Jimmy Rollins hits the DL. So there goes one of your top two picks. Yeah, that’s no fun. If you didn’t draft him, you’re smiling pretty wide today. Not because one of your leaguemates is suffering (okay, maybe that’s part of the fun). No, you’re smiling because you’re anticipating what I’m about to tell you. There may not be a better buying opportunity on Rollins the entire season. Buy now! Trade for Rollins. Get him. Swindle, people. Don’t wait a week until he’s about to come back. Don’t trade Hanley Ramirez for him; that’s just dopey. No, buy low on Rollins. Know that the ankle injury may linger for a little while, but it’s only April. If you can trade for Rollins offering some package that would have never worked two weeks ago, then you’re still getting a premiere shortstop who will be hitting in front of Utley and Howard all season. In the beginning of the season I had Rollins’s projections at 130/22/70/35/.290, I’d scale that to 110/18/55/22/.290 — so, I guess the question to you is, how much do you want those numbers? If you drafted Alex Rodriguez, you’re not getting much sleep tonight. Arod injured his right quad in Sunday’s game. Arod has a lot of positives going for him, durability is one. I think he’ll be just fine. Sit tight.

Frank Thomas – Hater Bell pointed out how Karabell was a part-mental patient, part-Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer when he called Frank Thomas a big 2008 sleeper. Yeah, it didn’t make any sense in March and still doesn’t, but whatever he’s ESPN’s top analyst, ya’ll.

Mark Lowe – I hope you’re not even bothering with this mess anymore. Putz should be back this Tuesday. Don’t bother with the fill-ins.

Rafael Soriano – He still can’t throw without pain. I think he might be out a month at least. Plan accordingly.

Chipper Jones – I should’ve had WebMd sponsor today’s post. Of course he’s hurt. The guy gets hurt on a base on balls. You know that though.

Edwin Encarnacion – (His last name’s spelling is bothering me. Second “a” or no second “a.” If anyone can get a message to Edwin and ask him, mucho gracias en advancemiento.) Hit two home runs on Sunday. I have him on a lot of teams. I hope this is the beginnings of a hot streak.

Carlos Ruiz – Or as he will now be known, Chuck Ruiz. As in chuck him to the waiver wire. Go Doumit, Mathis, Napoli, etc. It’s three weeks; Chuck Ruiz is being abandoned on my teams. He’ll be on the waiver wire, we can go back later if he starts to hit.

Adam Dunn – If anyone’s worried he’s going to hit under .200 for the season, I’d trade for him in a second.

Scott Baker – Going into the season, I pointed out to all of youse in 143.2 innings his K/BB was 102/29. So far this year, it’s 20/4. That’s really good.

Jonathan Sanchez – He strikes people out and in his next start he gets the Reds in SF. Yeah, he should be on your team for at least Friday’s start.

Eric Gagne – Fatty-No-Roids got hit. He was used four straight days, so it’s not anymore of a harbinger than the whole injury-prone thing. The Brewers really, really want him to succeed, so know that as Riske sits on your staff.

Chase UtleyMy pick for NL MVP is looking good thus far. Not many of my other picks look so great. BTW, if you haven’t entered that contest yet, there’s still time.

Jair Jurrjens – I’m assuming after all of the times I’ve mentioned Jurrjens, you’ve already picked him up. If you haven’t, you should. Even when he lost this year, he looked good.

Milton Bradley – He hit a home run off Wakefield today. Whatever, just yesterday he was sitting with a sore knee.

Paul Konerko – He was actually dropped in one of my ‘pert leagues. I don’t understand that. It’s still very early in the season. I’m going to try and get him off of waivers, but since all the other ‘perts read this, I probably won’t get him. So why say anything? If you have him, bench him, but don’t drop him. It’s still early.

  1. Carl says:

    So Grey Double E finally had a day we could be proud of. Too bad nobody was on when he hit them. They were clutch homers and I’m sure Baker loved that. Now if I can only I can get Howard and Fielder to do the same, I might be able to crawl out of the cellar in my league after this horrid slow start.

    Talking about Howard….does the coaching staff actually talk to this guy about adjustments or what pitch to look for in a certain situation? He looks soooo overmatched sometimes whiffing at pitches. He just swings and hopes he hit its out. Really frustrating. I assume he will eventually break out of this slump but jeeze this guy is a pro ball player, why can’t he make adjustments now and wtf is the hitting coach doing this whole time to help him? ARGHHHHHHH! Now where’s that damn Zoloft?

  2. Steve says:

    Is Renteria + Hawpe buying a little too low on Rollins? The guy who has Rollins is a bit of a newbie…

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Carl: Those guys are going to be fine. They could hit fifteen homers alone on just balls they’re fooled by.

    @Steve: I feel like if the owner’s willing to trade the guys to me, I’ll take them. Not sure why people feel bad for getting the better end of a trade. So I’d do the trade, you said. All of Rudy’s trade options are also good, especially J-Bay. OH MY GOD, imagine getting Rollins for J-Bay? That would be sick. And by sick I mean really healthy. Then again, if I were in that league I’d think J-Roll for J-Bay was more lopsided than for Renteria and Hawpe.

  4. i meant w/ renteria (instead of Hawpe)….then again, you know how much i hate J-Bay from last year….but given how well my other disappointments from last year are doing (D-Lee, Furcal), maybe this is going to be a good year for J-Bay….

    i added some conscience into the trade b/c he said the other guy is a newbie. it’s been forever, though, since i’ve been able to pull off a bullshit trade (my infamous ryan freel / kevin mench for jose reyes trade of 2006)…

  5. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Rudy Gamble: Why would you even bring up that stupid Mench trade? I’m still pissed about that.

  6. Cory says:

    Renteria and Hawpe for Rollins woud be vetoed immediately in my league. Maybe it stays up for an hour.

    As for Howard, im concerned by the shift the defenses are using. Have they always done this or does it directly coincide with his sharp drop in avg? The entire 3b side is open… I think i want to trade him now after seeing that, and change my vote in NL MVP to Holliday.

    Lastly, Baker, Kuroda, Jurjjens and Ervin Santana. Which 2 to own? Right now its Ervin and Kuroda, the 2 most would put last, but i like Ervin at home and for some odd reason, Kuroda. Kuroda is prob gonna be cut. What do u all think?

  7. @Grey – 1) Because I know how much it pisses you off and 2) Um, #1

    @Cory – Do you have to keep 2? I’d want none. I guess I’d go with Kuroda and Jurjjens just b/c they are NL. But I don’t have anyone that bad on any of my staffs aside from maybe Phil Hughes (hoping he turns it around…)

  8. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Cory: They’ve been using those shifts for years. He’s a .270 hitter and a 45 homer guy. If you’re waiting for the homers, they’ll come. If you want a .300 average, it’s probably not going to happen.

    I would choose Jurrjens and Baker to own. Then Santana then Kuroda.

  9. Cory says:

    Ok, its good to know this shift is nothing new.

    As for keeping 2, i kinda have to. Cain and Oswalt have been miserable at the back end of my rotation, so i need the depth. Cain I assume will rebound, but Oswalt is a really tough play right now.

    and McGowan has disappointed.

  10. Steve says:

    No question, Renteria + Hawpe for Rollins is nonsense trade (bullshit even), but if I can give up nonsense for Rollins, I’m doin’ it!

    Other guy has a lot of hitters on his bench so it’s tough to identify his needs. Might try another tack – he only has one closer (Valverde) so what about Renteria (who is starting to heat up by the looks) plus Riviera/Saito/izzy/Street?

  11. john says:

    Would you drop Marmol or Parra or neither to pick up Jurrjens? I like having Marmol around since I have Wood as well and he picks up some nice occasional K’s and innnings and Parra hasn’t been having great starts lately but he’s got awesome potential.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Renteria plus all of those closers or one or more of them?

    @john: I’d drop neither right now. But Parra soon if he doesn’t straighten himself out or he gets bumped from the rotation.

  13. jason says:

    Who to drop out of Fuentes, Brocail, or Rauch?

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @jason: Brocail, but I’d be ready to pounce at any time.

  15. john says:

    yea, he’s worrying me a bit although the one start(2 starts ago) he was pitching spectacularly until that 4th inning blow up.

  16. Steve says:

    @Grey: Just one of them preferably.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:

    I don’t think anyone would do that trade either, but again if you can get it, go for it.

  18. SportsHubris says:

    Hah! it’s amazing in that same “‘perts” league my offense is smoking hot and I have both Rollins and Granderson…yet somehow someone’s offense is so good they drop Konerko this early? It almost makes me hesitant to pick him up as it seems the previous owner may know something I don’t! I haven’t seen much of Konerko this year, but if Andruw Jones was dropped I wouldn’t waste a WW on him, so I’m going to pass on Konerko and hope the guy who dropped him knew what he was doing. I also have the unstoppable Derek Lee on my squad…I told you in a previous post his doubles would translate into HR this year…hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself.

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