JB and I went to spring training this past weekend in Arizona.  Had some great meals, drank some iced Cuban coffees that I tried to order as an ‘iced Puig,’ saw way too many Angels games, obviously went to a Brewers game, and enjoyed my very first six-foot, seven-inch spooning.  I needed JB’s oversized spoon after hearing about David Dahl and his rib injury.  He has a stress reaction of his sixth rib, and I have a stress reaction with many expletives.  You can’t spell David Dahl without dah.  Seriously, I tried.  Now, I can’t see his name without thinking it’s really “Dah!”  Rockies manager Bud Black said that Opening Day is out of the question.  I moved him out of my top 20 outfielders and into my top 40 outfielders.  I still would draft him, even if he’s no longer in my top 100 overall.   The Rockies said Gerardo Parra will fill-in for Dah!, and I’d draft Parra in the last rounds as a flyer just in case Dah!’s injury turns out to be worse than thought.  I just jinxed him, didn’t I?  Dah!  By the by, between Charlie Blackmon and manager, Bud Black, the Rockies have so many white guys trying to take advantage of affirmative action, they should sign C. Thomas Howell star of Soul Man.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this spring training for fantasy baseball:

David PriceRed Sox claim that Price won’t need surgery and just some rest.  Can you feel my eye roll?  When I use the word ‘claim,’ we’re in massive eye roll territory.  I moved Price down into my top 40 starters, and I’d still obviously not go anywhere near him.

Robert Gsellman – The Mets announced that Zack Wheeler is having elbow soreness, which is about as surprising as a big-boned Hawaiian girl punching you in the face if you say, “Wanna get lei’d?”  All indications are that Gsellman will be breaking camp with the Mets as their fifth starter.  Great news for Gsellman in the short term, but, of course, this means the Mets are going to overuse him and he’ll be garbage next year, and not the good garbage that you can turn into post-modern art.  I’ve updated the top 80 starters and top 100 starters, moving up Gsellman and moving down Wheeler.  This also moved guys around in my pitchers’ pairing tool. Hehe, I said tool.

Matt Harvey – Was rocked the other day in his spring debut.  I don’t put too much weight in spring performances.  You should just be looking to see if guys are healthy and winning starting jobs.  Well, Harvey is someone you should be watching for health.  He said he had soreness, but it’s nothing to worry about, which brings me to my point (finally!).  In my post about Yahoo’s rankings, I said, “I want no part of Matt Harvey in any league.  Okay, one league, the league where you have a category: Times A Pitcher Says He Is Healthy While Not Being Healthy, because you know he’s going to dominant that category.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Looks like Harvey is already in midseason form for saying he’s healthy when he’s not.

Huston Street – Has a Grade 1 lat strain, which got its name because the first Grade 1 lat strain happened during a heated game of Chutes and Lat’ers.  I always had Cam Bedrosian as my first Angels reliever to draft in my top 500 and this doesn’t change anything.  My Bedrosian ranking is pretty conservative because I don’t trust The Sciosciapath to use Bedrosian if Street returns healthy and the Angels are just not a good team.

Trevor Rosenthal – His sore right lat showed no structural damage.  Mean’s while, his fantasy value has shown great structural damage and his foundation appears built on quicksand.

Tyson Ross – Threw a 15-pitch bullpen session yesterday off a mound for the first time since his thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last October.  He’s still a good two months away from returning, assuming no setbacks, and assuming makes an ass out of u and Ming the Merciless.

Nomar Mazara – Moved him a little lower in my rankings, into the top 60 outfielders.  No, I’m not yelling fire in the theater of Razzball, but everywhere I look it appears Mazara is going to be in a platoon to at least start the year, so I moved him down to better represent his possible platoon.  I still have him ranked above most and would draft him more as a third to fourth outfielder rather than a second to third.

Corey Seager – Could be out until Friday with back soreness.  I haven’t moved him yet in my rankings, but I already have him ranked much lower than just about any other ‘pert.  I don’t hate Seager, but as I talk about on the podcast that’s coming later today that JB and I taped live in Arizona, Seager’s lack of steals really doesn’t move my needle.  By needle I mean what you think I mean.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.  Or is that Cacturday?

Scott Kazmir – Left yesterday’s start with tightness in his hip.  A March Kazmir injury is an iceberg that Captain Obvious crashes into.  I’ve updated my top 100 starters.

Brett Lawrie – Released from the White Sox.  “That’s freakin’ crazy!” said my 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Brett Lawrie sleeper posts.  Taking over for Lawrie is Yolmer Sanchez aka Carlos Sanchez.  Going with Chuck Sanchez, Carlo Sanchez or Charlie Sanchez are brain leaps I can hurdle, going from Carlos to Yolmer is just so unnecessarily confusing, especially for a guy that is projected for six homers, six steals and .230 while hitting ninth.  I removed Lawrie from my top 20 2nd basemen, and didn’t add in Yolmer, because the name change annoyed me.  Plus, he’s awful.

Manuel Margot – Dealing with minor swelling in his knee.  Sounds like it should be fine, and Manuel said, “A little rest is all I knee’d.”  Ouch, no one ever called Margot ‘kidder.’

Jumbo Diaz – Designated for assignment by the Reds.  Member when people thought he’d be the closer?  “Jumbo closer” turned out to be as big of an oxymoron as jumbo shrimp.

2020 Draft Kit
 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up, man! I can see you’re gearing up for April 2, which is just around the corner!!!

    1. Watched THE game (LA Lakers versus the clippers) when Shaq scored 61 pts with 20+ rebounds on his 28th birthday yesterday!! Happy Birthday! What do you think the baseball equivalent of 61 pts and 20+ rebounds is in one NBA game? Double slam and legs, right? Maybe Tehol can answer that question better.

    2. These updates are cool. Everything pointing towards BedRock with Bailey lurking in the Angels BP. Though Oh in STL with Siegrist lurking is also interesting. Obviously gonna love Giles all night long too.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: 1. How rare is it? Sounds like an easy three homer game with 10+ RBIs 2. Yup

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. I guess it’s not so rare although the defensive triple double is much more difficult to attain than the offensive one. To which Russell Westbrook says…’Offensive? Me? No way!’

        b. Was helping out my friend from Chicago to find a ticket from N’Djamena (party forever, come and sing my song) to Amman. She’s looking for places to go close by that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Some of the places I suggested and the prices.

        1. Nossi-Be (northern Madagascar) – N’Djamena – Nossi-Be (via Paris and Reunion) for 7000$ or N’djamena – Paris (return), Paris – Milan (return) and Milan Nossi-Be (return) all connecting for 4000$ cheaper, your pick.

        2. Tenerife (to which she said what’s that) for 1276$

        3. Las Palmas for 1292$

        4. Malta for $1244

        5. Palermo for $1050

        6. Firenze for $736 (what’s not to like?)

        7. Athens for $879 (with stopovers in Addis Abeba AND Cairo plus the return requires two (!!!!!!!) days to complete)

        Finally in the end, she found the booking she made the day before with a great connection from Amman arriving the same day in N’Djamena (so she can party forever, come and sing along). Only a 1 hour stopover in Cairo (arriving 06h30) and departing Cairo for N’Djamena at 07h30. Hope she makes it because if she misses it, she’ll wait 23h for the next flight!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. Sounded rare… Why you backing off of its rareness? B. Okay, I have an idea to help the African economy… Make tickets to go there cheaper than buying a four-bedroom house in that country — BTW, Tenerife is supposed to be gorge

  2. Micah says:
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    12 team keeper league with 12 mlb keepers and 5 milb keepers. 6×6 scoring. Who are the 12 you’d keep?

    Sal Perez
    Paul Goldschmidt
    Daniel Murphy
    Dee Gordon
    Nolan Arenado
    Xander Boegarts
    Mark Trumbo
    Matt Kemp
    Charlie Blackmon
    Chris Sale
    Marcus Stroman
    Noah Syndergaard
    Dylan Bundy
    Taijuan Walker
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Tim Anderson

    • Packers says:
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      @Micah: I would drop the last 4.

    • Chud says:
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      @Micah: Agree w/ the 3 guys below but I’d keep Anderson and drop Perez. I like his upside…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Micah: Not Perez, Bundy, A-Gon and Anderson

  3. Chud says:
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    Say no Nomar! Who is is platooning w/? Hot garbage vets Gomez n Soo-Choo?

    Trade offer help needed in my 5×5 full salary keeper:

    I give Cano ($38)/Franco ($10)/Quintana ($7)

    I get Dozier ($13)/JDMart ($9)/Lackey ($12)

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chud: Dozier side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chud: Rua, DeShields… Dozier

  4. Russ says:
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    Any thoughts on where Lawrie ends up? KC strikes me as a team in need at 2B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Russ: I heard Rays, doesn’t matter he’s not worth anything in most leagues

    • Hawk says:
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      @Russ:

      Presuming Lawrie can stay healthy, the Mets need a guy like him.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He’ll never stay healthy

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Rockies Pre-Dahl Injury: Dahl is competing with Parra for the starting gig.

    Rockies Post-Dahl Injury: Just kidding Parra’s totally just keeping the seat warm for Dah!

    Perhaps the only silver lining is that maybe I can redraft Dahl for less than the $10 I would have been keeping him at.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: At some point they did (likely under their breath).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  6. Wil says:
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    Harvey and the Mets already in mid-season form. Collins apparently didn’t want Harvey to pitch becasue of tightness in his neck (Harvey’s neck). But Collins gave him the option to pitch or rest and Harvey said he was fine and pitched and looked bad. Pretty standard for the Mets

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Wil: That was his first time on a mound in about 9 months, i wouldn’t worry about results right now with him…just health.

      • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: umm, and that is the bad part, the guy’s neck is already hurt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wil: Yeah, the Mets like to do things the hard way

  7. M says:
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    Dahl still worth $5 in a keeper league?

    He should be ok in 2 weeks, but this guy does seem to be a bit fragile and the lack of ST AB’s concerns me

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @M: Yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Agree w/ F

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @M: it’s a keeper league, so unless you had a very close decision between 2 nearly equal level players i’d not dump him, in fact i’d use this to trade for him in dynasties/keepers.

  8. Foul balls says:
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    Having Dahl as my number 3of with Buxton on my bench I’m not taking chances on any return before June if even by then. This injury is more serious than the Rockies are letting on, just try breathing let alone swinging a bat. Searched the waiver wire in my league, draft already held I see CGomez is available. Would you drop another bench bat in this case DTravis who’s day to day and pick up Gomez?

  9. MoreCowbell says:
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    I was planning on keeping Dah! in my 10 team mixed H2H 5×5 league. Now I need to decide to keep 3 between Roberto Osuna, Edwin Diaz, Danny Duffy, Jose Ramirez, and Alex Bregman. Should I still keep Dah! and 2 others from that group? Can you help me Grey? I’m lost in a sea of Dahspair!!! My puns are even suffering!

  10. RobMac says:
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    My league is going to AZ for spring training over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Any dining recommendations? We’re staying in Mesa but it looks like most of the cities there are pretty close together.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RobMac: Ocotillo in Phoenix, The Womack for drinks

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That’s Ocotillo for food

  11. MoreCowbell says:
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    I was planning on keeping Dahl in my 10 team mixed H2H 5×5 league. Now I need to decide to keep 3 between Roberto Osuna, Edwin Diaz, Danny Duffy, Jose Ramirez, and Alex Bregman. Or should I still keep Dahl and 2 others from that group?

  12. Synyster says:
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    Great stuff!! So we drew chits (hehe) for my 10 man standard league and I of course got pick #10. We draft pretty traditional in my league but thinking of switching it up this year and going something like Blackmon (10) and Trea Turner (11) hoping I can get Freeman and someone like Odor on picks 3,4. What do you think? Or should I play it safe and grab the likes of Rizzo/Harper/Miggy at 10 and 11? They’ve been around in all the mocks I’ve done.

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        Doh, I feel like an idiot now. That answers any, and all questions. Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  13. Bill says:
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    Oh man, this is like the full preview of daily in-season updates. Can’t wait!

    So I play in a 12-team contract league. Each player drafted is worth three contract years but you can assign a drafted player to 1-5 years per contract.

    I have been offered Adam Jones and Addison Russell in exchange for Andrew Benintendi and Stephen Piscotty. Here is my offense as of now:

    C – Gary Sanchez
    1B – Mike Napoli
    2B – Jose Altuve
    3B – Jose Ramirez
    SS – Empty
    LF – Andrew Benintendi
    CF – Empty
    RF – Nelson Cruz
    UTIL – Kendrys Morales
    BN – Stephen Piscotty
    BN – Aaron Judge

    Obviously I need SS and CF, and the possible upside is that one of the players I’d be trading is a current bench player on my team. But what about Benintendi? Is he the best player in this trade? I guess we can’t say for certain, but the upside seems enormous.

    Our player pool for the draft this year is deeper than usual, with Lindor, Bogaerts, and Villar on the board at SS and Cespedes and Bradley Jr. at CF available. I have pick 11. Stay pat and try and address these positions in the draft or entertain this trade offer? Thanks!

    • Bill says:
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      @Bill: Also, the current contracts are as follows and would transfer in the event of a trade:

      Benintendi – 4 years
      Piscotty – 3 years
      Jones – 3 years
      Russell – 3 years

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Bill: Hold other than positions you need i like both of your guys over both of his

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill: Agree w/ F

  14. Adam says:
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    Auction league $260 cap, I have the option to keep Au Shizz at $52. Several other top tier 1b will be kept Rizzo, Freeman, Myers, HanRam, so position will be thin. Should I keep him?

    Rest of my keepers are below. Have some good prices so if I average everyone out I’m ahead. Also would you extend Tim Anderson, Pinenda or Mananea? $5 more per year of extension.

    Tim Anderson 5
    Rendon 11
    K. Seager 19
    C. Beltran 1
    Piscotty 6
    Pineda 4
    Rondon 8
    Manaea 4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Keep Goldy, I wouldn’t keep those other three for $5 more

      • Adam says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  15. Jason P. says:
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    Thanks for the update. Getting near keeper time and some of these guys are on my leaguemates’ rosters.

  16. Jason P. says:
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    In my 12-tm 5×5 keeper league, $260 in-season cap. I was offered Randal Grickuk($3) for Aaron Sanchez, ($2). My league is gaga over pitching, to the tune of an historic 59/41 hit/pitch split. My other pitching keepers are likely James Paxton ($3), Cam Bedrosian ($3), Jon Gray ($6) and Mark Melancon ($12). Should I take it?

  17. Clint says:
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    12 team roto keeper. Need to pick 2 out of this enticing crew:

    D. Gordon
    J. Bell
    A. Jones
    E. Andrus
    D. Fowler
    Duffy
    Price

    My other keepers are: Betts, Harper, Stanton, Kershaw, Archer, McCullers

    • Jason P. says:
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      @Clint:

      Without knowing if there’s a penalty for keeping them, I’d go Gordon and Bell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Gordon, Bell is fine, maybe Gordon and Jones… Gordon and one more… They’re all kinda whatever…. I like Duffy, but you have 3 SPs already

  18. Jiggity says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a 12 team, H2H dynasty, do you prefer L. Cain or Belt? They are right beside each other in your top 500 for this season.

    Scoring cats are R, H, HR, RBI, BB, K, SB, AVG, OPS, TB.

    Thanks!

  19. jon says:
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    Hey Grey – I’ve been following the 12-team approach for my 5×5 mixed 12’er with daily moves. Carrasco, McCullers, J Gray, Rodon. Now I need the WHIP help: which two from the atmosphere tier do you like best for WHIP help? Odorizzi and Smyly in that order? This is probably my last chance to get any meaningful WHIP help from SPs, no? thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @jon: Not to be a D, but can’t you look at the WHIP projections he has? It’s prob going to suck anyway with Rodon and Gray (now being a D).

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Cram It: You’re always a D.

        • Cram It says:
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          @The Great Knoche: That’s why I prefaced it with “not to be a D.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jon: Odorizzi

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Got a very interesting offer in my keep 7 (+$3/yr) 12 teamer:

    His $15 Goldy for my $28 Betts and $3 Moncada.

    Gotta take Goldy right? Particularly at that highly keepable price…

    If I accepted, my keepers would be Goldy, $33 Rizzo (I’d slot into CI), $11 Story, $10 JD Mart, $18 Yu, $5 Rich Hill, and then either a $9 Justin Turner or $5 Broxton.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Great, thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: By the way, keep $5 Brox or $9 Justin Turner in that scenario? (Broxton is my 2017 Delino, but probably still no more expensive than $5 in the auction draft I guess)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Broxton

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Grey: Thanks. Really loving his .400 2 HR 2 SBs so far (only because it should guarantee him the #2 spot).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hopefully

                  • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                    @Grey: Here here – would certainly set the scene for Villar 2.0

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Totes

  21. Jerrod21 says:
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    In a keeper league would you trade Kluber for Benintendi and Vincent Velasquez? Benintendi would forever carry a 27th round keeper tag.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jerrod21: Sounds decent if league situation was right

  22. The Great Knoche says:
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    Bummer on Dahl. Had him for $10 in my keeper. Oh well makes Parra a viable $1 player now.

    Watched Jharel Cotton this weekend. Changeup is straight filthy. Looking at getting him cheap everywhere.