*takes long inhale* You smell that? It’s the glorious smell of actual baseball trades mixed with the mold in your mother’s basement! So, the Twins have more irons in the fire than Tigers Woods’s chimney. Since the Sonny Gray deal was self-contained, let’s start there. Sonny Gray was traded to the Twins. Reds have been rebuilding since their last playoff series win in 1995. “This mean Greene?” asks me and Dr. Seuss. First off (after that negging of the Reds), good on the Twins. Gray (him not me) was at the bottom of his perceived value last year after an unlucky year, and, well, you can read about all that at the top 60 starters for 2022 fantasy baseball. All that was standing between him and an uptick in value was less homers allowed, so what better place than the Hubert H. Homerfree Dome? Kinda bummed I haven’t drafted Gray in multiple leagues already. Where’s the self-love?! As for Hunter Greene, moved him up in top 100 starters for 2022 fantasy baseball, and updated the pitchers pairings tool. Didn’t change his projections because still don’t know how many innings he can throw, but he’s in good shape to see the rotation in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.

Then the busy Twins, sent Mitch Garver to the Rangers for Isiah Kiner-Falefa, more on him in a few. The Rangers just need to make deals, whether they’re good for them or not. During the lockout, the Rangers were pulling on their collar, sweating, screaming, “I need to make a deal, man!” They’re like Pookie from New Jack City and their crack pipe is MLB roster moves. Someone needs an intervention, and that someone’s name is Texas Rangers. Not to mention, I understand Israeli Diner-Falafel is less than desirable for fantasy, but he actually made sense on the Rangers. Have the Rangers heard they lost Josh Jung? The Rangers are like a team that doesn’t draft a 3rd baseman for 15 rounds, saying, “3rd base is deep.” At least if the Rangers were going to send away Israeli Diner-Falafel, they could’ve got back Elijah Colavito-Tabouli. With the trade for Mitch Garver, the Rangers realized Jonah Heim was Superbad. Jonah Heim was removed from the 2022 fantasy baseball rankings — Hey, Jonah Heim, Don’t Look Up your name in the rankings! The top 20 catchers for 2022 fantasy baseball was updated for Mitch Garver (due to a better lineup and worse catcher behind him). That rankings post was also briefly updated for Ryan Jeffers, but the Twins weren’t done.

Late Sunday night, the Twins, jacked up on sugar, sent the newly acquired Falafel and Josh Donaldson for Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, and Ben Rortvedt. Finally, the Twins beat the Yankees. What’s truly hilarious is thinking about Josh Donaldson playing with Gerrit Cole. For a quick refresher:

That is so funny to me. Brian Cashman prolly called Gerrit Cole for his blessing, and was told, “Whatever makes us better,” then Cole hung up the phone and was like WHAT THE EVER-LOVING EFF?! Just classic, Yankees Baseball. So, Donaldson will be helped by Yankee Stadium, anyone would be, but I’m not sure 36-year-old calves get better under the hot lights of Broadway. Do they? I’m seriously asking. I’m not touching his ranking, but I did slightly up his projections in my top 20 3rd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Next up, Gio Urshela. Hearing from sources that Gio will play shortstop, which moves Jo-Po to 2B; Arraez to DH; Kirilloff to outfield and, would you look at that, Jose Miranda has an everyday job! You have the right to not remain silent about your enthusiasm for Miranda. Makes sense the Twins go this way, after investing so much in Sex in the Twin Cities shirts with Miranda’s face. Also, getting an everyday job is Gio Urshela. Unfortch, it’s in a worse lineup and park. So, I boosted Urshela’s at-bats, but lowered his stats in my top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Then, you have the catcher who is the nut-flush, Gary Sanchez. Not nut-flush as in the poker term, but as in he gets hit in the nuts, and his face goes flush. He’s very in touch with his Twins, so Gary will fit right in on his new team. If there’s one guy who can’t seemingly get any worse who could get worse, it’s Gary Sanchez. “Is there any bottom there?” Is a question that comes to mind with Sanchez. Maybe, outside of the lights of New York, he’ll thrive. I have my doubts. He was updated at the top 20 catchers. Also, updated in the catchers rankings was Kyle Higashioka, since he’s currently the Yankees’ #1 catcher, I’ve moved him up, but the Yankees might make more deals. I am looking forward to the Dodgers/Yanks World Series just for Will Smith and Gettin’ Higgy Wit It.

Okay, let’s stop putting off the motherland, Israel. That Falafel is going through teams quicker than a bowel. The top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball were updated for Israeli Diner-Falafel, but not really. He’s a glove-first guy, and the Yankees aren’t done doing deals. Oh, and the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball were updated for the Rangers’ newest 3rd baseman, Andy Ibanez. Not a bad 3rd baseman for the new-look $540 million Rangers. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this preseason for 2022 fantasy baseball:

PSYCHE! Before we get to the roundup of news, just wanted to say I signed up for one more, and my final NFBC Draft Champions league for the year. Draft starts tomorrow, but it’s a slow clock (2 hours), so you don’t need to be near your computer. It’s the usual, 50-round, 15-team, draft-and-hold (no waivers), so easier in-season management. Here’s the signup link; hope you join! Anyway II, the roundup:

Lucas SimsReds said he’s a little behind due to “elbow stuff.” For a pitcher, that’s like saying Betty White’s a little behind due to “being dead stuff.” Haven’t moved Sims yet in my top 500, and the Reds don’t really have a backup, so welcome to the Reds’ pen, The Shizzshow, Part 2: It’s Last Year Again.

Kyle Farmer – Dumb Bell is already dropping brain gems saying, “You look at what Kyle (Farmer) did last year, he’s coming in as the SS now. (Barrero) is going to force the issue.” It’s the first day of Spring Training and Dumb Bell already has his dumb finely tuned. For those unfamiliar, Barrero was an international free agent. The Reds are already paying him. Keeping him down is hilariously dumb.

Martin Perez – Signed with the Rangers. During the lockout, the Rangers were Pookie fiending to get money out their wallet. “Let us spend some money, please!” My favorite Martin is Lawerence, and I have no interest in Perez and his near-5 career ERA for fantasy.

Chris Bassitt – Traded to the Mets for JT Ginn and Adam Oller. Kinda cool that MLB went through a nasty labor dispute to come out on the other side and nothing’s changed as far as teams quitting before the season even starts. The A’s should just ask for their mail to be delivered to Vegas, last one out shut off the lights. What a jizzoke the shizzoke that’s going on in Oakland. A’s better go back to cardboard fans this year. No one else gonna be there. A’s are gonna have Bring Your Glove To The Park So You Can Play Outfield For Us Day. Call them the Oakland DisgrA’s. Any hoo! Bassitt in Citifield, riding the Starter #3 pony, sounds like a dream, and I’m glad I’ve already drafted him in a league or three. In the top 40 starters for 2022 fantasy baseball, I upped Bassitt’s projections a teensy bit, and Tylor Megill was removed from the top 100 starters. Like someone stuck in an elevator with Droopy Dog, Megill got had by a Bassitt.

Carlos Rodon – Signed with the Giants. Still don’t like Rodon. I’m sorry. Daddy sang bass, mommy sang tenor, and Grey sang, “Don’t draft injured pitchers.” If you like him, then congrats, you might lose some, but you just won one, because Rodon ended up in the best possible landing spot for him. Does San Fran fix him? Not sure why that would be. Googling “Rodon + Shoulder” and Google says, “Please narrow down your search.” So, go use Bing or don’t draft Rodon, your choice. I refuse to use Bing. For 2022, I’ll give Carlos Rodon projections of 8-4/3.67/1.17/154 in 115 IP. He was updated in the top 60 starters for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Carlos Martinez – Signed with the Giants. The San Francisco Giants are running something called The Reclamation Project out of their clubhouse. Carlos Martinez is the Wilmer Flores of pitchers. The Darin Ruf of Dogs. The Evan Longoria of Blehs. Chuck Martinez. No, literally, chuck him.

Nelson Cruz – Signed with the Nats. Nelson Cruz heads to Washington, reuniting with his Little League teammate, Joe Biden. He’s in the top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball. Also, this blocks Yadiel Hernandez and Luis Garcia — no, the other Luis Garcia. Both were removed from the rankings.

Zack Wheeler – Experiencing shoulder soreness. This is terrible news. Not because I’m drafting him, but because others were happily drafting him in the top 25 overall. This is the kind of thing that is forgotten next year when I tell you about all the top starters who disappointed. Wheeler will get to the third week of Spring Training, need an IL stint for his shoulder, and everyone will drop him in their rankings. Yet, here I am telling you since January not to draft him. Leaving him alone for now in the top 20 starters, but only because I said not to draft him already.

Drew VerHagen – Signed with the Cards. Was the 1st post-lockout signing, and it was a doozy. After the VerHagen deal, a lot of dominos were bound to fall.

Jake Diekman – Signed by the Red Sox. Check out our Bullpen Chart updated as news happens by JKJ. So, Barnes and Diekman aren’t just a Provincetown bookstore, but are the Sawx 9th inning, in that order. Since Diekman is a lefty, gotta put him down for slightly fewer saves, but I could easily see this becoming a Diekman/Barnes scenario vs. the reverse. Top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball was updated.

Yusei Kikuchi – Signed with the Jays. Bummer for the teams where I took a flyer hoping he’d end up in Metco. This is a nice move for real baseball. The Jays are Smart dot org.  For fantasy, Kikuchi’s become a 9+ K/9 guy with middling command. His homers per nine were also off the charts last year, and that was in Safeco. In Rogers Centre, he could be The Tragedy of MacDeath-by-homers. Don’t have him in 12-team drafting territory, and this doesn’t change that. Yusei does remain Lisa Loeb’s favorite player name. For 2022, I’ll give Yusei Kikuchi projections of 9-9/4.09/1.30/149 in 145 IP. He was updated in the top 100 starters for 2022 fantasy baseball. Also, sadly, Nate Pearson was lowered dramatically, and removed from my pitchers pairings tool. He is no longer a Pearson of interest.

Brad Boxberger – Signed with the Brewers. The evolution of the Brewers is complete, from Bamberger to Boxberger.

Kurt Suzuki – Signed with the Angels. There’s Seiya Suzuki and Kurt “I’ll be seein’ ya” Suzuki. If you only go with one Suzuki this draft season, I prefer Seiya, then the caboose on the train to “I Don’t Want”sville.

Roman Quinn – Signed by the Marlins. Solid landing spot for him since Roman Quinn sounds like a character’s name in the Miami-based, The Birdcage.

Niko Goodrum – Signed by the Astros. Dusty Baker was excited to hear his organization got this guy, saying, “Finally, something for my morning coffee.” For fantasy, I’m holding out hope Pena is the Astros’ shortstop and not adding in Goodrum, but I’m gonna be putting Goodrum in my morning coffee if he replaces Pena.

Steven Souza – Signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. Interesting, wonder if the Mariners are going to put out an instrumental CD.

Joe Kelly – Signed by the White Sox. If the White Sox make the World Series, they got their, “I loved him all season, what an inexplicably terrible time for a meltdown” guy.

Josh Harrison – Signed with the White Sox. So, I think I’m being dumb, but I removed Josh Harrison from my rankings. In our Hitter Projections, he’s down for 300-ish at-bats with 7 HRs and 5 SBs, and I nearly fell asleep typing that, and, most importantly, I don’t think he even gets that many at-bats. So, worst case scenario, I miss out on a guy who is yawnstipating. Best case scenario, my Andrew Vaughn/Gavin Sheets dreams are still alive.

Ronald Acuña Jr. – Trainers are saying they’re hopeful he’s back in May. Hmm, this is tricky. On our auction values, he’s ranked 4th missing three weeks of at-bats. For now, I’m keeping him 6th overall, but I might move him again. No lower than 10th overall, unless he has a setback.

Clayton Kershaw – Re-signed with the Dodgers. Here’s what I said the other day, “Not sure if it’s against HIPAA or something, but my in-law’s friends are staying at a hotel in Arizona where a bunch of Dodgers are also working out, and Kershaw is there. So, my guess is he’s re-signing with the Dodgers, does that mean he’s healthy? No, not really. Does extra time before the season mean he will be healthy? No. You want a headache? Draft an injured pitcher.” And that’s me quoting me! My Clayton Kershaw projections are 8-3/3.27/1.05/136 in 117 IP. He was updated in the top 60 starters for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Hanser Alberto – Signed with the Dodgers. Watch Dave Roberts turn him into Chris Taylor, Part II, as Hanser becomes a top 10 2B, SS and 3B, and gets 550 ABs. Though, if that happens, I will eat my hat. Luckily, I’m wearing a hat made of tortilla chips.

Andrelton Simmons – Signed with the Cubs. Could mean the Cubs are moving into a noodle-swinging Nico/Nick platoon. Could also mean a rotating Nico/Nick/Andrelton platoon. Unless. Dot dot dot. *turns head to the “everyday” DH, Clint Frazier, but no one is there.* Hey, where’s Frazier? *Frazier pokes his head out from behind a furnace, knows he’s been spotted* “Aw, c’mon, I finally got everyday at-bats!” So, Andrelton hit 3 homers and stole one base last year, hitting .223. Guess in how many games. Go ahead. Had to be an injury, right? It was in 131 games! I’m dying at how bad he is. So, I didn’t add him to my rankings. I did lower Nico Hoerner and Nick Madrigal in my top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball because Andrelton clouds the picture. Andrelton: From the Clouds, to Clouding the Picture.

Steve Cishek – Signed with the Nats. Perfect landing spot for him, because his last name sounds like a Missy Elliott lyric from Gossip Folks, and they already have the Rainey (Supa Dupa Fly).

Alex Colome – Signed with the Rockies, and becomes the favorite for saves in Colorado. If you’re looking at Colome in your fantasy draft, I’d try Column B. He was added to the top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Jose Iglesias – Signed by the Rockies. Hey, Garrett Hampson, if you’re in line for playing time, STAY IN LINE. Even with Iglesias, the Rockies don’t have a prayer. He’s fine for average and light power and speed. He’s like the Israeli Diner-Falafel with extra PITA. That’s Pain In The Ass aka Bud Black. For 2022, Jose Igleias projections are 61/10/54/.278/7 in 489 ABs. Hampson was updated in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball. Removed about 100 at-bats from him.

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mcstarrs
mcstarrs
4 months ago

Hey Grey,

Here is my standard yahoo $250 league team. Had the 6th Pick overall, took Mookie then Tucker. I typically punt saves in H2H categories.

I thought the Razzslam and RCL really prepared me for the draft. Any thoughts on the squad?

P.S. Fantrax doesnt have OF eligibility for Barrero and my RCL OFs are weaker than Tatis’ wrist right now. Would you still pick him up if I have Baez and Tim Anderson?

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mcstarrs
mcstarrs
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Okay thanks! I felt the same way, tried to make up for it with Brujan as my last pick. Thinking about swapping him for Akil Badoo on waivers

mcstarrs
mcstarrs
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

brujan

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
4 months ago

gray,
I got another trade. I trade Joe Musgrove ($15) and Jon Gray ($6) for Kris Bryant ($16). Would you maker the deal?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
4 months ago

HE SAID NO TO THE DEAL

Ryan741
Ryan741
4 months ago

Grey, need a trade opinion in a H2H points league. I’m offering up Wheeler in our league for some picks. It’s a keeper league where we each get 5 keeps, so the 1st couple rounds aren’t super loaded. I could trade Wheeler for a 1st and 8th, so I’m looking at Manny, Story or Eloy probably with that 1st. Or I could trade Wheeler for a 2nd/3rd, so a Castellanos/Morton type pick with those 2. So do I go for the 1st round option or the 2nd/3rd round option?

Ryan741
Ryan741
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Wander, Woodruff, Witt and Clevenger. They are all 14th and 15th round keepers. After we announce keepers, we are allowed to trade them for other keepers or picks until the draft in 2 weeks. Wheeler was a 4th round keep.

toolshed
toolshed
4 months ago

I guess I am late on the winker & Suarez trade. I thought we were supposed to have more competitive balance this year. I am sure castillo is next to go? How about that division now?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

and CUBS, see above fan’s comment.

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 months ago

I am in a 12 team roto auction keeper that allows you to keep 8 players at their auction prices for up to three years. I will keep Burnes,Robert and Tucker. Which five of the following would you keep:
Austin Riley
Jazz Chisholm
Dansby Swanson
Jarred Kelenic
Cody Bellinger
Raisel Iglesius
Carlos Rodon
Shane Baz
Daulton Varsho
Franmil Reyes
All are at $10 for 2 more years except Dansby is at $4 for one more year and Raisel is at $10 for one more year.
Thank you! Are you ready to go back to your old website format yet?—smile

Al KOHOLIC
Al KOHOLIC
4 months ago

The reds and Twins having fire sales early this year.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
4 months ago

Fun day ha

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

HA

So excited I had first pick in our best ball… sticks head in oven.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
4 months ago

I have Abraham Toro. Eugenio Suarez just traded to Seattle; I assume he’ll be 3B (and Frazier now 2B). Is Toro’s full-time playing time now in jeopardy?

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162
4 months ago

If Freeman joins the LA lineup would you take Trea over Bo? Trea has 2B/SS eligibility. Counting stats similar among projection systems and may be even better with Freeman in the lineup. If Springer misses time (likely) Bo probably leads off affecting RBI opportunities. This is where losing Semien hurts.

Matt D
Matt D
4 months ago

Who let the Nationals squeeze in the best offer on Cruz??? Anyway, do you think Cruz’s presence in the lineup helps Soto at all for fantasy (pitchers pitching to him, counting stats, etc.)?

And looks like you have more analysis to give on the A’s firesale that I’m looking forward to reading… The Olson trade ensures I will keep him for next season and thank goodness he didn’t go to Texas.

jim
jim
4 months ago

Hey Grey,
sorry to gum up the thread….was hoping you could tell us when you are comparing your rankings to yahoo and espn…always my favorite reads of the preseason….thanks

Omar
Omar
4 months ago

OPS league. One year keeper league (keep3). FTJ is draft eligible. Meaning he can be kept thru 2023. How far down does he fall in that scenario. Heading into the season with Soto, JoRam and Ohtani (DH). Thinking I might be aggressive and grab Nando in the 2nd if he’s there (which is really like the 4th with 30 keepers). Especially if I don’t love the available options there.

Luvdarooks
4 months ago

One more short question same league I trade T Rogers 17 Miami and Hunter Green two dollars for a $24 Flaherty…
I probably will keep ranger Suarez over Rogers
So therefore I can’t keep either one would you make this trade

Luvdarooks
4 months ago

I can only keep 10—–NL only. VERY DEEP because after 23 starters we have 15 reserves. 11 teams & 10 KEEPERs/year.( $260auction cap). SO OBVIOUS HIGH INFLATION.
-Minor players stay @ salary till activated while all others get a $5 yearly raise until the owner feels they are no longer worth keeping.
BIG POINT IS IF minors are KEPT THE SALARY DOES NOT COUNT TWOARDS THE 260 total allowed in the auction!

MY KEEPERS ARE (IF YOU AGREE LMK)
B Rodgers-11
T O’Neill-14
Soto-12
Tatis-1
F Peralta-13
Winker-15

—————–I also have——-
L Garcia 2B Was only 5(keep him drop who?)
T Rodgers Mia 17
Ranger Suarez 14 (visa issue)
Bryn DeLacruz 6

———minor keepers?——-(who do you think, I can only keep 10 players in total)
Cavalli-2
H Greene2
L Matos-5
Hedbert Perez-2
Gore-5

Which 10 to keep or SHOULD I trade say Winker and say Greene for a $32 Scherzer?

spottieottie
spottieottie
4 months ago

Dynasty league, 5×5, was just offered Corbin Burnes straight up for Bobby Witt Jr.

Current SS sitch is T. Turner and Lindor with Swanson on my bench and Lux currently manning an outfield spot

toolshed
toolshed
4 months ago

Nice to see Tatis pulling a Jeff Kent. I also read that he is undecided about surgery. I think I heard that before with him. I love the guy on the field, but man he needs to get better medical advice.

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The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  toolshed
4 months ago

or possibly follow the advice he got. starts to look entirely like these are his decisions when it’s two out of two (yes or the SD “medical staff” is as bad as the mess’s, but where else is that evidence?) on not getting yr shit fixed.

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162
4 months ago

Reported that the Red Sox have several key players that aren’t vaccinated. We don’t know who, but if Devers is one of them how would you adjust his ranking and projections if he can’t play 10-11 games in Toronto?

162
162
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Devers not vaxxed or is?

Will
Will
4 months ago

Matt Olson traded to the Braves for four players, per Jeff Passan just now.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
4 months ago

White Sox are saying Kopech is being treated as a starter in camp….

Will
Will
4 months ago

Speaking of teams quitting before the season has even started, at this point Marcus Stroman has to be looking at Jed Hoyer and saying “That’s it? Where are the MLB-caliber players you promised me when I signed with the Cubs?”

The Cubs could lliterally add Kris Bryant, Rizzo and Schwarber tomorrow and be a much better team than the AAA squad they’re fielding right now, plus keep all of the prospects they got in the fire sale trades last season. But NOOOOOOO, we’re supposed to be OK with Andrelton Simmons as the main post lockout add. Disgusting.

Jrod
Jrod
4 months ago

Does the trade change your outlook much in Sonny? What is his potential upside in that stadium? I can get Javy Baez for him and probably lemahieu, but it’s an obp league with walks added for hitters.

if I did it this would primarily be a roster dump, as making this trade would allow me to keep cron at 1b.

Jrod
Jrod
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Thanks Grey! Even with the walks and obp instead of average, you’d still rather have him?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
4 months ago

Guess it is that time of the year again …finally. I had my 1st RCL this year after waiting too long last year & being locked out. Not a ton of prep, mainly joined to fill the last hole a hour before the draft.
Anyway here the team I ended up with:
C Kirk (288)
1B Olsen (25)
2B Ketel (72)
3B Hayes (168)
SS Lopez (240) (I drafted FTJ but put him in the OF for now to see how this might work out)
CI Walsh (96)
MI Wong (193)
OF FTJ (1) ; Teoscar (24); Eloy (49) ; Grisham (144); & Adolis (145)
U Franmil (120)
SP Sale (48); Manoah (73); Eovaldi (121); Gray (169); & Quantrill (241)
RP Pressley (97); Rodgers(192); Bednar (216); & Trivino (217)
Bench: Saurez (289); Cobb (264); & Cookie (265)

Glad baseball is back. Heading out the door in a bit to get some Brewer tix
So what’s your appraisal of the team if you would be so kind to evaluate it being brutally honest please?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Now I will have to draft at least one more RCL

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Licketty Splits
4 months ago

UGH …FTJ is out?? 3 months?? I am so screwed …glad it’s a free league

Dustin Klavon
Dustin Klavon
4 months ago

I just wrapped up the 6th variation of my Acuna proposal to this manager when the Tatis news dropped….

So, in this 12 team roto keeper league where you keep 2-4 players, there are two teams heading into the season far above everyone else with accumulated top talent:

Bichette, Jose Ramirez, K. Tucker, Yordan (me)
Tatis Jr, Acuna Jr, Vlad, Luis Robert, Bryce Harper (guy I’m trying to trade with)

I sent this guy a bunch of offers like Robert + Acuna for Bichette sort of combos, Jose Ramirez for Acuna straight up, etc. because I’ve had a stiffy for Acuna from the beginning and gnashed my teeth when the current owner way overdrafted him at the beginning (he basically took a whole season where Acuna wasnt close to the value for that season, knowing he’d be in his 4 going forward). Knowing as well that this guy has an absolutely loaded team with 5 players, one of which he absolutely has to cut, figuring it would hurt to cut Acuna straight up and/or keep him while injured and cut someone else like Harper who is instantly the 1st pick in the draft.

Well, now the situation has become doubly problematic for this guy with Tatis Jr going down even longer.

Am I crazy for considering Bichette for Acuna Jr and Tatis Jr? Of course, I’d be creating my own version of the problem with 5 guys while also essentially punting on this year despite having a loaded team myself. What would you do, as the guy with Tatis Jr and Acuna Jr? I feel like there’s a way to exploit the situation but not sure exactly how to go – Bichette for the Jrs is too bold, potentially, because then I have 5 (and Bichette is just too damn good of course.)

At the end of the day I offered Ramirez for Acuna, and Ramirez for Tatis. But wanted to type this out to see where you might be at on this, Grey, and to better understand my own thought process typing it out. And whether I should try something radical. (I retracted all of the original offers thinking Tatis’ injury radically changes his perspective.) I definitely wouldn’t mind taking the half season L and watching J Ram put up a top 5 first half to have both Bichette and one of those along with my Trashtros for the future.

Dustin Klavon
Dustin Klavon
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Worth also losing Yordan over? (Or needing to make some other trade?) Because I would then only be able to keep 4 of Tatis, Acuna, Jose Ram, Tucker, Yordan

Dustin Klavon
Dustin Klavon
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Thank you Grey! Very interested to see how the Tatis/Acuna guy handles this. Feels like they essentially have to make a trade & even moreso with the injuries

Dustin Klavon
Dustin Klavon
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

FWIW, they accepted my JRam for Tatis Jr offer. Doesn’t fix their 5 players for 4 spots issue ofc.

I suppose my money is now really where my mouth is re being OK with watching JRam rake while Tatis Jr. is out…

Sal
Sal
4 months ago

Can keep 5. Aside from tatis ohatani. Who are the other 3 you would keep? Eloy in round 6 Polanco in round 23 India in round 22 degrom round 9 sale round 20 or Logan Webb round 21

162
162
4 months ago

So much for Tatis. Fractured wrist.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
4 months ago

NEWS FLASH!

Tatis out three months with a broken wrist. This makes me very sad.

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  Harley Earl
4 months ago

The Great Knoche broke the news above! Hiyoooo!

Couldn’t resist that one.

Jolt

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
4 months ago

The A’s- couldn’t they at least wait and see if they’re still in it at the trade deadline before they trade everything away? They don’t have that bad of a team!

And the Reds- they have a core to build around now. Go for it! The Cubs are down!! MLB man, nothing changes.

NUX
NUX
4 months ago

Been M.I.A for a bit, but in the middle of a random draft. Can I get a Joey Wendle Rankings thought? I’m pretty sure he hasn’t yet been added to Too 500,etc. or I’m just still pathetically unable to navigate the site. Or both!!!

Kailuaboy
Kailuaboy
4 months ago

Bye Bye Tatis! Wow!!!

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Not even the shoulder.

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
4 months ago

I can’t imagine you wrote the last sentence of this write-up without a smile on your face, “Also, sadly, Nate Pearson was lowered dramatically, and removed from my pitchers pairings tool. He is no longer a Pearson of interest.”

My favorite one of yours for 2022 so far.

Jolt

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 months ago

Checks for shares of Tatis. Zero. I’m so glad baseball is back!!!

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Grey!!!

Find his replacement, man. IL him and find his replacement. Be a soldier and complete your assignment!

Cheers,
Ante

NATRONEMEANSBUSINESS
NATRONEMEANSBUSINESS
4 months ago

The first major domino to fall, Not so fun with the B dazzler out a few months with a broken wrist. Baseball needs the fun and energy of ten thousand Tatis’ right now.

Turd Wendell
Turd Wendell
4 months ago

Yo Grey,

Was able to swing a deal for Tucker last night. I gave up Nola and a couple later picks. I have the #2 pick and it looks like Tatis going #1. I’d have Soto, Bo, or Turner for my choice. I planned on Soto but with Tucker in the fold, my keepers are Eloy, Tuck, Wander, Mondesi, Jazz, Alonso Montas, Rogers. Would take Soto and go with the monster OF, I know it gets shallow, or take Bo or Turner and protect my INF a bit ?? Thank you!

Laura Holt
4 months ago

We have 7 owners, need 5 more, for my $100 RCL that drafts on Weds. March 23: https://www.fantrax.com/newui/fantasy/joinLeague.go?leagueId=zz4ylz1okz67o08b&isSubmit=y
I was gonna see if you could give us a shout out tomorrow or the next day! Gunk Sqaud joined, so I’m not saying it’s going to be the easiest league ever but it’s going to be a great group and should be a blast (and we can all steal moves from each other that we can use in our other leagues ; ) Where else can you have the opportunity to beat the 2021 Razzslam overall winner and the 2021 Razzball Perts League winner at the same time?

Last edited 4 months ago by Laura Holt
hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Laura Holt
4 months ago

I’m in!!!!

Laura Holt
Reply to  hot corner
4 months ago

Woo hoo!! I’m really excited about this league!

Brett Johnson
Brett Johnson
4 months ago

Local Twins reporters are saying that it is more likely that the Twins are looking to sign a SS (maybe Story) and Urshela will play 3B.

Dr Chym
Dr Chym
4 months ago

Hi – have you posted the annual “this is why yahoo rankings suck compared to ours” post yet? I’ve searched for it but no luck yet… want to make sure I didnt miss it.

That post and your advice of “don’t draft a pitcher until round 6 or so and then draft these 3-4 dudes” usually gets me at least top 3 in my league. Thanks!

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
4 months ago

Morning Grey,
The trades are coming fast and furious to me. I just received one for my dynasty/keeper/salary cap league and want your opinion.
I give up: Bellinger ($33), Justin Turner ($18), Lance McCullers ($12), either Loup or Jackson ($6) and minor league prospect DET C: Dingler. = $69
I get: Bregman back ($23), Conforto ($21), Yaz ($14) and Pederson ($11) = $69
Make the deal?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

thanks buddy

162
162
4 months ago

What’s a reasonable max IP to use in a
6 team roto redraft league? There are 3 SP, 3P and 2 RP slots.

162
162
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

A year…thanks

William Hung
William Hung
4 months ago

Apparently Gary Sanchez shouldn’t unpack his bags just yet. Twins are trying to unload him according to Rotoworld

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

I would rather have Gray Schanding

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
4 months ago

In a 12-team league, what should be the approximate cutoff for an SP to be considered only a “streamer”? Outside top 42?

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
4 months ago

and in a block buster move the phillies sign odubal herrara…….wtf

dude
dude
4 months ago

2 team 5×5 roto keep 15 league. Here are the 14 I’m planning on keeping after some recent trades. Start C,1B,2B,3B,SS,IF, 4OF, DH, 5 SP, 3 RP, P.

1B – Alonso, 2B – Albies, SS – Bichette, IF – Torkelson, OF (4) – Springer, Arozarena, Reynolds, SP (5) – Alcantara, Peralta, Sale, Fried, Rogers, RP (3) – Chapman, P (1) – McClanahan.

We have to submit our 15 keepers this week, who’s my last keeper from this group?

C/OF – Varsho – should play as much or more than any other catcher, Of eligibility. Chance for 20 HR/15 SB? But underlying stats not the greatest.

OF – Suzuki – good power/speed threat and BA, but hard to know how his game will translate over to US?  too risky?

1B/OF – J. Bell – Started slow last year, but finished strong. Eligible at both 1B/OF, flexibility is nice to have to have.

RP (assume will gain SP within 5 starts) – Severino – Only 28 and has been elite. Can he regain form?

OF – Baddoo – power/speed threat, but underlying stats don’t look great outside of walks and speed.

RP – Doval — Is the closer role his?

James
James
4 months ago

Need some thoughts on this dynasty league trade offer:

I get Devers and Woodruff, I give up Harper and Bauer.

Thanks!

packers2018
packers2018
Reply to  James
4 months ago

Devers side.

wilto1be
wilto1be
4 months ago

Bigger impact in 2022- Seiya Suzuki or Jose Miranda?

Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo
4 months ago

In a yahoo style 5 x 5 keep one league. My keeper will be Yordan Alvarez in the 8th round. If the following are available, who should I pick to pair with him?

Trea Turner
Soto
Bo Bichette

Also, what the hell happened to the forum? I have been on the site for about 15 years but can’t find my info.

packers2018
packers2018
Reply to  Frank Rizzo
4 months ago

With Yordan you need speed, so either Turner or Boba.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
4 months ago

Does Chirinos signing have any impact on Ruttschmann? You indicated Adley’d probably not opening the season in Baltimore.

12-team league: I have Ruttschmann (and Sean Murphy is the only semi-decent guy still available). I expect to drop Ruttschmann (for Murphy) now and watch to pick him up when recall appears imminent. Agreed? Or wait for further insights (risk that Murphy picked elsewhere first),

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
4 months ago

H2H – I would play it week to week. Probably suffer through no C until Adley gets the call.

Roto – What Grey said.

Mr Knish
Mr Knish
4 months ago

Well Grey, it’s the moment I’ve been waiting for since a naive, cherub-faced version of myself stumbled upon this strange website 14 years ago… I made it into a league with the FML himself! Now that I am old and broken I am ready to match wits with you in this here draft champions league. Beware Big Ol’ Mr Knish!

But first… how’d I do in my first NFBC draft champions of the season (the league Rudy started last week)? I love my offense (except catchers) but light on steals. Pitching is upside-y but bottom could fall out after my top two. What do you think?

C: Narvaez (17)
C: T. Murphy (29)
1B: Albombso (3)
2B: Cronenworth (9)
SS: Wander (2)
3B: Moncada (10)
CI: Mountcastle (8)
MI: Fletcher (23)
OF: Robert (1.11)
OF: Castellanos (5)
OF: Kirilloff (12)
OF: Pham (16)
OF: K. Lewis (20)
UT: Nelson Cruz (13)

P: Ray (4)
P: Montas (6)
P: Will Smith (7)
P: Gilbert (11)
P: Houck (14)
P: G. Soto (15)
P: A. Cobb (18)
P: A. Reyes (19)
P: T. Walker (24)

BN: Jarren Duran
BN: Andrew McCutchen
BN: Nick Solak
BN: Edmundo Sosa
BN: Pedro Severino
BN: Yadiel Hernandez
BN: Niko Goodrum
BN: Lars Nootbar
BN: Aledmys Diaz
BN: Taylor Walls
BN: Aristedes Aquino
BN: Kevin Plawecki
BN: Stephen Piscotty
BN: Reese McGuire
BN: Nolan Jones

BN: Chad Green
BN: Grayson Rodriguez
BN: Reynaldo Lopez
BN: Ryan Yarbrough
BN: Collin McHugh
BN: Tyler Matzek
BN: Kendall Gravemann
BN: George Kirby
BN: Ryan Weathers
BN: Mackenzie Gore
BN: Ryne Stanek
BN: Touki Toussaint

VinWins
VinWins
4 months ago

There is a 10-team Original Razz league (BAD stats are good!) drafting 8 ET Sunday, March 20. JOIN

9 hitters/5 SP/8 bench/2 IL slots
Weekly Lineups
50-move limit

HITTER SCORING
At Bats 2
Hits -3
Home Runs -6
Runs Batted In -4
Runs Scored -4
Strikeouts 2

PITCHER SCORING
Earned Runs Allowed 1.5
Hits Allowed 1
Home Runs Allowed 4
Innings Pitched -1
Losses 8
Strikeouts Pitched -1
Walks Allowed 1

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
4 months ago

Grey!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

a. Amazing intel. Still regurgitating like a cow slowly chomping on grass, barfing it up slowly and then going through step 1 again. Seriously loved it so so much.

b. Had my RCL yesterday. What do you think (of course team and draft, dur)

Stephenson (16/184)
Walsh (8/88)
Albies (2/16)
Mondesi (4/40)
Story (3/33)
Ke’Bryan (13/153)
Toro (18/208)
Acuna (1/9)
Adolis (11/129)
Seiya (9/105)
Vaughn (15/177)
Winker (6/64)
JSanchez (17/201)
Bench JPena (25/297)

Baz (10/112)
Montas (7/81)
Ray (5/57)
Stroman (14/160)
Bednar (19/225)
Kittredge (22/256)
Loaisiga (20/232)
Will Smith (12/136)
Devin Williams (21/249)
Bench Ed-Cab (FA), Roansy (FA)

I’ve already made 4/500 moves, dropping Cortes Jr and Luzardo for Ed-Cab and Roansy.

A few quickies….

1 I know surplus SB and deficit runs, BA and pitching sucks. Thanks Captain Obvi.

2 In round 3, I needed power and production and it was mostly gone by then so I latched onto Story.

3 Seiya!

4 Vaughn is the 7.2M$ man versus Sheets (who is the 2M$ man) referring to their signing bonuses (or boni if you like). Vaughn will be the man this year.

5 I know 4 starters, but I took Montas and Ray thinking that 2 #1 starters equals 3 #3 starters.

c. Lots of questions with this team. Detmers available. Would you add him over anyone?

d. George Carlin quote of the day for March 14, 2022

‘Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.’

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Grey!!!

a. Carlin until October 5.

b. Yeah on Vaughn, he’s played a total of 65 games (205 ABs) in the minors (not like Aderlin Rodriguez who spent 3 years in the Mets’ SAL affiliate AND 3 LONG years with the St. Lucie Mets…6 YEARS!! plus rookie ball plus 1 year of failure in Japan plus 2019 with the Chihuahuas to Vaughn’s 65 games!). Aderlin=Padres DH in 2022. He had a robust .465 secondary average with the Mud Hens in 2021 and a .411 secondary average in El Paso in 2019. Good sleeper.

c. Low on average, went looking. Hopeful Hayes and Winker can shore up the BA.

d. Gonna stick with Roansy+EdCab see what happens. Hopefully Acuna can be IL status so I can add Detmers or someone else.

e. Pearson available. Would you add him over anyone?

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
4 months ago

Grey!

Bummer on Tatis, hopefully doesn’t need surgery.

Cheers,
Ante