The peasant Royals finally called up the first baseman, Kila Ka’aihue, who was blocked by Mike Jacobs last year in a boneheaded move.  His name is not pronounced Killer Kahlua.  Kila has a career .386 OBP in the minor leagues.  I guess Moore has no place for that on his team that has a .325 OBP.  In Stephen’s Minor League Review of the Royals, he wrote, “In 555 Triple-A at-bats (across two years), (Kila’s) hit for a .211 ISO.  The power is legit.  If given the chance at full playing time, the Royals could have a 25 homer, .400 OBP first baseman/DH.  Oh, and for Halloween I want to dress up as Grey but I don’t know how to make my head simultaneously big and stupid.”  Whoa, I gotta start proofreading these Minor League Reviews a little closer.  The only problem with Kila is I’m not sure where the Royals are going to play him.  Grab in deep mixed and AL-Only leagues.  Everyone else, hold your junk until we see how his playing time shakes out and to make sure this Kila is shooting something besides BBs.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike Aviles – 3-for-5 with a homer as the Royals finally called up another guy.  If you’re hurting for average, Aviles could provide some support, bra.

Luke Hochevar – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Hochevar wants you to fall for the old banana in the tailpipe again.  Don’t do it.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Out until Friday with a tight left quad.  Hopefully, on Friday it’s not a split quad game.  Yeah, that probably made no sense.

Stephen Strasburg – The Nats moved the carrot a little closer to their fans, promoting Strasburg to Triple-A.  If you build the hype, they will come.  Get your House of Strasburg gear ready for a mid-June call-up.  I don’t own Strasburg anywhere and am trying to stay away from the hype, but it’s out there in full force.  If you do have Strasburg, I’m going to tell you to sell him as his hype peaks in June.  If you don’t own him and he’s sitting on waivers, I’d grab him so when the hype crescendos you can exploit it.

Livan Hernandez – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K.  Now has 4 wins and a 0.99 ERA.  In other news, water is dry.

Tyler Clippard – 1 2/3 IP, 0 ER for his 7th Hold.  Now has a 0.46 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP with 25 Ks in 19 2/3 IP.  Need help with those ratios, there ya go.

Steven Pearce – The Pirates recalled their Quad-A phenom, Pearce.  This could significantly hurt Clement’s playing time.  Don’t the Pirates know my fantasy teams are Ron Popeil’ing Jeff Clement in their catcher slot?  This news to me is like the mint to Mr. Creosote.  I was fine with Grandy getting injured, with Quentin sucking on the suckwagon, even with Filthy Sanchez not having a great last start, but now I’m losing my every day catcher?  *explosion*

Jeff Clement – 0-for-3, as he hits .164.  Speaking of Quad-A players, he’s really doing nothing to warrant every day at-bats anyway.  I’d start to look elsewhere.

Octavio Dotel – 1 IP, 0 ER and the Save.  Proving that old fantasy baseball idiom, even a broken closer is right twice a month.

Geovany Soto – 1-for-3 with his 4th homer as he bats .323 on the year.  It’s shame that he’s batting so low in the order because he only has 9 RBIs.  Testing my power of persuasion:  the Cubs should move Aramis down in the order.  His .149 average warrants it.

Alfonso Soriano – Now has 5 homers in the last 4 games and he’s batting .321.  He’s a spry Latin 34, I tell ya.

Clayton Kershaw – 1 1/3 IP, 7 ER when Ramon Ortiz relieved him.  I wonder how many Dodger fans thought this was a Ramon Ortiz masterpiece since no one in LA shows up to the game until the 3rd inning.  Obviously, a terrible Kershaw start, but he had some in the beginning of last year too.  Now’s not the time to panic.

Evan Longoria – 3-for-4 as he hit his 7th homer and bats .364.  I don’t talk much about the top hitters in the game, assuming they’re hitting as they should be, so there’s nothing really to say about Longoria, except he’s putting together an MVP season.

James Shields – 8 IP, 2 ER, 10 Ks.  Now the AL Ks leader, which fittingly enough makes me want to drink.

Franklin Morales – He’s kinda losing his shizz right in front of our eyes.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see Corpas or Betancourt get a crack at a save in the case of Sooner vs. Later.

Kevin Kouzmanoff – 6 for his last 11 with a homer.  Cust kayin’.

Juan Pierre – Now has 5 steals in the last three games.  SAGNOF!

Jose Contreras – Charlie Manuel said he may look at Contreras to close out some games if Lidge can’t go.  This sounds like hooey.  Only go near Contreras in the most desperate of scenarios.

Brad Lidge – In a non-move that spoke wonders, Manuel didn’t bring Lidge in to close out a 1-0 game.  Pujols wasn’t even due up, though he was wearing his, “I Own Lidge And All I Got Was This Stupid Shirt” shirt.

Cole Hamels – 8 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks, 1 Fan Running Onto The Field, Zero Tasering, 2 Bad.

A.J. Burnett – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He had his curve working for the first time all year and the Ks returned.  I do believe he pitched well partially out of spite because his long-time nemesis, Posada, wasn’t catching.

Joba Chamberlain – Got the save as Mo got, uh, mo rest.  Supposedly, Mariano will be back by Friday, but better to be safe than sorry and grab Joba.

Yunel Escobar – Heads to the 15-day DL with a strained left groin.  This was the best case scenario.  No, that’s not right.  Best case scenario would be he’s healthy… Actually, best case scenario is he was healthy and hitting well.  So the good news is Yunel received the 3rd best best case scenario.

Jason Heyward – 2-for-2 with his 8th homer yesterday.  In a move that’s going to make you question why on Earth you ask me anything, I dropped Heyward last week in one of my leagues.  It was a 12 team league with no bench and, well, I’m dumb.

Wade LeBlanc – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Rockies.  Guess where this start was?  It rhymes with Repko.  LeBlanc gets the Giants next then the Dodgers at home.  Nice matchups there, now grab him.

Kyle Blanks – 0-for-2 as he bats .189 on the year.  Blanks is proving to be quite the aptronym (Word of the Day!).

Travis Snider – Now 5-for-9 in his last two games with a homer and a steal.  Might not be anything, but if he’s coming around and was dropped in your league, you should pick him up.

Nick Blackburn – 9 IP, 3 ER, 12 baserunners, 2 Ks.  About as ugly as you can get for a complete game.  I will call you, Blechburn.

J.R. Towles – Sent to the minors as the Astros threw in the *pinkie to mouth* Towles.  Don’t get me wrong, Towles hasn’t been good, but the Astros had to get Humberto Quintero back into the lineup?  Whatevs, I’m not trying to figure it out.

Ian Kennedy – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER as Oswalt threw 7 IP but gave up a run.  The baby boomers will be happy; this time Kennedy took out Oswalt.

  1. penpen says:

    Blackburn’s line reminds me: didn’t there used to be a glossary term for when your pitcher throws a 3 ER Complete Game giving up three solo homers to hitters who are also on your team? I coulda sworn I saw this on Razzball at some point, but considering how rare this would be (total Elias Sports Bureau-bait), not surprised if it got erased. Then again if this was never a Razzball term, I have no idea where this concept even came from.

  2. I guess my boy must be a top hitter since you never talk about him. Four Home Runs and nary a word in edgewise.

  3. Terrence Mann says:

    Upon hearing about Ernie Harwell’s life today, Mike Scioscia offered Mike Napoli to the Dodgers for Vin Scully.

    On a serious note, I heard an interview last season with Dayton Moore where Moore said Kila has a “hole in his swing”. I don’t see how Kila is going to get playing time without a Jose Guillen trade (which will happen at some point this season, anyway).

  4. DrEasy says:

    That R.Ortiz relieving Kershaw for batting practice duties was Ramon, mon.

    For Snider it was just a matter of time. He had the worst BABIP in the league, now the balls are falling for hits.

    I’ve been “waivering” between Pierre and other schmohawks looking for offensive stats, and of course he gets going just as I drop him.

  5. penpen says:

    Anyone else waivering Romero/Cecil/Morrow? They’re like a high risk, high reward (i.e. K’s) version of HodgePadres. Call them HodgePodgeJays.

  6. SotoMojo says:

    Jon Lester has put April behind him… Love It!

  7. Kennedy’s been a big help for me. Only thing is now I cant just stream him or someone else is liable to grab him.

  8. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    ” The baby boomers will be happy; this time Kennedy took out Oswalt…”

    Brilliant Shizz

  9. Daniel says:

    So Charlie Manuel trusted Brad Lidge to push a 1-1 tie into extra innings, but didn’t trust him to attempt to close out the game when it was 1-0? Someone’s gotta remind Charlie that Hamels retiring the first 24 batters without allowing a run is the exception, not the rule.

  10. 5 stars for the aptronym post…kudos to me for puzzling for a bit but not having to look it up.

  11. Pat says:

    @ penpen – i love the hpj’s… just picked up cecil after i dropped (doh!) romero just before his 12 k game. hopefully he can keep up near this pace for a bit.

    @ grey – kennedy – oswalt comment… genius

  12. Tony says:

    james shields makes me puke, where were you last year james shields!

    @grey: i dont own kershaw but the owner in my league IS panicking, shot me a text late last night, wants reyes and cargo, obviously not just for kershaw…. i’m not about to deal reyes, but what about something like my HAREN/CARGO for his TEX/Kershaw?

    I dont know if i could maybe even buy lower, with that deal i feel like I’m actually giving him something and I myself am HOPING kershaw turns it around (even tho i would be getting a first rounder, TEX).

    anyone else snag up snider after his first night of hitting and enjoy that 3-5 like this guy? i mean com’n he’s hitting against the tribe! That could jumpstart about anyone in MLB.

  13. Tony says:

    Or what about PENCE for Kershaw? Or is that almost TOO MUCH right now? Haha, i offered the guy DOTEL telling him how i dont even know if i want kershaw that he’s horrible!

  14. hideousmutants says:

    Am falling behind in steals and just offered Cecil (recent waiver pick on my very strong staff) and Maybin for Rajai/Corpas (hoping Manny vultures a few before Street returns).

    Good? Bad? Meh?

  15. Bodymore says:

    Sorry , gotta do it. Sonofabench! Andy Laroche and Vlad on my bench last night for 2 HR 6 RBI, when my entire team has produced 1 HR 4 RBI this whole week. Bad times for my team after a hot start…

  16. Dom says:

    Someone please give me some reason why Grady Sizemore sucks so much this year…will he turn it around this year?

  17. David_C says:

    kila has slider bat speed

  18. steamer says:

    so nice to wake up & see a line like that from Kershaw….there goes my ERA & WHIP for the week. Oh & I benched Santana at Bos.

  19. Back to Minors says:

    Kennedy taking out Oswalt…fabulous!

  20. ASAOK says:

    Maybin, Fowler, Chipper or Smoak for a util spot? no particular need. Thanks!

  21. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Rasmus/Rauch for FraGu/Lackey

    Sure wouldn’t mind the Rauch for Lackey swap, but I’m loving Rasmus in that StL lineup. Don’t think this is in my favor overall, but I’m interested in the opinions of others.

  22. @ Grey – Kennedy/Oswalt. I thought you wouldn’t top yesterday’s Benjamin Button reference for at least a few days. How do you do it?

    In a 20-team roto league, who do you like more from here on out, Kershaw or Wandy? They’re on the same team and I want to target one in a trade. If I could get one of them for Eric Young plus, say, Latos or Kazmir, it’s a good deal, no?

    In a 14-team league with guys like Buchholz, Marcum, Gio Gonzales, Morrow, Cecil, and various Padres floating around on waivers, is there any reason to roster one of them as a 5th starter, or to I just stream based on matchups? Or do I make a trade for someone better? (My other four starters are Verlander, Price, Garza, and Baker).


  23. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @DrEasy: i dropped him a few weeks ago when injuries forced me to drop him. but i’ve been watching him closely knowing his babip had to catch up. now i’m picking him back up.

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: i’m not high on lackey. given rauch’s and rasmus’s starts, i’d think you could do better than lackey as the SP. plus if in sept rasmus has 30 bombs and 100 RBIs and 15 SBs and rauch as 35+ saves you might feel kinda foolish when lackey has a 4.00+ era.

    @Enrique: damn that’s a lot of quality arms on the wire in a 14 team league. none of my 3 12 team leagues has any of the first 5 guys you named available.

  25. Benfatti says:

    @ Grey

    If you had Ubaldo, what would be your asking price in a trade for him? I’m starting to get some offers, but I figure it must be the ultimate sell–high trade right now, or I would just rather keep him.

    Just looking for a couple of names.


  26. Dan Meyer says:

    Have Jimanez, Josh Johnson, Slowey, CJ Wilson as my top four pitchers (Wandy and Ian Kennedy are rounding out my staff).

    Need some help at OF. With this information, would you give your CJ for his Jay Bruce?


  27. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: i’ve been shopping kershaw for a week or so. trying to package him with a hitter for either a pitching or hitting upgrade. but no one wants to do a 2-for-1. this start pretty much seals the deal that i’ll be sitting on kershaw for at least another month before owners get this bad taste out of their mouths.

  28. Tony says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: ya its wild that some of the guys are available in some of these guys leagues that are supposedly “deeper” than my leagues… i have a H2H 12 teamer and a roto 12 teamer (rcl) none of the guys mentioned are on waivers 95% of the time.

  29. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Benfatti: Pick the position you’re after, then pick the best player at that position. That’s who you should target… Pujols, Hanley, Utley, A-Rod, etc. I wouldn’t sell him for less than that.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Okay… stop reading my thoughts, and then postng them verbatim; it’s creepy.

  30. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Benfatti: i think you gotta aim really high. even still, SPs have breakout years and “down” years all the time. it wouldn’t surprise anyone if beckett ends up with a 4.00+ era or haren has a high 3.00 era. and jimenez could easily be this year’s grienke. so i think unless someone blows you away don’t bite. i think at this point, ubaldo ends up with an era just below 3, about 1K/IP, and 18-20Ws. should the era “drops” from here, but he’s not gonna suddenly be a 5.00 era guy. hell last year his may, june, and august were almost as good as this year’s april. so this isn’t out of nowhere.

  31. Billy says:

    Trade help, my pitching staff sucks so i need help, 12 team h2h, should i make this trade? my pitching staff is Bills, Wandy, Buch, Slowly, Baker, Scherzer, Leake, Gracia and fister. So no stud…

    I get Kershaw, Beckham and Polanco

    he gets Kinsler and Jamie Garcia


  32. Critter Nagurski says:

    but he did bring in lidge to protect a 1-1 tie with no outs and a man in scoring position, no?

  33. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Billy: i still don’t think you are bringing in a stud. if you are trading away kinsler you should be able to find a lester or haren or someone out there that can go deeper than 5 2/3 innings in a game.

  34. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Billy: Wait… you pitching staff sucks so you want to add Kershaw and remove Garcia? No comprende…

  35. Billy says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Good point, i just liked the fact i was getting a nice 2b back although not producing…

  36. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Billy: you should be able to trade kinsler for kershaw + beckham without including garcia. especially after last night. and i do i’d that deal if i owned kinsler.

  37. @ThePoonTycoon: I agree! This 14-team league is the smallest I’ve ever played in so I don’t know how out of character it is … I think one culprit is that we count holds, and so each team keeps a couple of middle relievers on their roster.

    Regardless, it’s a such a contrast to my 20-teamer (where I’m a pitcher short and where streaming options like Willis or Jason Vargas are snapped up two days ahead of time to make sure nobody else gets ’em) that I had a very realistic dream a few days ago where I found a loophole that allowed me to pick up a guy on waivers one league and play him in the other. I woke up in a great mood.

    Which brings me to a second question:

    @ Grey (or anyone else) — in the aforementioned 20-team league, is it worth picking up either Davis or Harrison in tomorrow’s Texas-KC game? Or is it best to stay away when the pickin’ is this bad?

  38. Frank Rizzo says:

    Kennedy taking out Oswalt? That would be a comedy killer for baby boomers. Thankfully I’m a useless, listless Gen X’er and think it’s pretty damn funny.

    I watched the Cubs game. Both Soriano and Soto were real close to each having 2 HR’s. Soto has been unbelievable. If you’re in a league with an OPS category he must be a top 3 catcher. Glad I stuck with him through the ugly first couple weeks.

  39. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Frank Rizzo: and yet people keep asking if they should drop him. un-freaking-believable.

    also, for napoli owners (like myself in 2 leagues) who rode out the jeff mathis experiment, napoli is batting over .400 in the last week. he hasn’t gona bomb crazy yet, so he might not have caught the attention of a lot of owners yet, but now is the time to grab him if you are plugging away with clement or someone, or if you have mauer or posada banged up.

  40. The Rockies’ bullpen is coming apart….Morales is getting hit around, they mention using Corpas when the situation is right, then last night Corpas gets the blown save and Morales gets the loss. Like clockwork.

    Time for Betencourt?

  41. MattW says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Would you trade Lind and Hamilton for Holliday? Here’s my team in a 12team 6×6 H2H (OBP and Slug)

    C. Napoli
    1b. Morneau
    2b. Hill
    SS. Reyes
    3b. Wright
    MI. Callaspo
    CI. Robot
    OF. Braun
    OF. Lind
    OF. Hamilton
    OF. Rios
    Util. Span

  42. Commish Cauda says:

    I think I already know the answer since he (Porcello) is your favorite pitcher, but I’ll ask anyway…

    Deep 20-team, H2H-POINTS keeper league…thinking of buying low on Kershaw…offer up Porcello for him?

    Porcello is not in my starting line-up, so there’s no reason why I can’t stash on my bench instead in an effort to reap some high return down the road. You likey or no?

  43. Andy says:

    Need some help.

    My outfield is atrocious. With Sizemore, Ibanez and Borbon sucking ass, BJ Upton getting unlucky, and Curtis Granderson injured, I seriously got some shizz to deal with.

    So to recap, my OF:
    BJ Upton

    I think it’s time to give up on Borbon…so I picked up JD Drew and I need someone else in place of Granderson. I could use some speed, since all the guys I drafted for speed can’t even get on base.

    My options: Coghlan, Maybin, Gomez, Pagan, Stubbs.

  44. KarlJ. says:

    @Awesomus Maximus:
    I would prefer the Rasmus side. I think he has a strong chance of putting up 30 hrs/ 20 sbs/ 100 runs this year.

  45. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @MattW: i don’t think holliday is that much of an upgrade over lind or a healthy hamilton individually. in short, i think that’s a too much given both lind and hamilton could put up similar numbers minus a little avg. i would go with lind + span maybe or something like that. lind + some low-level brarely above ww fodder type guy and see what the holliday owner does.

    @Commish Cauda: that’s be like buying kershaw for a nickel on the dollar.

  46. KarlJ. says:

    Poon, I just wanted to give you a thumbs up because you have really been helpful to a lot of people in the comments section. You and Baron really stepped up when Grey was away for a few days.

  47. Wilsonian says:

    @Anybody: These are preemptive strikes here, but who do you drop when Nellie comes off the DL? Abreu, Krispie, Konerko, MMD? I’m not sure which direction to lean here as Krispie is tied with Konerko for my team lead in RBIs and Abreu and MMD are sucking mini-donkey balls right now.

    Who do you drop, if any, when Wood comes off the DL? Bucchy or Lewis (rolling with K-Rod, Aardsma and Crapps at present).

  48. Benfatti says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: @ThePoonTycoon:

    Thanks guys, I agree with what you’re saying. Always nice to have more perspectives than your own when you are looking at some of these offers.

    What would you think of McCann/Panda/Kershaw for Olivo/Berkman/Jimenez?

  49. Matt B says:

    Holliday & Beckett enough for my A-Rod in a 12-team 5×5 h2h keeper? I have Reynolds to play at 3B. I could maybe try for Johan in the deal

  50. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Benfatti: maybe but anyone selling ubaldo for anything less than top dollar is doing themselves a disservice.

    @KarlJ.: yeah no problem. it helps me gauge other’s perspectives on things too. and keeps me from efficiently working in the morning hours then i spend my afternoons trying to catch back up. ha.

  51. Waiting around for Rollins…..Aviles or Alcides Escobar? I’m leaning Aviles but I can’t shake Escobar’s potential.

  52. Tony says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: ya i’d be receiving kershaw, and like grey said he did a similar deal last year, my thing is the guy i’m dealing with thinks he’s still gonna get good value outta him just because he took him high in the draft? LOL 5th or 6th round maybe? well i’m sorry but after a 7 run debacle you dont get crap for him….

    like i said i offered Dotel, that might tick him off but i wanna show him what i think he’s worth (now)….. and maybe i can snake him away.

  53. @Commish Cauda: If you can trade Porcello for Kershaw you should do it and then go to church every Sunday for a month to give thanks.

  54. Frank Rizzo says:

    Speaking of Kershaw, watching him is like having 5 inch screws being drilled slowly into my brain. I’m really sorry now that I passed on the likes of Hanson in the same area.

    Would any of you try to package up Kershaw in a deal that would get either T Hanson or Liriano back in return?

  55. Mr. Rickey says:

    Who is a better SAGNOF candidate – Betancourt or Villanueva?

    Also, Stavinhoa or Pearce?

  56. PureBwa says:

    Well it was certainly a good night to have Ervin, Hamels and Shields going. Brought my ERA down to a stellar 4.55.

    How are we feeling about Bills vs. the Brew Crew tonight?

  57. timSTi says:

    @Grey: You like Aviles over Pennington for a Rollins replacement? I do have a serious need for AVG.

  58. Wilsonian says:

    @Frank Rizzo: If you could do something that includes Kershaw and doesn’t also include the remainder of your roster for Hanson or Liriano, you should definitely do it now. Or, preferably before yesterday’s blow up. But seriously, if you could swing something, do it.

  59. mrbaseball says:

    Sizemore – mr suck – How does a 5 tool player become – Tool-Less

    Has he been working out with Corey Patterson in the off season

  60. Matt B says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I’m in the same boat. He went to me a little late in my 12-team 5×5 h2h keeper but there are a few names on this list I would love to have instead: 71. Kershaw; 82. Ubaldo; 85. Billingsley; 87. Lackey; 89. Nolasco;

  61. mrbaseball says:

    Hamels night fell apart when the fan ran on the field last night – usually the opossing hitters is what cause Hamels game to fall apart

  62. steamer says:

    @PureBwa: I don’t think you can start Bills vs the Brewers unless you’re in a H2H & started Kershaw last night like I did, and you’re ERA & WHIP are screwed for the week.

  63. Eric says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: Similar dilemma here, it’s Aviles or Brignanc. Grey, which do you like more?

  64. mrbaseball says:

    era steals

    Liván Hernández —.099
    Jaime García ——–.112
    Wade LeBlanc ——.116
    Doug Fister ———.129
    Phil Hughes ——–.144
    Brad Penny ———.156

    whip steals

    Brett Cecil ———.077
    Doug Fister ——–.080
    Phil Hughes ——-.088
    Carlos Silva ——-.100
    Jaime García —–.100

  65. steamer says:

    Carlos Lee was just dropped in my league. Is he worth the #1 WW claim? I think I’ve been waiting all year for a claim like this.

  66. Ian says:


    Kerry Wood was just dropped (after being held this whole time, weird) after a shaky rehab outing. Should I burn the #1 waiver priority on him? I’ve got Chris Perez FWIW.

  67. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @steamer: hells yes

  68. mrbaseball says:


    Max Scherzer was just dropped in my league

    never mind – it was me who dropped him

  69. @Eric: I dropped Brignac for Aviles. I’m not seeing anything out of Brignac that’s making me hold him over the next schmohawk.

  70. Brettj72 says:

    I have Clement at C. Who would you drop him for? Napoli, Barajas, and Snyder are all available.

  71. Wilsonian says:

    @Brettj72: why had you not already? Any of those are better than Clement, who might now be either demoted to hot dog vendor, or at least see MINIMAL playing time.

  72. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: ah, my bad, I see you asked “WHO would you drop him for”, not just “WOULD you drop him for”. I still would’ve dropped that bum awhile ago. My vote would go Barajas, Snyder, Napoli. I’m sure you’ll get conflicting opinions here. But any of those three would be an upgrade from Clement.

  73. Dingo says:

    @Bodymore: Vlad is 2 for 2 in hitting home runs on days when I bench him. Sonovavlad!

  74. mrbaseball says:

    Grey said it best two years ago when Carlos Lee broke his finger

    Send El Caballo to the glue factory

  75. Dingo says:

    @Brettj72: I’d go Napoli then Snyder.

  76. Back to Minors says:

    @Brettj72: Napoli is heating up

  77. Tom Emanski says:

    Lol at “aptronym”. I’ll be using that everywhere now.

    Who else has or is going to give up on Scherzer soon?

  78. Tom Emanski says:

    @mrbaseball: I had bother Lee and Kinsler that year. They got hurt around the same time and killed my first place H2H league.

  79. Howard says:

    Morning Grey! With Manny coming back I can only keep 2 of these speed demons: Rajai, Borbon or Alcides? Thanks! I think I’ll call my team the Flyin’ SAGNOFs!

  80. mrbaseball says:

    There was an Oliver Stone sighting at the Kennedy – Oswalt match up last night

  81. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Brettj72: napoli is hitting over .400 in the last week. mathis was already getting cold at the plate, is a .211 career hitter anyway, and hand/wrist injuries aren’t the easiest injuries to overcome when a major part of your job is hitting a baseball.

    napoli is just a better hitter than snyder/bajaras. he’ll get his 350+ ABs hit his 20 HRs with a decent enough avg and good OBP/OPS for a C.

  82. Commish Cauda says:

    @Tom Emanski: I gave up on him the day he was traded to the AL

  83. Back to Minors says:

    RE: Grady Sizemore…I wonder how much of this shitty start can be attributed to him hitting out of the 2 hole?

  84. timSTi says:

    Also, are we liking Leblanc over CJ Wilson as a back end matchups guy?

  85. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @timSTi: no we are not. cj wilson has been an every start starter for me since week 2.

  86. timSTi says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Hmm. I’m in a 1300 IP max league. How about Leblanc over Vazquez? I’m itching to ditch him haha. My ERA & WHIP are the league worst, but I’m at the top in K’s & Wins.

  87. Bob says:

    Pence or McClouth?

  88. Jarrad says:

    @Bob: Pence

  89. Andy says:


    Start or sit Billingsley tonight?

  90. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @timSTi: i’m in a 1300 IP max league too. if you don’t NEED vazquez right now (and i wouldn’t use him anywhere until he strings together 2-3 QS), i would just hold tight on him. i own him in a h2h league where he feel into to me as the 30th or so SP off the board, and i’m holding him for the time being. maybe he gets the mechanical flaws fixed and pitches like i expected when i drafted him (~4.00 era, ~1.20 whip, 200+Ks, 15Ws) or maybe not. but leblanc isn’t winning a league for you and at best would only be a hodgepadre that kept your ratios intact. 1300 IP max isn’t that much either. what would leblanc be? you #7 or #8 SP? you might only start him 10 times the entire rest of the season if that.

  91. dave says:

    I have Seth Smith, who’s losing time to Eric Young. I also have Melky Cabrera, who is sucking. Should I drop one or both and pick up Steven Pearce and/or Nate Sheirholtz?

  92. Grey

    Grey says:

    @penpen: Yeah, might’ve been. Terms do get erased if not used after a while.

    @Andre Ethier’s Mom: Always looking out for your boy, you.

    @Terrence Mann: Ha… Yeah, a hole in swing, not like 3/4 of his team.

    @DrEasy: My bad, thanks for catching it. They are equally Ortizy.

    @penpen: Ha

    @Elijah: Yup

    @SotoMojo: Yup

    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks, Mr. Baseball gets an assist for yesterday.

    @Daniel: Yup

    @Elijah: Nice

    @Pat: Thanks!

    @Tony: I’d take Tex’s side there.

    @Tony: I’d send Pence for Kershaw.

    @hideousmutants: Meh

    @Bodymore: Ouch

    @Dom: He’s had a few hits in the last few games.

    @David_C: Yeah, could bat .250.

    @steamer: Ouch

    @Back to Minors: Hehe

    @ASAOK: Smoak

    @Awesomus Maximus: It’s fair, depends on needs.

    @Enrique: Thanks! Trade for Kershaw. Latos and Young would be fair.

    @Benfatti: Top hitters at any position. Kemp… Tex… Wright… Etc.

    @Dan Meyer: I’d take Bruce.

    @Critter Nagurski: Yeah, but it wasn’t a save.

    @Enrique: I wouldn’t touch those pitchers.

    @Frank Rizzo: Nice

    @Mark Geoffriau: Could be.

    @Commish Cauda: I’d want Kershaw.

    @Andy: Maybin

    @Wilsonian: Ask the day before, things could change.

    @Matt B: Sure, it’s enough.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Alcides

    @Mr. Rickey: Betancourt… Pearce

    @PureBwa: Nervous, but starting him.

    @timSTi: Yeah, go for it.

    @mrbaseball: Ha

    @steamer: Sure

    @Ian: Yup

    @mrbaseball: Ha

    @Brettj72: Napoli

    @Howard: Hehe… Rajai and Alcides.

    @mrbaseball: Ha

    @Matt: We’ll see…

    @Back to Minors: Can’t see why that would be.

    @Andy: Starting him…But obviously it could be hair raising.

  93. Grey

    Grey says:

    @dave: Lose Smith for Pearce.

  94. mrbaseball says:

    @Back to Minors – Grady Sizemore…I wonder how much of this shitty start can be attributed to him hitting out of the 2 hole?

    there is no reason for him not to get good pitchers to hit from the 2 hole – he does have choo choo behind him the Indians best hitter

    lets tell the truth here HE IS OVER RATED – he never hit for ave and his rbi production was kind of weak – but where did his homerun power go

  95. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @mrbaseball: I’ve been considering taking a Scherz myself, but the options in the FA pool aren’t screaming “OWN ME!” C.J. Wilson is attractive, LeBlanc and Ian Kennedy are tempting… but didn’t max have 4 quality starts before these last two outings?

    I’m in first place in the 10-team league where I’ve got him, but I’m getting 6 points from ERA, 4 points for WHIP and 5.5 points for Ws… so I’m seriously considering swapping Max for Clippard. Anybody think it would be crazy to carry an MR strictly for ERA/WHIP help in a 10-teamer?

  96. Jäger bombers says:

    So a guy in my league is a big Giants fan and wants Sandoval… He offered me Ethier, Jones, and dice k for Werth and Sandoval. I don’t think this is a good deal plus it leaves me with beltre to fill the gap at 3b.
    I countered with:

    Werth, Sandoval, and Quentin for Cargo, Ethier, and Stewart … How is the deal?

  97. Tony says:

    @Grey: you losing faith in pence then? Most any deal i’ve hypothetically put out there you’ve said toss pence in….. still think he hits your preseason #’s? I’m guessing no since you’re selling….

  98. kangaroo hops says:

    Re: Jose Contreras. Are you saying you TRUST Brad Lidge? Seems inevitable to me that he will flail fabulously…flaybulous, that is. Contreras seems like a smart speculation.

  99. ThePoonTycoon says:

    god i am seriously lulz’ing right now at work.

    my arch nemesis in my primary h2h keeper league tried to get too cute with his staff, and benched c lee (v. tb) this week in favor of floyd (v. kc, v. tor). he also owns and started kershaw. bwahahahaha.

    that kids is why you don’t try to micromanage your SP matchups.

  100. mrbaseball says:

    @Awesomus Maximus Says:Max Scherzer

    the league is hitting .315 against him – he is not fooling anybody – also there are not enough K’s here from a so call strike out pitcher
    he walks alot of batters and gives up the long ball – his era and whip are terrible – he did not pitch too bad aganst KC just like everyone else – all that is left at the moment is the NAME – Max Scherzer that does not win fantasy baseball championships

  101. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Re: Grady Sizemore… in his last 6 games, he’s batting .296 with 5 runs, 4 RBI and a SB in 27 ABs. Not saying this is the level of production you drafted him for (I’d also like to know where the HRs are), but this could easily be him turning the corner.

  102. mrbaseball says:

    dropping Max Scherzer was damage control before he faces the american east

  103. Kazmere says:

    Over on my innings limit, can sit Slowey and his +6 ERA vs Detroit. And finally getting my ERA/WHIP to a respectable level… Sit or start? I know what you’re gonna say, Grey. …sigh…

  104. mrbaseball says:

    Grady Sizemore – it does not matter if he puts up bad numbers – if you drafted him you are stuck with him (you can’t drop a Grady Sizemore) so let the good time rolls – what I was saying the most RBI’s you will get out of him will be around 80 this year – its a number you have to live with and you have to hope he can get his average up to around .260

  105. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @mrbaseball: Max also threw 7 innings with 7 base runners, 7 Ks and 3 ERs @ Arlington. So it’s not like his only promise was shown vs. KC… and it showed he’s still got the goods to K people.

    Don’t get me wrong, I still think he’s drop-worthy… but only if the alternative is someone above a borderline spot-starter (I dropped him in one league for Jaime Garcia).

  106. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jäger bombers: I’d take the Werth side.

    @Tony: No, haven’t lost faith, but Pence for Kershaw, I’d take Kershaw.

    @kangaroo hops: Contreras seems as likely to get shelled.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Hehe

    @Kazmere: Sit him if you like, you know what I’m going to say.

  107. nmdunkel says:

    Dear James Shields,

    I hate you. I realize hate is a strong word…that’s why I’m using it. I totally called you breaking out in 2007, owned you in every league, and sang your praises to all. Since then, you have somehow found a way to abuse my trust and vomit on my expectations every season. In 2008, you were the epitome of a homeschooler. In 2009, you Pwnson’d me on a regular basis. So I decided it wasn’t working out anymore, we just needed to go our separate ways.

    And now this? Oh, what, you wanna be good THIS year? After I owned you all last year? What kind of crap is that? I was loyal as hell to you, the LEAST you could do is stink it up and kill someone else’s ratios. Oh, so I guess the relationship was all my fault, I was holding you back, huh?


  108. Thunder Dan says:

    Someone is attempting to buy low on my slow starters. He’s offering Brett Gardner for either Ibanez or Beckham. I could use the steals, and I wouldn’t miss the power (not that either guy was providing any so far, but hey, I’m patient).

    I know the speed is real with Gardner, but I’m not sure what his value will be once his average normalizes. Also, was he playing every day before Granderson got hurt?


  109. timSTi says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: My staff is currently Nolasco, Kershaw, Baker, Sanchez, DeLaRosa, Correia, Vazquez, & Wilson.

  110. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @timSTi: yeah leblanc would be the 8th guy there with his more proven hodgepadre pal correia. you won’t have trouble hitting your innings unless several guys get hurt, so i would sit on vazquez hoping you can squeeze some good stats out of him instead picking up a guy that you’ll be tempted to drop as you just good enough to be interesting but never good enough to be a must start.

  111. Eric says:

    Grey — Avides or Brignac (probably just for two or three more weeks until Rollins is back and proves he’s healthy)?

  112. Todd says:

    Maybin, Fowler, or Borbon? Need steals and a bit of AVG

  113. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @nmdunkel: Heh… I ended up with Shields in one auction draft league by getting caught on a push-up bid. I tried trading him for everything from “fair value” to lower-tier Donkeycorns with no success. I guess what I’m trying to say is, thank you for breaking up with him… and thanks to the other owners in that league for declining my two dozen trade offers.

  114. Grey

    Grey says:

    @nmdunkel: Ha!

    @Thunder Dan: Gardner plays, and I like him for speed. If you can spare Beckham for Gardner, that’s fair.

    @Eric: Alcides

    @Todd: Fowler

  115. Tony says:

    @Grey: Yeah I mentioned pence for kershaw in a text and he’s not interested. He wants Carlos Gonzalez? CARGO FOR KERSHAW?

    He also mentioned Reyes and Wright, he’s bumped his head, Kershaw gives up 7 so he’s worth more? Even in a multiplayer deal he’s said something about tex, but wants reyes or wright, well i already own votto and howard, i dont REALLY need a 1B…..

    i love owners who want to deal but dont want to give up anything that makes sense.

  116. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Speaking of…

    Shields/Wieters for Lackey/J-Up

    I’ve got McCann on my bench, so losing a catcher would actually be a plus. Opinions?

  117. Sal says:

    Drop Riemold for Snider?? Riemold is onyl used for fill ins anyway…

  118. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: Eric meant Mike Aviles or Brignac, not Alcides Esocbar…. I have the same question….

  119. wily mo says:

    @Grey: i think eric probably meant aviles, not alcides, when he said avides

  120. wily mo says:

    @and1mcgee: pig-pile on grey

  121. Eric says:

    @Grey: Sorry. I made a typo on the name. The choices I have are Aviles and Brignac (I wrote “Avides,” who probably doesn’t exist, and if he did exist probably could hit inside pitches). So who do you prefer between actual shortstops Aviles and Brignac?

  122. @Andy: I’m gonna sit Billingsley. Despite good #s vs Fielder, Braun, and Weeks, he always get hit up by non-stars on the Brewers. Billingsley may come out with a win, though, with unpleasant peripherals.

  123. Wilsonian says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: just my $0.02, I wouldn’t necessarily like that deal for you. You’re dealing away one of the hottest pitchers in baseball for an incredibly under performing pitcher and an under performing OF. I think right now is the time to sell Shields higher, much higher than Lackey.

  124. Dominic says:

    Im pressured to drop Kershaw for Cecil am I crazy?

  125. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: “i love owners who want to deal but dont want to give up anything that makes sense.”

    ha, yeah, those are usually the guys that then whine “my league is totally against trading”. so when i see someone say that i immediately think, “so you league won’t give you good players for 50 cents on the dollar.”

    i understand low-balling an initial offer with a note saying you just wanted to gauge interest in a deal, but once you are actively negotiating, ask yourself: “if i were him, would i take this deal?” if not, don’t bitch when he shoots you down.

  126. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Dominic: yes. bench him for a start? sure. drop him? you are a fool.

  127. and1mcgee says:

    @wily mo: ya grey. what’s your problem. I’m going to CBS Sports. this is bs. lol

  128. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: he is getting j-up who a month ago was being drafted in the 2nd round, and is still the same “future possible best player in baseball” he was in march. i’d consider that selling pretty high on shields if you ask me. lackey is serviceable enough, i could easily imagine lackey and shields having similar number from now till the ned of the year.

  129. Eric says:

    @and1mcgee: Thanks for watching my back (and understanding my bad typing).

  130. Thunder Dan says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey! I’ve got Utley and Zimmerman, so Beckham has been sitting except when Zimm was hurt. Ibanez is spare parts too, as my starting OF is Ethier, CarGo and Bruce.

  131. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: in all fairness, any semi-savvy kershaw owner isn’t gonna sell him for dirt cheap purely because of 1 awful start. i would want someone like cargo too. if you don’t want to pay it then i’ll sit on kershaw, let him string together some decent starts and then sell him to you at his value in a month when the bad taste from this start washes out and his overall numbers recover. it’s not like he wasn’t pitching pretty well prior to last night.

  132. EL BURRO says:

    @ grey: 14 team mixed league, 30 man rosters. I own Stanton but Snider is available. Worth picking up Snider or will Stanton prove mixed league worthy enough, so keep him?

  133. Rans says:

    Is Aaron Hill worth a waiver claim in a 12-team Yahoo! league? I’ve got Cano, but if I can flip him for a Halladay or a Lincecum, I’d like to. My pitching is hurting.

  134. danimal35 says:

    In my never ending quest to find a 1B…I have Smoak & picked up Killa (since Grandy went to the DL)…I could pick up Pearce also if I drop Morales (my 7th “closer”)…somebody wants to trade Robot Jones for one of my other closers (Marmol, Soriano, Wagner, Capps, Dotel, Frank-Frank)…do I pick up Pearce and trade for Robot and let 4 sorry ass 1B earn a spot on my roster? Please help…the combined slump of every one of my outfielders has me pushing for last place!!!

  135. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: in a one-team dynasty fantasy baseball advice website league, drop Pujols and pick up Grey Albright?

  136. danimal35 says:

    @danimal35: Snider is also available and I would like to pick him up

  137. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Who is Grey’s picture of? I was thinking Jerry Remy for some reason, but I’m pretty sure that’s wrong.

  138. JP says:

    His Adam Lind for my Randy Wells? I’m hoping the Lind of yore resurfaces…

  139. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: ha!

  140. Tony says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: true but after a 7 run debacle he’s not selling me Kershaw on the high… cargo is fine, but he’s mentioned wright and reyes, way off base there….

    i offered bay/pence to a guy for halladay and got crucified, basically another guy is like the NL CY YOUNG is not worth that….

    hmmm well the guy has 5 good sp’s, and a weak offense, it wouldn’t kill him plus it would help his O, just gotta believe in what i’m dealin i guess….

  141. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Wilsonian: @ThePoonTycoon: As TPT wrote, I’m not trading Shields for Lackey… I’m trading Shields for J-Up. That’s about the highest I think I can realistically expect to sell Shields for, and I think that’s great value.

    Trading Wieters (who is finally warming up) for Lackey isn’t so great. However, as I wrote earlier, I have McCann on the bench and 1.) he can’t suck forever 2.) having two catchers is forcing me to carry someone like Carlos Gomez in an OF slot.

  142. Grey

    Grey says:

    @JP: I’d take Lind there.

  143. peter says:

    Ok, all, how about some help putting these pitchers in order:

    Brett Cecil
    Clayton Richard
    Gio Gonzalez

  144. and1mcgee says:

    @peter: Richard (@ Petco), Cecil (vs. everyone but Yankees in Yankee Stadium), LeBlanc (@ Petco), Gonzalez, Gorz, Cueto.

    Matchups, matchups, matchups!! (Location, location, location!!)

  145. tHe ShiT says:

    @ Grey:
    Love the Beverly Hills Cop reference. One of my all-time favorite movies!
    Anyway, do u c Snider breaking out this yr (now) and being this years Adam Lind? I’ve read he has the pedigree, etc……………and kibbles and bits…

  146. Terrence Mann says:


    You’ve been on waivers all season. I drafted you but after Quentin and Beckham killed my April, I had to cut ties.

    The Hamilton owner picked you up but he also owns Wandy, Bills, Hamels, and Kershaw (don’t ask me how). After Kershaw’s meltdown last night, he let you go.

    and1mcgee wasn’t quick enough to pick you up. The guy with Jose Guillen and Livan Hernandez added you about an hour ago.

    I keed. I keed.

  147. and1mcgee says:

    @Terrence Mann: @Elijah: ya i dropped Grey after i heard his best man speech….

  148. Mr. Rickey says:

    McCann for Weeks and Snyder – which side do you like?

  149. peter says:

    @and1mcgee: Thanks. I agree about *when* each of them should be played (except for Gio; he’s just as likely of giving you a good start against the a great team as he is to bomb against the O’s). I’m adjusting a bunch of my rosters today, and in one league there is a season cap on add/drops. Which is ridiculous, I know, don’t get me started. Accordingly, I’m always trying to find a guy that I can play for a while because I can’t afford to spot-start guys.

    So, while I agree with you, I think I might be favoring Cecil and Gorzelanny. Although I really like Richard’s schedule in the next month (@SF, vs SF, @Sea, vs Was). It’s just that Gorzy & Cecil have very nice ratios so far, play for better teams, can start on the road, etc. Decisions!

    Once upon a time (2 years ago?) I considered Gorzy a break out candidate. Instead, he sucked, but I’m still a little biased.

  150. and1mcgee says:

    @peter: i wouldn’t pick up Gorzy just cuz he’s been so bad before. Like REALLY bad. But that’s me. Is it roto? If so, then sit the Petco Boys (like “Petshop Boys”.. no? anyone?? ….. ***cricket***…..) when they’re on the road or something. I know it sucks to sit dudes, though. Ideally, you have SPs on your roster that you don’t have to sit, butfuggin….. you know how it goes…

  151. Denard Dawg starting to heat up with the bat, I’m liking it. The 7 steals are damn nice too.

  152. willclarkismyhero says:


    Give Konerko & Phillips, get Longoria. Even though Phillips is heating up, I have to do this, right? Thanks in advance…

  153. and1mcgee says:

    @willclarkismyhero: Take Longoria, the Desperate Househusband.

  154. Goose says:

    drop Blanks for Maybin in a 14team keeper?
    and would you trade Loney/Greinke for Rasmus/Beckham?

  155. Nathan says:

    Holy awesome, David Wright seems to have rediscovered his power stroke. I agonized between taking him and Kinsler 13th overall, looks pretty good now.

  156. and1mcgee says:

    @Everyone: better term: cameltoe or mooseknuckle?

  157. and1mcgee says:

    @and1mcgee: do mooses (meese?) even have knuckles?

  158. @Nathan:

    Good job, I could have had him at #18 in my HtH league and couldn’t pull the trigger, just didnt trust the Mets. Tulo should be just fine tho once his power stroke comes around.

  159. Wilsonian says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: I see your (and TPT’s) point and remove my original statement. I guess what I was leaning towards was I would try to shoot for someone higher than Lackey on the pitching side. I like J-Up, and think he’ll be fine, but I’m not too high on Lackey, or the BoSox in general. Are the BoSox still good? Yes. Are they as good as the Rays? No. Do they score runs like the Rays? HELL NO. Plus, Weiters is really heating up, so I guess I looked at as: selling guys who are currently playing at a high level for guys who you’re hoping play at a high level and get out of their funk. Hence, why I would want someone better than Lackey – and I would possibly guage someone’s interest in dealing someone other than him.

  160. GopherDay says:

    Brandon Phillips is finally hitting worth Shucks!!! I’m still laughing at the dude who drafted him a full round ahead of Cano!!

  161. Miggy’s on fire. Poor Slowey.

  162. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Ha!! I like that one!!!

    What are your thoughts on Reyes? He is moved to the three hole, hasn’t hit anyone in and isn’t stealing bases…Good chance to buy low?

  163. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: that’s a good one.

  164. Goose says:

    drop Blanks for Maybin in a 14team keeper?
    trade Loney/Greinke for Rasmus/Beckham?

  165. Isaac says:

    Pence or Ludwick??

    I picked up A-Ram off waivers last week but have Freese playin’… do u think freese can keep it up and is A-Ram thanksgiving turkey?

  166. and1mcgee says:

    @GopherDay: the three hole is the mouth, right?

  167. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GopherDay: Depends what you’re giving for him, but sure.

    @Isaac: Pence… Didn’t have much faith in A-Ram coming into the year, but he should be a little better than he’s been. Worst case, you wait until he starts hitting then you trade him.

  168. TheEvilEmpire says:

    2B/SS slot. Looking for the most points. Currently have JJ Hardy. Should I drop Hardy for any of these guys on the wire?

    Young Jr.

    Or is it just same thing different name?

  169. Howard says:

    @Grey Got an offer of Vasquez for Kazmir. If Javy can ever get his “mechanics” together! (20 team H2H pts)

  170. Mr. Rickey says:

    Which side do you want?

    Tony Abreu, Craig Counsell and Brian McCann for Ian Desmond, Chris Snyder and Rickie Weeks

  171. Kubel is terrible…he was dropped in my league, I wasted a middling waiver priority on him, and now I’m regretting it. Wondering whether I should drop him for Andruu Jones or Brett Cecil or just hope that KKKKubel stops KKKKKKing.

  172. @Mark Geoffriau:

    Trading him for Bartlett was the best move I made all year.

  173. Hi Grey — who do you like more on Friday: a good looking Chacin against a pretty good Dodgers team or a less impressive Bondo against an even less impressive Indians squad?

  174. DrEasy says:

    Chris Perez – Ticker Shock!

  175. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Wilsonian: Heh… yeah, well, selling high and buying low in April/May is the best way to stack your team for the season. It doesn’t always pay off, of course, but you look for the lowest-risk/highest-reward situation. I don’t see any reason to view Lackey as anything less than low-risk/high-reward right now. What are you seeing that says otherwise?

  176. Professor Chaos says:

    @Bring Back Pluto: I’ve wondered the same thing. I’m sure it’s been asked before, but I’ve never known the answer. While we’re at it, who is Rudy’s picture of?

  177. Griffey24 says:

    Hey Grey I need a SS to play now until I can trade for one. My options are Uribe, Aviles, Renteria or I can just play Alcides what would you do?

  178. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Andruw, Quentin, Snider… forget needs, but factor in chance of injury, chance of suckitude, chance of breakout… who do you like best from here on out?

  179. Commish Cauda says:

    Deep, 20-team, H2H-POINTS League

    Who would you rather own as Mauer insurance for the rest of the season? Pudge or Chris Snyder?

  180. Nathan says:

    @Professor Chaos: Unless I’m waaaaaay late to the party, I’m pretty sure Grey’s picture is of Grey. Pluto was thinking Remy because he looks like Dennis Eckersly, probs.

  181. Fresh says:

    drop pence for snider?

  182. Commish Cauda says:

    @Fresh: NO

  183. Damn you, Nick Johnson, and your erasing of Joba’s save opportunity.

  184. and1mcgee says:

    @Fresh: don’t drop your pence for anyone. especially not in front of kids.

  185. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Johan Santana for Andre Ethier? Which side?

  186. Nathan says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: Joba was used two days in a row and won’t be used today.

  187. mrbaseball says:

    A. Jackson cf for Carlos Quentin trade – i have quentin

  188. Nathan says:

    So here I am, keeping tabs on the Yanks-O’s game, and I see that the O’s are coming back in the late innings and that Alfredo Simon, whom I picked up a few days ago, is the pitcher of record. So now I’m rooting for the O’s to come back and win. And who comes to the plate as their last hope? Julio Fucking Lugo. I thought I was done rooting for him. I did backflips when the Sox designated him last year. Stupid baseball gods.

  189. HalLeeday34 says:

    So I picked up a recently hitting Damon for my injured Granderson. Damon goes down today with leg problems so where do I go from here. 12 team H2H. Ibanez was just dropped, do I go there or with a Byrd, Rajai, Coughlan or McClouth. Holliday and Pierre are my other 2 OF with Soto, Miggy, Cano, Alcides, Stewart and Smoak as the rest of my squad if that helps. Thanks

  190. @mrbaseball: It depends on your needs / league (i.e. do you need runs and steals or HRs and ribbies?), but I still wouldn’t make that trade yet. Jackson is good but kinda reeks of ’09 Emilio Bonifacio to me.

    @Bring Back Pluto: I’d definitely want Andre. He’s a hunk of man. Seriously though, Andre.

  191. Kent Bottenfield says:

    Who to start tonight in Seattle(6×6, OBP)… Jose Lopez vs Matt Garza or Ben Zobrist vs Cliff Lee?

  192. William says:

    @Grey – I’m stuck with Jason Bay… I have no clue what to do with him. I can’t drop him and any trade would probably bring me back a waiver wire level OFer. What do I do?!?!?!?!

  193. Nathan says:

    April has been a strange month for SPs, yes? More than half of Yahoo’s top 25 SPs are guys who would not expect to find. The top SP list is filled with guys like Livian, Garcia, Pettite, Zito, Fister, Danks, Romero, Colby, Kuroda etc etc.

  194. Grey

    Grey says:

    @William: Hold tight.

    @Nathan: Yeah, small sample sizes and all that.

  195. p0rk burn says:

    CarGo > Fowler?

  196. Murph says:

    Keeper League. Already have Howard at 1st base and have been putting Billy Butler in and out of my UTL spot. Do you guys think power is going to develop for Butler? I’m considering trading straight up for Adam Jones…thoughts?

  197. Nathan says:

    @Murph: I’d wait and see if Jones’s hip is gonna keep him out longer than a game or two.

  198. mrbaseball says:

    @mrbaseball: I’d take Quentin.

    Grey loves those Dave Kingman want to be or in this case
    Franklin Gutiérrez want to be

  199. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey for a Util spot in a 6×6 league with OPS: Votto or Zimmerman?

  200. mrbaseball says:

    Alexei Ramírez or Kevin Kouzmanoff

  201. @and1mcgee: I’d probably go with Zimmerman for now, but you might be better off flipping a coin.

  202. and1mcgee says:

    @Eddie: i’m leaning Votto because he steals bases and Zimmerman does not. Also, Zimmerman has had hammy issues and it took him 610 at bats last yr to match what Votto did (everything but steals) in 485.

    Zimmerman won on runs and RBIs, but Votto won slugging and OPS.

  203. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: Looking to lowball a frustrated A-Ram owner. (I know you’re not a fan, but 3Bs is scarce this year.)

    If Penny pitches well tonight, I’ll offer Penny. After that: Slowey? Dotel?

    I’d offer Dotel now but my BP is a bit thin as it is.

  204. Steve says:

    @Grey: Got a win from Slowey today (yay!), but didn’t see much of his much-vaunted efficiency (boo!)

    Did you see the game? Anything of note to report re: Slowey, or just a slightly ragged outing?

  205. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Steve: My Slowey love is fading fast. WHIP-protector, my eye!

    If he wasn’t pitching for a team on course to win 110 games, I’d probably cut him loose.

  206. Kyle P says:

    I get offered Alex Gonzalez and Matt Holliday for David Wright, what do you think?

  207. mrbaseball says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins – My Slowey love is fading fast. I heard he been working out with Jose Lima – so don’t worry he will be coming along

  208. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @and1mcgee: Yes — except they’ll probably combine for 35 wins.

  209. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @and1mcgee: Well, Slowey had 10 by the break last year, before he got hurt, and Baker had 15 last year after sucking for two months.

    I could def see them winning 19 and 16, respectively. Assuming they stop sucking.

  210. and1mcgee says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Until they put it together at least one time, one year, I will not go for it. They can continue to burn the masses who are waiting for it while I look elsewhere for QS’s

  211. Chris says:


    Currently have Duchscherer in 14 team h2h, would you drop him for Morrow, Cecil, or Joba?

  212. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chris: Speculate on Joba for a day, then grab Cecil.

  213. Kazmere says:

    Hamels, Slowey, Peavy and FF really killing my peripherals. Grey, do u recommend getting a guy like Clippard or Stauffer in a 12 tm roto league to help? Lots of options on the wire. Recommendation?

  214. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: In a keeper where both would cost a last round pick, would you grab Cecil or Matusz?

  215. Doot Doot says:

    Hey Grey, would you pick up Alcides Escobar in a 12 team ROTO mixed.
    Think he will turn things around?

  216. Xar says:

    @Grey: I’ve been offered Jay Bruce for Heath Bell in a head-to-head 6X6 league (ops & baa). Bell is my only closer, so my odds of winning saves is pretty low. I’m contemplating punting saves, and I think Bruce is a better trading chit than Bell (since I don’t think he closes all season–I think he’s traded near the deadline).

    I don’t really need OF help (Lind/abreu/Quentin/soriano, starting 3), but I think I can get more for Bruce or whoever I bench for him. Thoughts?

  217. Black love says:

    ¡Hola! would u take brad penny for Brian Wilson?

  218. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kazmere: Yeah, grab Clippard.

    @GopherDay: Matusz

    @Doot Doot: I’d grab him…. Hopefully…

    @Xar: I’d take Bruce. Then not punt saves, but trade one of your other OFs for a closer.

    @Black love: Eh

  219. Steve says:

    @Grey: Zimmerman/KJ for Utley.

    Utley all day, every day, right?

  220. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Sure, it’s not a slam dunk though. Giving a decent amount.

  221. Steve says:

    @Grey: That’s what I figured, I did just grab Freese though and I have also grabbed Snider so just trying to clear the bench a little.

    It’s my 14-team H2H BTW.

  222. Doot Doot says:

    and one other question,
    drop matsuzaka or porcello for Harang,Pavano,Braden,Duch,Pineiro,LeBlanc?


  223. Mikey boy324 says:

    Grey would you trade chipper for aram?

  224. BabyBatters says:

    @Grey: I have Cantu on my bench for backup and my SP has been suspect at best. Would you deal Cantu for Vazquez?

  225. wily mo says:

    andy laroche has a 33% line drive rate. that’s higher than his ground ball rate.

    of course, three days ago it was 44%.

    also, it looks like 40% of his flyballs are popups this year, which is ridiculously high as opposed to career rate closer to 15%, yet at the same time his HR/FB is way up.

    sorry, i’m rambling. just find him interesting right now. was always such a big prospect, never did figure out why he suddenly stopped being one. he’s 26 this year.

  226. Mitch says:

    Yo Grey, which side won this trade:

    Matt Cain and Jose Guillen for Morneau

  227. wily mo says:

    most of the time i just have a hard time remembering which laroche is andy and which one is adam. can’t you name them something a little more distinctive?

    last thought about laroche – now and then people talk about the pirates shifting him to 2B when pedro alvarez comes up. but honestly it seems like it’s harder to find a decent 3B than a 2B this year anyway. i’m starting callaspo at 3B in my main league, which is a big part of the reason i’m spending all this time thinking about andy laroche.

  228. mikeE says:

    Rolen, Helton, Smoak or JD Drew for a utility position?

  229. cashmoney says:

    Grey (or anyone else)

    my Wright and Carlos Lee for Tulo and Zobrist?

    I have Sandoval to put at 3b

  230. Steve says:

    Desmond starting to get it going.

    Guess I should get him off my bench…

  231. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, about time.

  232. and1mcgee says:

    @Kazmere: either of those guys. Or try to get Hudson cheap. His periphs are awesome.

  233. tHe ShiT says:

    @ Grey:
    No particular need here, Fowler or Desmond?

  234. Steve says:

    F****** Polanco.

  235. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Tex or Cano? I have Kelly Johnson to switch over to 2B for me and Tex can go into my CI slot. Thinking its a big yes, but what do you think?

  236. Eddy says:

    Is Zito for real?

  237. Bodymore says:

    @Grey are you losing confidence in Ian MiniDonk Stewart?

  238. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GopherDay: Tex

    @Eddy: Looks like a decent #3 fantasy starter.

    @Bodymore: He hit 4 homers and stole 2 bases in the first month. That’s 24/12 over the course of the season with no hot streaks. Would be happy with that.

  239. Drop Kubel for Andruu Jones? A year ago Kubel was waiver fodder anyway, no?

  240. BabyBatters says:

    @Grey: Nolasco/Bruce vs. Kershaw/J. Upton Which side??

  241. G-RAM says:

    After getting crapped on by J. Santana’s last outing, Scherzer’s last two, and then Gavin Floyd yesterday, I’m coming to terms with the fact that my pitching staff sucks. I just got this trade proposal yesterday: I get Verlander, I give Hamels and Ian Stewart. I’m not crazy about it because I think Hamels is capable of producing almost as well as Verlander, and I like Stewart’s versatility. But, I do have Aaron Hill at 2b and Freese and Longoria at 3b, so I am covered there without Stewart if need be. What do you guys think?

  242. Eddy says:


    Aaron Hill



    Is side B too lopsided, or is this trade actually fair?

  243. aconstipatedmonkey says:

    Grey or anyone else:

    Which side do you prefer: Braun or Ubaldo/Damon and how close is it?

    I’m leaning toward Braun.

  244. @Grey: F-Her, Blanks for Bay, McCutchen
    which side do you like?

  245. Steve says:

    This day of baseball has been so bad, I don’t even have an opponent’s misfortune for solace.

  246. Bodymore says:

    @Grey Fair enough, when does your crystal ball say Jason Bay will turn it around?

  247. @Grey: Crap. After posting my question I did more research (yay for fangraphs) and convinced myself that Kubel’s going to turn it around (somewhat unlucky BABIP, hugely unlucky HR/FB) and Andruw’s due for a slide (unsustainable HR/FB).

  248. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: What about Cano or Wright? Putting Position elig. aside.

  249. Steve says:

    Great start Bills. Put the first three guys on why don’t you?

  250. G-RAM says:

    And now I’m going to get it from Billingsley, too. My pitching staff is epically bad right now.

  251. Goose says:

    Blanks or Maybin in a 14t keeper?
    and would you do Beckham/Rasmus for Beckett/Loney?

  252. GTS says:

    Drop Billingsley???

  253. Tom Emanski says:

    Prince: 1 steal
    Alcides: 0

  254. Steve says:

    I feel my spirit

  255. Tom Emanski says:

    Now that I dropped Dotel to pick up Freese, I have this awful AWFUL feeling Capps will be traded to a team who won’t use him for saves and Dotel will finish with 30 saves. I already have Nunez and K-Rod too but I should’ve leveraged those saves. Ahhh, regret sucks.

  256. BKK says:

    @Steve: I feel your pain!

  257. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: LMAO @ June 17th

  258. Steve says:

    Bills is rolling now!

  259. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: If the league counts Ks…does that change anything?

    Wright: 31 ks
    Cano: 13 ks (In 8 more ABs)

  260. paulzone says:

    somebody just offered me sizemore for quentin. what am I missing here? i should accept right?

  261. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @paulzone: Which Sizemore? And which side are you getting?

  262. Tom Emanski says:

    @paulzone: Grady? Of course. Jump all over that sucker.

  263. Tom Emanski says:

    Why did Lee have to hit a HR tonight. Hours before he clears waivers. Hate when that happens.

  264. paulzone says:

    yeah, grady sizemore and i’d be giving up quentin…

  265. paulzone says:

    who would you rather own slowey or penny?

  266. Kazmere says:

    @paulzone: Pretend I have a moustache and quick wit. Slowey.

  267. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @paulzone: Sheeeeet… I had to give up Bruce to get Grady. Yeah, accept it.

  268. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @paulzone: Add another vote for Slowey.

  269. BKK says:

    @BKK: Meant Grady.

  270. ZK says:

    Gray (or anyone who can help us):

    In one of the Razzball leagues (Donkeycorn) we’re having trouble with an owner who is offering wildly unfair trades in order to dump his team and ruin the league. He just sent one through to the guy who is the acting commish (Fielder, Cano and Jeter for Venable, Uribe and Ross…and no, we’re not playing Field the Worst…). We need to kick him out or you’ll need to completely remove our league from your standings. Which sucks because the only reason he’s pulling this crap is that his team sucks and he thinks he’s the greatest roto player ever. Plus, I’m in first right now and I called him out on his assholery during the draft. This guy is a serious zero.

    Anyway, I feel like a ten-year-old for bringing it up, but you guys seem to take this stuff seriously and I don’t want our league bringing down your system in any way. Not to mention the fact that I’m in first and I want to win.


  271. ZK says:

    @Grey: No problem, but now he’s dumping all of his players. If it’s fine with you, it’s fine with me.

  272. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ZK: What team is it?

  273. ZK says:

    @Grey: Willy Wonka. The guy who won it all last year.

  274. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ZK: The guy who I sent the Taco Bell coupons to? Totally bizarre move.

  275. ZK says:

    @Grey: Something in the chalupas, perhaps. He’s a “You Guys Are All Nerds For Playing This Game But Don’t Look at Me” type. There has to be a word for that. Feels like a dude in a Star Trek uniform calling a guy in an Ewok costume a loser.

  276. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey!!

  277. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ZK: I think the league manager can force guys onto his team and then freeze it. Let me know if that works.

  278. ZK says:

    @Grey: Will do. Hate to bug you with the type of crap I deal with all day from my high school students. Thanks for the response.

  279. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Is there a Razzball term for the random pitcher that throws one single gem of a game out of nowhere, and then goes on to have a pure suckitude season?

  280. William says:

    @Grey – do you think Bay will reach your preseason projection?

  281. EL BURRO says:

    @ Grey — Im looking to choose another bat to slot in at UTIL in my 14 team – 30 roster league, non-keeper, H2H weekly. Wire is thin and Ive been stashing C. Santana and M. Stanton hoping for a May/June call up. So, Im now considering cutting bait on both Stanton and Santana. I have C. Snyder at catcher, who is filling in fine and (Montero DL’d). Ideally, never want to carry 3 catchers, so in a perfect world, Id dump Snyder, pick up and arm and slide C. Santana in at catcher till Montero gets back. Hence, my long winded way of asking the question…

    My current 3 UTIL (we start 3):
    Corey Hart
    Travis Snider (just dumped Reimold)

    C. Santana

    Do I keep Santana and/or Stanton OR do I add David Freese (right now, I have #1 waiver claim in to add Freese, drop Stanton)? I think Freese could be nice balance of the year, especially hitting 5th-6th in that Cards line-up. Tell me that Stanton wont be a monster and make this easy for me…

    Other guys available on wire:
    N. Reimold
    C. Gomez
    S. Smith


  282. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ZK: No problem, thanks for the heads up.

    @GopherDay: Hmm… No, but open to suggestions.

    @William: Probably not, he was in my last Buy/Sell as a Sell.

    @EL BURRO: Lose Santana for Freese. No problem.

  283. Steve says:

    @Grey: You watching the Dodgers? How did Bills look after the first inning, if I may call it an ‘inning’.

  284. EL BURRO says:

    @grey – thanks.

    Is it b/c you think Santana wont make that big of a splash or cause Snyder will suffice till Montero gets back?

    Curious to hear your projections for both Santana and Stanton.


  285. tHe ShiT says:

    @ Grey:
    Please rank in order, Snider, Blanks, Kubel, Schierholtz

  286. Tom Emanski says:

    Break out the champagne!! Alcides attempted a steal. He got caught but whatevs man, baby steps, literally.

  287. Tom Emanski says:

    @tHe ShiT: Kubel, Snider, Blanks, Schierholtz. Snider and Blanks are about equal.

  288. BKK says:

    @Grey: Was just looking at RCL standings. I’m falling like a rock. Anyway, not sure whether you or Rudy look after this but my team is Easton Fection.

  289. Tom Emanski says:

    @G-RAM: Keep what you have.

  290. Tom Emanski says:

    This is amazing, Paul Konerko has a .179 BABIP. All he does is hit HRs. Quentin is at .159 and all he does is get injured.

  291. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I didn’t watch, sorry.

    @EL BURRO: That Santana won’t make that big of a splash. Want to know my thoughts search the site, I just went over him.

    @tHe ShiT: Snider, Kubel, Blanks…

    @Tom Emanski: Ha

    @BKK: Okay, I’ll try to remember to add it.

    @Tom Emanski: Ha, that is crazy.

  292. DrEasy says:

    Morales rhymes with useless. Corpas bailed him out, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he took over as temp closer until Street returns.

  293. BKK says:

    Is it safe to say morales is done closing (if that’s what you call it). Bentancourt or corpas worth an exchange or should I just go pick I Gio.

  294. DrEasy says:

    There’s a guy in my league looking for a 3B. I got ARod, Youk and J-Lo available. I want to offer him Youk for his Adrian Gonzalez. Is it fair, or do I need to sweeten it a bit with a brain freeze (Morales? Chris Perez?) thrown in?

  295. Howard says:

    @GopherDay Fool’s Gold!

  296. DrEasy says:

    @Grey: Thanks! In the inglourious (omigod that’s sooo totally 2009!!1!) hierarchy of brain freezes, who’s best and who’s worst? I got Jenks, Dotel, Simon, Chris Perez, Morales, in that order in my opinion.

  297. DrEasy says:

    @DrEasy: Nevermind, you just ranked them last Friday. Although given the recent developments, Simon must have overtaken Morales and Chris Perez, right?

  298. DrEasy says:

    @DrEasy: And by Friday, I meant Tuesday… (just shut up and go to bed, DrEasy!)

  299. Eddy says:


  300. Eddy says:

    Lovin that late night Mini-mini donkey donk!!

    What’s even stranger is that that gives me 8 HR already for the week. Even more stranger? They have ALL been solo shots!

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