After a week of action like this week, I feel like I need a cigarette now that the winter meetings have come to a close. Lots of prospects moving, mostly to the Southside of Chicago, and lots of player evals to update. The work of a Prospector is truly never done. Of course your Loyal H.P.I.C, and my digital Sherpa Michael Halpern of imaginarybrickwall.com have to give you our two cents on the prospects changing laundry. We’ll let J.B. and the one true Fantasy Master Lothario Grey Albright update you on the re-draft league side of things. We have no need for yucky major leaguers. Oh and bee-t-dubs we go through the expansive and nearly never-ending talent pool that is the Houston Astros farm system. We talk some A.J. Reed, Francis Martes, Yuleski Gurriel, Kyle Tucker, and a whole bunch of others. It’s the closest thing Halp and I will ever have to a double album, it’s the Top Houston Astros Prospects on the latest episode of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Prospect Podcast.

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  1. Swfcdan says:
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    Thanks for the great insight into you needing a cigarette, not sure what we would do without that knowledge. Just kidding, you’re the man, the big cheese of prospecting, when are we getting your much awaited prospect rankings (top 50/100?) out?

    Will be interesting to see the risers and fallers. Wonder if you can tell me early thoughts on Jorge Mateo, and is there anything to worry about after his mid-season suspension and following slump. Speedsters like him don’t grow on trees.

    Also on Anderson Espinoza, does he have as much potential if not more, than any other pitching prospect around? Might be concerned if some other GM’s dealt him away but it was DD, and I like him getting out of the AL East and all the bandboxes around.

    Thanks doode.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Swfcdan: Once I finish all 30 minor league reviews. So we’re probably looking mid-February and then I’ll get into rookie sleepers and such.

      Mateo is dropping, he’ll probably be in the back half. My guy says 75ish.

      Espinoza’s trade still pisses me off they should have never made that trade. If Ortiz held off another year and retired after 2017 they don’t make that trade. I love Espinoza, his upside is as high as anyone, and moving him out of the AL East is a bonus as a fantasy owner.

      • @Ralph Lifshitz: That being said…he doesn’t even look ready to jump to AA…nevermind AAAA…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Wake Up: Haha! If you’re talking Mateo I’m with you. Ralph no likie…

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks. What’s Ortiz got to do with Espinoza though, they dealt him for Sale not a 1B/DH after all? Glad you love him as I own him, guessing he’ll be in the teens at lowest then maybe even top 10 woohoo.

        Reason Mateo is dropping? Jose Reyes comps and game changing speed doesn’t come around all that often, so valuable in fantasy these days with steals so down.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Swfcdan: They dealt Espinoza for Drew Pomeranz. Kopech was in the Sale deal. The Espinoza deal was made 100% because they were all in on last season due to Papi’s pending retirement.

          He’s a .254 hitter repeating A ball. He’s also been subplanted by Torres. Doesn’t help that the MI options in NY aren’t that old. I’m just not sure he’s 100% an MLB player. Speed or no speed you gotta be able to get on base.

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Haha pretty miserable that the Sox couldn’t even win one playoff game then, bet the fans are already getting a bit pissed at DD. Then to top it off he trades Moncada, they better win it all next year!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Swfcdan: Yeah, hey the Indians were a very good team. It happens.

              I guess, I think the sentiment is split. It’s not like Moncada is better than Sale. They need Sale, they should be good. I’d rather they went this route and tried to be the 90’s Yankees and not the 90’s Braves.

  2. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Thanks very much for all the interesting stuff on the site. It’s a must read for us dynasty noobs. I’m still in my first year of dynasty ownership (12 team H2H) and find myself faced with a roster problem.

    We have rosters of 30 and every player who has exceeded his rookie limits must be promoted/traded or cut. We have about a month to make sure our roster size is 30. Thanks to your advice I have some nice decisions to make. I have a lot of players on my MLB roster but a sparse MiLB roster.

    I am needing to cut/trade Realmuto (have Sanchez), Ryon Healy (K Seager), Orlando Arcia (Andrus) and two of Napoli, Kepler, Buxton, Calhoun, ODB. My main question is what sort of level of prospect should I be targeting for the named players?

    I could hold all by making space cutting RP’s (we count HLDS) and a couple of players who are streamer material but I’ll have this problem sooner or later anyway won’t I? Anything I haven’t thought about ?

    Thanks,

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: I’d hold onto Buxton and Kepler. Who’s ODB? Is this a Wu-Tang league? :)

      You should be able to get a top 100 guy for Realmuto, maybe someone who fits a need. I’d starting floating him out there to anyone in need of a catcher. Healy might be more difficult, as he just burst into the scene last year and many have doubts. Once again I’d ask around. Arcia was a top 10-20 prospect depending upon the list. I could see holding him and dealing Andrus to be honest. However if you dealt him I would be looking for a similarly ranked prospect.

      Hope that helps. I’m here for follow up.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks, for the response. Gives me food for thought, had a couple of tentative enquiries, so it give me an opportunity to follow up with a few thoughts.

        ODB was Odubel Herrera.

        I am sure I will have more questions.

        Thanks,

        Dan

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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks Ralph.

        An offer has come my way
        I give :- Kole Calhoun
        I receive :- either Alen Hanson (2B, Pit), Domingo Acevedo (SP, NYY) or a 3rd round pick (pick 25) in the upcoming first year player draft.

        It doesn’t seem much for an established MLB player tbh, and I’m not sold on what I’ve read about Hanson. SB’s seems to be his main selling point, and he’s not going to replace Kinsler (my 2b) soon is he ?

        I also read a bit on Acevedo, who is probably projected to be a RP(from what I read) in NY that would mean not being the closer (although HLDS is a category).

        Pick 25? Probably be able to grab a top 20 first year prospect? (Oh, Maeda, and Park are available to be drafted along with first year players) The other guy has Brett Phillips is that too much to ask for Calhoun ? Like I said, having trouble working out what’s a fair deal.

        I sort of have to do a deal eventually though. I don’t want to go into the season with the 7 OF on my roster, because I would have too many batters. I can’t demote any of my players. So I have to do a deal eventually.

        Any advice?

        Thanks,
        Dan

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Another Dan: Phillips is one of the big droppers this season/offseason and isn’t all that much more valuable than what you’ve been offered. I’d counter and ask for Acevedo and the third. I’d knock on a few more doors before accepting though.

  3. goodfold2 says:
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    shit’s speeding up in 30 man dynasty with about to be 35 minor slots (30 now). tags due at christmas. 110 budgets now too (inflation apparently was the argument). OPS/holds 6X6. all minor guys free till called up then .4 (league min) per year.
    C (1) d’arnaud .4 (18)
    CI (2) beltre 10.5 (17 previous year restrict tag match)
    MI (2) segura 2.6 (i’ll franchise and he’s arb elig, so we pay last year’s price)
    OF (3) altherr .4 (19)
    – e.rosario .4 (18)
    util (1) b.drury .4 (19, and he counts at CI/MI/OF)
    SP (5-6 optimal) – sale 12 mil (17 franchise tag him)
    – quintana (restrict tag him, either pay what his highest bid is or take pick(s))
    – davies .4 mil (19)
    – urena .4 (18)
    RP (6 max spots per day, 3 RP, 3 P slots)
    – m.cabrera .4 (20)
    – n.jones 5.348 mil (18)
    MINORS (all till 20)
    C – o’connor TB
    CI – denton STL
    – kubitza ATL
    – lavalley CIN
    – padlo TB
    – l.encarnacion PHI
    MI – demeritte ATL
    – a.rondon TB
    – p.gonzalez COL
    – salcedo ATL
    OF – tocci PHI
    – cozens PHI
    – v.reyes ARI
    – sierra STL
    – whitley TB
    – dj davis TOR
    – d.alvarez BAL (needs to be called up in 31 AB)
    SP – heredia PIT (remember this fat dude)
    – yarbrough SEA
    – kilome PHI
    – reynaldo lopez WSOX (might need to be called up now)
    – a.smith SD
    – b.martin TEX
    RP – sherfy ARI (one of smokey’s guys)
    – m.ynoa WSOX (could be moving up in WSOX bullpen)
    – staumont KC
    – rj alvarez TEX (probably close to needing to be called up)
    – v.alcantara DET (might go back to starter?)

    got some trade offers, still trying to catch up in articles, but wanted to see if i can clean these up.
    1. my drury/cabrera/staumont/kilome for d.hill OF DET (20), m.andriese SP/RP .8 mil (18), colon MI/CI 4 mil (18), dj peterson .4 (20)
    this one i think is clear no with colon at that price and not enough back

    2. my same 4 guys from #1 and add in p.gonzalez for hill/andriese/peterson and b.davidson OF ATL (20), mader SP MIA (20)

    3. my same 4 guys from #1 and add in padlo for his same 5 guys from #2.

    4. my 5.30 pick for f.jorge SP MIN (20)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: all contracts .4 mil minimum in those trade offers unless mentioned, in () is the year their contracts run out.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: I don’t like any of those deals to be honest. I’d hold.

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