Kendrys Morales was so busy running to the DMV to change his name that he will not be ready for the start of the season.  This will give Mark Trumbo an opportunity to get some April at-bats.  You say ho-hum, I say ho-hmm.  Did you see what I did there?  DID YOU!?  Yeah, I’m not sure either.  Trumbo hit 36 home runs in 139 Triple-A games last year.  Sure, that was in the PCL which is like hitting on the moon with an aluminum bat.  Still, 36 homers is nothing to sneeze at unless you’re allergic to power, upside rookies.  In most mixed leagues, Trumbo’s not worth stashing.  But in deeper leagues, I’d absolutely take a flyer that Kendrys has a few more setbacks.  I mean, it’s already taken him way too long to recover.  Who knows?  Maybe Trumbo will Pipp Kendry and mash his way into a regular job.  BTW, with the switch from Kendry to Kendrys, it seems like the “s” that Alexis Rios dropped when he switched to Alex has finally appeared.  Be interesting to see where the “i” shows up at.  I’m guessing there’s going to be a new San Fran outfielder, Cody Rossi.  Anyway, here’s what else is going on in fantasy baseball:

Scott Downs – Broke his toe.  Downs goes… Um, Downs.

Scott Hairston – Sticking with the newly established Scott theme, Beltran is going to start the year on the disabled list.  It’s not official.  I’m Cust kayin’ here.  Right now, I’d put Beltran’s over/under for games played at 100.  So who do the Mets go to, Scott Hairston, Lucas Duda or Willie Harris?  Is this even a question?  In NL-Only leagues, I’d take a flyer on Hairston for a cheap 10/10 season.

Nyjer Morgan – Riggleman is proving himself to be an enemy of fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!).  In center field, he’s leaning towards starting Rick Ankiel with Roger Bernadina backing him up and Nyjer headed to the minors.  That arrangement is the new blech.  At least Nyjer has steals and Bernandina has 15/20 upside.  Ankiel is a high-teen power, terrible average guy.  He’s useless in just about all leagues.  Nyjer has no one to throw a ball at here but himself since he’s currently not hitting well in spring training.

Brian Roberts – Says his back feels great.  I say wait two weeks until his back no longer feels great.

Billy ButlerDid I say pitchers…I meant platters.

Kevin Millwood – You know the gag in Hall Pass where an unattractive girl surrounds herself with lesser attractive girls to make herself look better?  Okay, now picture that when you hear the news that the Yankees went to watch Kevin Millwood pitch then went back and watched Bartolo Colon.

Will Rhymes – Will start the season at 2nd base for the always-injured Carlos Guillen.  Rhymes had 22 steals in the minors last year in 95 games and zero in 54 major league games.  It’s rhyming and stealing!  Not rhyming and sitting on first!  In AL-Only leagues, I’d take a flyer on Rhymes for some SAGNOF.

Andrew Bailey – Dr. Freeze put Bailey on ice until his forearm feels better.  I.e., no one has any idea when Bailey will be healthy.  I’m guessing he’ll save some games from mid-April to mid-May then hit the DL.

Jake Peavy – Sent a text message to the Chicago Tribune that he’ll be able to resume pitching again on Thursday.  He then challenged the beat writer to a game of Words With Friends.

Danny Espinosa – Should be fine after sustaining a bruised foot, which isn’t half as delicious as a braised foot.

Jason Heyward – Turns out his back is sore because he has less cartilage between discs than the average person.  See, nothing about Heyward is average!  Yeah, that sounds bad but don’t think it’s going to be a real problem for a few years.  Not sure why they couldn’t harvest some cartilage from someone else.  Jeff Francoeur, “It’s so great to see some of my old friends in Spring Training…. Yeah, of course I’m open for a deep tissue massage.”  Then the Braves trainer cackles maniacally.

  1. Steve says:

    For the likely source of his back trouble, do a Google image search on “brian roberts wife”.

    Grey – you ever seen the ESPN doco/movie “Silly Little Game” about the birth of roto? Recorded it last year, finally got round to watching it tonight!

  2. Racehorse says:

    Ha… I’m watching Silly Little Game DVD while at my job on my work PC, while reading Razzball.

    I rule!

  3. Buge Hoobs says:

    @Grey: If that mysterious little “i” snuck it’s way into Teixeiria I wonder id you’d even notice? Or did it already?

  4. Cincinnasty says:

    10 team head to head 8 x 7

    c Weiters
    1 Miggy
    2 Ricky Weeks
    3 Arod
    of Kemp
    of Stubbs
    of Ichiro
    util Dunn

    of Travis snider
    of Adam Lind

    sp Hamels
    sp Gallardo
    sp Romero
    rp cordero
    rp Drew storen
    p chad billingsly
    p craig kimbrel

    sp gio gonzalez
    sp brett meyers
    sp James shields
    sp Johnny Cueto

    How did I do for my first draft this year?

  5. barker says:

    11 team roto 5×5 3rd pick 2 slots for every offensive position

    C ruiz 28 SP gallardo 7
    C salty 29 SP liriano 8
    1b morneau 5 RP street 18
    1b kendrys 6 RP lyon 23
    2b kinsler 4 P gio gonzalez 17
    2b hill 13 P gregg 24
    3b zimmerman 2 P fuentes 27
    3b alvarez 9 BN chacin 25
    ss ramirez 1 BN hudson 20
    ss reyes 3 BN lilly 22
    lf gardner11
    lf pierre 15
    cf granderson 10
    cf colvin 21
    rf quentin 12
    rf snider 16
    util lind 14
    util gaby sanchez 19
    bn coco crisp 26

    took reyes 3rd because everyone i wanted before him were gone — OF a little weak but not bad considering i started taking them in the 10th rd — hopefully morales does not kill me ( i thought he would be fine to start the year but such is life)
    what do u think grey?

  6. Snag says:

    Only one place that ‘i’ is going.

    Toriii Hunter

  7. happygostabby says:

    I’m in a 16 team mixed points league where pitchers get 10 points for a win/save. As a result pitching is overvalued. To give you an example, here are the top 10 pitchers and hitters by projected points using Marcel stats projections (minus the bonuses for things like complete games, no-hitters, and hitting for the cycle):
    Player Proj. Points
    Roy Halladay 696
    Felix Hernandez 686
    Tim Lincecum 653
    CC Sabathia 652
    Justin Verlander 646
    Ubaldo Jimenez 634
    Jon Lester 628
    Jered Weaver 620
    Dan Haren 619
    Zack Greinke 605

    Albert Pujols 540
    Miguel Cabrera 437
    Mark Teixeira 435
    Matt Holliday 425
    Ryan Braun 425
    Prince Fielder 420
    Joey Votto 412
    Robinson Cano 409
    Hanley Ramirez 408
    Adrian Gonzalez 405

    I ended up getting the first overall pick in the draft next week, so is Halladay a no brainer pick? I feel like it is, but I could be missing something and I wanted to see how people here felt about it. Last year in the first 2 rounds, there were 18 starters taken vs only 12 hitters and 2 closers.

  8. Ryan says:

    In my 20 team mixed, I am owning Scott Sizemore and Guilen as my 2b stopgap. I think Sizemore gets the part time gig over Rhymes. Size more has more power and Rhymes more wheels. Jim Leyland would rather watch his guys trot.

  9. Howard says:

    Maybe Toriii could use another ‘i’. All in the family!

  10. schlitzy says:

    Cody rossi… Any relation to janice rossi in apt. 2R?

  11. Beau says:

    Quick question…I am trading a couple of players in a keeper league for draft picks in a 10 team 5×5 draft. To be more specific I’m trading Delmon Young (a 25th round keeper) and Cole Hamels (a 3rd round keeper) for 2 picks. From the owner I have the choice of his 6th and 14th or 8th and 12th…any thoughts? I’m leaning towards 6th and 14th…

  12. byrone says:

    Grey, I challenge YOU to a game of words with friends! My tag is byrone980.

  13. Eddy says:


    Do you think someone emerges as the true closer for the Rays? Maddon’s commitment to using a committee makes me want to smack him and his dumb little fashionable hats. If he stays true to his word, do you still carry both? I just hate using two P spots.

  14. Ned Shakeshaft says:

    You hit the nail on the head, Grey. This leg has taken way too long to heal. Not to mention how freakish it was in the first place. I mean, I would expect Rocco Baldelli to destroy himself by stomping on home plate, but few others.

    I see he hasn’t been downgraded yet, but it’s looking inevitable.

    I need to have my AL-only protected list in shortly and have Morales for $15 ($260 cap). I can keep Smoak for $9 instead, or chuck them both back into the water and look for a nice big bass. Please smack me upside the head with the correct fish.

    By the way, did we ever come up with a name for Latino players who take til mid-summer to warm up? Cause if that’s not a ‘Pepe Frias,’ I don’t know what is.

  15. Neidecker says:

    When do you think its time to gamble on utley? 16-team 5×5 h2h cats league. It’s 81st overall pick, I’m sitting with cano, wright, youk, j-upside, and ubaldo. Roll the bones?

  16. wilsoniam says:

    that heyward/Francoeur bit was HILARIOUS. LOL

    grey, in my 12 team keeper, i drafted one team, and then composed another team using guys that were taken immediatlely following my pick (within 10 picks or so)….which team do you like better? (we count holds)

    FYI – i started w/ miggy, a-gonz, votto, longoria, heyward, and hamels.

    C Napoli C Posada
    1B Miggy 1B Miggy
    2B Hill 2B Walker
    3B Longo 3B Longo
    SS brignac SS Alcides Escobar
    OF heyward OF heyward
    OF ellsbury OF Coghlan/rajai
    OF lind OF Manny Ram
    Util Votto Util Votto
    Util A-gonz Util A-gonz

    Hamels Hamels
    d. Hudson Scherzer
    niese Brett Anderson
    t.wood Chris Perez
    j zimmermann Axford
    Nathan nunez
    Lyon adams
    Saito takahashi

  17. wilsoniam says:

    sorry about the edit (i had both teams seperated by a “tab” but then when i posted it just collapsed.

    the one time is the guys all the way on the right, then the next guys are the other team.

  18. jim says:


    Had my Big Money NFBC draft last night, what ya think?

    12 teams, 5×5 roto, start 2 catchers

    1b- M. Cabrera
    2b- B. Phillips
    ss- E. Andrus
    3b- M. Reynolds
    c- J. Mauer
    c- R. Martin
    CI- P. Fielder
    MI-A. Cabrera
    U- I. Davis
    OF- D. Stubbs
    OF- A. Jones
    OF- B. Abreau
    OF- T. Snider
    OF – L. Morrision

    SP- D. Haren
    SP- T. Hanson
    SP- G. Gonzalez
    SP- W. Rodriguez
    SP- J. Danks
    SP- J. Cueto
    SP- M. Minor
    RP- J. Papelbon
    RP- J. Nathan

    B- M. Ordonez
    B- EY JR.
    B- J. Montero
    B- E- Bedard
    B- C. Pavano
    B- O- Dotel
    B- K. Uehara

    I exceeded all my category goals I was was shooting for with your projections. So if your Projections anything close to be legit, should finish a top this league.

  19. PublicEnemy#1 says:

    @Grey I’m in a 16-team auction league(4 keepers, $250 cap, typical 22 man active roster). Wainwright and Strasburg make for interesting DL stashes (<—your strength). I snagged Strasburg for $1. What do you imagine his trade value may be later this summer and perhaps what his auction value may be next year if he has a health billing similar to Volquez? Of course, like you I also prefer to keep a hitter, but love a good trade chip as well. BTW, love saying the word, "maniacally." Strong finish!

  20. Stosh says:

    Funny post, especially the Morales bit. However, Grey, as a metro-Detroiter who pours over the Tigers’ every move, I wonder what has you proclaiming Rhymes the starter at 2nd base. He certainly hasn’t been recognized as such by the skipper. I love Rhymes and think Leyland could get the most from him, but right now Scott Sizemore looks to be the frontrunner for the job. And Sizemore, should he pan out, offers a lot more fantasy value than does Rhymes. My opinion anyway.

  21. JMonte says:

    @Steve- thank you for starting my morning with that!

    @Grey- Safer pick Kimbrel or Thornton? Im desperate for safes.

    I also think Kendry added the “s” because he wanted to start talking about himself in the 3rd person…

  22. JMonte says:

    @Eddy- Thanks for the input, appreciated. I had similar thoughts as well.

  23. byrone says:

    oh, grey, I need to ask… in my keeper league draft comin up, should I be drafting Pineda early, over guys like dempster, Lilly, kuroda, etc? thoughts on Pineda, long term? I’m thinking 200k/year guy.

  24. Telasdaddy says:

    12 team mixed keeper league, 5X5, (keeper cost is draft round), I can keep eight:
    Already keeping:

    Votto (7)
    Wright (1)
    Kemp (3)
    Dunn (5)
    McCutchen (28)
    Lincecum (8)
    Marmol (9)

    Keep Sabathia (2), Bumgarner (27), or Aroldis Chapman (26)?

  25. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:

    Rotoworld has a link from USA Today saying that it is highly unlikely that Feliz ends up in the rotation. Bell, Broxton, Cordero, Capps, Nathan, etc. could all be free agents next year, so the idea is that they would have Feliz close this year, and then sign one of the closers in the offseason.

    Also, Ian Snell retired. Probably doesn’t mean much to most people. As a Pirate fan, though, he was the most promising of the piles of crap they have been rolling out as starting pitchers since Olly Perez was traded. If James McDonald reverts to struggling, we can look forward to Tallion and Allie in, oh, three or four years. Raise the Jolly Roger!

  26. Thunder Dan says:

    Kendry(s) is killing me in my keeper league. I kept him thinking possible .300 30 HR guys are tough to come by (still true), but now I’m considering switching him out and keeping Max Scherzer instead. No round cost or anything. Thoughts?

  27. charlie batch says:

    news on heyward is startling. discs close together usually indicates overly heavy lifting with little rest and without use of steroids. he should be taller! but he could also break down..

  28. Child Please says:

    12-team Roto 5×5 (QS instead of Wins) 4-player keeper league, 200 GS limit

    C- Jorge Posada
    1B- Miguel Cabrera
    2B- Neil Walker
    3B- A-rod
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    MI- Reid Brignac
    CI- Carlos Pena
    OFx5- Jason Heyward, Rios, Granderson, Aubrey Huff (1B/OF), Manny Ramirez
    UTIL- Justin Smoak
    BEN-David Murphy

    SP- CC Sabathia, Yovani Gallardo, Roy Oswalt, Anderson, Hellickson, Gio, James McDonald
    RP- Kimbrel, Franklin, Francisco, Rodney, Fuentes, Farnsworth

  29. johnny says:

    Finishing draft this weekend. Current team
    of-Krispie Young
    ut-Mark Reynolds
    SP Ubaldo
    SP Gio
    Any thoughts, Comments?

  30. Child Please says:

    12-team Roto 5×5 (QS instead of Wins) 4-player keeper league, 200 GS limit

    Grey, what do you think??

    C- Jorge Posada
    1B- Miguel Cabrera
    2B- Neil Walker
    3B- A-rod
    SS- Elvis Andrus
    MI- Reid Brignac
    CI- Carlos Pena
    OFx5- Jason Heyward, Rios, Granderson, Aubrey Huff (1B/OF), Manny Ramirez
    UTIL- Justin Smoak
    BEN-David Murphy

    SP- CC Sabathia, Yovani Gallardo, Roy Oswalt, Anderson, Hellickson, Gio, James McDonald
    RP- Kimbrel, Franklin, Francisco, Rodney, Fuentes, Farnsworth

  31. paddyman says:

    Awesome awesome blog. Especially the humor. Thanks for the sound advice.
    I have a question. Need to pick a guy to keep from this list. In a 12 team h2h with keepers. (kept Han Ram, Mauer, Hanson, Marcum..I know thats how bad I was last year!) I’m leaning towards guys with an x after name
    Cats: Pitching:’APP,IP,W,L,SV,HR,K,ERA,WHIP’
    Greinke Zack

    Beltre Adrian(x)

    Johnson Josh(x)

    Dunn Adam(x)

    Jeter Derek

    Suzuki Ichiro

    Morales Kendry

    Ethier Andre

    Butler Billy

    Pence Hunter(x)

    Marmol Carlos

    Bruce Jay

    Ramirez Alexei

    Rios Alex (x)

    Hamels Cole

    Rivera Mariano

    Santana Carlos

    Ramirez Aramis

    Wilson Brian

    Soria Joakim

    Young Michael

    Stubbs Drew

    Victorino Shane

    Liriano Francisco

    Gallardo Yovani

  32. Giacomo says:

    Grey, Who do you like better long term, Carlos Santana or Matt Wieters?

  33. CL says:

    Dotel or Rauch? Only have room for one. We score holds as well. Grazie.

  34. Jeff says:

    Does Bryce Harper play this year? What do you think his chances of starting and contributing next year are? Just trying to figure out where to snag him in a deep keeper league draft.

  35. johnny says:

    @charlie- 10 team- 10 keeper league! $$ League

  36. Nate Marcum says:

    I 2nd the words with friends challenge….mine is natemarcum

    FYI, words like Moobs and SAGNOF don’t work, I have tried. Sadly they have become part of my vobaculary that noone seems to understand.

  37. Took over a team in a dynasty league, looks like I have a fairly weak team so I’m trying to rebuild as much as possible without killing my chances at competing this year.

    Got offered Pablo Sandoval and Austin Jackson for my Adam Dunn and Aaron Rowand.

    Now, I figure Dunn’s going to be more valuable this year, but if I’m rebuilding, don’t I take Sandoval’s youth and position scarcity over Dunn’s short-term superiority? And getting A-Jax for Aaron Rowand (who I was going to drop anyway) is just a bonus. I’ve got Beltre at 3rd currently, but I can play Sandoval at 1B short-term, and try to move Beltre for a better 1B.

    Thoughts from anyone are welcome.

  38. amscalone says:

    @Grey: Ok, we’re a couple more rounds in, and I’m not sure what direction to go again. 10 team 10×10 h2h.

    C: Wieters
    1b: Cabrera
    2b: Phillips
    3b: Longoria
    ss: Andrus
    ci: Fielder
    of: Cargo
    of: J. Upton
    of: Stubbs
    of: Lind

    dl(?): Utley

    sp: Lincecum
    sp: Gallardo
    sp: Jimenez
    sp: Billingsley

    Players I’m considering in the 10th round: Reynolds, Gardner, Tabata, Hill, Zobrist, Sizemore, Gio, Morrow, Volquez, Jhoulys, Edwin.

    After I make this pick, in the 10th, I don’t have another pick until the 15th.

    We count strike outs, I think that’s why Reynolds has lasted this long, but im probably losing strikeouts every week anyway with my lineup.

    The 2bs only interest me to an extent because Raburn is eligible there and I know I can get him later.

    What do you think? Anyone else have an opinion?

    Thanks in advance!

  39. Jared says:

    Hey Grey, curious on your thoughts of Ivan Nova. I know you dismiss spring games (with good reason) but 6 no-hit innings in 59 pitches is somethin to look at. Assuming hes grabbing a spot in the rotation, what do you think about him for some cheap wins?

  40. byrone says:


    words with friends: i fear nothing- byrone980. i’m doin the sxsw thing all week so i won’t be quick…. but i will be deadly

    pineda: yes this is my year. came in 2nd last season. my lineup is stacked, it’s my pitching that’s weak. only keeping billingsley, matusz, and marmol. so on one hand, yes the “dempster” tier guys will be safer, but on the other, i need to find my future ace. push me one way or the other.

  41. Rabbit says:

    Fine post, as always, Mr. Albight. Are you going to be doing another Closer Look soon? Say, before this weekend, when I have my draft?

  42. Ivan Nova hurled six no-hit innings Wednesday in a Grapefruit League start against the Orioles.

    That works out to – like throwing 1 no hit inning against any other team

  43. Eng says:

    My only draft is tomorrow. 12 team roto. What round would you take Peavy in (I see him as my #4) and what round for Raburn as my MI? Thanks in advance.

  44. Omnificent says:

    Hey Grey,

    Jake Fox has caught my eye. In Yahoo league he has Catcher eligibility. Do you think he has a shot at getting every day playing time?

    Thanks sir…

  45. JMonte says:

    @Eng- Target Raburn around 12-13th Rd and Peavy should go the round AFTER your last round.

  46. royce! says:

    Does anyone know if ESPN just automatically re-ups leagues? I commissioned a league last year, and intended to not do it this year, but someone pushed me to. When I went to the league, it said that everyone had already joined, even though at least one manager claimed that he had not done anything to join. So I can’t really tell if I have 10 people signed up or if I’m just going to be drafting against one or two other managers and a bunch of bots.

  47. SephMeier says:

    Would you keep Adam Lind over Corey Hart and his injury concerns?

  48. Derek says:

    Braised foot!

  49. Grey

    Grey says:


  50. G-Money says:

    @Grey.. Hey man phenomenal stuff you got goin on here. Really like what you have to say and havent come across rankings that actually make sense to me before these. I luckily ran into your rankings about a week or two ago and I just had my draft. Draft was live, and league is a 12 team, 10×10 roto. I had the 6th pick and couldnt believe miggy fell to me. I think I killed it by your steeze, but tell me what you think. Good lookin out.

    c- Buck
    1b- Miggy
    2b- Aaron Hill
    3b- David Wright
    SS- Alcides Escobar
    CI- Mark Reynolds
    MI- Ryan Raburn
    OF- Justin Upton
    OF- Jason Heyward
    OF- Andrew Mecutchen
    Util- Drew Stubbs
    Util- Adam Lind
    SP- Francisco Liriano
    SP- Max Scherzer
    SP- Daniel Hudson
    RP- K-Rod
    RP- Valverde
    P- Chris Perez
    P- Edison Volquez
    P- Leo Nunez
    P- Ian Kennedy
    BN- Joel Hanarananananan
    BN- Frank Francisco
    BN- Jose Tabata
    BN- Mike Minor

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