SEA. Robles might have a shot in ANA. Late round fliers. Dixon was my last overall pick. I like the cheap power/speed combo with chance for at bats in DET as both 1B or OF. Any thoughts?

    C- Maldonado, Swihart, J.Castro, Hundley, G. Stubbs
    1B- Goldy, Healy, “Small Potatoes” O’Brien, B. Dixon
    2B- Albies, Dozier, B.Lowe
    SS-C. Taylor, Kingery, Culberson
    3B- Bregman, T. Frazier, JD Davis
    OF- Springer, Pham, J. Upton, Eaton, I. Happ, Pillar, Ass-veil Garcia, Leury Garcia, A. Slater
    SP- J.A. Happ, Pivetta, Glasnow, Teheran, M. Fulmer, Poncedeleon, J.Barria, Odorizzi, Jose Urine-ah, Honeywell, Mengden, Straily, E. Lauer, B. Hardy, S. Turnbull, A. Plutko
    RP- W. Davis, T. May, S. Greene, H. Robles, J. Hughes, S. Armstrong

    If you’re curious about any specific players ADPs just let me know who.

    • Dave D says:
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      @Dave D:

      Oh, yeah. I left out DH Ohtani. Hopefully not an omen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave D: Is O’Brien an SP? No, he’s small potatoes! I like your hitting a lot, and think your pitching can be good enough, your pitching seems far from elite tho and needs a bit of luck — there’s a new post

  16. Harley Earl says:
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    I really like this Segura trade to Philly. Better team, more poised for postseason play and a better hitter’s park. I would not be surprised at all to see him duplicate his success in Arizona from 2016 (20 HR and 33 SB). In that lineup, batting first or second, he could easily score 100+ runs. Obviously, I’m talking about a lineup that includes Machado. I fully expect the Phillies to go all in now and sign Machado and possibly Harper both. They know it will take this to compete with the Astros and Yankees, and maybe even the Dodgers.

    Question, what do you see happening to Kingery, Franco and Hernandez? I’m thinking one stays to play 3B, probably Kingery considering their commitment to him already, with Franco and Hernandez on the move elsewhere. Machado plays SS and Segura moves to 2B.

    What do you think will happen Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harley Earl: I like Segura in Philly a lot too, I think a lot of people might… Kingery’s missed his chance, Franco should be traded and Hernandez is still a starter — there’s a new post for followups

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: Cool! Thanks.

        Agree with you. The more I think about it, Hernandez sticks at 2B, Machado moves to 3B and Segura plays SS. Now, I suppose if Manny demands he play SS, that would change some things, but I believe you’re right on the money here.

  17. AJ says:
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    Not sure how anyone reads content with all of the pop up ads and page misdirections

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, I contacted our ad company to remove any weird ads… We’re not intentionally putting in bad ads… Ad companies put in ads we don’t want…

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