Ron Blomberg, the first DH known to man, stood in a parking lot, outside Parsippany, New Jersey’s Ramada Inn, sipping a coffee and eating a donut. Mr. Blomberg was there to meet new recruits for the National League DH. A starry-eyed, Paul DeJong stepped up for a badge to Ron’s seminar, and to chat with Ron.

“I’m a big fan, Mr. Blomberg.”
Ron looks Paul DeJong up and down, not thinking much of him, “Of course, you are.”
Paul tries a new tact, “When you’re DH’ing, the electricity coursing through your veins, the fans at a fever pitch, it can’t be that hard to come off the bench, right?”
“It’s easier to get come off a towel,” answered Ron, as he handed DeJong his crumbled up napkin, holding his donut crumbs, and walked into the Ramada.

As expected when I started my 2022 fantasy baseball rankings, the DH is coming to the NL. Personally, I’m pumped, like I was Ron Blomberg myself, who gets a nickel for every DH at-bat, because Ron Blomberg invented the DH. His income just doubled. Have you seen the latest Fortune magazine with Ron Blomberg on the cover with the title, “Nickelaire?” Sorry for all the old schoolers who think pitchers hitting is sacred. I think it’s a sacrilege to hitting. Tomato-tomato-pronounced-with-a-different-emphasis.

You, a thoughtful person, “But NL pitchers have been working on their bunt for 47 years!”
Me, a person who doesn’t give a flying eff, “Pull the plug!”

If Paul DeJong’s first taste of being a DH isn’t a success, there could be upwards to 550 more chances this year. Dot dot dot. If the Cardinals want to have the worst DH in the National League. All of my 2022 fantasy baseball rankings are currently accurate as far as DHs in the NL, but once guys start signing, things could change dramatically. I’d guess at least half the NL teams go out and sign someone, and the Brewers cut half of their DHs. Hey, the Brewers used to be in the AL, right? So, is that why they already have five DHs? Maybe they can give one — say, Rowdy Tellez — to the Cards. If I were the Cards, I’d be on the lookout for anyone. Yes, I’m suggesting they pass on the DeJong, while he gets the Grey poop-on. Tomorrow, I will start a multi-day forage into the newly minted NL DHs, going through each NL team and their perspective DH, as I try to find a truffle in the pig shizz. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this preseason for 2022 fantasy baseball:

Dan Straily – Signed a NRI deal with the Diamondbacks. NRI translates to “Non-Roster Invite” for real baseball and “Not Really Interested” for fantasy baseball. By the way, “Darth Grey” sent me a new video from the email [email protected] Don’t enjoy it, because they would want you to. Subscribe to the YouTube channel.

Luis Severino – Expects to be ready for Spring Training. Him and me both! When can I expect that, uh, Spring Training thing? As I’ve been saying for months, pitchers and catchers don’t like reporting in February. They were never coming back mid-February. My guess is the MLB season will appear very dire, then they will suddenly come to a deal in the matter of 48 hours. No one wants to lose money. At most, I would expect a week of the season is missed.

Tim Beckham – Signed with the Twins. The 32-year-old is currently assigned to the minor league camp, but if the Twins can pretend convincingly enough that Jose Miranda doesn’t belong in the majors, Beckham might see some action. “And just like that…Miranda is a minor leaguer.” That’s me passing through the living room while Cougs watches TV.

Eric Thames – Signed with the A’s. If the A’s can unload Olson, Thames might become their 1st baseman. The A’s are selling off everything, and betting on a new Vegas home like they’re Celine Dion shaking hands at the Luxor Titanic museum.

Yairo Munoz – Signed with the Phils. Let the lockout end just so some NL teams can find a DH. Right now, the Phils’ DH candidates are Johan Camargo, Nick Maton, Munoz and Matt Vierling. That sounds like a Where Are They Now segment on the local news that you switch off prior to finding out.

Josh Jung – Shut down with a labral strain in his shoulder. Was he competing in the Winter Olympics? What the eff, my dude, there’s no Spring Training, how are you getting injured? I removed Jung for my top 20 3rd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball, because it sounds bad and the Ranger’s beat writer said, “Israeli Diner Falafel will be the starting 3rd baseman now.” 3rd base was already a parched Tatooine landscape, and it just got dryer. Israeli is ranked at the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Shed LongOrioles signed him. Finally, a place to keep their bats and balls!

Ryan Zimmerman – Announced his retirement. He’s the last of the original Nationals’ Zimmermans, who famously weren’t Jewish when they should’ve been because of their last name. Go ahead, Ryan, name your firstborn Mackenzie to try to clarify you’re really a WASP, we know what your last name really means! Zimmermania will continue on long after the Zimmermen are gone.

Nomar Mazara – Signed with the Padres. Padres are too close to winning it all to not sign one more bat, which is not what they said right before signing Mazara, but what they’re still saying. What’s kinda funny (to me at least), the Padres were so excited about their Mazara signing in December, they didn’t tell anyone until February. Screams big-time enthusiasm. Put the Mezuzah up on the Petco locker room door, kiss that sucker five times, do six signs of David and enter! On our Hitter Projections, Mazara’s down for 238 at-bats and 9 HRs, which is just great. Seriously, Mazara was on pace to hit 9 homers in 600 at-bats last year with a 48% ground ball rate, so nine homers in less than 250 would be a major improvement. I think I’m holding off for now on drafting him.

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Arroz Con Pollo
Arroz Con Pollo
5 months ago

Do you think we’re going to have to change roster rules next year to account for more players having DH-only position eligibility? Theres usually about 2-3 players a year with AL but now with NL I could see that number balloon to 10-15.

snapper
snapper
5 months ago

Thr NL teams seem totally unprepared for the concept of putting a really good hitter in the dh slot. Do they only look at NL box scores all season?
I had e. Hernandez last. He returned just in time to save my season but got hurt running the bases. That’s the story anyway.
Thanks for the monday mojo.

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Reply to  snapper
5 months ago

well they can’t sign anybody to MLB only contracts since what early december? i doubt they’ll look as bad as now, but here are AL’s right now depthcharts for DH’s to compare:
BAL: mancini (good part of order)
BOS: jd mart (good part)
WSOX: sheets/vaughn (bad part of order)
CLE: 54 oz steak (good)
DET: miggy (bad part)
HOU: alvarez (good)
KC: mondesi (bad part of order, and why isn’t he playing some MI position anyway, that’s par for course on this team decisions like that, i suspect this corrects itself if/when he’s healthy for even like 2 weeks in season)
LAA: ohtani (good)
MIN: kirilloff (probably some miranda in there at some point, bad part of order)
NYY: stanton (good)
OAK: s.brown (medium order)
SEA: k.lewis (bad)
TB: meadows (good order, but only against righties, their lefty option either isn’t good or unproven (likely not on roster yet))
TEX: big willie and some mix of a.ibanez/e.white (but this team is spoken about as if a non tank right hehe)

so that’s like 7/15ths teams with either 1. unproven yet or 2. big time injury risk in those expected roles (which i’m quite aware could and will change, as will the NL’s)

and these teams have had since the 70’s to plan roster for this. i’m sure NL’s is currently worse, but it should be right now. they’ve had literally zero time since the rule change (actually negative time, they haven’t signed anything yet)

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let’s just see even right now with no ability to sign any definite MLB contracts for NL:

ARI: beer/luplow (bad part)
ATL: ozuna (good)
CHC: c.frazier (bad)
CIN: mostsuckass, possibly aquino/senzel getting some there too (bad part)
COL: principal blackman (good)
LAD: lux, or batt meaty/mckinstry (bad)
MIA: b.anderson or likely cactus jesus/l.diaz at some point (bad)
MIL: t.taylor or brosseau/hiura (bad)
NYM: cano/jd davis (medium)
PHI: vierling, camargo (bad)
PIT: chavis/park, probably r.castro later (bad)
SD: profar, kim, alfaro (bad)
SF: ruf, w.flores, slater, estrada (bad, all these got a lot of at bats last year, more than normal “bench” players)
STL: dejong, probably j.yepez/donovan/gorman in there too (bad)
WAS: y.hernandez, probably a good bit of k.ruiz for off catcher days (good)

one could (coaches do and likely will) claim the blackmon/mostsuckass/cano/dejong group as being established MLB’ers as being a good thing to get wins, i’m not making that claim myself but will count those 4 as “established” and with those that’s 5/15 already before any possible FA signings to NL teams specifically to help improve their DH’ing. pre signings at the very worst this should keep NL position players more healthy as they’ll have defensive off days probably a lot more often and even more obviously, will keep pitchers more healthy.

Troy
Troy
5 months ago

Since we are going to see a UDH this year, what NL pitchers will have the biggest drop in value? Obviously less Ks, a higher ERA and WHIP are in store for some. My thought’s is those guys will have a perceived value higher expected and should be nominated in auction drafts for others to spend their dollars on. So which ones will suffer the most?

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Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

yep anybody that’s in NL only and AL only will note that the last 2 or so years the players coming over from AL midseason to NL are a lot better/deeper than the opposite. more teams at least pretending to compete in NL just lately (i’m saying through end of 2021, obviously TEX gets moved into an AL one now) by signing/trading for good players. not to say there’s not a good bit of NL tankers of course (CHC, PIT, CIN (after pretending to compete preseason pretty recently), COL etc)

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WAS them too in the NL tankers tanker.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
5 months ago

7th pick tomorrow UGH

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

HA

toolshed
toolshed
5 months ago

I read your blurb on ozuna. I am looking to fill an OF void in a keeper league. Someone offered me ozuna for Hoskins. Would you make that deal? I am trying to keep morality out of it and just look at my fantasy needs for this year. I have several 1b eligible players now. Thanks

Last edited 5 months ago by toolshed
Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
5 months ago

Grey,

Trade question for you. 14 team h2h points league. NO OPS%, or avg for hitters. Instead, random categories like outfield assists, grounding into double play, etc..

His offer: Bichette/Voit for my Riley/Swanson/Mancini?

I countered his offer with Arenado instead of Riley (I asked you about few weeks ago), but he wasn’t having it.

His original trade offer is still on the table should I take it?

If not, how close is it?

Thankyou very much!

Ryan741
Ryan741
5 months ago

Grey, thanks for all you do for fantasy baseball, our whole league always waits for your top 10 to come out, that’s when our fantasy season starts! A couple of trade questions for a fantasy points keeper league. We keep 5 guys, right now I’m keeping Wander (15th round keep) Yordan (13th) Woodruff (14th) Teoscar (8th) and Freddy Peralta (13th). Would you debate trading Yordan or Peralta for a 3rd or 4th round pick, and then trade a 17th round pick to get Bobby Witt Jr who I could keep in the 15th also. I know I’d be downgrading from Yordan to Witt and not really gaining a ton of keep value, but I’d also be picking up an extra early pick this year and Witt has crazy potential. What are your thoughts? I would much rather trade Peralta but I’m pretty sure I’d have to move Yordan to pull it off.

Ryan741
Ryan741
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

I could actually trade both Peralta and Yordan for 4th round picks and get Witt and Kopech as 15th round keeps for super late picks (17th and 20th rounds). Pull the trigger on both deals?

Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
5 months ago

Grey

I have decided to finally dip my toe in a RCL league this year. I am more of an auction league player so I have shied away in past seasons.
My question is, ( and forgive the newbie rookie-ness of the question ) is there a link available to find the rules, etc of how the league works. for example, are the free agent pick ups daily? weekly ? what are the position availability rules? and simple stuff like that. I have joined a league and am having trouble finding this out on the Fantrax site. Being a stumbling newbie to both Fantrax site and the RCL format, I probably am just not looking in the right place.

As always, thanks in advance for your answer and all of the knowledge and entertainment that Razzball provides.

P.S. I agree with you on the CBA negotiations. I predict that after hearing the gloom and doom and the sides are too far apart during the talks during the first few days of this week, that on Thursday or Friday we will be getting that orgasmic announcement that a deal has been made.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Ace of Spades
5 months ago

I so hope you are correct on Thursday or Friday!!!

zigjar
zigjar
5 months ago

Grey! I was looking at my keepers (25 keepers keep forever points league) yesterday and noticed you didn’t rank Mitch Haniger. Like at all.

Are you that down on him? Or just an oversight? I have 26 guys I’d like to hang onto, was looking for the last one to cut – Haniger, Tom Edman, Alex Reyes, and Devin Williams are the bottom 4, have to cut at least 1.

Currently Edman is a bench bat, hoping he can pick up SS eligibility in case FTJ needs a day (or few weeks) off at some point in the year. Edman currently carries 2b RF for designations (India slotted into 2b atm).

zigjar
zigjar
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Beautiful, I’m glad to be wrong! Thank you!

Any thoughts on who to cut?

zigjar
zigjar
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Thanks grey!

Wake Up
5 months ago

Nomar Mazara is only 26 and time is not real. Enjoy your sandwiches.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Maybe SD is stockpiling “assets” to trade to the Pirates. Mazara feels like a Pit kind of guy, i.e., the headliner in a deal that would include cash, a pack of sunflower seeds and a few no name prospects for Bryan Reynolds. Coincidentally, Reynolds is projected to get a nice bump in arbitration.

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Steve-O
Steve-O
5 months ago

I’m in an 10 team auction, 4 keeper league. 4 of the top 10 pitchers are kept and 15 of the top 30. So what would you expect the price of pitching (again auction league) to be? Only 2 teams have have 0 SP keeper and there are 2 with 3 and 2 with 2. Would scarcity bring the price way up or since many teams have 1 to 3 top starters kept, the price should be less than expected?

Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
Reply to  Steve-O
5 months ago

Steve O

I have found over the years in auction leagues with keepers, that what happens is the top pitchers and hitters usually get bid for more than dollar value’s that they would be in a redraft auction. However, I also find that the bargains open up for the middle tiers of players in this scenario as many teams have overspent the dollars and now are in save mode. Personally, I have found the most successful strategy is to spend the extra $$$ when bidding on the top bats available and save the smaller bids for your pitching staff. In a ten team league, there will be plenty of pitchers to choose from later that will still give you a competitive staff. If you do not get an ‘ Ace ‘ pitcher, just try to get two from the ‘ Tuxedo Shirt tier and you will be good to go.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Ace of Spades
5 months ago

oh yeah this is exactly the case, some players (mostly top end ones, but also just recent preseason hyped guys and guys that had a good month or 2 to end previous season, and/or playoff) cost huge and sick bargains elsewhere, which are usually ownable pitchers.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
5 months ago

Time for me to honor Ryans fabled career by rereading my favorite book, of Mice and Zimmerman

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
5 months ago

I asked myself, how do I properly value Buxton with his injury risk?
Let’s looked at Buxton and paired him with a bench guy to cover the AB’s lost to injury?

Let’s assume a 12 team league. So someone like Baddoo who Grey ranks at 253 should be able to be drafted for a bench spot.

Let’s assume Buxton would get 640 AB’s if he played 162 games. And then let’s look at 2 scenarios-
1)     Buxton gets to Grey’s projection of 471 AB’s and Baddoo gets the rest or 169 AB (total 640).
2)     Buxton only get ½ the projected AB’s or 235 and Baddoo gets 405 AB’s. 

Now let’s pro-rate Grey projected numbers to fit the AB’s of Buxton and Baddoo.  2 scenarios—-
1)      95/28/89/.256/19
2)      106/27/89/.244/26

Compare that to Arozarena and Baddoo with Grey’s projection for Arozarena at 549 AB’s and Baddoo at 91. We get 97/22/99/.248/20

Grey’s overall ranking — Arozarena #41 and Buxton at #99.
Seems like Buxton gives similar or better stats with more upside at a lower cost.

Steve-O
Steve-O
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Ha, agree with that no healthy Buxton. Which is exactly why I tried to evaluate him with 235 AB’s.

Bbboston
Bbboston
5 months ago

Grey,

I’m in AL only; 5×5;8keeper; auction league. I can keep I-K-F at $14 at MI. With future 3B eligibility and some Level of decent steals, had this guy just become a keeper?

The Harrow
The Harrow
5 months ago

man, you had me going on the mazouza SD signing. if SD actually didn’t announce it till now but it happened in december that’d be really F’d up from his perspective. but that’s not what happened, you just didn’t notice it till lately:

https://www.nbcsportsedge.com/baseball/mlb/player/20476/nomar-mazara

this was announced dec 16th. i really wanted to laugh my ass off with the level of players that get blurbs on their signings yet somehow mazouza didn’t, he’d wear that for the rest of his life.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  The Harrow
5 months ago

I say it’s time to throw in the towel on Maz, dude couldn’t even keep his job on the terrible Tigers last year

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Old School Brother
5 months ago

yeah i’ve already thrown the towel on him, i had him in dynasties for years until right before the DET move. and i’m talking pretty deep leagues too.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  The Harrow
5 months ago

Samezies, finally gave up on him this year

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5 months ago

ok, we need to actually have a few NL newly DH’d players in the press when asked after games that DH’ing alone is harder than “getting come off towels”

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
5 months ago

Grey!!

Awesome!!!!

Coming at you live from Marco Polo airport (aka Venice (not Venice Beach, dur), aka VCE) en route to Madrid and connecting to Tenerife (final destination). We stay 7 nights (my wife and our 2 children and me). So no quotes until March 2. Sorry.

Cheers,
Ante

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Ante GALIC
5 months ago

No quotes until March 2nd, and that’s me quoting Ante!

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Old School Brother
5 months ago

OSB!

Love you, man. Go Neftali.

Cheers,
Ante

The Itch
Reply to  Ante GALIC
5 months ago

Have a great trip, Ante and family Ante!!

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Grey!!!

Thanks, man.

It’s a trip we planned for Apr 2020 in Sep 2019. Then Corona hit, then depression set in and then the airline and the hotel gave us until Jun 30 2022 to use the vouchers and hotel stay, so we ventured forward. Nothing tried, nothing gained! Right?

Love you, man. See you next week.

Cheers,
Ante

Chuckie Miller
Chuckie Miller
5 months ago

I have a sneaking suspicion that the Darth Grey mystery will end in a reveal similar to Fight Club — Grey Albright and Darth Grey are the same person — and Albright will be as surprised as us.

In Tyler we trust.

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Reply to  Chuckie Miller
5 months ago

i doubt it, his bitches about grey are probably just too stupid for grey to use those “points” to be making fun of himself. grey ripping on himself would actually be funny i’d assume as well, not what we have here.

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oh man, i forgot what it was about, but like 10 or whatever years ago grey did have some hoax on here, and it was funny, unlike whatever this crap is. it was on april fools day and somebody pretty quickly noticed that.

Chuckle Miller
Chuckle Miller

It was that Razzball was sold to someone? ESPN? Yahoo? I forget.

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  Chuckle Miller
5 months ago

yep, that was it.