Huston Street has stopped throwing due to shoulder soreness.  In other news, taco diarrhea burns.  I picture Street getting together every offseason with ex-A’s teammate, Rich Harden.  They go on a hike to Brokenback Mountain, where they enjoy the outdoors for 5 minutes until one of them pulls up lame.  Franklin Morales is the closer now and could be for the foreseeable future.  He’ll hold the reins until at least mid-May, according to the Rockies.  I’d put the over/under for Street’s reemergence at June 15th.  Anyway, here’s what else is going on in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into the roundup, Rudy asked me to announce there’s 3 spots left open in the last Fantasy Razzball league.  Draft is this Sunday.  It’s the league where you vie for the worst possible team and you can win a hot tub.  That might help getting away from the dinner table on Easter.  Details are here.  Email rudy [at] if you want in.  Okay, back to the festivities.

Jason Frasor – Officially the Jays’ closer.  Now the Blue Jays’ announcers can segue the 8th inning to the 9th by saying, “Downs goes… Frasor!”  I wouldn’t bother with Gregg and Downs for speculative saves.  Though Downs isn’t bad for ratio help.

Lance Berkman – As first reported here (after read somewhere else), Berkman is being placed on the DL to start the season.  He says his knee’s barking.  Someone take this man to a vet!  Berkman should only miss two weeks of the season at most, but it might nag him for a lot longer, which could hurt his production.  Yeah, times aren’t great right now to own Berkman.

Brad Lidge – That sound you hear is Philly fans celebrating because Lidge had a setback.  Lidge was given a cortisone shot and will now miss the start of 2010.  Madson is the pickup.  Unlike the Frasor sitch, I’d speculate with Baez if I really needed saves.

Ian Kinsler – Officially starting the year on the DL.  Barring any setbacks, the Rangers are aiming for Kinsler to start a rehab assignment on April 8th at Double-A Frisco aka Troubled-Ankle Fiasco.  Could mean Kinsler is ready to go by April 10th, but that seems unrealistically optimistic.  Tax day would be my optimistic guess.

Alcides Escobar – Sounds like the Brewers are now moving McGehee to the five hole and will bat Alcides or Gomez in the two hole.  Since Gomez is bad at, ya know, hitting my guess is Alcides will move from the bottom to the top of the order.  It’s all coming together for Alcides… Muahahahahaha… *cough, cough* …ha.

Michael Brantley – Named the starting left fielder.  Does nothing for his value if Branyan returns and Brantley’s out of a job.  Brantley is SAGNOF for the first week of the season, maybe a little longer.

Carlos Beltran – Officially placed on the DL, retroactive to some time in 2008, I believe.

Jose Reyes – To miss Opening Day, but could be back by the 5th game of the season vs. those pesky Gnats.  This shouldn’t change your drafting of Reyes.

Mat Latos – Officially the Padres 5th starter.  Okay, I’ve gushed enough.  He’s good, grab him.  Go.

Marc Rzepczynski – Also known as The RZE is out for six weeks with a fractured finger.  Rzepczynski probably fractured his finger typing his last name.  The RZE’s first song off his new record can now be, “Shame On A Finga.”

  1. Terrence Mann says:

    Grey, I wish I knew how to quit you.

  2. Josh says:

    1. They couldn’t have made that announcement regarding Alcides last week? I passed him over and took Asdrubal, Erick Aybar, Ryan Theriot, Orlando Cabrera, and Luis Castillo instead for my middle infielders with good average, speed, and are batting at the top of the order slots. (This would be a team I’m going all speed and pitching on)

    2. Grey, Brantley, Orlando Cabrera, and Luis Castillo. Pick two of the three for this year, factoring Runs, SB, and AVG only.

  3. d2bnz says:

    Carlos Beltran you may call Grey’s commentary unfair , but to us poor schmuks who have held on against hope , what you just recieved is the equivalent of a swift kick to the groin

  4. Steve says:

    Nice post title!

    That whole “Latos has a sore elbow and is being sent down” was obviously perpetrated by someone who wanted to throw his leaguemates off the scent and grab him for his own fantasy team.

  5. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: yeah,i did,

  6. Tony says:

    @grey or anyone: i’m gonna drop RZE to pick up a back up SS til reyes is playing, who do i pick up? Peralta, Guzman, JJ Hardy, Pennington or any other suggestions? Phewwwww pickens are SLIM! Its H2H i can roll without reyes for a week and be fine, but might as well accumulate some kinda stats at SS!

  7. PJtres says:

    who would you pick up from this group (In what order?)

    maine, ryan rowland smith, meche, masterson, volstad

  8. Likely the same void @ 2B for us Kinsler owners. Looking to keep his spot warm until he hopefully returns strong and at full strength. Yet, scraping the bottom of the 2B barrel with options like K. Johnson, McGehee, O. Hudson, F. Sanchez, F.Lopez, S. Rod, or maybe Kaz Matsui untill he gets hurt as well? Any recommendations? Thanks!

  9. grandysdandy says:

    i just did this deal in my keeper league…did i do well? (i have longo @ 3rd…thanks)

    arod/choo/garza for j-up/holliday/sherrill (holds)

  10. Matt B says:

    In a 2RP weekly head-to-head is Morales a better play than Dotel or M Gonzalez? Which to drop?

  11. Eddy says:

    In the two leagues I have Kinsler I picked up Kelly Johnson in one, and was left with Barmes in the RCL. I’d go with Johnson if he was available

  12. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Latos will be limited to 150 innings and may not start until April 20 because that is when the Padres will finally need a 5th starter. Maybe if they only let him start at home… That would be nice

  13. danielpwnz says:

    Some dude dropped Soto for Magglio Ordonez (eww). Should I hold tight with Napoli or pick up Soto?

    Also, the same dude dropped Latos a couple days ago for Jason Marquis. Guess I’m guaranteed to not finish dead last!

  14. I drink your milkshake. says:

    Also, Erik Bedard was officially placed on the 15 day DL yesterday. I picked him up in one of my leagues upon doing some lineup reshuffling. I now have Peavy, Sheets, and Bedard in that league. Too bad I only have two DL spots…cue sad trumpet.

  15. Back to Minors says:

    perfect title for those of us from the flooding northeast.

  16. Josh says:

    Wow, somebody else has the exact same (extremely creative) username as me? What is this shizz?

    With Beltran finally on the DL (took him with my last pick, so I figured he’d be worth the DL slot) I have an open roster spot. 3B is my weakness since I only have Ian Stewart 3B eligible, but I’m kind of assuming you’d suggest I pick up an extra pitcher for my bench rather than 3B insurance. If that were the case Latos has to be the way to go right?

    If I did want to sure up 3B, Kouzmanoff and Freese are available at 3B, along with boring options like Glaus and Inge. I haven’t seen you say much about Freese, is he a better option than Kouzmanoff?

  17. Grey

    In a points H2H league where I have AJ Pierzynski as my only catcher. Would you roll the dice with Clement over AJ?


  18. Joe Monte says:

    Damn Taco’s.

    LMAO Beltran DL retro to 2008!!! Ahhhahahahaha NY Mess.

  19. Tony says:

    @grandysdandy: i think you cleaned up, holliday and J-up in a keeper for an aging arod? i like arod, and i think he’s gonna be sick this year, but keeper wise? and you’ve got longo…. i say good deal.

  20. Remember Phil Nevin says:

    @grandysdandy: I know who you are and you forgot to mention Unlce Leo Nunez

  21. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @grandysdandy: good deal for you, especially if garza was expendable too.

  22. Maitland says:

    Had Felix Hernandez for Curtis Granderson and Ricky Nolasco offered to me. Rejected it, but, wondering if I should reconsider it and/or add something like getting Raul Ibanez for Chris Coghlan to it.

  23. uncdrew says:

    I’ve been reading Grey’s stuff for 28 years (yes, I was his third grade teacher) but still don’t quite know what the hell a SAGNOF is.

    Do we like them, hate them, tolerate them? Can someone define it for me in a new way? Thanks.

  24. uncdrew says:

    Steals/Saves Ain’t Got No Face

    So it’s just a no-name guy who might help with saves or steals? Is that it?

  25. charlie batch says:

    peavy/zimmerman or s.baker/youky/berkman?

  26. Commish Cauda says:

    @Matt B: trade one, never drop

  27. sean says:

    This is by far the most brutal part of the season (well, unless you are a Mets fan, then that’s June 1st when you realize your team is done). Just sitting and waiting for the season to start. Thankfully (I think), I drafted most of my teams last Sunday.

  28. Smell The Glove says:

    Should I hold onto Aroldis Chapman even though he’s going to be sent down today most likely not to be called up again till June or should I grab Ryan Dempster off our waiver wire who was for some reason dropped the other day by someone in our league?

  29. The Hebrew Hammer says:

    Escobar Vs. Andrus Vs. Everth Cab.
    5X5 roto keeper league. $260.
    My auction is tonight and I’m trying to decide if I should “splurge” on Andrus or just wait and pick up one of the other 2 late.
    Especially with Escobar potentially moving up, and Andrus batting at the bottom.

  30. Maitland says:

    I’d be getting Raul.

    I didn’t want to give up Grandy/Nolasco for Felix, so, I offered Grandy/Nolasco/Coghlan for Felix and Ibanez.

    The Coghlan thing is something I’ve been trying to address the most, since we play LF, RF, CF instead of 3 OF spots, I have Coghlan starting right now. Adam Jones would become my CF.


  31. Maitland says:

    @uncdrew: Kind of, but, you’re not putting enough emphasis on the no. Not just No Face, but, Steals Ain’t Got NO Face.

  32. pat says:

    What does everyone think of this team in a 10 team league that count is 5×5 plus hits, obp, innings, and losses?
    C- Russell Martin
    1b- Votto
    2b- Pedroia
    3b- Wright
    ss- Reyes
    Ofs- Braun, Choo, Bay
    Util- Borbon
    Sps- Wandy, Nolasco, Garza, Anderson, Slowey, Sanchez, Harden, Sheets
    Rps- Soria, Valverde, Wagner
    I missed the draft for this league so this is what I’ve done so far with what i was given

  33. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ Gray

    “Shame on a finga” is that a sneaky and well played Wu-Tang reference. If it was I am thouroughly impressed.

    Man, remember when they were good??

  34. sean says:

    @The Hebrew Hammer: I think both Ever-Cab and Alcides could outperform Elvis, and they come at a discount.

    I’m cautiously optimistic about Alcides. He’s got the best bat skills of the group and he’s a burner. His tremendous defense will keep him in the lineup despite a slump, and the Brewers seem committed to him by flipping Hardy. I’m concerned that he only attempted 4 steals despite being on base 22 times in 56 ABs. You would think he’d be in a hurry to showcase his speed. I’m also concerned that he is batting eighth in spring training and may not get the ABs and support to score as many runs as Elvis. Ultimately, I think injuries and suckitude (looking at you, McGehee) push him up the lineup card, but he’ll have to prove he can put up consistent quality appearances at the plate, or risk being stranded by the pitcher.

    Ever-Cab is probably the lightest hitting of the group, but he has the best pure speed and his high on-base skills will put him on basepaths the same if not more than the other two. Obviously, his lineup and ballpark are concerns, but homer-harsh parks often mean more extra base hits. I think he may lag behind both in runs scored, but he’ll probably make up for it with providing 10 more steals.

    We need to see a big step forward from Elvis to see him provide the value associated with his price tag. He plays in the best lineup of the group and has a full year of experience under his belt. Unfortunately, I don’t see his plate discipline improving to the point where he’ll outperform last year’s average. The only way he bumps his value is to either find his way to the top of the lineup with Kinsler out or if he starts tearing up the bases like he did when he and Borbon were first united last season.

  35. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ everyone:

    In other news Brandon Webb had another MRI, results out today.

    I am no Dr. Spaceman, but I do not think that is good.

  36. Nathan says:

    Dunno what’s up with the guys in my league, but Frasor and Morales are still sitting in the FA pool. A lot of guys drafted 1 or 0 closers. It’s a H2H league, so I guess it’s mildly excuseable, but still. Closers have been seriously devalued. Which is annoying, because I drafted 5 of them with the hope that’d I’d be able to trade one of them.

    I drafted both Bedard and Beltran in the late rounds, and can really only stash one of them. Which would you drop? Or would you keep both of them and be down a pitcher spot in an H2H league?

  37. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Joe Monte: @sean: Well, I’m used to Mets-Bashing by now, but there is hope. Great hope. Learned from an insider – I have close contacts within the organization – that the Metropolitans are working with a hurler whose fastball is a blur; according to my contact, he makes Aroldis Chapman appear like a junk-ball pitcher. A scout for the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets AAA farm team, recently referred a previously unknown pitcher, Hayden Finch to Omar Minaya. Met manager Jerry Maneul was persuaded, after some coaxing to give the kid a tryout. He was impressed, to say the least. To paraphrase his comments”If he didn’t have this great control, he’d be like the Terminator out there. Hell, that fastball, if off-target on the inside, would carry a batter’s kneecap back into the catcher’s mitt” Howard Johnson, the Mets batting coach, wanted to see what the kid had, first hand, so he figured he would take a couple of swings. Now Hojo has been long gone from the scene, but he once was pretty nifty with the bat, and has seen hundreds of pitchers in his day. Here are his comments: “I never dreamed a baseball could be thrown that fast. The wrist must have a lot to do with it, and all that leverage. You can hardly see the blur of it as it goes by. As for hitting the thing, frankly, I just don’t think it’s humanly possible. You could send a blind man up there, and maybe he’d do better hitting at the sound of the thing.”

    Take that as an exaggeration if you will. But I don’t think so. I heard something else, from a Mets groundskeeper in the Grapefruit league, who was watching the kid pass time before the game. “This kid points out a soda bottle on top of a fence post about the same distance home plate is from the pitcher’s rubber. He rears way back, comes around and pops the ball at it. Out there on that fence post the soda bottle explodes. It disintegrates like a rifle bullet hit it — just little specks of vaporized glass in a puff.

    Right now, rumors are swirling in the NY Dailies, but the Mets Oraganization is refusing to comment. Reportedly, the only issue is whether the youngster actually wants to play ball; he is a Buddhist, and is strongly considering a life of contemplation. But nevertheless, he is considering a contract. As soon as he does, look for him on ESPN, and pick him up ASAP, even if you have to use your first waiver pick. You will not regret this. All I ask is that when you cop your league championship, tell everyone that Paulie Allnuts first clued you in

  38. eltoo says:

    ESPN saying reyes to the DL (apologies if I am behind and someone already caught this)

  39. I’d like to personally thank the Padres for duping me into burning Mat Latos’ keeper eligibility in my league before the season even started.

  40. Drew says:

    Everth Cabrera is going to be stuck at the bottom of the lineup, right? Would it be prudent to drop him in order to pick up Escobar?

  41. Tom Reale says:

    Kudos on “Downs goes Frasor.”
    Downs showed last year that he is a decent closer when given the chance…but I agree that Madson is much more likely to falter earlier…Brokenback Mtn…ninja please!

  42. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey, do you like Kris Benson’s of effing this up (in a good way) in a Fantasy Razzball League? I’ve seen conflicting reports on whether he’s been named the D-Backs’ 5th SP.

  43. Tom Reale says:

    @Grey: @PaddyTwoTimes: Woah…woah…they will always be good! Didn’t get by me…trust.

    For steals…EverCab or Fowler? Neither would start so position eligibility doesn’t matter.

  44. timSTi says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: @Grey: Just to maintain my street cred, I got the reference as well. Just didn’t go buck wild with the trigga and type a response initially.

  45. John says:

    Out of these closers which one you would you want?
    Capps, Perez, Morales

    and is it worth picking up Latos over any of them?

  46. Bob says:

    Milton Bradley or Corey Hart?

  47. matthole says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: the quicker you ignore the hype the better off you’ll be. Seeing is believing with the mets. Until theres anothers proven SP or 2 the mets wont do jack shizz; dont care how good their lineup is or prospects….

    Im hoping they can do it too…would suck to have wait a few more yrs till theyre developed (that includeds jenrry)

    not a fan of the “grumpy old men comparison” yday?

  48. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Grey: Any info on whether the Pods are close to trading Heath Bell? If he goes, does Gregorson or Adams have the edge at closer? Are either of them worth picking up?

    Is Jake Fox worth anything now that he has catcher eligibility in Yahoo leagues?

    I heard that Mark Rzepczynski’s nickname is Scrabble.

    Thanks again, for answering all of our questions.

  49. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @matthole: He won’t come off until he is able to say his names backwards swiftly three times in a row…

  50. KarlJ. says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: @Grey:

    Funny story about the Wu-Tang Clan. I am an insurance agent working in NYC and several years ago I got a phone call from someone claiming to be “Papa Wu” and he said he needed to buy some commercial insurance for his NYC studio (36 Chambers). I didn’t really follow Wu Tang Clan and didn’t really know who Papa Wu was but I thought it could be a nice account for me because it sounded like they had several million dollars worth of equipment to insure there.
    Anyway, I went down there with some insurance underwriters and the place reeked of pot. There was a few guys sleeping on the couch too. When I introduced myself they started hugging me like I was one of their family. This was before ODB passed and apparently he had been recording at the studio the night before.
    Anyway long story short- after we left my underwriter was like “uh I don’t think we are going to be able to insure this” I never did end up writing the insurance for the studio but I got a bunch of free Wu-Tang stuff ( autographed posters, unreleased videos) and stuff

  51. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Tom Reale: Thanks for the info.

  52. timSTi says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: Kudos on the scrabble nickname.

  53. Bob says:

    Pardon me, but I’d like to revise my previous question:

    Corey Hart, Milton Bradley, or Michael Brantley?

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @KarlJ.: “I understand it’s a one of a kind blunt rolling machine, Mr. Bastard. But I don’t know if I can insure it.”

  55. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bob: Bradley

  56. Tip of the cap to Washington. With possibly the most fan friendly gesture in years, Willy Taveras and Willie Harris are set to share right field duties for the Nats. Willy is slightly larger than Willie, yet if you get them mixed up, you will not sound like an ass.

  57. Tom Reale says:

    @Grey: According to the RZE, Downs has the better method, man.
    @KarlJ.: Sounds like you were a fish out of ganga. Great story.
    @Nathan: I was watching that game yesterday. It was bad.

  58. Tom Reale says:

    @Grey: Do you have any ?’s for us from your draft results from yesterday? I kid, I kid.

  59. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom Reale: Probably do, I left the auction with no MI.

  60. KarlJ. says:

    @Grey: @Tom Reale:
    Ha! That’s pretty much what happened. Who said insurance was boring??

  61. brad says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: He’s a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd’s deciding about yoga — and his future in baseball.

  62. quimmy says:

    Had another draft last night, 11 team roto. They start alot of batters, thoughts:

    C – McCann
    C – Pudge
    1B – Fielder
    1B – Helton
    2B – Stewart
    2B – Prado
    3B – Zimmerman
    3B – Figgins
    SS – Andrus
    SS – EvCab
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Cruz
    OF – Jones
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Sizemore
    U – Kubel
    U – J.Rivera
    SP – Lester
    SP – Hamels
    SP – Nolasco
    SP – Baker
    SP – Liriano
    SP – Sheets
    RP – Rauch
    RP – Madson
    RP – Guerrier
    Bnch – Dusherer
    Bnch – Garcia
    Bnch – Latos
    Bnch – Pienero
    Bnch – Feliz
    DL – Bedard

    Followed your advice in this draft too Grey, loaded my bench with Pitching so I dont get sonovabench’d.

  63. Tony says:

    @Grey: hahah good one grey, whats it going to take for me to live down drafting HAPP and semi sticking up for him to make myself feel better? A 3.20 era? Sub 3? A CY YOUNG in his second season? LOL. I might have to snag up the silent H, i’d take cristian guzman in my league (10×10) since he hits for a good average, but he’s not guaranteed PT now.

  64. Euroalien says:

    With Bell, Rauch & Soriano as my closers…… do I still pick up Morales and drop Wuertz or Thornton……? (I’m thinking yes and drop Wuertz……)

  65. Grey

    Grey says:

    @quimmy: You look a little light on power, but if Kubel and Rivera do what I’m not sure they’re capable of that could change. Prado, Helton, Figgy, Andrus and EverCab are bringing your power numbers down a little but this is a deep 11 team league. Your pitching looks fine.

    @Tony: Guzman? Hmm…

    @Euroalien: Drop Wuertz for Morales.

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  66. BMcP says:

    Was waiting for the obligatory Finch story – thanks, Paulie!

  67. Ashley says:

    Another manager is willing to trade me Gordon Beckham and a good draft pick for Kinsler once Beckham gains 2b-eligibility..

    I have a ton of speed, so I wouldn’t be missing Kinsler’s SB (even though I don’t think he’ll get more than 20 this year).

    Sound like a good trade to you?

  68. stynyr says:

    Any idea if/when Yahoo! will put Reyes on the DL? I’m trying to add Latos to see what he does in his first start but I’m afraid to drop Harang…

  69. john murn says:

    sorry to crash this topic guys, but the filler i had for our razzball league hasn’t come through. we need one for the razzball 12 team roto draft tonight, 9 eastern,. reply to this message ASAP for league invite!

    grey/rudy, might you stand in and draft the team in case we don’t find one?

  70. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ John

    What type of league; is it one of those when you pick worst team or is it real?

    What site? I am down if on yahoo. Got my ranks on there. Got no printer to get the ranks.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: It’s ESPN and free. Just leave the Yahoo ranks open on your desktop while you draft at ESPN, c’mon, you’re a Razzballer now!

  72. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ Gray: Razzballers are the toughest and most rugged men around. I do not fit in.

    I cannot do anymore ESPN :( I use those leagues instead of mocks to draft. I am at the cap. FUX!

  73. Joe says:

    Would you trade Victorino and either Brett Anderson or Jered Weaver for Granderson (6×6 roto with OPS as the 6th category)? If yes, my best waiver wire replacement options look like Randy Wolf, Shaun Marcum and Jeff Niemann, which of those would you pick up?

  74. Joe says:

    @Joe: What if I can take the hit in BA? Going by ESPN’s projections (I know, I know. They’re just the most convenient for a quick assessment right on the page) I’ll still have 6 out of 9 guys hitting over .280 with 4 guys in the .300s, so I’m not worried about a potential drop there. Is it that the difference between Grandy and Victorino isn’t that huge, are Weaver and Anderson that valuable, or is the waiver wire that thin?

  75. Joe says:

    @Grey: Sorry, realized I replied to the wrong message…
    What if I can take the hit in BA? Going by ESPN’s projections (I know, I know. They’re just the most convenient for a quick assessment right on the page) I’ll still have 6 out of 9 guys hitting over .280 with 4 guys in the .300s, so I’m not worried about a potential drop there. Is it that the difference between Grandy and Victorino isn’t that huge, are Weaver and Anderson that valuable, or is the waiver wire that thin?

  76. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe: Victorino beat Grandy in OPS last year, so I guess my question is what are you gaining? They both hit at the bottom of the order, so RBIs and Runs will be similar, but Grandy will hit 20 extra homers. Are 20 extra homers worth a #3 starter? If so, then go for it.

    EDIT: Number.

  77. Joe says:

    @Grey: Wow, I somehow managed to miss that. I guess I’m assuming the natural BABIP correction and the new stadium leading to a higher AVG and OPS for Grandy, so I don’t expect that to repeat next year, but it’s disconcerting nonetheless. Thanks for the help!

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