When you drafted John Lackey and/or Ervin Santana in your fantasy baseball leagues, you probably didn’t know that you weren’t going to see either of them until the middle of May.  Last year, Lackey suffered from a strained triceps (I think that’s near the biceps — I should’ve been a doctor!) and returned to solid results.  In 163 1/3 innings, he had a 3.75 ERA and 130 Ks.  In the abbreviated 1st half, he had a 2.47 ERA and 1.80 and 1.16 in May and June, respectively.  But in the 2nd half, he had a 4.99 ERA.  Red flag, right?  Not entirely.  He gave up more home runs than his career rate and there’s no reason to think he should give up that many homers again.  However, he’s not getting guys to swing and miss like he used to.  So a better 2nd half, but he’s not a 2.47 ERA pitcher for the whole year either.  Think 3.50/1.22 and 10 wins in 20+ starts.  Then there’s Ervin Santana.  He showed up on the risky pitchers list and promptly went down with an elbow injury.  This was probably due to being overworked last year.  The last two months of rest probably did his arm good, but he’s still a risky proposition.  He’s much more of an unknown on how he’ll bounce back this year.  If he returns with solid results in the first couple of starts, I’d try to flip him for a different piece unless you’re strapped for pitchers.  Don’t sell him for fiddy cents on the dollar.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Johan SantanaMets have given him 9 runs of support in 7 starts.  They’ve also given up 4 unearned runs in those games.  Maybe he can start a support group with Dan Haren.

Carlos Delgado – Out a couple games with a nagging hip injury.  No fear – the Mets have…Fernando Tatis?  What does Omar Minaya do all winter?  Can you think of another team that doesn’t have a backup 1B on the roster or in AAA that is better than Fernando Tatis?  The Mets should trade for Kila Ka’aihue in the hopes he can be their lucky Hawaiian buddha like Benny Agbayani was.

Matt LaPorta – Seems to only be playing against lefties.  Makes him very difficult to own in mixed leagues.

Carl Pavano – Pavano is back from 3 1/2 years on the Disliked List to put up a 3-3 record for the Indians.  With a 6.45 ERA and 1.54 WHIP, consider Mike Mussina and Razzball unconvinced.

Ryan Zimmerman – 4-for-5, 2 HRs yesterday.  I talked him up in the preseason then didn’t get him in one draft.  Very frustrating.

Jay Bruce – 13 runs for the Reds.  0-for-5 for Bruce.  Ticker tease!

Adam Rosales – 3-for-5, HR yesterday, batting .295 for the year.  He’s filled in for me for Aramis in one very deep league and it’s worked out pretty well thus far.

Felipe Lopez – 3-for-4 with a homer.  You would think he was in an 0-for-100 slump with how many questions I get about whether he’s any good to own.  He’s a 2nd baseman going 20/20 and currently batting .323.

Justin Upton – Hit his 7th homer yesterday.  He’s breaking out.  Conor Jackson is breaking out too.  With chicken pox or shingles or something.

Derrek Lee – The bulging disk in his neck was ruled not career threatening.  His hitting on the other hand….

Derek Lowe – 5-1 with a 3.80 ERA.  The ERA is about where you expect it.  The Wins are a bit fluky.  Watching him pitch is like watching an artist mow his lawn.

Jhonny Peralta and Alexei Ramirez – 4-for-9 with 5 RBIs.  Rejoicing for everyone who just picked them up on the cheap.  Grumblings of “About fhuxeing time” for those that have had them since draft day.

Lastings Milledge – Suffered a broken finger in Triple A.  Luckily, he’s got a backup from when the Nats gave him the finger earlier this year.

  1. Doug Ault says:

    I have both Lackey and Dice K ready to roll on one team, oh happy day!

  2. Emporers Monkey says:

    Felipe Lopez or Jamey Carroll??

  3. SP says:

    Do you really believe in Phillipe A. Lopez that much? I’m just not buying it man. Career .260 hitter who has hit double-digit HRs one time in a crazy outlier year that just SCREAMS Yaz usage.

  4. anoraxx says:

    The problem with Felipe is that he is at the leadoff spot on the sucky D-Backs offence. Thus, his .323 BA is going down the toilet. Imagine what stats he would have playing for, say, Rangers team. Kinsler Lite Edition it is. That´s kinda frustrating for me as a proud owner of Felipe´s to realize such thing.

    I mean seriously what´s wrong with Arizona? They have such potential, possibly the best top three pitchers in the league, rock solid closer and solid hitting order which is not living up to its potential. Sad.

  5. jsp2014 says:

    B-B-B-Benny and the Mets…

  6. Bob from Germany says:

    @Felipe Lopez

    I’m also not buying he will hit 20 HR, he did that once in the great american ball park. Thats it. Nothing more than a few more or less crappy seasons. I would guess him about 10 HR, 15-20 SB and a pretty bad Avg.

    Yesterday someone offered me Lopez for JJ Hardy, mentioning what a good trade this would be for me. I didn’t even think about that.

    Other question. Who will be the better player at the end of the season. Adam Jones or Nelson Cruz? Depends on what you need right? Or is there a big difference?

  7. Tony says:

    I was watching the Tribe/White Sox game last night and WOW does Alexie look HORRIBLE at the plate. Sure he got two RBI’s on the night and ONE hit, but one of his RBI’s was a Fielders choice, and the other was a single after he was down 0-2 swinging at totally crap pitches in the dirt from Pavano. Is Pavano that nasty? HA! I know the guy is a “free swinger” but now i know why he’s batting .200. I will say he was absolutely robbed of a double and 2 more RBI’s by Derosa. Alexie hit a shot down the left line in which Derosa said “not so fast my friend” layed out, snagged it, and threw all the way across the diamond to thwart Alexie’s confidence a little more. A-ram did have a smile on his face. I think its coming. He knows he can’t buy a hit right now, but they’re gonna start falling….

    obviously i’m an alexie owner, HA! just dealt for him tho so i haven’t been suffering like some of you that drafted him!

    I say he’s still free swinging, not in a good way, but the dudes drilling the ball when he’s hitting it, just catching some bad luck, good things are coming….

  8. Tony says:

    @Bob from Germany: I’m curious to what some think of adam jones as well. I’m thinking about offering a guy Matt Holliday for Adam jones/Broxton?

    Is that a good return on Holliday or am I selling low. The dudes frustrating the heck outta me. I mean i’m trying to wait it out, and I know he might get traded to a contender, but ughhh…. if i could get a solid offensive piece that has some risk and a CLOSER?

  9. ScoutAbout says:

    Just picked up Alexie off of the waiver wire in my league and I have Peralta. Rollins’ owner has offered me a trade that wasn’t great for me, but I countered with something fair and more to my liking, so we’ll see. I figure at some point this season they’ll all be firing on all cylinders and I’ll have a couple of great pieces to use in a trade to upgrade in other areas (probably SP).

  10. BSA says:

    Hey Grey – When I saw that Milledge broke his finger I thought it might have just been cramped up from giving it to the Big club for not calling him to check in on how he was doing.

    Derrek Lee – He now gets to stay as a bulging aging disk. Damn I hate those misdraft choices. I am sure if I just had an extra 15 seconds I would have said, No, not Derrek – Carlos, Carlos!!!

    Justin is making up for Derreck – sortof

    Eh, my morning thoughts with the Roundup –

  11. Tony says:

    Haren vs. the Reds is a no brainer, he’ll probably get rocked for the first time, but I gotsta….

    What about:

    SLOWEY vs. DET

    Both scary….. H2H 12 teamer, need 32 innings for the week.

  12. mikey boy324 says:

    grey do you think arams injury is going to affect him all year? i always get a lil weary when it comes to power hitters and shoulder injuries look at upton he hasnt been the same since he hurt his

  13. Tony B. says:

    Regarding D. Lee, how does a guy go from needing a few days off because of a sore neck, to needing an examination that deems that the condition isn’t career threatening? That’s a pretty dynamic jump in health condition. Why doesn’t he make things easier for his owners and miss the rest of the season to get the metal disc placed in his neck ala Chris Duncan?

    How would you rate these possible spot starters for this evening on a scale 1-5, 1 meaning no chance in blue hell would i start them and 5 meaning pretty confident in a quality start.

    Parra @ Home vs the Fish

    Masterson @ LAA vs Jered Weaver

    I really wanna plug n play Parra because I think he can miss some bats tonight and post a solid K total, the thing stopping me is that I can see him at 95 pitches in the 5th inning with walks and command issues off-setting those K’s.

    I mentioned yesterday I picked up Bourn and Spilborghs last week and plan to platoon them one of my UTL spots with Bourn going versus RHP and Spilly vs LHP, do you think this is wise?

  14. PJTres says:

    well, now that zimmerman has almost IDENTICAL numbers to longoria…(except RBI)…do you think its a MAJOR hit to deal longo in a keeper league for zimmerman plus some pieces???

  15. Pops says:

    @Tony: I’m all about buying low for Matt Holiday. Here is a deal that I proposed this morning. Which side do you like?

    Lidge and Abreu for Holliday and Qualls

    Thank you Razzball nation….

  16. Tony says:

    @PJTres: don’t deal zimmerman for longo, look at the teams. The potential for Longo is so much more. Zimmerman has nothing around him. He’ll cool somewhat. I think Longo will too, but the potential and numbers will be greater….

  17. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:

    Grey…you left out Mark Reynolds tying up Chris Davis with his 8th HR!

  18. cubbies299 says:

    A little birdy few into my window this morning and chirped, “Byrnes might have a better year than Krispie.” I was like, “shut up, bird,” and I put the pillow over my head to try to go back to sleep…

  19. Tony says:

    @Pops: so if i OWN him you’re saying stay… i hope this funk ends, because its really annoying, i debate on putting guys like choo, francouer, dan murphy and chris duncan in for him! I say to myself “tony don’t you do that, you know he’ll hit 2 HR’s the instant you bench him, HOPINGGGGG he’ll do it while he’s in my line up”

    Maybe i need to bench him? get him jump started HA!

  20. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Tony: @Bob from Germany: I’ll wager some Euros that Jones goes 15/10/290 the rest of the season and Cruz goes 25/10/280. I’d bet that they both get about the same amount of runs, but Cruz has about a 25 RBI advantage. Huge edge to Cruz.

  21. Ben says:

    Quick question: how much better do you expect a backup 1B to be? I’m certainly no fan of what Minaya failed to do this winter, but Tatis is more than capable of being a backup 1B – hell, have you looked at his stats over the past two years? Name for me a NL team who actually has a decidedly better 1B backup than Tatis.

  22. Jobu says:

    @Tony B.:

    Parra and Masterson are both a 3. Could go either way, but probably won’t get rocked. And like you said, Parra will get some Ks. I wish I had noticed that matchup last night because I would have spotted him.

    How ’bout the Unit with another 5 beautiful innings and then a stink bomb when they brought him out for the 6th, after their 30 min + big inning. Unit got cranky out on the bases!

    Reynolds with another bomb. The Davis/Reynols two-headed goliath is starting to round into form.

  23. Jobu says:

    @Tony: I’d deny that trade if I had Jones/Broxton. I mean, I’m down with the SAGNOF mantra, but Broxton is just filthy right now and Jones is breaking out like most people thought he would. If you actually received that offer, I’d take it and run.

  24. @anoraxx:

    The offense seems to be waking up. Stephen Drew will be back soon, Eric Byrnes is hot, Upton is hot…If they can find someone to hit cleanup they will be a decent offense. Comparing them to the Rangers isnt really fair…

  25. NoonTime says:

    Two trades hit the tape in the RCL Big Blue Marble:

    Adam Jones, Carlos Lee, Helton
    Pence, Hamels, Nathan


    Teixiera, Halladay
    Longoria, Guthrie

  26. Tony says:

    BURRISS way to get your first crack at the lead-off spot and go 0-5, DANG IT! Get on base, steal, and let Fat PABLO drive you in!!!

  27. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @PJTres – I heart Zimmerman, and have been waiting five years for his coming of age, but he is not in the same class as Longoria, who is a future H.O.F. candidate.

    @Grey/@jsp2014 – Benny Agbayani! Great memories. My fav is when he caught a pop fly with bases loaded, thought this was the third out, gave the ball to a kid in the stands, but when he realized that there were only two outs, took the ball back and tried to throw the runners out. But seriously, I don’t think that Tatis is the joke that you portray him as. He played solidly last year when he came in for other Met injuries, and was even a fantasy sensation for almost a month. If you want to see what a putrid bench you can buy for 200 mill plus, check out the Yankees. For 6 weeks the Yanks had a combination of Cody Ransom, Ramiro Pena, and Manuel Barroa sub for AROD at 3rd base. Their backup catcher, Jose Molina, is a life-time sub Mendoza hitter; now that he is on the DL as well as the aging Posada, the position is manned by Francesco Cervilli and Kevin Cash. And their MR is woeful. While the Red Sox bring up one flame thrower after another from the minors, the Yanks bring up Tomko.

    Santana – led the league last year in losing games to blown bullpen collapses. Now the Mets don’t hit for him. Pelfrey is 4-0 and pitching on the wrong side of mediocre. Even your boy Cla (without the Y) Merideth has as many wins as Johann. Now I see why you hate wins.

    Derrick Lee – suffering, like Maggs, from PSSS (Post-Steroidal Suck Syndrome). As you mentioned yesterday, Eric Gagne has the most virulent case of all.

    I have Lopez on three teams, as per your advice, and I have no complaints. Especially in Yahoo, where he is qualified to play almost every known position, as well as sell dirty water dogs on the side. I gave Jhonny with the silent H one more week, remembering last year, when he went on a tear after a very long slump. Not so different from J.J. Hardly.

    Lastings Milledge – Ha!

    Great roundup, as usual

  28. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @NoonTime – I would rather be on the Teixiera/Halladay end of the second trade. Longoria is awesome, but Tex will heat up in Yankee stadium, will have AROD for protection, and put up amazing numbers. And Guthrie is perilously close to being FA fodder.

  29. Tony says:

    @NoonTime: I’d rather have the Jones/Lee/Nathan side hands down, and the TEX/Halladay side wins big too…. The position eligibility is nice from Longo, but not worth losing two elite players for one and Guthrienuts….

  30. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @NoonTime: First one seems fair. Second one, I like the Halladay/Tex side.

    @Ben: It’s true that Tatis is decent, but Minaya has a blindspot for decent back-ups. Everyone’s blamed the bullpen (with justification) for the Mets’ double-cacks of recent years, but Minaya also does things like sign 42-year-old outfielders, then have no one to replace them when they shockingly miss 1/3 of the season.

    See also Cashman, Brian. The Yanks have an atrocious bench. Why is a guy like Ryan Garko languishing in Cleveland, when he’d be a great spare part on either NY team?

    @anoraxx: Don’t you feel like Zona would benefit from some kind of steady-but-unspectacular veteran bat in the middle of the lineup? Like a Jermaine Dye type? Or Thome? Someone? For all their vaunted offensive talent, there’s not a single hitter that really scares you.

    Maybe they need a new hitting coach. Calling Cito Gaston!

    @Paulie Allnuts: Right now, Felipe is my Super Sub. On a quiet day yesterday I started him at Util; he responded with 3/4, 2R and a donk.

    He’s been a perfect fill-in for Alexei’s dead weeks. Plus, going forward, I’m happy to know I have a great plug-in if/when one of my MI starters goes down…

    @Grey: I feel you on the Jay Bruce ticker-tease. Luckily, Votto and Phillips got in on that action. But I thought for sure there was a Bruce donk in that sauce.

    @Grey/hivemind: Anyone feeling a Zito spot-start against the Nats tomorrow? I have a dead roster spot (Beimel) and wouldn’t mind outsmarting myself. Or I could just give in to the dark side and stash Tommy Hanson. Mmmmm-bop!

  31. Teef says:

    What do you guys think about acquiring to many players from one team? I’m just propsed a trade that would bring back Jeter when I already have Arod

    Line up is
    c. martin
    1b. miggy
    2b. alexi
    3b. arod
    ss. theriot
    of. quentin
    of. hamilton
    of victorino
    util. berkman

    closers – bell/hoffman/street/gregg DL RYan

    I offered Theriot/Hoffman/Ryan for Jeter – (I want the roster spots for Hanson/Baily)

    giving up to much? fair trade?

  32. ichirosan says:

    @PJTres – Zimmerman’s injuries should be enough for anyone to stay away from him.

  33. And, BTW, I wouldn’t trade Longoria. I still think he ends up at .270 but, man, I wish he was on one of my teams. Too much upside to pass up. Zimmerman doesn’t have the same upside – at least in terms of power – maybe Zimmerman gets to 28 and Longoria could get to 40…

  34. Tony says:

    @Teef: the guy is probably not going to want to dump two of his players?

  35. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Holliday for Ellsbury?

  36. Tony says:

    what kind of offensive player would I need to shoot out in a trade offer to fetch jake Peavy? is anyone worried about peavy? think he’ll get traded?

    would jay bruce be enough?

  37. Tony says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: man i own holliday and i couldn’t do that…. i just have faith he’s gonna pull thru…. I HOPE

    Ellsbury would be tempting especially if you need steals.

  38. SuperFan says:

    @Noon: The Tex/Halladay side wins huge. Tex is due to explode and will as the weather heats up. Guthrie is clearly junk. I don’t veto deals normally but if a frontrunner is getting Tex/Halladay, you might consider doing so.

    First trade is fair. Someone here misread it.

  39. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Quentin/ Down or Granderson/ R. Soriano. Which side do you like better and how much?

  40. Pops says:

    @Tony: I actually like that deal for you, if you can pull it off.

  41. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins – As a Met fan, I would have been thrilled to have Moises Alou only miss 1/3 of the season. The guy actually injured himself walking back to the dugout last year between innings, after coming back from a long hitch on the DL.

  42. Teef says:

    @ Tony – just tweaked it to take out BJ ryan – he just added cruz so I’m sure he can let him go for a permanant closer – i wanna sell on hoffmans scoreless start before he gives up 3er in .1 ip

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bob from Germany: Cruz could have more power, but I trust Jones a lot more. Jones — 20/20/.280 — Cruz — 27/10/hopefully .260

    @Emporers Monkey: Hehe

    @ScoutAbout: Nice move…

    @Tony: I’d start Jar-Jar.

    @mikey boy324: I’d worried as well. Aramis is the kinda guy that might not hit well but one month this year.

    @Tony B.: I’d start them both. The platoon sounds fine.

    @Mark: Eh, can’t mention every single homer by those guys.

    @cubbies299: Hehe

    @Paulie Allnuts: Benny!

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Holliday

  44. @Grey:

    Should I risk starting Hochevar?

  45. Jonathan Walker says:

    @Noon: It’s hard to believe someone getting Longoria is getting hosed but that’s clearly the case with that deal. I agree – if a top team is getting Teixeira and Halladay, it won’t – or shouldn’t – go through. I’d veto that and I ain’t veto happy.

  46. SP says:

    Anyone check out the in-season ZIPS projects at Fangraphs? They have projections for each player on their stat page. ZIPS isn’t too high on Quentin repeating last year

  47. Tony B. says:

    @Grey: 2 spots 4 players

    Rollins @ home vs Kershaw

    D. Lee @ home vs Peavy

    Spilly vs Paulino

    Bourn vs Ubaldo

  48. Tony says:


    I say Quentin hits 35+ dongers. ZIPS was those old shoes that little kids wear.

    What does ZIPS predict?

  49. @grey: am offered Maggs for Inge and Garza…what are your thoughts?

    I have Mauer so Inge is expendable….do you still see Garza as a “risky” pitcher despite his solid start to the season? I have good SP depth and could use some pop….

    are you suspect on Maggs or he is a good buy low…the guy has jermaine dye too


  50. Teef says:

    What would you say Jeter’s projected steals are vs. Theriot – although they’re about the same – I can’t see Jeter more than the 15-20 range where I can see Theriot in the 25-30 range. thoughts?

  51. Dom says:

    What’s up with people hateing on Felpie? Yes he sucked for the Nats, but who didn’t BAD (Before Adam Dunn). Look at what he did in STL last year. He won’t win you the title alone, but he’s a great cheap MI.

    As for Zimmerman, he now does have some support in the line-up (Dunn and a healthy Johnson). He will cool off just like Berkman and Hamilton did last year, no one stays on that pace. But he’s the real deal. The Nats offense is coming around, its the pitching that sucks… cue the Strasburg music… great pitcher, but for that price???

    Disclaimer: I am a Nationals Fan, yes we do exist.

  52. mikey boy324 says:

    well if hes gonna hit well one month i hope its september too bad hes not in the american league where he could dh…i got blalock filling in for him which seems to be working so far any chance he ge goes 30/100?

  53. s221506 says:

    Holliday/Qualls for Adam Jones/Justin Upton? I have Manny and good closer depth.

  54. Teef says:

    @Dom – I think Strasburg at 50m over 5 years isn’t that horrible – the kid looks like the real deal and if he pans out he could be a steal over the 15-20m price tag most top pitchers require – if he’s a bust…poeple love the radar gun so i think he’ll always have some trade value

  55. Hardcore Midget says:

    Am I crazy to be thinking about trading away Broxton in a H2H?
    My SP is kind of hurting, and I might be able to get Beckett or Gallardo back.

  56. Tony says:

    @Teef: if he’s a bust he’s a bust…. a la ZITO

    None of these guys deserve that much money without pitching one major league/minor league INNING…. its LUDACRIS, and i’m not talking chicken and beer LUDA….

    Boras is a jerk off

  57. Dingo says:

    Felipe Lopez is like the anti-sonovabench for me. I start him on average once per week, and yet he’s managed to hit all four of his solo donks while on my active roster. I’ve tried to stay rational and not get too attached, but I can’t help it — my love for him is a smoldering ember that will never die.

    Loney just got dropped in my league. Who’s more worthy of a roster spot — him, Billy Butler, or Adam LaRoche?

  58. Teef says:

    @Tony – Yea but you can’t fault the guy for getting his client market value for his hype/talent – If the Nats don’t pay that I’m sure several teams will

  59. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:

    Grey, any thoughts on Alex Rios? I’m still pondering an Alex Rios for Manny Ramirez offer….right now I’m using Elijah Dukes to fill in for Manny.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Yup

    @Tony B.: Rollins/Spilborghs.

    @matthole: I’d prefer Dye. I don’t like Mags.

    @Dom: I think I saw you in the stands.

    @s221506: Go for Jones/Upton if it fills your team (gaping hole left by Manny), but I’d prefer the Holliday side.

    @Hardcore Midget: Get Gallardo.

    @Dingo: Loney

    @Mark: I’d want Rios.

  61. p0rk burn says:

    @Teef: A leaguemate had the entires Dodgers’ outfield as his starters until Manny went down. On one of my teams I have the heart of the Brewers with Fielder, Hardy, and Hart. When it works its great, its almost like double points. When they have a bad game it really, really hurts. I’m beginning to think having three bats from the same team is one over the limit.

  62. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Dom: – an actual Nationals Fan! That’s an exciting find, equivelant to a bird watcher coming across a rare avian specimen! But seriously, the Nats hitting is much better then previously, but this fact is hidden due to the utter incompetancy of their pitching staff. When Lannan is your ace, and Hanrahahahahan is your best closer option, you are in a bad way. I doubt that the Nats will come up with enough money for Strassburg, and would likely be better off trading his rights to a team like the Bosox, who have a plethora of pitching prospects at their disposal, and the money to sign Strazz.

  63. s221506 says:

    @Grey: Ok, how ’bout Holliday/Qualls for Markakis/Dukes. Better than Jones/Upton?

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @s221506: Yeah, that’s solid. See if you can do Markakis/Upton or Markakis/Jones though.

  65. BroadStreetBrawler says:

    @s221506: Gimme sparkakis/dukes all day

  66. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @p0rk burn – At times, having fantasy players from your own team can be somewhat detrimental, as it is hard to be objective concerning them. My RCL team now is bereft of Mets, although to be honest, I wouldn’t say no to Reyes, Beltran, Wright or Santana. But when I looked my team over, I did discover that I have 4 Mariners. I don’t know what’s up with that – maybe this has something to do with the fact that i am wallowing in 8th place!

  67. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Upton/ Wandy for Josh Hamilton, which side do you like better?

  68. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:

    @Grey: Thanks. Knowing that I need a 1B (and am already stocked in steals with Reyes and B Roberts), if I offered:

    Manny + C Crawford for Teixeira + Rios

    Would that be insulting, just about right, or too much?

  69. Bob from Germany says:

    just wanted to mention for everyone who needs pitching:

    Rich Hill might get the call at the end of the week. I added him in yahoo now and stashed him on the DL. If he can show, he’s ready i will activate him. If not: See ya!

    At least i have more confidence in him than in the D-Train….

    god, that reminds me of my first fantasy baseball season last year, in which i had both of them BB-Machines. That was a fun…. for everyone else….

  70. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Tony – Actually, no – I am a Mets fan. I certainly wouldn’t mind Strazz pitching next to Johan, but I don’t think that the Mets have what it takes to get his rights. The Mets have a soft underbelly – they have a number of incredible players, surrounded by mediocrity, and don’t hat the type of pitching prospects that the Nats should want in that type of deal. Unless the Nats want to take a package deal of prior Nats , the Mets could give back Livan Hernandez, Brian Schneider, and Ryan Church for the pleasure of dealing with Scott Boras.

  71. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @p0rk burn: I agree — I’ve got Phillips, Votto and Bruce from the Reds. I’d love to divest one, though not sure which — if Philips heats up I might ship him out.

    One year I had both Holliday and Atkins (pre-suck) on the Rox, and that felt just right. Nothing like seeing a 15-run Rox win and finding my boys combined for 6R and 8RBI.

  72. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:

    @Grey: How much to even it up? Bedard? I have pitching to spare. Bedard, Cristal Young, Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, Wandy.

    Manny + Crawford + Pitcher X for Teix + Rios?

    Thanks for the help! A daiquiri headed your way!

  73. agarthered says:

    I got a tough one today

    Adam Jones vs Sonnastine
    Jayson Werth vs Kershaw
    Jay Bruce vs Dan Haren

    out of the 3 who hits the bench, i’ve been sonuvabenched so often by these 3, that i have to get it right at least once!!

  74. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mark: I’d start at Wandy, then try Young, then offer Bedard.

    @agarthered: Bench Werth.

  75. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @cubbies299 – Very interesting post. I just made a trade, giving Puhols for Santana/Manny. I was winning just about all of the hitting cats and losing the pitching cats, so i needed to make a change. But i think that there is a big difference in trading Manny in a H2H at Yahoo, then in, say our Commenter Leagues. H2H has a much larger bench, and two DL slots, so you can keep a player on the bench for long periods and not even notice his presence – sort of what i have been doing with Big Pappi. But in our RCL league, you only have one or two bench spots to play with, especially if you only have more then one player on the DL. Having a completely non-productive player for 50 games in this setting is not something that i would want to deal with. Her that, ALCOHOLIC?

  76. agarthered says:

    @grey alriiiiiiiiighty then, i’ll be hunting ya down if werth hits a jack haha jk.

  77. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:

    Via RotoInfo’s twitter:

    According to sources close MLB Lance Berkmans name has been floating around the commissioners office as a possible 50 game suspension looms

  78. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: Since you’re giving benching advice:

    Play Pierre, Dye, Holliday (v. Hochevar); bench Bruce (v. Haren)?

    I can’t bench Pierre. He’s en feugo!

    Also: No one took my Zito question seriously, not surprisingly. But Zeet against the Nats*?

    *Also the name of a short-lived late-90s swing band.

  79. Probable Party Starter says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: The last few years I had J-Roll, Ry-Ho and Pat The Bat. It worked out well, but I had to break up the band this year. Now the only paired-up I own are Roll&Ho and B-Rob/Huff. Anything more than two and you’re tempting fate/baseball gods IMO.

  80. The Dude says:

    5 man keeper league in a 6×6 league (Standard 5 + OPS). My current keepers are: Longoria, Kemp, Lincecum, A. Gonzalez, Holliday.

    Just got offered: Longoria for Jose Reyes and BJ Upton.

    This would likely put my keepers at: Reyes, Upton, Linc, Kemp, Gonzo

    My debate is really about Power/Speed ratio. Although I see the value of pulling the trigger on this deal, I’m concerned that my Power numbers will suffer as a result. Speed can only take you so far and I need some reassurance in one direction or the other!

  81. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: tell me about it,im also housing big papi,got pierre,duncan, helton,cruz,milton and crawford manning my o.f and utility positions,luckily pierre helton and duncan are hitting well and miltons starting to hit some finnaly

  82. Teef says:

    Man – I have berkman and would hate for that to be true – Is it A)wise B)unethical to try and get some kind of value for him now before the news hits?

  83. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:

    @Teef: Eh…you’re taking a risk at this point, we don’t know for sure that it’s Berkman (or that there’s another 50 game suspension coming at all), so you may lose value selling him at a low point right now.

    A little shady maybe, but not unethical until we know for sure if it’s him.

  84. Teef says:

    @Mark – It kinda makes sense with Berkman given his complete fizzle int he 2nd half last year and his start this year – I could prob throw a closer with him and get Pedroia – his owner has made it known he’s trying to move him

  85. Is it bad that someone offered me Saltalamacchia for Mike Fontenot and instead of looking at stats I am trying to research whether salty still has vertigo, because I only want him so I can name my team after the Arrested Development character that had vertigo?

  86. @Baron Von Vulturewins: I asked about spot starting Zito before his last start and sent the Razz collective into near bulimic wretching binge.

    Pitch f/x is showing his 12-6 curve might have returned to its former glory and I think it could spell some success this season. I’m going to monitor a little longer though before taking the plunge.

  87. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:

    @Maitland: “Oh Buster….how GRAND!”

  88. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: I must have been thinking about the Squirrel Nut Zitos.

    @Maitland: What would the name be? The Other Lucilles? Or the Darkish Areas with Points?

    @The Dude: Longo will likely be Top 5 pick next year… but so too will Reyes. 65 steals don’t grow on trees. I’d be tempted.

  89. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @naughtandcross: At some point I’m tempted to take account of Fantasy Pariahs — guys like Zito, Taveras and Pierre, who are so roundly ridiculed that they’re actually undervalued….

    Okay, not Zito. But Taveras is useful this year! Really!

  90. Was leaning towards, Stand Poor, Touch of the Dizzies, or Read me the Appetizers GOB

  91. cws05nuts says:

    @Grey: Does your trust for Adam Jones get him removed from Bowden fluffing?

  92. Jobu says:

    “Zeet Suit Riot. RIIIOOOT! Throwin’ out your rotator cufffffff”

  93. Smell The Glove says:

    I was lucky enough to draft, Peralta, Hardy, A. Ramirez and Tulowitzki. Of them which do I shoot, phuck, marry and drop? If drop is the Cuban Missile he’s in my 2B slot so Callaspo would be the replacement. Ugh with that MI, FML.

  94. ScoutAbout says:

    Michael (toasting Buster and the other Lucille): To Buster and Lucille!

    Buster: Don’t forget my girlfriend.

    Michael: That’s who I meant.


  95. Tony says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i made a note to myself to check zito for tomm if that makes ya feel all warm and fuzzy baron! LOL

  96. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    If you have excess pitching is Waignwright for Alexei a good trade?

  97. Tony says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I think wainwright is almost too much at this point. I got alexie dirt cheap in a deal (fernando rodney), I’d try a lesser option and see if that flys…

  98. Tony B. says:

    @IowaCubs: I should probably make a daily installment on here called “The Attendant Diary – my stories as a minor league clubhouse guy”

    You’re story today deals with former starter/reliever/roider/ etc, Jorge Sosa. I ran into him on 3 occasions last year during the PCL season, two times when he was with Round Rock and the 3rd time, 2 weeks after that with Tacoma. This guy I think has been banned 1 or 2 times for the violating the MLB’s banned substance policy for amphetamines. The third occasion was most memorable because he spoke very little english and was adamant

    I activate his brand new cellphone. He gave me a number to call that would give me “mucho info”, mucho info turned out to be his social security and other pertinent information from his passport. The number I called ended up being his accountant giving me this info to activate his phone and a direct order from her to “shred all this info” once I completed the phone activation.

    Thank God Verizon has an easy step by step robotic voice process to activate phones as I was able to complete this task in about 15 minutes. I was rewarded by Mr. Sosa with some monetary funds.

    The funny part of the story comes 10 seconds after this transaction as a phone rings and Sosa pulls another phone out of his pocket and answers it, Felipe Paulino has the locker next to him and realizes what is going on and tells me, “yo man, you just activated his “beef phone” for while he’s in town”, that’s his wife on the other phone right now back in the Dominican. That’s today’s installment of the diary. Enjoy.

  99. Pops says:

    @Tony B.: Keep up the great work.

  100. BroadStreetBrawler says:

    Is Alexei set to breakout? just burnt waiver priority on him and am wondering if he’s a better starting option then Uggla.

  101. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Tony: My only other options are Chris Ray, Wandy or Slowey. I really don’t need him, as I have Utley and Reyes he would make a nice bench player come this summer. EH might even get dropped if I wait it out long enough.

  102. Tony says:

    @BroadStreetBrawler: i wanna say yes, i posted early on him #7 today… i’m a big tribe fan and was watching him last night…. who knows tho, it took him a while last year. Lets just hope ozzie doesn’t go crazy and bench him “permanently”. I think he has more faith than that….

  103. Teef says:

    Is Theriot/Bell to much to give up for Jeter?

  104. Tony says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: offer him wandy or slowey and tell him tony got him for fernando rodney! HA!!!

  105. Tony B. says:

    What side would you rather have for the rest of the season?



    I have Lincecum and Rollins, I was approached with this trade.

    My other starting pitchers are Billingsley, Wainwright, Nolasco, Cecil, Guthrie

  106. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Tony B.: I’d rather have Linc/Rollins.

  107. Billy says:

    Wood is moving to SS, what are the Angles up to…

  108. @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha, I was mulling over a Taveras pick up last night with that great game he had. I hesitated and missed out. Zito on the other hand is just waiting there for me to ask him to prom. Someday Barry.

    @Tony B.: I am thoroughly enjoying your stories as well. Keep’em coming.

  109. Tony B. says:

    @Billy: Trying to reincarnate Cal Ripken Jr.

  110. Billy says:

    they don’t play him the majors now move him to SS… Losers…

  111. Sounds like Peralta may see some time at 3B. Is he worth owning over (or in addition to) Beltre, Reynolds or Hardy? With or without the added eligibility?

  112. GhostfacePrzybilla says:

    Ok so maybe I’ve asked this 3 times already… but give up Price/Votto for Utley?

  113. With recent Taveras interest (hesitated also and missed out this AM!), Pierre’s roidless inclusion to the Dodger lineup, & Bourn’s solid play thus far, how are these comparable players now ranked for this season? Not sure if much separates them. Perhaps it’s underlying factors in Taveras playing in the best home ballpark, Pierre best lineup, & Bourn having the most upside but worst supporting cast!

  114. Bamboo Cheetah says:

    Cueto and F. Lopez for S. Drew and Nolasco? Fair?

  115. bobbo says:

    Offered Miggy/Shields for Beltran/Haren or Beltran/Halladay. You pull the trigger on either of these?

  116. Bamboo Cheetah says:

    @bobbo I wouldn’t

  117. Grey

    Grey says:

    @zombie: Bourn, Taveras, Pierre

    @Bamboo Cheetah: It’s fair, I’d want the Cueto side.

    @bobbo: I’d want the Miggy side.

  118. bobbo says:

    @Bamboo: Would it sway your decision if your 1B is currently Berkman, 3B Reynolds (ARam on DL), and overstuffed OF of Braun, Beltran, Ibanez, Abreu, and Hart? Other pitchers of note are Haren, Halladay, Vazquez, Slowey, Joba, Big Unit, and Ervin Santana on DL?

  119. bobbo says:

    @Grey: Which pitcher would you want to give up first, Haren or Halladay? Or in other words, who do you like less?

  120. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: Haren, but only slightly.

  121. roto rooter says:

    Should I drop Dukes, Fowler, or JD Drew for Krispie?

  122. bobbo says:

    @Grey: I like the way you think (confirmed my gut feel on both accounts). Now I just need to counter with Ibanez instead of Beltran and hope the Philly homer bites on the strong start!

  123. Bamboo Cheetah says:

    @bobbo: Misread your post too quickly. Maggs is not Miggs and Bea Arthur (RIP) was killed by Arizona’s lack of run support. I’d ship Haren.

  124. Drev says:

    Volstad, Carpenter, or E. Jackson for the rest of the year?

  125. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Kemp/Fuentes or Carlos Lee

    I would be getting Kemp

  126. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I could also offer Quentin as well, but since I just got him for Granderson might not be enough

  127. cubbies299 says:

    Do you trade Werth for aramis?

  128. ScoutAbout says:

    I can start 3 of Bruce and Votto v. Haren, Hart v. Koronka, Ellsbury v. Jared Weaver, and Rios v. A.J. Burnett. Who to bench out of this group?

  129. cruisinkc says:

    Trading Chris Davis for Carlos Quentin in a keeper league…good or bad deal?

    Quentin fills my UTL spot with the 3 OF spots manned by Braun, BJ Upton, and Markakis. Fill in Adrian Beltre or Felipe Lopez in the 3B spot…

  130. PJTres says:

    @cruisinkc: i DEF think you trade for Quentin….

  131. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: I want Werth.

    @ScoutAbout: I’d start Votto, Hart, Ellsbury.

    @cruisinkc: That’s tough, I’d want Quentin, but I understand your dilemma. Can’t you trade anyone else for Davis? Or can trade Quentin for a different 3rd baseman? A-Rod?

  132. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cruisinkc: Wait, do you get Davis there or Quentin? I’d want Quentin.

  133. cruisinkc says:

    @Grey: See what I can do, I know the owner of A-Rod is pretty set at outfield as well though.

  134. Prince says:

    MI/2B is driving me nuts .. Which 2 of the following would you pick for those spots?

    F-Lop, S. Drew, J. Peralta, Alexei, Y. Escobar

  135. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Prince: They all offer different things. Depending what you need, they could be exactly the way you ordered them or they can flip-flop, but Escobar would stay last. I’d want Felipe and Alexei.

  136. cruisinkc says:

    @Grey: I’d get Quentin

  137. cubbies299 says:

    Crispy or Aramis? Sry for the redundancy

  138. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cruisinkc: Oh, then I’d want Quentin there. Sorry, was momentarily confused.

    @cubbies299: Krispie

  139. bobbo says:

    Grey’s infatuation with Krispie continues to amaze. The more he underperforms, the more he touts him! (just messin’ with you Grey… kinda).

  140. roto rooter says:

    Grey: Kotchman, LaRoche, or CoJack?

  141. jsp2014 says:

    everyone starting Kershaw @ Citizens’ Bank? if he was a RHP I’d 100% sit him, but most of the Phils’ studs are LHB.

  142. NoonTime says:

    I have some offense to spare (HR and RBI mostly)…looking to pick up another top line SP.

    I give Kemp, Cano, Sherrill and Percival
    Crawford, F.Lopez, CC Sabathia

    I think I pick up runs, SB, AVG… lose some HR and RBI….and obviously 2 closers for CC is a do.

  143. NoonTime says:

    ignore above… I moved it over to new thread…thx

  144. NoonTime says:

    @jsp2014: I am nervous about Kershaw…in his last 5 starts…the 3 solid have been at home and the two he got lit up were on the road. He should get the run support vs. Park but at what cost to your own ratios? If I wasn’t lagging in starts I’d sit him…. but as it is, I am going to start him.

  145. Martin says:

    Zimm @ SF, Slowey vs DET, Parra Vs. Fla

    I’m thinking of starting zimm and slowey. Do u agree?

  146. Ashley says:

    I’ve been offered Morneau, Lowell, Greinke, his 8th and 15th rd picks for A-Rod, Adrian Gonzalez, Broxton, and my 9th and 13th rd picks. What do you think? I’m in 1st place by 5.5 games.. 34-12-4 through 5 weeks, bad idea to mess with my team now?

    C Víctor Martínez (Cle – C,1B)
    1B Adrián González (SD – 1B)
    2B Ian Kinsler (Tex – 2B)
    3B Álex Rodríguez (NYY – 3B)
    SS Troy Tulowitzki (Col – SS)
    OF Ryan Braun (Mil – OF)
    OF Carlos Quentin (CWS – OF)
    OF Raúl Ibañez (Phi – OF)
    Util Jacoby Ellsbury (Bos – OF)

    SP Josh Johnson (Fla – SP)
    SP John Danks (CWS – SP)
    SP Edwin Jackson (Det – SP)
    SP Derek Lowe (Atl – SP)
    RP Jonathan Broxton (LAD – RP)
    RP Scott Downs (Tor – RP)
    RP Andrew Bailey (Oak – RP)
    BN Paul Konerko (CWS – 1B)
    BN Ricky Nolasco (Fla – SP)
    BN Tim Wakefield (Bos – SP)
    BN Mark Buehrle (CWS – SP)

    Saves is the only thing I’m sucking at.. 0-3-2 so far, so I feel like I’m wasting Broxton and could just add a borderline guy to replace him and it wouldn’t make much of a difference.

  147. cubbies299 says:

    Would you do Victorino/Parra for S Drew/Danks?

  148. Ashley says:

    I also have Jayson Werth, not sure why he wasn’t listed.

  149. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: I’d start all three in leagues 12 team or deeper.

    @Ashley: I don’t like it for you. If you want to move Broxton, I’d do it elsewhere.

    @cubbies299: I’d want Victorino.

  150. Smell The Glove says:

    Grey, long time reader, first time poster (well, second, first was earlier today). Curious which of my trouser stain trifecta SS group should I drop to make way for Hamilton coming off the DL? Tulowitzki, Peralta or Hardy?

  151. Ashley says:

    @Grey: Do you think Greinke will start to fade?

    Morneau and Adrian are basically a wash.

    So I don’t know, I’m kinda 50/50 on it.

    I would add Juan Cruz as my 3rd RP.

  152. cubbies299 says:

    If I can do Kazmir for S Drew, I jump at it right?

  153. RT says:

    Victorino is a dude. I actually had withdrawl trading him just recently. He puts up in every category.

  154. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: I’d want Drew there, but I think you can get him cheaper.

  155. cubbies299 says:

    @Grey: I thought you were all “stick a fork in Kazmir… he done” in the buy section last week.

  156. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: Yeah, but everyone else still likes him and they’re not crazy about Drew.

  157. cubbies299 says:

    @Grey: actually, everyone was quoting that fangraphs article when i tried shopping him. Honestly, I’d rather be rid of the damaged goods. Drew’s hurt right now, but he’s coming back and will soon prove his worth. Kazmir is just looking worse with every start

  158. cubbies299 says:

    Now, if this is a keeper league, and I have Price in my minors (and I can keep him there indefinitely). Should I trade Price for Drew instead of Kazmir for Drew?

  159. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: Well, if your league is informed, then I’d prefer Drew to Kazmir as I said above.

  160. cubbies299 says:

    @Grey: Sweet, sry to keep bothering you. Which of these would you most want to unload for him? Kazmir/Price (in minors)/Chris B Young

  161. jsp2014 says:

    Is Adam Jones the steal of the draft to this point?

  162. Prince says:

    Of course I didn’t start him, as I seem to make the wrong choice more often than not, but Jurrjens .. man, the dude is hot.

    Would JD “yes, I’m injured” Drew be a good replacement for either Corey Hart or Mike Cameron (util)? He’s a FA

  163. Martin says:

    would u consider zito tomorrow at all?

  164. Martin says:

    werth stole 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and home!

  165. aconstipatedmonkey says:

    Well I don’t know what to expect from the rest of the week now. Fielder, Jones, and now Ian Stewart have each hit 2 HR today for me. Makes having C. Davis on the bench hurt a lot less.

  166. AL KOHOLIC says:

    voto leaves game,looks like a leg ,he didnt do anything,but was helped off the field

  167. Colin says:

    Somone PLEASE tell me why Zimmermann can’t get people out with the stuff he has? He’s been pitching like ass since his debut and now he can’t even get the losers on the Giants out.

    For the love of God Braves would you please call up Tommy Hanson already so I can have a REAL fkn pitcher on my team? K thanks.

  168. jsp2014 says:

    Votto reportedly just felt dizzy, hopefully from the flu he’s been fighting.

  169. aconstipatedmonkey says:

    @Colin: Zimmermann’s not pitching bad, per se, but if he’s not striking guys out, the Nats slow ass defense is not gonna help him. He could have gotten out of the 4th inning earlier if it wasn’t for Bumblehands Guzman.

  170. sean says:

    @grey: jays’ brass said downs is the closer even when bj comes off the dl, can i cut ryan loose?

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