So, this is bad. Two more weeks without baseball. It’s grim to even think about the MLB Twitter account tweeting about Jackie Robinson Day with no baseball being played. That will be the point when yours truly takes the final steps to becoming The Joker. As you can see, my barista has already peaked into my soul.

Gonna be honest with you, things could become dire at Razzball if we don’t have baseball back until May 1st. Writers get paid; vendors get paid; stats are not free; semi-colons are usually fun; this isn’t fun! It would go a long way towards keeping the lights on if you were to grab a $9.99 ad-free subscription, and, incredibly, that gets rid of ads, which is awesome for you. Win-win! Or more wins than deGrom’s projected for. Allow me to demonstrate:

Amazing, right? One second there’s ads, next second, there’s not. Also, I know so much about Prince Charles, huh? So, grab a $9.99 ad-free subscription, if you have the means, no relation to John.

Also, the 2022 fantasy baseball rankings, I did it. I moved Ronald Acuña Jr. up in my top 10 for 2022 fantasy baseball. What’s the most games he’s going to miss now, 15? That sounds like the same as Fun The Jewels with his shoulder. It’s not a jinx if you know it’s going to happen. I learned that from an eye-patched gypsy that hung out with the Peaky f***ing Blinders. I also updated my top 100 for 2022 fantasy baseball and the top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this preseason for 2022 fantasy baseball:

Max Muncy – Says he’s already swinging a bat. Every time I’m out, you keep pulling me back in with your torn UCL. Now, I have no idea what I’m doing with him. For the entire preseason, I wasn’t going near him. Now, I have to admit I’m kinda intrigued to see how well he’s swinging the bat. How can we sneak in to see players practicing right now? Oh, I know! Anyone want to dress up like a bag of balls to sit by a batting cage?

“Hey, Max, wanna start working on that swing?”
“You bet!”
“Okay, grab me that bag of balls.” *bag of balls moves away from Muncy’s reach, Muncy gives chase as the bag of balls and Muncy reenact a 7th-inning sausage race*

So, for right now, I’m not moving up Max Muncy. My thoughts on this are, his elbow feels great because he’s not actually playing one 9-inning game after another 9-inning game. He might be fine for the start of the season, but give him two weeks of playing every day and see how well he’s doing.

Kwang-hyun Kim – Went back to Korea. Removed him from the top 100 starters for 2022 fantasy baseball. In unrelated news, I sent the New Kids on the Block’s Hangin’ Tough video to Seiya Suzuki’s agent. Hang tough, man! We’re gonna be playing soon!

Codi Heuer – Out for 2022 with Tommy John surgery. That came after an altercation with Karen Hill when she went to his apartment and started pressing all the buttons screaming, “In 2C, Codi is a Heuer!” With Heuer out, it gives Rowan Wick some job security, until the Cubs just sign someone and Wick loses the job. I’ve updated my top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Brad Peacock – Signed a minor league deal with the Royals. Royals are in KC and the last two letters of Peacock are KC and *brain explodes* Whoa.

Mike Trout – Said he’s 100% healthy. “Mike Trout saying he’s 100% healthy” is baseball’s groundhog. In six weeks, there will be games!

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Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
4 months ago

Hey Grey,

Just got an interesting trade offer and wanted to know your thoughts on it.

I trade away Michael Brantley ($18), Alex Bregman ($23), Eric Lauer ($6), and minor league prospects Drew Waters and Brenton Doyle.

I get: Jon Gray ($9), Kevin Gausman ($16), and Kendall Graveman.

I have J-Ram at 3rd and just not sure where Bobby Witt is going to be called up or where he will play.

Make the deal?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
4 months ago

graveman is $9, Gray is $6 and Gausman is $16

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

when is Witt getting called up

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

at what position? SS or 3B

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Good thing I asked the other team to throw J. Turner in the deal.

Jim
Jim
4 months ago

Good stuff.

Any idea when you guys are doing the R
azz rankings to ESPN and yahoo comparisons.

B G
B G
4 months ago

12 Team Keeper League 6×6 OPS/QS

Keep 5 in the round they were drafted in…

Keeping Bichette (Rd 23), Devers (8), Semien (9)

I have the 12th pick, who else do you keep? Need to pick 2.

  • Bryce Harper 1 Rd
  • Jack Flaherty 5 Rd
  • Max Muncy 6 Rd
  • Kevin Gausman 10 Rd
  • Franmil Reyes 12Rd
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
4 months ago

hilarious that a few fake ultimatums turn the content into mush almost immediately. as of monday night it was the old “we’re having to start later than april 7th if you don’t kowtow to our demands (some of which were just brought up today etc)”, then “oh we meant tues” then wed, and apparently thurs wasn’t the deadline for this either.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
4 months ago

So there will be a 19 second pitch timer with men on base. So essentially, this means no pickoff attempts. If I am understanding it, SBs will be cheap. Looking for high on-base guys, right?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
4 months ago

If it is reset, then this is a way to defeat the timer. No limit on attempts -> I can stall for minutes.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

I hope you’re right. I thought MLBTV panel said it was this year.

Toy
Toy
4 months ago

So I’m in a 14-player PPR League we decided to do keepers this year,only two, so my options are vladdy, tatis, Cedric Mullins, Wanda Franco
I would like your opinion on who you would keep?

Will
Will
4 months ago

Baseball is back. FINALLY.

Now the Cubs need to sign a boatload of FAs, pronto, otherwise they’re running a AAA roster out there again this season. I have to believe Marcus Stroman was given assurances that they would put better players around him.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
4 months ago

LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
4 months ago

BOZOs united – play ball!
Couldn’t be happier, gonna get my 30th fantasy season!!!

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
4 months ago

No more bickering. Play Ball!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

On my 2022 bingo card, I had March 10, as the happiest day of the year. LOL

lolmets
lolmets
4 months ago

april 5th opening day and they getting in 162 lets goooo

JDB
JDB
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

I heard April 7th for opening day, but doesn’t really matter. I’m sure this agreement had everything to do with me going ad-free today…woot-woot!!

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 months ago

First RCL in the books. Guess who I took first from 5 spot.

C Garver (20)
1B Olson (3)
2B Schoop (21)
SS Bogaerts (4)
3B Rendon (9)
MI Anderson (5)
CI Moncada(12)
OF Acuna (1)
OF Arozarena (6)
OF Kelenic (11)
Of Adolis Garcia (14)
OF Happ (19)
UT McMahon (16)

P Woodruff (2)
P Bassit (10)
P Gilbert (13)
P Clevinger (15)
P Pearson (25)

P Pressly (7)
P Chapman (8)
P Barlow (17)
P Floro (18)
P Sulser (22)
P Suarez (23)
P Wick (24)

Milarky
Milarky
4 months ago

Yo Grey, great stuff again. I’m choosing to be optimistic with “progress” made today in CBA negotiations (prolly my bad!).

Question for you – we’re a 10-team roto league 6×5 (adding in SLG%), but deep rosters. We start 2 at each IF spot, 5 OF, 2 at DH, 6 SPs and 3 RPs. In a league like this, what is your strategy for RPs heading into the draft?

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Thanks Grey! One more for you that haunts me. I’m keeping Treat Urner, Olson, Albies and Tucker. I couldn’t justify keeping Bregman over any of them. However, as you’ve said, 3B is a wasteland. If I read the keeper shituation, the best available at the draft will be Bregman, maybe Rendon, Turner, then the rest below in your rankings.

Assuming you don’t recommend keeping Bregman over any of those studs, do I reach on a 3B or two at the draft, or punt and try for late “value” based on our tiers? I need two of the 3B jerkoffs.

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

I guess I’m asking if I come to the draft with T.Turner, Albies, Olson and Tucker, and we start 2 at each IF position, is it worth reaching on Bregman with my first pick above better overall hitters, or go with best hitter and take my chances on some of the 3B you like later in the draft?

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Man it’s so hard to tell, but possibly guys like Arozorena, India, Winker, Chisholm, K. Marte, Stanton, Swanson, etc. If Teoscar is available, i’m taking him for sure.

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
4 months ago

Hopefully some movement with this lockout. Keeper question Grey. 8 team espn 5×5. I need to narrow this down to 8 players. Freeman$24, Albies $19 Story $15, Riley $1, Teoscar $10, Harper $30, JD Martinez $10, Correa $15, Woodruff $6, Thanks Man.

mcmi11ions
mcmi11ions
4 months ago

Hey Grey! Loyal reader, semi-frequent commenter, and year-over-year subscriber here. LOVED using the War room this year for my keeper draft. I preloaded the room with x’s and y’s (y? because the o, o, o’s they haunt me! WOW! Who let Elle King in here? Elle why is your dad yelling ” YOU CAN DO IT!” to me? This got weird). ANYWHOO….

Ended up with a $371 team after the draft! What do you think?

C- Will Smith
1B – Pete Alonso (K)
2B – Gleyber Torres
3B – Alex Bregman (K)
SS – Francisco Lindor (K)
OF- Mookie Betts (K)
OF- Randy Arozarena (K)
OF- Cody Bellinger (K)
UTIL – Franmil Reyes (K)
UTIL – Ryan McMahon
Bench – Seiya Suzuki, Oneil Cruz

SP – Shane Bieber (K), Robbie Ray (K), Lance Lynn (K), Justin Verlander, Jon Gray, Alex Wood, Yusei Kikuchi
RP – WIll Smith, Taylor Rogers, David Bednar, Paul Sewald

Keep up the good work Razzball writers! We’ll be here each day with you.

Last edited 4 months ago by mcmi11ions
mcmi11ions
mcmi11ions
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

12 teams, H2H we each have 10 keepers.

mcmi11ions
mcmi11ions
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

We’ll see how the season goes. I hope the october that Belli had means he is back.

I actually had Acuna but traded him for Alonso, Betts and Ray. Had I not made that trade I would have had Acuna, John Means and Adolis Garcia instead. I’ll miss tildaddy, but I think it’s a net gain.

Sport
Sport
4 months ago

I’m an optimist. Sometimes it’s a weakness, but hopefully today they can get something done and maybe get a few games back!

10 team dynasty roto. I have a lot of age and finished 7th last year. I’m working on a deal to move my S.Marte. My offer is S.Marte for L.Urias and Kelenic. The guy is thinking about it! If he doesn’t bite, would you move S.Marte for L.Urias and Adell? Getting Urias would allow me to trade Arenado and then I have a future 3B.

It’s a 10 team, only 10 hitter league so I feel like the hitters have to be top 75 type players to contribute to a contender. I’m hoping Urias turns into one of those type hitters in the future.

Thanks for the help!

Last edited 4 months ago by Sport
Sport
Sport
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Thank you!

I have never spent so much time on twitter and refreshing constantly for the ‘Play Ball’!

Laura Holt
4 months ago

Progress with the international draft issue! If the CBA miraculously gets solved today and we have games sooner than we think, I will take full credit because I just drafted Acuña for the first time last night.

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
4 months ago

You Nailed IT!!! Keeping Acuña is happening for me now as well at $52-55 (prices not locked yet and based on MVP auction calculator on Fantasy Pros). Mind you our cap for 23 roster spots is $280. Betts went for $55 and Soto $58 last year, so you gotta think Acuña goes for $58+ along with Soto.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
4 months ago

What happens to you, is what you make happen.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

I may not get to it til next week either

Hoping this latest news isn’t more BS…

Michael Konstantinides
Michael Konstantinides
4 months ago

just joined the ad free and roto deluxe, happy to help keep the lights on after years of making my morning entertaining during the season and help with a competitive h2h categories league that is heavy on pitching and streaming!

Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
4 months ago

Thanks for the reminder, Grey. I just bought my yearly subscription. Forgot how this BS is squeezing the little guy. I feel like a deal will happen in the near term (WTF guys, no one thought about the international draft until last night?!?!)

Now to do the dance where I log in to get ad-free and use hittertron and then log out to comment so my real name isn’t associated with my uncontrollable lust for Bobby Witt Jr.

Best to you and your crew.

happyharry
happyharry
4 months ago

Hey Grey,
12 team, Auction, re-Draft 5X5. I got Muncy at$6 and Darvish at$14. Your thoughts on keeping these guys? if Muncy is not kept I will need to redraft a 2B and MI. Already keeping 4 good SP’s..thanks man.

jvanslyke
jvanslyke
4 months ago

quick plug for the advanced subscription – DFS is a blast with the Optimizer – worth every penny and by far the most advanced tool on the market IMO.

Grey – music seems to be slow but have you had a chance to check out your fellow podcaster, Open Mike Eagle’s new season of What Had Happened Was? His guest is Dante Ross. I knew the name but didnt know a ton and the season is pretty incredible. He bounced around labels and was around for the early De La, Brand Nubian, Queen Latifah and Ol’ Dirty album sessions. Completely unfiltered and a great listen if you get a chance!

jvanslyke
jvanslyke
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

let me know if you like it! I’ve gone back and re-listened to a ton of stuff from the 90’s.

Finkelstein
Finkelstein
4 months ago

Fantasy is free. That’s why it’s called fantasy. Otherwise, it’s business. And if one presumes that scores of subscriptions make up for the loss of thousands of eyeballs, your advertisers will tell you something different. So you choose, “dude”. Free or flee. And that’s not just me.

whitt23
whitt23
4 months ago

The lockout blows chunks!!! Quick keeper question: 12 team 6×6 keep 9 do we like Franmil at $20 or Jesus Sanchez at $12. Other hitter keepers are Tatis $23, Devers $34, Cronenworth $1, Adames $1. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 months ago

Highly recommend the ad free subscription to anyone who doesn’t have it! We all know this site is far better / more helpful than all other sites combined, so show some support!

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 months ago

Well said!

zombie
zombie
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 months ago

What Duda said.

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
4 months ago

Grey!!!!

Awesome!!!

a. Nice update, therefore, ergo, ipso facto, I’m being honest.

b. Finally two reports on a Villar sighting.

1 Caught illegally fishing tuna on Mangrove Island in Everglades National Park

2 Hugging a black bear cub as his momma was swiftly approaching from behind him in Smoky Mountain National Park

c. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for March 10, 2022

‘A bad week for the prosecution at the OJ Simpson trial. Under tense questioning by Barry Scheck, LAPD Detective Dennis Fung admitted he may have contaminated the crime scene when he accidentally dropped a big bucketful of OJ’s DNA.’

d. Marx Brothers quote of the day for March 10, 2022

Teasdale: ‘Your Excellency, I thought you left.’
Chiccolini: ‘Oh no. I no leave.’
Teasdale: ‘But I saw you with my own eyes.’
Chiccolini: ‘Well, who ya gonna believe me or your own eyes?’

Chico, Duck Soup

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Grey!!!

Yes, I was being for real except I’m losing my mind watching reruns of the Paralympic games hoping my sacrifice will enable the CBA to get done. But yeah, looking like May 1 start of the season which sucks a bit but still reasonably ok.

Cheers,
Ante

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Ante GALIC
4 months ago

Yo Ante you want to join the FCL this year?

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  frankgrimes
4 months ago

Grimey!

Thanks man. Kind of booked elsewhere. Hope you are well, man. Go Giants (in an even-numbered year).

Cheers,
Ante

Jimmy Flintwhistle
4 months ago

I guess I’m first! YAY ME! Since I’m up, doing laundry while waiting for my daughters next poo/vomit session, which was probably caused by the Lockout…I guess I’ll ask Question of the Day: Will I see an MLB regular Season game, or a new Peaky Blinders episode first? (my bet is on Peaky)..(PS, my daughters puke stain looks like Rob Manfred) (photo to follow)….PSS: TAKE THE DEAL, PLAYERS!, and STFU Scherzer)