I was waiting for Manny Machado or Bryce Harper to sign before dropping the last bit of offseason signings before the rankings that start on Monday, but apparently the Phillies only have $300 million for each, and they want $325-plus respectively, so we need to go forward with the news without Machado and Bryce.  The last bit of big news was Yusei Kikuchi signing with the Mariners.  He reminds me of every other Japanese pitcher, but not in a raycess way.  He reminds me of Miles Mikolas too, who was only Asian after being reborn.  It’s something about Asian pitchers, and non-Asian pitchers who go to Asia and return; they exercise some serious control.  Maybe it’s the culture.  I had a robot watch Gung Ho 15,000 times to tell me what it thinks and now the robot is speaking super-racist.  Yo, robot, why are you so culturally inappropriate?  “I have no culture of my own, so I adopt yours.  And I kill puppies.”  AHHH!!!  ROBOT MURDERER!!!  RUN!!!  Or roll your swivel chair towards a door if running is too much for you.  Kikuchi, which is going to be fun for me to say this year, comes with a lot less fanfare than Ohtani, but I do think he can be better than him, pitching-wise, in his first full season.  Ohtani is a unicorn in Babe Ruth’s body, we all know this.  Kikuchi reminds me of Mikolas and Ryu and others in that mold.  He’s a decent strikeout guy, but won’t blow people away, while also having impeccable command.  I’m definitely looking to draft him this year, then passing him up every other year when he fails to throw 130 IP in consecutive seasons because the Japanese also completely overwork their starters.  In fact (Grey’s got more!), the Mariners have already said Kikuchi will only throw an inning or so every fifth or sixth start to try to preemptively avoid the inevitable arm injury that befalls every Japanese starter.  For 2019, I’ll give Kikuchi projections of 9-7/3.67/1.18/136 in 151 IP.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason for 2019 fantasy baseball:

Tim Beckham – Signed with the Mariners.  “I’m just getting settled in, but everyone has been so nice to me.  They keep moving my bags to my car, even if I tell them they don’t need to.”  That’s J.P. Crawford who was the Mariners’ shortstop for approx. 56 days while failing to secure one start.  Mariners are rebuilding while actually making their team better and ruining narratives.  Their lineup might actually be better this year than it was last year. For 2019, I’ll give Tim Beckham projections of 58/17/64/.247/3 in 489 ABs.

Brian Dozier – Signed with the Nationals.  Dozier’s peripherals scream, “Aging guy — beware!” Then they lower their hearing aid.  Last year, he hit .215, but his strikeout rate was 20.4%, about his career average, his walk rate 11.1%, above career norm, and his BABIP plummeted, which should mean he’s due for a rebound.  However (NOOOOO!!!), he got old, which means less line drives, more ground balls, more weak fly balls, his BABIP fell because that’s his new norm, and his average home run went 379 feet, which is insane.  When Dozier came to bat, did they put the outfield fences on dollies and slide them in 20 feet? I didn’t even know you could hit one 379-foot homer, let alone 21 of them.  For 2019, I’ll give Dozier projections of 71/19/78/.229/12 in 571 ABs.

Yasmani Grandal – Signed with the Brewers.  He signed for $18.25 million after turning down a 4-year, $60 million deal from the Mets.  Grandal didn’t want to play for the same team as Bobby Bonilla, apparently.  Be interesting to see what this signing does for Grandal’s ADP, because he’s currently going after a bunch of guys who I think he’s better than.  Of course, I’m punting top catchers either way, and likely won’t own him or the catchers above him, so there’s that.  For 2019, I’ll give Grandal the projections of 62/25/70/.246/1 in 427 ABs.

Keon Broxton – Traded to the Mets.  Love it!  What’s going on, I’m enjoying the moves the Mets are making this year.  Is something wrong with me?  Is new Mets’ GM Brodie Von Trapp a genius?  Is it a coincidence The Sound of Music anagrams to Mets Undo, Sic of…Uh?  I got questions, y’all!  I also love the Brewers trading away pieces that I want to get playing time.  Maybe they can talk some sense into the Rockies about trading all of their buried players.  For now, Broxton is merely a backup to Lagares and Yoenis will return at some point, but maybe Broxton weasels his way into 400+ ABs.  For 2019, I’ll give Broxton the projections of 27/9/32/.218/15 in 283 ABs with a chance for more.

J.D. Davis – Traded to the Mets.  Brodie Van Jenner is like, “You mean I can make any moves I want and the Mets fans will like them?  Then let’s do every move offered!”  This move is decent for the Mets, real world-wise, but fantasy-wise it concerns me.  This is hinting at what I think is already an issue, the Mets don’t seem like they want to play Jeff McNeil full-time or Peter Alonso in April/May.  I hope I’m wrong, but you don’t get Davis if you don’t plan on playing him against lefties, at least.  Maybe we’ll get lucky and Todd Frazier will just retire in March.  Last year in Triple-A in 85 games, Davis hit 17 homers and .342, which is why we’re even talking about him, and why I might be saying Just Dong, the Sequel, by early April.  I like him, but he needs at-bats.  For 2019, I’ll give J.D. Davis projections of 26/11/30/.238/1 in 233 ABs.

Blake Parker – Signed with the Twins.  He could be their closer, which will help solidify the Twins’ bullpen and the Angels as a team of ‘what not to do.’  Parker had a 2.90 ERA and a 156/35 K/BB in 133 2/3 IP over the last two years, a 10.3 K/9 and 3.29 ERA in his career, and the Angels cut him.  Was that one final move they allowed The Sciosciapath to make?  For 2019, I’ll give Parker projections of 3-3/3.36/1.26/65, 22 saves in 61 IP.

Nelson Cruz – Signed with the Twins.  The Twins have added C.J. Cron, Jonathan Schoop and Cruz.  In other words, the Twins’ great aunt died and left a stipulation in her will that they must sign some hitters who give the appearance the Twins are trying to make their team better without actually making them better.  A difficult balancing act, to be sure.  If I sound angry, it’s because I am.  Cruz kills my Tyler Austin/Jake Cave sleeper post.  Not cool, Twins.  Now watch, Cruz and Cron will be injured in April and Austin and Cave will have great seasons, just not on my teams.  To quote another Nelson, HA-HA.  For 2019, I’ll give Cruz projections of 74/32/87/.251/1 in 504 ABs.

Kevin Plawecki – Traded to the Indians.  He has 14 homers in 703 career at-bats, which doesn’t sound great, but if the Indians get into an extra-inning game that goes until around the 1,000th inning, and Plawecki stays in the game for 250 extra at-bats, I could see Plawecki easily topping his career high of seven homers in a season.  Scarily enough, Plawecki is the more offensive of the Indians’ two catchers (Roberto Perez is other). For 2019, I’ll give Plawecki projections of 37/9/45/.244 in 362 ABs.

Kelvin Herrera – Signed with the White Sox.  Now the closer job is murky with Colome.  Lowercase yay!  Not what I wanted to see.  How about we do the Bird Box Challenge but while looking at the White Sox bullpen?  My guess is Colome and Herrera now will share the role in some capacity.  In other words, Herrera will be the closer when healthy, but won’t be healthy all year.  For 2019, Herrera projections are 1-3/3.28/1.23/36, 21 saves in 42 IP.

Jon Jay – Signed with the White Sox.  ‘The Federalist goes with the White Sox’ sounds like he was at the pool with Benjamin Franklin and they were just getting redressed after Ben convinced him to ‘touch his electrical rod.’  If this Jay signing takes one single at-bat away from Nicky Delmonico, I will scream.  If it takes an at-bat away from Eloy, I will jump out of a 1st-floor window into rose bushes. For 2019, I’ll give Jay projections of 42/2/28/.271/6 in 346 ABs.

David Robertson – Signed with the Phils.  Gabe Kapler said Robertson will be used as a late-innings reliever, because he doesn’t believe in calling a guy a closer.  See, Kapler likes to keep his options open.  Like the option to lose the game with Hector Neris, Pat Neshek, Tommy Hunter, Juan Nicasio or even Seranthony Hopkins Dominguez.  My guess is Robertson will see about 85% of saves while Kapler will keep the Phils’ closer job an open audition for the entire year.  For 2019, I’ll give Robertson projections of 6-2/2.77/1.05/91, 31 saves in 67 IP.

Shelby Miller – Signed with the Rangers.  He still hasn’t fully returned from 2017 Tommy John surgery, but he was throwing 94.5 MPH last year. He had no command, which isn’t abnormal for a pitcher returning.  What’s less ideal is he had discomfort in his surgically-repaired arm.  Maybe the Rangers can trade him to the Braves for Dansby Swanson, if Dave Stewart happens to be walking by the Braves’ GM office when the phone rings.  “Hey, I don’t work here, but let me grab the horn and see who it is.”  That’s Dave Stewart walking through any office.

Troy Tulowitzki – Signed with the Yankees.  He told the media, “I’m extremely happy to be joining–” and it appeared that he strained his quad between “happy” and “to.”  No word on how long he’ll be out.  Honestly, it’s just a bridge loan until Didi returns from Tommy John, the surgery, not the underwear or person.  For 2019, I’ll give Tulowitzki projections of 34/12/38/.258 in 278 ABs.

Zach Britton – Re-signed with the Yankees, because Britton is a turncoat.  Though, better than resigning with the Orioles or reallocating retirement funds to buy Orioles gear.  Britton’s numbers were terrible last year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Aroldis goes down at some point and Betances is skipped over for Britton.  Yankees can’t break away from Britton and I’m sippin’ high-taxed tea.  For 2019, Britton projections at 2-5/3.78/1.30/53, 6 saves in 57 IP.

Matt Shoemaker – Signed a deal with the Jays.  The Blue Jays with a solid signing!  Nice, BJs, which is something no married man has ever said.  The Cobbler is going to make some contender extremely happy when he’s traded in July.  Could see Shoemaker in the AL East working behind Happ, Sale or maybe even Snell in August.  Watch the Jays shock the world and promote Vlad Jr., Biggio and Bichette and every other demon seed of the 2005 All-Star Game, and be a contender themselves.  As for Shoemaker, he is your standard, “When healthy, so sexy” starter.  WHSS, for short.  WHSS is also short for Wishes are for Suckers.  Of course, I will draft Shoemaker and accept his 50-something dominant innings, while praying for 140+ innings.  For 2019, I’ll give Shoemaker projections of 7-5/3.69/1.22/127 in 134 IP.

Clayton RichardJays acquired him from the Padres for cash considerations.  In other words, the Padres shipped Richard to the Jays, and held out a cup that said, “Don’t tip cows, tip your barista,” and the Jays considered it, then said, “Nah.”

Jonathan Lucroy – Signed with the Angels.  Lucroy manages to stay in the league because he’s a team player.  Which is to say he’s a player and he’s on a team.  For 2019, I’ll give Lucroy projections of 38/5/41/.232/1 in 423 ABs.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fantastic update report.

    a. All caught up, back in business. New ISP installer was over this AM. Did his job in record time, didn’t want anything to drink (my wife has this old school tradition of offering coffee or soda if a handy man pops by) and said he was behind the 8-ball and needed to get to his next assignment ASAP. I’d recommend him to y’all, but I don’t think he’s on your route.

    b. Good for Robertson. Maybe he can take the job and finally run with it. He’s burned me before and not this time. Phillies BP is off limits, too gassy for me.

    c. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote for January 10

    Christie Brinkley told reporters this week that her marriage with Billy Joel was over long before their divorce. The key moment she said came when she realized that she was Christie Brinkley and that she was married to Billy Joel.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Pops up in what way? I need a good handy man, send him my way! B. Yup C. Haha

  2. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey my man,

    Rebuilding with Vlad, Eloy, Senzel, Devers, Gleybar, Othani (bat), Springer, Meadows, Adell, Soroka, J Urias

    15 team obp

    In our 10 round draft I have 6 picks in round 1, 2 in round 2, 2 in round 5 so figure I can grab lots of decent pitching

    Just got offered his Treat Urner for my Vlad. Got me thinking….what do you think?

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Nightpandas: Yes. I’d take it.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Shill Team 6:

        Do it

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @Nightpandas: It’s fair, but I’d pass if you aren’t competing til 2020

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightpandas: Tho, it could look just fair as of 2020

  3. Cram It says:
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    I’m happy with the moves the Mets are making after that big splash. Love the Ramos get. Adding Broxton and J.D. provide nice depth/mix and match with potential for much more.

    • knucks says:
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      @Cram It: Broxton move prob keeps Rajai in the minors longer than I thought he would be. But I’m with you. An enjoyable Mets offseason. Sounds like we can pretty much pretend Yo doesn’t exist until well after the trade deadline at least. So the depth is smart.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Yeah, not bad at all… I hope Broxton actually plays tho

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: They might finish ahead of the Marlins….

      • knucks says:
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        @The Great Knoche: They *WILL* finish ahead of the Marlins…

        Last year they finished like 13 games out of the Wild Card. This year, prob 4-5 games out is my guess right now. Unless Thor stays healthy and Matz breaks out. That would be sick.

  4. Nick says:
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    Grey,

    how would Scoobidoo call Kikuchi this season?
    if you have the answer , i’d pick him up over Hunter Renfroe,
    or just like last year Scoobidoo would call him “Hunter RENFROE” the dude launch bombs

    i need new pitchers…

    • Ante Galic says:
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      @Nick: Nick!

      You say (Yusei) Kikuchi, I say Goodbye!

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: How would Scooby Doo call every player in the majors?

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Haha. I’ve got Ryu taken care of….Roo!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Roo too!

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I know we hate Corey Seager, but I can get him at $12 for a $12 Clevinger (who I wasn’t planning to keep) in my 12 team keep 7 weekly roto league.

    I wouldn’t keep Seager, but I do think that if he puts up a strong healthy spring I can probably flip or package him for a good return from my leaguemates who may want to buy back in. With that in mind, would you do that swap of Clev for Seager?

    For context, my tentative 7 keepers are Betts, JDM, Acuna, Rhys, Bryant, Blackmon, Villar (if I didn’t swap Clev, maybe Clev or a G. Cole at twice the price).

    Thanks!

  6. knucks says:
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    I’m betting on one of Trevor May, Addison Reed or Hildenberger for the bulk of the Minny saves.

    How long before we can squeeze OTS for his RP darling for 2019? Smokey nailed Treinen last year for us.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: I hope it’s Parker in Minny, but it could be those other guys or all of them, sadly

  7. knucks says:
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    Here’s a funky fact for you Grey… did you know that *John* Jay was succeeded AND preceded by George Clinton as the Gov of NY?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: From the P-Funk?! Damn!

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Yes, he was confused. He thought he was running for Parliament.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha, nice

  8. Twinkle Tinkle says:
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    Who do you think has the better 2019, Villar or Doz?

    And how close are the two in value going forward?

  9. BlakeT says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Dynsasty league where you can keep a player up to 5 years then he goes back to the draft.

    I’ve been offered Arenado (2 years left) for Buehler (4 years left) and a pick. What are your thoughts?

    Right now my pitching I’d keep is Verlander (2) and Bauer (4) so I don’t love giving up a pitcher. Could also keep Tanaka (2)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BlakeT: I’d take Arenado

      • BlakeT says:
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        @Grey: thanks! Where would you stand on Rendon (2 years) for Buehler?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Buehler then

  10. James says:
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    Another great write up!

    Dynasty question, trade Goldschmidt for Acuna? I have Aguilar to fill in at 1st.

    Thanks!

    • Mel Otterbox says:
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      Why are you and not approving that trade?

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @James: I would.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @James:

      Do it

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @James: Do it immediately

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @James: I’d want Acuña

      • James says:
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        @Grey: Done deal. Thanks everyone!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. Gator says:
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    Need hitting. Which of these pitchers if any would you trade for Vlad Jr?
    Nola
    Syndergaard
    Snell
    Severino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gator: Severino, Syndergaard

  12. Turd Wendell says:
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    Grey, you think Phils land both Machdo and Harper? Just one? I know it’s not technically a fantasy questions per say, but Im curious to see your thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turd Wendell: I think they land at least one… Prolly Harper… Just guessing, I have no skin in game

  13. Kirk Miller says:
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    Great headline!

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    I’m in on Odor again for this year. And I’m mildly pumped about it.

    His NFBC ADP has dropped a few from #125 overall to #130ish the past few weeks. Among 2B, he’s currently being taking near where you ranked him last year as the 10th 2B. And Steamer (notorious for a case of the conservative elephantiasis) has him down for nearly exactly what you projected him for in January 2018. When I miss out on both Villar and Peraza, I’ll be owning a lot of him I’d imagine.

    I can’t wait to see what you have to say about him in the next few weeks. But I will.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Yeah, I like him too this year (as well as every year this decade, I think)

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @knucks:

      I like him too.

  15. Dave D says:
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    Nice Charro reference. Scary but funny just like her.

    I’d bet on Parker too. Good thing Halos let him go, right?

    I’m picking two SP’s shortly. Im contemplating Dereck Rod, Toussaint, Freddy Peralta. I know you like Toussaint but he sure walked a lot of guys in his debut. DRod seems safest but will be short on K’s and W’s. Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Think you have a handle on them… I like Touki, but walks…Dereck is fine, but boring….Peralta is sexy but does he have a starting job?

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m a Hendricks guy and a suburban dad so I love boring! Ha, well so naturally I went with Peralta for upside. I will return to a safer, boring SP with my next pick. I already have Newcomb so I don’t want any other pitchers with a likely 1.20+ WHIP. I know that’s petty, but I’ve got my standards.

        Other recent picks: Ian Happ, Reynaldo Lopez.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can grab a safer SP still later, so I’m fine with that… Peralta prolly has highest upside, but lowest downside (not even starting for team)… I hate Reynaldo

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            How do you really feel about Reynaldo? Any particular reasons?

            He will be piching against Royals and Tigers a lot. Hell, I might even draft Gioloto in the 40th for that reasson alone.

            • Grey

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              Meh, maybe for matchups but their peripherals look awful

              • Dave D says:
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                @Grey:

                I plan to play a lot of match ups in DC with about 15 SP’s rostered.

                That’ll prevent boredom mid season

                • Grey

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                  Makes sense, you should grab some Clayton Richard types…

  16. knucks says:
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    Still time to add Dozier and Beckham to the writeup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, will right now

  17. Matty says:
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    I think it’s a testament to all catchers that I read the Plawecki projection and thought, “that average looks decent.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup!

  18. Stros4Life says:
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    Grey now that Houston has lost Morton, Dallas and Colors I have read Mchugh will reenter the rotation. Do you think he will bring his RPing success with him to the rotation or flounder like his past couple attempts?

    Basically what do you see as a line for Mchugh?

    • Grey

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      I think the Astros can still add an SP or two, but I do like McHugh if he’s back in the rotation, but his Ks will come down a tad from his time as an RP — I’d put him around 9 K/9, 3.60-ish ERA in about 120-40 IP, but I’m still not sure he’s going to be in the rotation…

  19. Christian Warne says:
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    If Harper signs with Nationals how does this affect Robles? Is he still starting at that point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’ll screw Robles

  20. OaktownSteve says:
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    Charo is an amazing guitar player and was married to Xavier Cugat when she was in her teens I think. I’m now singing the Love Boat theme in my head. Jack Jones…what a set of pipes.

    I dug around a little. Lucchesi was the only one last year among starts with 95% two pitch mix. Berrios was 90-10, but he throws two different fastballs so he had some variation. I’m real interested to watch him this year. Just watching film I do like him. He looks likes got good fastball command which is a great place to start from. But I’m definitely conflicted.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      One of Cougs’ family friends is good friends with Charo (and Governor Gray Davis) and I’ve been to parties with her and have pics with her… She still looks amazing!

      I hear ya on Lucchesi, think he’s going to be a guy that appears obvious as a guy you wish you owned by June… Hope so at least…

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: Please, for the love of God, post one of those pictures with Charo on here. I will be jealous of you for eternity.

        That is all. Thank you.

  21. Randy Savage says:
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    Points league 12 teamer 12 keeper no keeper penalties : H3, BB2, 2B5, 3B7, HR9, SB2, RBI2, R1—–IP.9, W10,L-5, ER-2, k2, BB-1, SV5

    Freeman, Correa, Encarnacion, Judge, Hoskins, Upton, Pham
    Syndergaard, Severino, Paxton, Buehler, Flaherty

    What should i improve in the draft? Any trade recommendations between now and then?
    Thanks as always Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have plenty of top tier pitching… I know it’s points and favors pitchers, but if you could get something decent for Thor or Severino, I’d consider it… Hitting seems fine as a jumping off place, no real speed tho…

      • Randy Savage says:
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        @Grey: Yea i agree, would like to move an arm and add another bat. The 8B/4P keeper split seems more favorable in my particular league. Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  22. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    Gung Ho FTW! Michael Keaton?

    Looking for some help in my keep forever deep dynasty. Those are my penciled in keepers, totaling 24. I get to keep 26. I’ll be able to stash Alvarez and Luzardo after the draft. At the very bottom is the rest of my roster.

    I know some job roles will become more apparent as we get to spring, but Can you help me out w/ my 26 keepers? and advise any potential trades ideas if possible? (I know that’s a vague request).

    C – Chirinos
    1b – Aguilar
    2b – Moncada
    3b – Profar
    SS – Anderson
    IF – Franco
    LF – Bauers
    CF – Marte
    RF – Judge
    OF – Robles
    UTIL – Hamilton
    Bench : Bader, Addison Russell, Alfaro
    MiLB : Yordan Alvarez
    (15 bats)

    Kershaw
    Darvish
    Minor
    Stroman
    Reyes
    RP1 : Chapman
    RP2 : Giles
    RP3 :
    RP4 :
    RP5 :
    DL : Manaea
    MiLB : Luzardo
    (9 arms)
    (24 total)

    i’m ok taking someone off the list above and replacing w/ someone below. starting pitching is at a premium. Thanks and Gung Ho as always Gray.

    Blake Parker
    Buttrey
    Ottavino
    Nick Williams
    Jesse Chavez
    Jeffress
    Will Smith
    Ian Kennedy
    Smyly
    Ronald Guzman
    Pannone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      FTW! Blake Parker if closer above Addison Russell, then keep Ottavino and Williams, depending on final signings by Phils and where Ottavino goes

      • AllThePrettyStantons says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man. if harper lands in Philly then cut Williams. And does Ottavino need to be getting saves to be kept?

        i may be able to trade Russell for a keeper. who’d be a decent SP target? or a bat?

        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, Ottavino might be worth worthwhile without saves, but doubtful… Depends on where he goes… Yes, Harper kills Williams’ value… You can trade Russell for something? Then do it… Low end SP with high upside? Freddy Peralta?

          • AllThePrettyStantons says:
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            @Grey:

            good call(s), thanks. just got offered Healy/Beckham for Stroman. what do you think? Mucho appreciated

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem…. I’d want Healy over Stroman on his own, so yeah…

              • AllThePrettyStantons says:
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                @Grey:

                that’s what I thought. Even with my thin AF pitching, pull the trigger?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Think ya gotta, can fix pitching later

  23. Dynasty leaguer says:
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    Grey

    You like Peter Alonso this year?

    What about long term dynasty leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not so much this year, but I do like him…

  24. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Good stuff as usual Grey.

    I’m intrigued by Kikuchi (and to a lesser degree M Gonz) but I saw somewhere on FG recently that the Mariners backstop Narvaez was last year’s worst in the category of Pitch Framing. Do you think this will have any impact or is it meaningless?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty meaningless for our purposes

  25. Roxfan says:
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    Great write up Grey, man I hope the Rockies will one day start playing their young studs.

    What are your thoughts on Verlander this year? Will he regress? I’m got an offer of Rendon for Verlander. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’ll go over Verlander in my pitchers’ rankings in two weeks… I’d take Rendon

      • Roxfan says:
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        @Grey: looking forward to that! Thanks Grey

  26. Primetime says:
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    Where you think harper and manny going?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Phils and White Sox, respectively

  27. jack florida says:
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    which side please, 12 team h2h points

    Bumgarner or Bieber

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber

  28. Joshua Moyer says:
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    Hi Grey! Yay, baseball!! (almost) Drop some wisdom for me please, I’m struggling with the last 5 spots on my 15-keeper team. Which 5 would you keep/drop from this list?

    Franmil Reyes
    J Urias
    Z Wheeler
    Trevor Williams
    Sean Newcomb
    Gregory Polanco
    D Swanson
    K Marte
    R McMahon
    Jordan Hicks / Corey Knebel (this is a saves+holds league so as a rule I usually don’t keep any relievers)

    [My #1-10 guys are: 1) Yelich, 2) Nola, 3) Soto, 4) Rendon, 5) Hoskins, 6) C Seager, 7) Berrios, 8) K Hendricks, 9) R Odor, 10) D Murphy….in case that affects your answer and/or you’d talk me out of keeping any of them…]

    • Joshua Moyer says:
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      @Joshua Moyer:

      btw other longshot options I have (just in case its someone you happen to love) are: C Rodon, S Alcantra, A. Wood, R O’Hearn, C Taylor, Odubel Herrera, Brian Anderson, Diego Castillo

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        ODB, Wood and Rodon don’t feel anymore longshoty than Reyes, Urias or Williams, tbh

        • Joshua Moyer says:
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          @Grey:

          Thanks Grey! Looking forward to another season of wit and wisdom!

          As a Philly fan I just….I just can’t do Odubel again. Sure it’s great when he hits .380 with 12 HR in a month, but the rest of the season hitting .145 and getting benched for not running out grounders….I just, I just can’t….

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem… I hear ya on ODB…

          • Joshua Moyer says:
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            @Joshua Moyer:
            I think cause ODB was a rule 5 guy they thought they had found their next Shane Victorino, got stuck in that mindset, and have not noticed that ODB is not Shane Victorino, but is in fact, a bum

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, pretty much, but he does play often and accrue counting stats for fantasy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Almost! Polanco, Wheeler, Newcomb, Reyes, Williams… Not much doubt on Polanco and Wheeler, then coin flips…

  29. Old School Brother says:
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    Can we cut out the Ki and just refer to him as Kuchi? Gucci Kuchi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yes please

  30. San Saba Songbird says:
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    Grey (not Gray),

    I really want to trade a premium draft pick for Mike Stanton this off-season. However, the owner hasn’t responded to my texts, emails, or phone calls the past couple weeks. Would it be ok to go to his place and ask him personally, or is that crossing the fantasy line???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You sound like Machado and Bryce Harper this offseason… You have to chillax, they’ll come to you…

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