MLB teams were whistling 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover yesterday:

Just slip out the back, Zac, make a new plan, Tanner,
Don’t need to be coy, Greek God of Hard Contact, just listen to me,
Hop on the bus, Jesus, don’t need to discuss much,
Just drop off the key, Greinke, and get yourself free.

The deadline seemed to be lulling people to sleep, then the Diamondbacks stepped up and decided they were contenders, be-bopping Jazz Chisholm to the Marlins for Zac Gallen. But it turned out they were Indiana Jones, when he would replace an ancient artifact with a sand bag by switching one Zack with another Zac, so the booby trap wouldn’t expose them to trouble. See, and I always thought the idea of the outfield hot tub was to expose booby traps.  Incredibly, the Cardinals announced the Zack Greinke to Astros deal hours before the Diamondbacks. The Astros rotation is now, as they would’ve said in the 20’s, bona fide. In good spirits, Justin Verlander tweeted out, “As long as we don’t get Bauer, we good.” I hear that, JV.  I don’t trust home/away splits much at all, unless it’s Coors vs. non-Coors, but, if you must know 2.96 home ERA vs. 2.80 away. Usually it’s the inverse, but Greinke is a 15-year vet; you really think he’s going to pitch that differently in Houston? The answer you’re looking for is no.  He’s a control artist whiz like you’d want from your child when they’re doing the pee-pee dance. Speaking of which, did every team relieve themselves of their relievers? Let’s find out!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Aaron Sanchez – Acquired by the Astros. Currently, I see people saying the Astros have a six-man rotation. I’d guess a bullpen is where Sanchez is headed, and apologies if you had Siri read that to you and it paused after saying ‘bull.’

Martin Maldonado – Traded to the Astros. He will back up Chirinos and make droll jokes about whiteness.

Jose Urquidy – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.87. As I benched Marquez. Unbelievable. I’ll get to it. Eventually.  So, I’m thinking Urquidy doesn’t get a start in the World Series. Did I already say Sanchez wasn’t in the rotation? Can I take that back now? Listen, neither are great options, which is why they got Greinke.

Roberto Perez – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 17th and 18th homer.  Annoying guy in March at your draft, “Hey, I made plans for an early dinner with the missus, so I have to skedaddle. Just give me the worst catcher and I’ll figure it out later.”  Friends of annoying guy, “Let’s give him Roberto Perez!”

Nicholas Castellanos – Traded to the Cubs for an assortment of “Well, Castellanos doesn’t want to stay here so I guess we’ll just take some stuff to see if it sticks” to the Tigers. The Greek God of Hard Contact going to the home of the Billy Goat Tavern. Move over, Pete Dionasopoulos, the Cubs have their eyes on a new gyro–Excuse me, cheeburger. (Way to work the over-50-year-old crowd, Grey!) The Greek God of Hard Contact in Wrigley is interesting to me, though he could be the 2nd coming of Heyward — no power, decent average, Joe Maddon juggles him all around the lineup.  Nicholas needs a trade to Anaheim to become Ca Stella nos. The Cubs’ lineup will obviously be better, the park’s better, Castellanos is out of a bad shituation. Seems like it’s hard to imagine this not helping him, but will power suddenly come? I doubt it. This does boink the eff out of Schwarber’s value. And not a good boink like Joe Buck dreams about, but a bad boink.

Zac Gallen – Traded to the Diamondbacks. The Marlins pitching looked great this year, but they’re on a strict 20-year rebuild and anything that speeds that up must be eliminated. Jokes aside, it’s really hard to like the Marlins. Sure, Jazz is America’s number one export after fro-yo, and a Bahamian legend, but you have to commit to going with what you have at some point, otherwise the rebuild stretches into decades. Any hoo! I still love Gallen; he’s shaping up as a fantasy #2 for next year. DBacks are supposed to trade away great pitchers, not acquire them though, so I feel like I’m missing something. Arizona post-humidor is a bottom third hitters’ park, and Gallen can succeed.

Mike Leake – Traded to the Diamondbacks. Mike Leake still sounds like a name Bart would ask for at Moe’s. That is the only good thing I can think of for him. My best guess for the DBacks’ rotation is Ray, Leake, Gallen, Kelly and Young, but who knows on the tail end.

Sam Dyson – Traded to the Twins. Dyson goes from potential handcuff to potential hiccup between the 7th and 8th innings.

Jazz Chisholm – Top prospect traded from the Diamondbacks to the Marlins for Gallen.  Not all Diamondbacks were excited about this:  “Jazz Chisholm for who? You could’ve had Shelby Miller for free!” — Dave Stewart, likely. I’m sure Prospect Mike will go over Chisholm, or he’s simply doing Jazz hands around Razzball HQ for no reason.  Whoa, whoa, WHOA, he’s telling me he just gave us a Jazz Chisholm fantasy, so go there and read that.

Jesus Sanchez – Along with Ryan Stanek went to the Marlins. Prospect Mike had Jesus Sanchez in his top 50 prospects for fantasy baseball, and is on the shortlist for a 2020 impact bat. It’s weird to have my foresight be 2020.

Brian Anderson – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .245, and now three homers in the last four games. As excited as I am for Cooper (if he ever stays healthy), I’m yawnstipated by Anderson, but he does appear to be a hot schmotato.

Nick Anderson – Traded to the Rays. He has 69 Ks in 43 innings and closer stuff, which means Cash will throw him in the 1st, 3rd and 5th innings in the same game, but wearing different jerseys. It’s legal, don’t get semantical with me. I have no idea if Anderson will close. My best guess is Pagan, Anderson, Chaz Roe (save yesterday) and maybe even Castillo will share duties.  Jarlin “the Marlin” Garcia could be the new Marlins’ closer, but that’s far from a guarantee. I also like Jose Quijada, though he sounds like Brazilian agita, so maybe I’m overestimating that. There’s also Tayron Guerrero. Sweet sassy molassy!

Trevor Richards – Traded to the Rays. As bad of an organization the Marlins are and their endless infinity loop of rebuilding, the Rays are their polar opposite.  Oddly enough, they have the same number of fans who show up at games wearing Yankees shirseys. Richards is a step down from Gallen, and too reliant on his change, but he could easily be a great stretch-run arm, and might benefit greatly from an Opener, since his ERA balloons to 9.67 late in the game. Still likely a Streamonator call in shallower leagues, but this is a solid uptick in value.

Jesus Aguilar – Traded to the Rays.  What are platoons?  Cash-nip.  Rays’ manager, Kevin Cash can’t get enough of them. Now the Rays have a 4-man 1B/DH platoon. Could Tampa be the home of 27 local-area Hooters and where Jesus rises from the ashes? Hey, if Asher Wojensoabfsd8wski can rise from the ashes, anything is possible. Would I bet on Aguilar? Meh, maybe if you’re desperate. Feels still like a 15-team mixed league or deeper guy who you need to platoon.

Kevin Kiermaier – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, as he was activated from the IL. As Kiermaier’s fantasy owners will tell you, Kiermaier can’t go to the IL unless he’s off the IL, so it was inevitable.

Austin Meadows – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer. Is it April again? I kid. (A little.)

Jacob Faria – Traded to the Brewers. I mention this on the radio yesterday, since I was on there right when the trade happened, but the Brewers should be ashamed at what they’ve managed to turn Domingo Santana and Aguilar into. They obviously had a rotation weakness and they sat on bats for way too long. As for Faria, I’m not sure he even cracks the rotation above such also-rans as Jordan Lyles.  And, yes, I know Lyles pitched well yesterday for him. Underline “for him” and put stars around it.

Trent Grisham – Being called up. Look at the big brain on Prospect Mike featuring him just yesterday in his Trent Grisham fantasy. The Brewers said Grisham will start on Thursday, which I guess means Braun goes to 1st base, and Shaw/Thames work off the bench. The Brewers’ track record of just playing prospects isn’t great, so I’m cautiously optimistic, but as PM pointed out, Grisham has done more than enough for the promotion, and I’m adding him in all leagues where I need some yum. His Triple-A numbers 13 HRs, 6 SBs, .381 in 34 games.

Drew Pomeranz – Traded to the Brewers. This is a significant deal for the Brewers because their ace is a guy the Yanks released in April. This is terrible for Pomeranz’s fantasy value, if Pomeranz had fantasy value.

Tanner Roark – Traded to the A’s. Mr. Roark, will make all your fantasies come true, especially in that spacious park. Hitters can tattoo the ball (see what I did? No? Okay.) and it goes nowhere.  Great uptick in value for Roark, who was surprisingly decent, even in Great American. Love this trade for A’s and Roark. Of course, in shallower mixed leagues, he’s likely still a waiver wire guy, outside of home matchups, per the Streamonator.

Luke Voit – With so much happening with the trade deadline (for all teams except the Yankees), I failed to mention Voit hurt his gooplagacks on Monday and is now on the IL with a hernia injury. I saw someone mention Greg Bird yesterday as a possible replacement. He’s currently doing workouts with Jed Lowrie.  Edwin Encarnacion or DJ will work as the new Yankees’ 1B.

Corey Dickerson – Traded to the Phils. Sorta pisses me off that the Phils don’t give Adam Haseley a legit shot. His offense is not what is holding back the Phils. But like a pornographic nursery rhyme, the Phils C-Dick and want him. Dickerson will platoon in left with everyone (they have, like, six left fielders), and this hurts Maikel Franco too, because it pushes Kingery to the infield.  In fact (Grey’s got more!), it could hurt Kingery too. ADHD in adults is brought on by having too many options, so this is going to make Gabe Kapler a hummingbird.

Mark Melancon – Traded to the Braves. Braves saved $120 million on Albies, so they decided to take on Melancon’s contract.

Shane Greene – Traded to the Braves. The Braves addressed their bullpen like I address what I want to watch on Netflix.  I watch fifteen minutes of something, decide it’s garbage and switch the show.  “I think I wanna watch Luke Jackson…On second thought, think I’m gonna rewatch Stranger Things.” Greene will close and is going to bump Chris Martin down to setup, so the blurst of SAGNOF times. As for the Tigers, their new closer is Joe Jimenez. He has a 12.7 K/9 (awesome!), 5.05 ERA (cripes!) and a penchant for homers allowed (whee!).  I tried to add Jimenez in every league. For two months, he has plenty to succeed.

Mike Trout – 1-for-3 and his 35th homer.  Good news, Angels fans, your team went out and traded for Max Stassi. Finally, some protection for Trout!

Adam Duvall – 2-for-5 and his 4th homer in five games, and 17th homer in his last three innings, and holy schmotatoes.  By the way, Adam Duvall was a .550 hitter in his Pee Wee league, so this is sustainable.

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-5, 1 run and his 6th steal, hitting near-.400 in the last week.  Defrost Ted Williams’ head now! There’s no time to wait!  Ender is a scalding schmotato that you need to own.

Mike Soroka – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (3 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 2.37.  The Regression Fairies have legit forgotten about Soroka like Trevor Williams last year. Just wait until next year when Soroka has a 4.75 ERA and everyone’s like, “Wha’ happened?”

Juan Soto – 2-for-3 and his 20th homer, and 2nd in as many games, hitting .289.  Sexy Dr. Pepper won’t kick the can down the road, he got this.

Daniel Hudson – Traded to the Nats. ..and my vice grip on Hudson loosens and I grabbed Biagini. Or to paraphrase The Producers, “Biagini’s stock go boom! Biagini’s stock go boom!” Then the no-holed Biagini was traded too.  Lowercase yay!

Roenis Elias – Traded to the Nats. For a closer, I’d guess Mariners turn to strychnine–excuse me, Strickland–Wait, Hunter Strickland was traded to the Nats too. Left to close games for the Mariners is an ellipsis.  Maybe they will turn to strychnine after all. Perhaps they can call Anthony Bass or Cory Gearrin on for the Strychninth.

Sean Doolittle – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.00. Doolittle is still the closer, even though they acquired the Mariners’ bullpen (Elias, Strickland) and Jays’ closer (Hudson). Is Doolittle’s leash shorter? Meh, I suppose, but, unless he’s hurt, it’s still a pretty, long retractable leash.

Justin Shafer – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.37, as he got his 1st save. Don’t be fooled by the new closer smell, Shafer was a closer in Triple-A, and a good one (1.88 ERA, 10.4 K/9). I grabbed Shafer in all leagues, where I could, and fully expect him to remain the closer.

Bo Bichette – 3-for-5 and his 1st homer, as he hit leadoff.  May the force be with you, Boba Chette!

Yoan Moncada – Hit the IL with a hammy strain.  It’s a Grade 1 hammy strain, so figured at least a few weeks are bacon’d into his IL time.

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.78 vs. Lucas Giolito – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.39. DeGrom or Giolito? Okay, dur. Obvi, deGrom, but for their value on draft day? C’mon.

Keon Broxton – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. Meant to mention the other day, Broxton was traded to the M’s from the O’s, jumping right over the N’s. At this point, Broxton appears to be a 4th outfielder for a normal, contending team, and an AL-Only bet, but I guess that could change.

Mike Minor – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.21.  Minor is obviously done trying to appear alluring to trade teams.

Willie Calhoun – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, and hitting near-.440 in the last week. With Gallo stomping grapes in Napa for a month, Calhoun could get some runway. You know I still like him, and may never stop (see Odor for further reading).

Jesse Chavez – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA ay 4.42 as he got the 1st post-Coldplay save. Wait until the Rangers hear that Leclerc wasn’t traded. It’s gonna blow their minds! So, I guess Chavez is the closer in lieu of Martin’s departure, but I can’t say I’m confident in that. More confident in it than the Rangers are of Leclerc, obviously.

Scooter Gennett – Traded to the Giants. Not sure you want a Scooter near Bumgarner. You have to admire the Giants’ commitment to addressing their hitting at the deadline. I’m using the word ‘admire’ wrong, aren’t I? Seeing Sandoval in front of Scooter in the Giants’ lineup has me envisioning one of those ‘large guys on a small bicycle’ photos. Is the Giants’ lineup auditioning for America’s Funniest Home Videos? Tell me true.  So, Scooter will get near-everyday at-bats, which helps, but he looks like he needs a whole offseason to fix himself, and moving to a terrible park won’t help.

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.75 vs. Vince Velasquez – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.40. This was a matchup billed as, “I trust these guys as far as I can throw them and I can benchpress 35 pounds.”  Streamonator has a modicum of interest in Samardzija’s next start, but I can only lift 35 pounds.

Josh VanMeter – 1-for-2, 1 run, and his 2nd steal, hitting .312. With the departure of Scooter, I’d guess VanMeter’s going to see more playing time, but Jose Peraza is still lurking like he’s Jose Tabata around cougars.

German Marquez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.68 vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 1.66.  Double sonavabench! Which is what I scream into the wind, as I stand on the ledge of this skyscraper. Stop trying to talk me down!  Never try to talk a lazy person off a ledge!  It’s easier to jump!  What’s that, Marquez left the game with cramping?! Move him under me for my jump!  Thanking…*screaming into the wind*…in…advance!

Dustin May – Being called up to start Friday. May looks like the bastard lovechild of Justin Turner and Gritty, so I guess that means they had him out of redlocks. Ralph and I talk about May on the last podcast. Rate and review on iTunes for a free comment answered! I adore NL West pitchers, especially when they’re not in Coors! Lots of good pitchers’ parks (besides Coors) and the Dodgers have no reason to not let May throw 40+ IP to rest other arms. He’s a high-command, solid-enough strikeouts guy. Think Stripling-ish. I grabbed him in a deeper mixed league, didn’t bother in a shallower one.

Jedd Gyorko – Traded to the Dodgers. Do the Dodgers need Gyorko? No, not technically, but if there ever was a guy who fit the David Freese does-nothing-all-year-then-hits-the-biggest-home-run-ever-in-the-playoffs mold, it would be Gyorko.

  1. toolshed says:
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    I need to own 2 more OF because of injury and the fact that my 1 of my 5 who I am now starting seem to get days off or sit vs lhp. I will have to put in my faab over the weekend. How do you rank these OF ros: inciarte, Calhoun, piscotty (looks like he may be back this weekend), Margot. Obp league. Thanks

    • bigbear says:
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      Inciarte, Calhoun … Margot/Piscotty for me.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Calhoun, Inciarte, Margot for me. Can move Inciarte up to the top if steals are a major need…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender, Margot, Calhoun, but depends on needs

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ender, Willie

      • Dave D says:
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        Are you implying that you win leagues based on categorical rankings not player rankings? Radical notion.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  2. toolshed says:
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    That is willie calhoun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh

  3. Kevin says:
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    Lamet or Wojechowski

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I prefer Lamet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  4. phennore says:
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    I’m down to $9 FAAB (started with $30) in 16-team 5×5 keeper league (add $5 each year to keep). How much FAAB would you spend for Trent Grisham?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  5. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Wicked report, man!

    a. Added Shafer this morning, dropping Christ Martin. The Braves needed him yesterday and guess what he didn’t make it on time. WTF??!! Luke Jackson looked bad, Newcomb looked like old cum but with Shawn Greene added and Minter (is he still around?) I guess Martin is in the 7th or so, so not interesting for my RCL.

    b. Duvall, yes! He hit 29 HRs in AAA. As you say, hitting in AAA is not the problem.

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 1

    Keep ’em Flying, 1941

    Abbott: Couple of fine jobs you got for us.

    Costello: Good job, huh?

    Abbott: Janitors, that’s what we are.

    Costello: We’re working.

    Abbott: We’re just water boys!

    Costello: What? We’re right near Jinx. After all, if Jinx was around here…

    [As Costello wants to point where Jinx is, he pivots with the mop over his right shoulder. The mop hits a pilot, basically slapping him with the wet mop. The pilot turns, and he’s angry.]

    Pilot: What are you doing with those?

    Costello: Hiya, kid. They’re mops.

    Pilot: What are you doing with the mops?

    Abbott: Carrying out orders.

    Pilot: What orders?

    Costello: We were sent to mop up the field.

    Lou, again the butt of the joke!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • pinkman says:
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      Old cum? That’s a new one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! A. Haha, WUT That is some analogy B. Yes! C. Haha

      • Travis Hafner says:
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        Old cum is a reckless analogy. I’m laughing out loud.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reckless! Haha

  6. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Hey Grey, great write up, trade deadline was so EXTREME!! Adult ADHD, the struggle is real.

    16 team H2H DYNASTY keeper LEAGUE. I’m 11-5 leaing the division. Two sets of questions :

    1.) Start Arrieta vs SF?
    Start Lester @STL?
    Bench Luchessi Crime Mob @LAD?

    2.) SVs, HD, SV+HLDS, Ks, high points in our league.

    My RP: Barnes (no idea what he is), D. Castillo (very disappointing), Shane Greene, Swarak (picked up early in the season, no FA money, dead weight), and Quantrill (sort of, not really). Traded Doolittle for Boyd for Snell be gone.

    Not sure how I’ve made it this far with a dumpster fire pen. From the list provided below, pick ONE RP ROS with FA cash i got.

    -N. Anderson, J. Shafer, Gallegos, Y. Lopez (AZ), or Any OTHER NAME YOU CAN THINK OF.

    I appreciate your time!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. I’d start em all in H2H
      2. Gallegos for me

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Thanks DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Agree with DT

      2. Shafer

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        ROS Shafer over Gallegos?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gallegos for holds and ratios, Shafer for ratios and saves

  7. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Horrible day but at least Vazquez still a closer.

    I agree with you on (and own) Leclerc; Texas has no interest in resurrecting him. Should I pick up Shafer?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Who’s the drop?

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        Leclerc — just looking for assurance not to delay a few days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  8. William Hung says:
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    What do we think of LeClerc after Chavez got the SV last night?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I think they go to Leclerc sooner than later

      • William Hung says:
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        Yeah, I just checked Closermonkey and they seem to be very bullish on LeClerc – i just hope he shakes off the cuddleboyness…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not worth hanging around for Leclerc for his 5-7 saves potential, unless deep league

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    Check out Bauer’s exit interview with Cleveland.com-

    He had hinted this season about pitching through injuries, but was more specific on his way out, estimating he’d been fully healthy for just eight of his 24 starts. He said he probably should have been on the injured list for some length of time.
    The problems began in the fourth inning of his fourth start, as he remembered, saying an awkward pitch led to partially torn ligaments in his ankle, which later led to back spasms as he compensated. Bauer said he started feeling like himself five or six starts ago, and then he got sick. But he always pitched.

    So I think clear explanation of the struggles we saw. Bummer we fake owners didn’t know about it. Go ahead grey, go comb your archives for the “me quoting me!” I’m sure you did back at his 5th start ;)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Great stuff, Lubes. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Lubes! But is he right now?

      • Lubes says:
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        I take based on that the most recent blow up was that he was “sick” which I take differently from injured. But sucks that he pitched hurt for so long without an il trip. I mean it’s not like he was on the Mets or anything I’d expect that from them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But he didn’t pitch well last time so…is he still hurt?

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      Bauer is also battsh*t crazy, so he could be feeding Cleveland.com a bunch of crap.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        True

  10. Coriell says:
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    Ha! Boba Chette! Brilliant, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  11. Lee says:
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    Do not let the Coors sirens lure you into starting ANYONE at the Rocky Mountain House of Homers. As a famous Admiral once said: “It’s a trap!!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wise words!

  12. Sam says:
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    Grisham over eloy or kingery?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Nah, not yet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  13. Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limited moves (35 per year), no streaming.

    Some of my low end pitching consists of: D. Cease & D. Lamet

    Do yuo think Dustin May is a good pick up over either of these guys ?

    thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Cease hasn’t shown much so far, I’d try May over him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  14. bigbear says:
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    The Dodgers seem to do well with hyped prospects, especially pitchers. So May has me intrigued. Dropping Jackson for the stream.

    12 team H2H SAGNOF Options: Givens, Jimenez, Gallegos, Lopez, Shafer

    Who has the highest ceiling? (K’s are nice, but I already dominate that cat. So prioritizing for SV and ERA/WHIP)
    Highest floor/job security?

    • knucks says:
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      Prob Shafer if Giles doesn’t come back

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d try Jimenez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JImenez, Shafer

  15. Tony C says:
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    Great job today Grey. So many trades, call ups and speculation and you navigated it so well for us. Thanks.

    Question, who should I pickup and at what position?

    My roster:
    C Realmuto
    1b Bellinger
    2b McNeil
    3B Moustakiss
    ss Story
    IF Albombso
    OF Just Dong
    OF E. Rosario
    OF Franmil
    Ut Dannys Antana
    IL Voit
    SP DeGrom, Flaherty, Darvish, Marquez, Maeda, McKay, Anibal, Fried, Plesac and Dustin May
    RP Yates, Rogers
    IL Carrasco

    Option 1 stream or pickup SP such as Smyly, E, Hernandez or Aaron Sanchez
    Option 2 pick up closer such as Archie B, Jimenez or closer from SEA, TB, TOR, MIA
    Option 3 and my preferred route is to pickup a bench bat since I currently don’t have any: Grisham, Khris Davis, Jorge Soler, Enciarte, Kiermaier, C-Dick, Santander, W. Calhoun or R. Nunez?

    Thanks!

    • Tony C says:
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      I assume I’d drop Plesac.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Plesac for Grisham

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually, I’d go Khris Davis to see if his last homer is a sign of things to come, but I like upside with bench bat

  16. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Good morning, would you drop any of the following for Willie Calhoun?
    G. Cooper
    Posey (have R Perez and W Smith)
    Thanks!

    • Snacks Zillion says:
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      Just dropped Posey for Bichette and Cooper for Calhoun. I like Cooper but he is always banged up.

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        I approve

        • Snacks Zillion says:
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          Thanks!

    • knucks says:
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      Moves seem good. Was about to eviscerate you for owning Posey, so I’m glad you fixed that.

      • Snacks Zillion says:
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        Ha, thanks. I know Grey loathes him, should have dumped him a long time ago.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the great work Grey!

    A. Bradley, Pagan, Jimenez or Schafer?

    Also, is it worth holding on to K Tucker or drop for another one of these closers? If so, which one?

    Thanks again

    • knucks says:
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      What’s the question? Rank them? Drop one? Add one?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Bradley, Pagan…it’s a fluid group.

      Tucker depends on the league and where your team is at but think you can cut bait in shallower formats.

  18. Fred says:
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    Disco or Minor?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Minor for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  19. Thundergunn says:
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    Fantastic Write up today! Boba Chette…HA!

    Have you finished DARK yet?…If so, can you explain what the hell happened at the end to me?

    Also, ok to move on from Urquidy in a 14 team H2H, I could grab shafer for Sagnof, which I could use.

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I think it’s ok to move on there, Urquidy may be losing his rotation spot…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Dude, you were supposed to watch to explain to me!

      Yeah, move on

  20. Vash says:
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    Urquidy disappointed me with that start. He also didn’t k anyone really. Would you keep Urquidy or drop him for Quintana?

    My team is hurt with injuries and need more advice. Tommy Edman or Matt Duffy ros?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d try Quintana.

      Edman for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  21. Vash says:
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    Mike Tauchman….so far what do you think? A hidden gem. I know he was a good prospect for Colorado blocked by the Rockies themselves. Is he a bat I can rely on for 2 months or rather have Bubba Sterling?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I wouldn’t say you can rely on him for 2 months but I’d keep him over Starling

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tauchmann over Bubba

  22. AP says:
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    1) Brilliant as always with the Paul Simon opening blurb.
    2) Glad Im not alone in getting sonofabench’d by Marquez yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      2. Ugh

  23. Trader says:
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    My weekly checkup with Dr. Grey has been moved up given the deadline trades made yesterday. In a 12 teamer, h2h, ten hitting categories, would you make any swaps? For context, I am in a secure position for our playoffs which start Sept 2. Sadly, The Red Sox play the Twins and Yankees that week so already worried about Sale! Rays play Toronto and Balt so happy to have Morton and Yonny. I punt saves and try to win holds.

    SP: J Gray, Shark
    RP: Petit (your fav but better than Dyson since the trade?), Martin, Moronta, Strickland, Elias
    Hitters: Braun, Myers, Kole, Odor, Gardner, C Walker, W Smith, Urshela

    My team:
    Omar
    Hoskins, Bryant, Moose
    Trea, Albies, Segura
    Acuna, Soler, Inciarte, Santander, Senzel, Eloy
    Util: Renato
    IL: Laureano (so sad)
    Sale, Berrios, Morton, Castillo, Bieber, Paddack, Lucchesi, Yonny
    Dyson, Lugo

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream out of Yonny’s spot, but Gray or Shark do nothing for me

      • Trader says:
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        Perfect. I held Yonny this week cuz he faces The Marlins. But I can stream him out next week.

        I was tempted to drop Senzel for Myers but someone grabbed him.

        Have a good one!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  24. Bax says:
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    So are you done with Urquidy then?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Probably for now…who are your options?

      • Bax says:
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        Sanchez is available, but honestly any streamers really. Currently he’s my 10th starter in my H2H points league. I’m considering adding a 4th closer instead, but I’m not sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly go 4th closer over 10th SP

  25. Bax says:
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    So are you done with Urquidy then?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  26. BAC says:
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    12 team 5×5 OBP

    Calhoun, Santander, Grisham, Thaiss, Duvall, Eloy, Lourdes Gurriel. Which 3?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Eloy, Lourdes, Calhoun…Duvall over Calhoun if this is short term

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  27. knucks says:
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    Stick Austin Adams in your IL slot if he is currently wading in the waiver pool of your leagues. He resumed his throwing program this past Saturday and should be progressing to a bullpen session soon if all is well. Had a sexy K/9 before getting hurt and could come back in mid August and be the closer for Seattle.

    • knucks says:
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      Also, maybe Stanek when he comes back off his Rehab assignment? Miami also just called up a reliever named Kyle Kelly who was getting Saves for the Baby Cakes it looks like.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

  28. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Safe to drop W. Davis for Shafer? Thanks as always.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  29. Box says:
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    Loose one in a roto league

    VanMeter
    Mercado
    Bichette

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      VanMeter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  30. Twins Peaker says:
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    First off, this was probably the toughest recap to write. Great job Grey.

    Second, I’m rebuilding for 2020. Would you trade an expiring Altuve for a $34Verlander? $300 salary cap. Other elite pitchers are twice that price. JV has that contract next year too. Altuve could be retained at a discount at the 2020 draft. I need pitching. I have Mondesi and Urias as my other 2B. Points league.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree, well done Grey!

      Sounds like a great deal for you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with DT

  31. Hello Rockview says:
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    12 team head to head OBP league

    I have Riley at 3B. Would you replace him with Kingery, Chavis, or W. Myers?

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Kingery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  32. saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    So this is what’s available in my league:

    Shafer, Chavez, Bradley, Jimenez, Leclerc.

    Please rank your favorites

    Thanks again for your thoughts

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Bradley, Jimenez, Leclerc, Shafer for me

      • saint says:
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        Thanks DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d flip last two of DT’s list

  33. tshank13 says:
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    Saves and Holds league.

    Am I still in line to at least get some holds from any of these guys, or did they all just move into chaotic situations where it’s anybody’s guess until the dust settles? Who’s the first drop either way?

    Buttry
    Anderson
    Coldplay
    Melancon

    I’ve also got Vazquez and Bradley (for context).

    Thanks guys!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Buttrey…he isn’t looking great at the moment

      • tshank13 says:
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        He’s been awful. The game he blew last week was horrific. I thought as awful as he’s been he was the one guy on this list locked into an 8th inning role, but looking closer now it looks like Cam Bedrosian has been getting the holds there lately.

        Thanks DT!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  34. G says:
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    Thoughts on both Kluber and Paddack with regards to ROS and fantasy playoff season. My league has about 4 weeks left in reg season. I have paddack and worried about innings limit. Team with Kluber is out of playoff contention. Would it be wise to consider offering Paddack for him and maybe try to get a second player from him like Lynn? Paddack has keeper value which adds to his value in my league, whereas Kluber does not. But Paddack isn’t an automatic keeper for me next year but rather a candidate for my final spot. I want the best chance to win this year. Thanks as always.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d try to find a safer arm than Kluber when shopping Paddack

      • G says:
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        What about Madbum. Same deal without injury. He doesn’t have Keeper value, but wondering if he’s an upgrade an/or safer to give me value through end of fantasy season? I actually like Paddack a lot but as of now he’s my #2/3 with a Stroman, following G Cole and the special sauce.

        And thanks Donk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bum over Kluber right now

      • G says:
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        Would you say Madbum is a better option than Paddack rest of the way based on the circumstances described, or try and hold?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  35. Steve says:
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    Do you like Aaron Sanchez over A Wood, if he gets the 5th rotation spot in HOU?

    How/why does the Dodgers’ front office get outplayed by their Astros counterparts seemingly every season? They really could’ve used Vasquez.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sanchez for me, Astros could magically turn him into an ace

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They didn’t want to give up Lux

      I don’t trust Sanchez at all, I’d go Wood

  36. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    I nabbed May in only a 10 tm H2H. We SHOULD be in a shallow league, but somehow the best pitching options on the waiver are:

    Cashner, B. & C. Anderson, Anibal, Merrill, Quantrill

    So I don’t feel bad rostering him for a couple weeks. Seems like he has the stuff (and the lettuce) to almost be a Chris Paddack-type add. Oklahoma asked May to start throwing his 2 seam more and that pitch is so nasty at 97 with huge movement. FWIW, on pipeline Paddack was 35 overall last year and May is 35 overall this year with similar fastball grade andjshjshjfhsa. Oops sorry, fingers crossed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice

  37. Art of Bat Flipping says:
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    10-team standard roto.

    C Garver
    1B Alonso
    2B Baez
    3B Rendon
    SS Story
    OF Yelich, Acuna, Springer
    UTIL E. Rosario, Soto
    BENCH DJ LaMaheui

    SP Cole, DeGrom, Corbin, Morton
    RP Hand, Jansen, Diaz
    BENCH Clevinger, Buehler

    Our league trade deadline is coming up. Looking at my roster In what order would you do these?

    1. Trade DJ for Altuve
    2. Trade DJ and Buehler for Verlander
    3. Trade DJ for Will Smith and move Edwin Diaz for another bench bat
    4. Trade DJ for Thor
    5. Hold

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      #1 if you can. #4 is 2nd choice.

      • Art of Bat Flipping says:
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        Team already agreed to trade Altuve or Thor for DJ.

        I’m waiting to hear back on DJ and Buehler for Verlander and wondering if #2 would be better, because I can get a bench bat like Matt Olson or Danny Santana and adding Verlander takes away the risk of either Buehler possibly being on innings limitation ROS where I need to continue racking QS in a shallow league. If Buehler could give me 10 more starts and 60 IP ROS I would lean #1 too. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You need Verlander? Then grab Verlander — Buehler will be way under 60 IP is my guess — he’ll prolly average 5 2/3 IP and get skipped

          • Art of Bat Flipping says:
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            Hey Grey. Are you asking me if I need Verlander or saying I do?

            Verlander owner is out anyway. Should I trade DJ straight up for Thor as DT recommended to add to my rotation or for Altuve and just role with Buehler. QS are tight in my league.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m saying if you need Verlander, I’m fine with getting him with a bench bat and Walker

  38. Josh says:
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    “Braves saved $120 million on Albies, so they decided to take on Melancon’s contract.” Now this is great writing. Well done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  39. Russ says:
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    Heya Grey,

    12 Team H2H Categories

    Would you drop Wade Davis for Archie? Or hold?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

    • Russ says:
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      Also just lost Dickerson to the IL, replace him with:

      Trent Grisham or Willie Calhoun?

      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Willie

  40. Bum Gardener says:
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    Waiver wire question, limited # of transactions remaining for the season so I need to make these count.

    Just put Voit on the IL, replace with one of the following in my UTIL:
    Oscar Mercado, Gio Urshela, Miguel Sano

    Also, catcher question – do you drop Christian Vazquez for either of the following or hold?
    Travis D’Arnaud, Will Smith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mercado — d’Arnaud

  41. Hoboknives says:
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    This is a thousand monkeys working at a thousand typewriters. Soon they’ll have written the greatest fantasy baseball column known to man…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice

  42. Dougie says:
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    Exceptional, Grey!
    Would you you take inciarte or Grisham over polock or Duvall?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Different things, I’d go Duvall for hot bat, Ender for SBs, and Trent for upside

  43. DonnieB says:
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    Would you want Schafer over Bradley? Have you heard anything definite on Giles? Do you like Samardzija from here on out? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, prolly not — Giles sounds done, I have not heard anything — I don’t like Shark outside of streaming

  44. Jason says:
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    Large trade offer in a 10-team H2H keeper during a rebuild year. Which side?

    A. Benintendi/Severino/Gallen/Kieboom/Sixto Sanchez/Kyle Tucker
    B. Luis Castillo/Paddack/Yandy Diaz/Wander Franco/Alex Reyes

    Thank you!

    • Tim Anderson Project says:
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      Side A for me and not close, or even same planet close for me.

      Rebuild or not, those are all pretty young players with high ceilings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with TP

  45. Matt says:
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    From what I’m hearing Castellanos is going to play RF and Heyward is going to move over to CF with Almora Jr. coming off the bench. Castellanos is decent vs. LHP (.300 career BA) and to help out against LA in the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense

  46. rhodyballer says:
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    Better 2-start option for next week in 12-team 5×5 roto:

    Porcello – VS KC / VS LAA
    Arrieta – @ ARI / @ SF
    Plesac – VS TEX / @ MIN (berrios)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None — Porcello

  47. Dave D says:
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    Well, I’m glad I’ve stuck it out with Marquez. I kinda sensed he’d do this if I benched him. I guess you were the sacrificial lamb. Sonehow I got 20 IP yesterday with 0 ER and 28k in our Razzball DC. Thats gotta easily be my best pitching day of the year to date. Lets see, that brings Marquez 11ER start down to about 5.63 ERA… yay.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, nice… Yeah, I got screwed on both Ryu and German… Terrific!

      • Dave D says:
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        I guess it could only be worse if you had Wade Davis plugged in as your RP.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  48. William Hung says:
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    Is Kingery worth holding through this slump or should I swap out for Senzel or Sano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  49. pinkman says:
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    12-team 5×5 roto. Rather have Renfroe or K Calhoun ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Renfroe

  50. Marti says:
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    N/L only league. I have the 3rd waiver pickup this week. Could you rank the American players that were traded to the national league.. ie bauer stroman leake castellanos shane greene. MyN/L league is a keeper aucstion league so wondering also do you think trent grisham could be an everyday player for brewers next year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe on Trent

      Bauer, Stroman, Cast, Greene

  51. KCC26 says:
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    Need an IL replacement for Laureano in a 12 team mixed. Picked up Biggio for this weekends series @baltimore. Good, or do you prefer Inciarte or Dickerson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it @BALT

  52. TJ says:
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    Roark or Manaea ROS?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark

  53. Gigorilla says:
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    Grey — thanks for the notes on the Brewers pitching. The boy wonder sat on his hands all off season — think of the return Jesus A. would have brought in an off season trade. Gamel is fine, but no Domingo 4sure.

    Boy wonder is still learning on the job. Sad.

    I long for the days of Wade Miley. BTW, why the hell did Stearns not resign him?
    Davies, Chase Anderson, Gio, etc – all nice #4 or 5 starters–and that’s all the Brewers have.

    A Ric Flair Wooooooooo — hot air venting here. Lyles, Pom, and Faria……Go Bucks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s pretty awful what they turned Aguilar and Domingo into

  54. baby seal says:
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    Greg Bird… lol, puhhhleazeeeee

    what u know about hernia injuries anyways? they are a bit difficult to forecast was my preconceived notion–not sure if true. Google says 4-6 weeks!

    That Cruz trade for Carlos Santana and CMART was a good call!!

    Assume u think Ender is more than just a schmotato??

    All the movement of these shite relievers is enough to make your head spin!

    later!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      4-6 weeks? Oofa!

      Carlos Santana — Oye como yay!

      Ender could be more, but for now, yeah

      • baby seal says:
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        Plesac didn’t do us any favors last night, while my opponent had Hendricks and Samardzija!

        Mismanaging my team this week like mo-ron. Need a big weekend! Yelich and Judge can hit 12 homers in 3-4 games right?!?

        Got Woj going today. Turnaround starts now! *sweating*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh, me too… I benched Ryu and German — Whee!

  55. Cohen says:
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    Yu at home vs Mil or
    Smyly at home vs WSox?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yu

  56. Steve says:
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    Inciarte, Duvall or T Anderson

    10T 5×5 redraft daily, UTIL

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  57. Huffin Gas says:
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    The waiver wire in my daily transaction leagues were bonkers yesterday. Pitcher after pitcher after pitcher added/dropped. Then there were the managers that were late to the party or couldn’t keep up so they were picking guys out of a hat (and sometimes dropped useful players in the process). I even got a salty email from a guy in last place who missed out.

    But the strangest thing to me- isn’t really good, young starting pitching the holy grail for clubs? The Marlins just traded away Gallen for not a lot and I’m dumbfounded. I’m not a Marlins fan, but I feel like if they made it widely known that Gallen was available, there would be 25+ clubs salivating. What are they doing? And how did all the other clubs fall asleep at the wheel there? It was the Diamondbacks that got him! Ha! Baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed on Gallen, I don’t get it… You build with Gallen, you don’t trade him away… Everyone’s got bats, you had arms!

  58. Dude at Dudes says:
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    I have an open roster spot in vacuum ranking the pick ups: Smyly, T. Richards, Van Meter, Yaz, Canha? 6×6 OPS, QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Richards

  59. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    saves only, lost c.martin to ATL not saves. add which order of: bass, jarlin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jarlin, Bass

  60. The Great Knoche says:
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    Titles last two days have been fantastic.

    Got stuck with Arrieta in a deadline trade. Running him out there today since he’s going, but who you like best as long term replacement

    Stroman
    Marquez
    Yarborough
    Ed Rod

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Titles are Rudy, in the Bahamas!

      German

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Bahama Rudy > USA Rudy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s it, he needs to move, and dred his fro

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            For Dred.

            My one day owning Arrieta seems about right. 2 baserunners through 4 innings and a 9-0 lead and gets pulled after an error and two hits in the 5th at 74 pitches. Come on Gabe!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, sucks so bad

  61. Will says:
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    Some jackhole in basically last place in our league just traded A Chapman and Greinke to the team in 1st place for W Franco and M Boyd. How would you rate that trade, anti-competitive or no? I get that Franco may end up being a stud but for the current season it sure helps the leader.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds ok for future years… You can’t police people from trying to stockpile prospects

      • Will says:
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        Yeah, and our league has free protections for players never activated so guys do stockpile prospects and/or freebies.

        I want to play fantasy baseball against Derek Jeter. What’s he thinking trading away Zac Gallen?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I know, it’s so dopey

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          gonna be the same thing if/when STL doesn’t resign ozuna, gallen the biggest part of that one. he was only healthy for about what half of this season so far out of the 1.66 or so seasons they’ve owned him.

        • Gigorilla says:
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          He should get together with Stearns from Milwaukee

  62. Strict 20 year rebuild! That is great! Hey I solved my Marquez anxiety and traded the unpredictable phebomb (for D. Gregorius) No more cliffs for me, I’m free!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, sounds so liberating!

  63. Justin Ralph says:
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    Please rank these closers. Shafer, Bradley, Jimenez. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly flip 1st two, all close

  64. RotoSlayer says:
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    Do you prefer Shafer over Bass for Saves? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shafer

  65. Dread Pirate Roberts says:
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    12 team H2H categories with OBP. Rest of season (position doesn’t matter and just looking for best overall value – realizing each provides different category help):
    Willie Calhoun
    Ended Inciarte
    Ian Desmond
    Manny Margot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender, Willie, depends on needs

  66. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    15 team roto keeper with QS – I’m currently in 4th, gunning for top 3 – I have a feel deals on the table but they sum to the following:

    I give:

    JD
    Luis Castillo
    Kingery
    Romo
    Nick Anderson
    Dylan Cease

    I get:

    Syndegaard
    Darvish
    Shane Greene
    Dahl
    Buxton
    Mikolas

    Bueno or malo?

    My egg is fried – gracias los Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  67. toolshed says:
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    Read your comments including the questions that came in about urquidy. Do you think he keeps the 5th starter job in Houston? He has a 3.9 fip, 3.9% bb rate, 9.4 k/9 but only a 64% strand rate. Those numbers play for me in my league especially if that strand rate reverts back to the league average number of 72%. Yesterday was not a good start but I’m in a deeper league so a starter on Houston is worth owning. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like him, but I don’t think the Astros are going to mess with him for very long… I’m in a deeper league where I own him and will continue to — dropping in shallower leagues

  68. Dougie says:
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    In a 12 team H2H with up to 3 keepers, is a healthy Ohtani a top 36 draft pick next year and worth trading Paddack for to a team that Won’t make the playoffs?

    • Dougie says:
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      I mean, the team I’d be making the trade with won’t make the playoffs.
      My thought is that I get a potential keeper for next year from a pitcher who’s value is likely to diminish as h2h playoffs come around.
      Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  69. T Cole Anderson says:
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    12 team H2H 2 keepers -1 SO league (all other scoring cats are standard)
    Which catcher ROS Garver or d’Arnaud picke dup d’Arnaud this week for next week but nervous about his playing time if he is not in at catcher.

    Want to drop one of these for Bichette

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garver

  70. Mrs. Roger. Dorn. says:
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    How did Taylor Rogers not get credit for a save last night? Came in with one out in the 9th up by three runs and got the last two outs..

    • toolshed says:
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      He had to pitch one full inning with a lead of 3 runs or less. Or had to come in and get less than 3 outs with the potential tying run either on base, at bat, or on deck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you’re down 3 runs, you have to start the 9th or have tying run on deck

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        What toolshed said

  71. C says:
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    Great writeup, Grey! What kind of bat should I target for Hader in a 6×6 12-team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      30-50 — Bryant, Abreu, Conforto that sorta value

  72. Ty says:
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    What up G money. Minor and the regression fairy’s have been partying. Do you think he balances out or would you drop him for Pineda. Is Pineda this good or is he due to come back to earth himself. 12 team mixed roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Minor over Pineda, but close

      • Ty says:
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        Thanks chief

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  73. C says:
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    Yo Grey – trade follow up, 12-team 6×6. Which side you like better (I am punting saves ROS)

    Bellinger and Hader

    Bryant and G. Cole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cody, but it’s fair enough if you need SP

  74. Mike

    Mike says:
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    That Gallen trade really surprised me. Dude on TV was gushing over Jazz but I don’t know, Gallen looks like the real deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and you have a major league ready arm to send for a lottery ticket? I don’t get it

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      Richards is also a solid 4th or 5th MLB starter and they moved him as well.

  75. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey :::

    Dynasty pitching team

    Pitchers :
    Domingo “my best P” German
    Giolito
    Lucchesi
    Roark
    Yarbrought (surprisingly good overall stats !)
    Trevor Williams
    youngster Yamamoto + Urquidy
    RP : Dropped Giles for Hudson !!
    Hansel Robles ++SV
    Nick Goody for Holds

    added Hudson yesterday ,,, so what’s his value now in long relifeF? better add Shafer ?

    Question 1: how can i improve long term?
    i can get : Steven Matz / Ivan Nova / Jakob Junis / (Armenteros?)
    RP : Lugo / Andrew Miller /Diekman / Shafer … other SAGNOFs Pagan, Leclerc…

    Question 2: is Tim Anderson a keep ? i have Lindor and Lourdes Gurriel @ SS
    Question 3: i was offered Snell + Encarnacion + Joc for … my Pete ALonso … ! i have Abreu @ 1B .. Snell would be a great add for next year … but loosing Pete for E5 in Dynasty
    Question 4: what is becoming Keynan Middleton,, !? i heavily invested on him last year

    thanks for your great answers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Go with Shafer

      2. Sure

      3. Snell side

      4. In what way?

      • Nick says:
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        1. Shafer over Hudson –> OK
        3. Snell side is good but i’d need to drop 2 players, maybe 3 to activate Tim Anderson !
        + i have no need for Joc as i have Acuña / JDMart/ Castellanos/ Gurriel /KDavis OF
        i’d rather try to get Alex Young instead?
        then WHO are the droppable pitchers,,, ? Yamamoto + Trevor + Urquidy?
        4. no real news on him after more than a year ,,, would he come back next season?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          3. Ok 4. Ha, I guess, but why do you care?

  76. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Thoughts on the recent Darvish resurgence? Buying or mehing?

  77. Tacos Y Burritos says:
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    Grey! Please rank the following 6×6 OPS:
    Grisham, Eloy, Duvall
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eloy, Grisham

  78. Big Timmy says:
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    Musgrove or Reynaldo Lopez ROS?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lopez

  79. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Hey Grey, been hit with some injuries and I need to pick up a bat for my struggling offense. 12-teamer 5×5 roto, the waiver wire is looking ugly. No specific category need or position, just looking for overall value. any 1 or 2 guys from this list that stand out as must adds over the other listed guys? Marwin, Winker, Urshela, K Calhoun, Al Gordon, D Peralta, Verdugo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, not really, I guess Verdugo

  80. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    15 team roto dynasty with contracts (here those aren’t relevant though), OPS, QS added. saves and holds for the RP over just saves.
    C vaz
    1B desmond (LF/CF)
    2B hiura
    SS baez (2B)
    3B bregman (SS)
    LF yordan
    CF kingery (3B/SS)
    RF judge
    util (2) mcneil (3B/LF/2B)
    cooper (1B/RF)
    DL: laureano, cron, stanton
    NA (10): lowe, lux, edwards, brujan, a.gimenez
    with lowe being demoted and laureano hurt got 2 adds to make out of: mazouza, duvall, the other a.nola, fatt adams, seager (the older one), leura garcia (maybe could use steals with laureano out)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duvall, Maz

  81. Gotime says:
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    Looking ahead to next week , bit early but can play 3 RP’s in a weekly H2H. Who you got going forward:
    Raisel 6: 2 vs LAA 4 vs Cubs
    Rodgers 7: 3 vs Atl 4 vs Cle
    Robles 6: 2 @ Cin 4 @ Bos
    Bradley 6: 3 vs Phi 3 @ LAD
    Jiminez 8: 4 vs CWS 4 vs KC
    Or even thinking Rodgers and Jiminez and stick in an extra SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why not ask on Monday? A lot can change

      • Gotime says:
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        That’s a good point

  82. Smell The Glove says:
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    Have to drop someone to activate Salazar. Have 4 bench bats. Assuming pitching and hitting are of equal strength, who would you drop: Justin Upton, Lorenzo Cain or Jose Quintana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  83. Robert Glade says:
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    Grey, DT and crew.

    In a 5×5 auction keeper 14 team mixed.
    Got an offer from an out of it and building for next season team today. ( I am neck and neck for the top and going for it )
    They offered me Story ( a two month rental )
    for either Escobar ( $7 next season ) and Either L Gurriel Jr. or Meadows ( both are $9 next season ) . I have Wille Calhoun on the bench to replace the OF spot.
    I am inclined to take Story, unless you think I should hold. I suppose my question is, which is the better of the two deals, should I keep Gurriel Jr. or Meadows.

    As always thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it, Lourdes

  84. Hello Rockview says:
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    10 team head to head

    Bench bat – who is my drop ? Need to make room for IL slot
    C realmuto
    1B abreu
    2B DJ/ Y. Gurriel
    3b bregman
    Ss bogaerts
    Of jd
    Of Soto
    Of kepler
    Util rendon, h. Dozier
    Bench – Hicks , Franmil, Domingo, Mallex Smith (play a few days a week to grab a steal)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks

  85. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am trying to acquire Mad-Bum. I offered him Justin turner and Luis Urias.
    What are your thoughts on it?
    Fair?
    Too much?
    Not Enough?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fair

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Grey

        He countered with Justin Turner and Corey Seager for Mad Bum. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems a bit high in a keeper

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            i turned it down

  86. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    Is Sale someone you are trying to acquire? I can maybe move kimbrell who has a cheap keeper value for him to an owner out of contention.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d take Sale for Kimbrel, worth the shot, could be a top 3 arm…Kimbrel’s replaceable

  87. donnie baseball says:
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    Stroman or Paddack for next year (dynasty/keeper format)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paddack

  88. Buster Moon says:
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    Polanco or Kingery?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  89. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Thoughts on the recent Darvish resurgence? Buying or mehing?

    Also, who do you hold out of Nick Anderson or Lorenzen

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buying Yu

      Anderson

  90. Robert says:
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    Cooper or Sano ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

  91. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    please pick 3 of these OF’s for ros head-2-head league:

    Bruce, Castellanos, Desmond, Duval, Ender, O’Neill, Pollack

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castellanos, Pollock, Duvall or Ender on needs

  92. Mr. A Knife says:
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    NL only trade deadline bids are due in just over 24 hours, so far:
    bauer (95, 2nd place 90, this’ll get up to full 100 max bid almost for sure)
    castellanos 45, 2nd bid 40
    strickland 15, no 2nd bid
    greene 30, 25 2nd
    stroman 78, 65 2nd
    holds added here, i was able to drop riley for grisham just now, later i’ll have bruce back anyway, and added camargo lately. OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, total bases added, QS over wins.
    C wieters
    1B freeman
    2B wong
    SS newman
    3B camargo (SS/OF)
    MI edman (2B/3B/SS)
    CI mcneil (2B/3B/OF)
    OF (4) harper, rhysus (1B), conforto, dyson
    util (1) grisham (OF)
    BN adams (1B/OF)
    DL: bruce, molina, kike
    SP: gallen, stressbird, V2, matz, lester, lucchesi, wainwrong, castillo
    RP (4): urias, baez, jarlin (just dropped n.anderson so he’s no longer addable), hirano
    sure looks like with my last 55 i’m best off going for greene with as much as it takes, maybe getting c.martin for far cheaper if i can’t win greene (if we’re that sure greene is the closer at ATL and not c.martin). who’s my drop (hirano maybe, but maybe he’s closing too now) for greene if i can win him. this team’s only weakness all year is saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hirano

  93. callmeeljefe says:
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    Points league H2H question:
    Trade Arenado for Suarez, Wheeler, Eaton?
    Pitching is supreme in this format but hard parting ways with Arenado even with him struggling of late.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  94. Mr. A Knife says:
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    same as above, but it’s AL only 10 team h2h and i have 43 left total, the bids are so far:
    greinke (2 guys bidding their full 100’s)
    puig: 45, 2nd 40
    franmil 20, 2nd bid 15 (i’d drop grichuk if i could win franmil)
    romo 15, 2nd 9
    roark 10, no 2nd yet

    i have:
    C jansen
    1B thaiss (adames and drury added recently by others)
    2B altuve
    SS villar (2B)
    3B vlad
    MI odor
    CI dannys antana (1-2B/OF)
    OF (4) mercado, upton, k.davis, pence
    util (1) otani (hitter only)
    BN grichuk
    DL: gallo
    SP: yarbrough, pena, paxton, duffy, minor, porcello, gibson, ed-rod
    RP (4) bass (able to nab just now), shaefer (same), barnes, buttrey
    DL: pressly
    NA (1) manning

    roark a good enough upgrade on porcello (or pena maybe) to try to win, as it’ll be hard to try to win both of franmil and roark with my 43 total left.

    • Mr. A Knife says:
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      franmil just went up to 40 (the guy bidding that has 100 left too), so looks like roark is the attempt now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Roark is an upgrade

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Think I trust Pena more than Porcello at this point

        • Mr. A Knife says:
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          yeah porcello has been gutter trash in 6/7th of his starts going back to june 23rd. the guy that took franmil to 40 is also trying for puig with his 100, and romo at 15 so he might drop out if i put my 43 on franmil (maybe not though as his puig competition can destroy his budget more than me). thinking roark is a bigger need for me here (esp since gallo would be back later anyway) than framil? i’ve been in 1-3 all year and am likely to make playoffs.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, you should go after Tanner

  95. toolshed says:
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    Aaron Sanchez seems like a project that houston can turn into a nice option as a starter. Not sure if they can pull it off over the next 2 months. I know you arent high on him but would you speculate on him becoming a viable option in a 12 team league? His k/9 at 7.4 has room for improvement. Houston seems to have worked their magic with others. Sanchez does have pedigree if that means anything.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed a project tho, which won’t happen this year, unless he just gets lucky with BABIP or fluky

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      they’d probably still want urquidy starting over that dude. he’s at least got upside. this isn’t like AAron came out of the searage flytrap (like cole did)

      • Slimbo says:
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        Hey boss

        Is it safe to cut woodruff in a redraft?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cut him

  96. knucks says:
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    Dyson getting right to work on letting the team down on his first day in the new office. Yuck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, ugh

  97. Ivanmakebasket says:
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    Sam Dyson thanks for making the save chance so difficult her for rodgers. That’s the last time baldelli will call on dyson in the 9th at least there’s that.

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      Yeah, I didn’t need that Pineda win or anything. Inexcusably bad to not be able to retire 3 of Granderson, Prado, Berti, Anderson, or Walker without relinquishing the lead.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Seriously

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, awful

  98. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- I completely agree on your Shafer take. Giles has one more year of arbitration next year and then he’s a free agent in 2021. There’s no way he pitches unless he feels he’s 100%. He’s not going to risk his largest payday (most likely of his career). Blue Jays have no incentive either risking injury. It would be odd if he came back.

  99. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Any point in hanging on to Cease in seasonals?

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      streamer from his SON numbers (and performances thus far)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  100. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    we really believing urquidy is out of a job now, depthcharts still shows HOU doesn’t have a 5th SP yet, even with greinke in there, at least until peacock is back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think it’s been decided yet, would I hold him in a 12 team mixed league? No

  101. Jason Blumberg says:
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    Grey,

    Should I deal MadBum for Matt Olson or Vogelbach? … or netiehr

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither, but Olson if desperate

  102. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Please rank the following in roto:

    Dahl
    Buxton
    L.Gurriel
    Kingery
    Eloy

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl, Eloy, Kingery

  103. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Redraft. Eloy has become useless. Available FAs are Buxton, Christin Walker, and Braun. Who should I pick up?I

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Eloy

  104. Walt says:
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    Kinda puzzled by your stance on Urquidy. Prior to yesterday we were viewing him as a reliable option going forward. Are you done with him as of now because of the Sanchez trade, or was his start yesterday evidence that he’s nothing more than a streamer?

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      was probably near streamer for 12’ers before that last start, for now HOU isn’t announcing even who the 5th starter even is. AAron has been really bad for a long time though, and looking weeks forward i’d think armentaros or peacock are bigger risks to his starts than AAron.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agree with Sinkhole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sanchez trade and a terrible start is not good for him

  105. DonnieB says:
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    Both?

  106. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Went golfing yesterday and drank like 10 Vitamin R’s (Rainiers) so no yachting, but we’re back.

    Your Yacht Rock song of the day is “Hey Nineteen” from Steely Dan. Much like some other bands that get grouped into the genre, I wouldn’t necessarily coin Steely Dan as a “Yacht Rock” per se, but this song checks off enough criteria to associate it as such. A further dive deeper into the lyrics of the song will discover that definitely yachty. Let’s go sailing…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J7IrPVLc4U

    (1) There’s two ways to look at the lyrics of “Hey Nineteen”. On one hand it sounds like a middle aged dude remembering his times in college as a frat guy (e.g., “I was the dandy gamma chi”) and reminiscing about “Sweet things from Boston, so young and willing”. Most frat guys suck, but if that’s it, I’m fine in saying it’s not inappropriate or politically incorrect, just an older dude thinking about yesteryear. On the other hand, you get the vibe that he’s currently trying to get a 19 year-old drunk off tequila and snorting “the fine colombian”. The song later says such lines as “Sure looks good, Umm-umm-umm” and then “Skate a little lower now”. Steely Dan released this song in 1980, so he’s definitely referencing watching younger girls at a roller rink. That’s definitely inappropriate. Ew, Steely Dan.

    (2) There’s not an immediate relationship going on, as the song references “no we can’t dance together, no we can’t talk at all” and “no we got nothing in common”, but amidst these generation gaps Steely Dan is trying to create one. Gross.

    (3) Steely Dan was on top of their yacht game on this one as they give us TWO different solos. The first begins at the 1:50 mark and goes on too long, then we another one starting at the 3:43 mark that takes us home. Steely Dan doesn’t come across as Mai Tai guys to me. I’m thinking they’re refilling their neat of Glenlivet on the rocks.

    (4) Steely Dan is pretty smooth and doesn’t try to distract you from the song with weird ass instruments. That being said, if I asked someone what instrument they play (something I never would ask anyone) and they said “electric piano”, that would raise an internal yellow flag. Proceed with caution. That coupled with a couple random doorbell sounds satisfies the criteria we need.

    (5) If there was a maritime reference in “Hey Nineteen”, we’d have ourselves the second 5/5 yacht’s, but there’s nothing to even make a stretch on.

    4/5 Yachts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is such a great song, I really have a hard time with Steely Dan being Yacht Rock… Just bc Michael McDonald pooted on them it doesn’t mean they’re Yacht’d up

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        I love Steely Dan. I have multiple vinyl albums by them in the pub-shed. I wouldn’t classify them as Yacht Rock either, but “Hey Nineteen” definitely satisfies almost all Yacht Rock criteria. I’m a lyric guy, my cougs is not, so whenever we’re listening to music and she’s nodding along, I sometimes ask “did you hear what they just said”? She’s always “nope”. Then I explain and she says “Ew”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, you don’t want to explain Hey Nineteen in too much detail… It is such a great song, I put it on repeat after you linked to it and have been listening since

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            And I see what you mean about Hey Nineteen checking off Yacht Rock criteria

            • Slimcompoop says:
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              So onto fantasy baseball…two questions for you today.

              (1) I’ve been stashing Salazar for a while, not activating him tonight vs. the Astro’s, but would you hold onto Salazar or drop him for May?

              (2) Will need to activate Swanson this weekend. Would you drop Kingery, Pollock, or Reynolds for him?

              Thanks!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Poop! More Yacht!

                1. I’m going May

                2. Reynolds

                • Slimcompoop says:
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                  I have the summer’s off, but it takes time to churn out these Yacht Rock reviews. I’m not a trained, nor gifted, writer by any means. I need 24 hours between each for shizz.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha, fair enough!

                    • Slimcompoop says:
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                      Missed a “this” in the above post (see the “nor gifted” writer comment). Going to drop Cooper for any of the following three players. How would you rank Kingery, Pollock, and Inciarte in a 12-team, OBP%, SLG% league?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You ranked them

                    • Slimcompoop says:
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                      Also…would you drop Ian Kennedy for Justin Shafer? Both the Royals and Blue Jays suck. I’m thinking no, just need confirmation.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah hold

  107. The Harrow says:
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    ATL coach just announced it for sure is soylent greene closing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, figured

      • The Harrow says:
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        yeah everybody assumed exactly this, good to see evidence (some, it’s not as if a coach’s word is just as good as results being shown) of it though, could always have gone in other ways (martin, melancon)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

  108. Mookie Wilson 1 says:
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    10 team NL only 5×5, ROS Castellanos or AJPollock?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castellanos

  109. Andre says:
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    In a 10 team , 6×6 H2H league that uses OBP and you can keep 5 players forever. Which side wins?

    Trout, Trea Turner, 3rd round pick in 2020

    Baez, Tatis, 1st round pick in 2020?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  110. Paul says:
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    Was offered Robbie ray and Justin upton or Marcus stroman and Jon gray for David Dahl

    • Paul says:
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      Never mind Gray was traded… but I guess I can do ray or stroman for Dahl or just hold Dahl

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d want Dahl, but it’s apples/oranges… If you need an arm, take Ray (or Stroman)

  111. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Salazar hasn’t topped 88 and is sitting around 86 or so. I must confess, it’s kinda sad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hasn’t looked great

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        Oh dear. I grabbed him in the hopes of looking like a genius. I guess not.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He looked terrible

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            Wasn’t he a hard thrower before? I guess poor control can play if you’re at 96-98. 86-88 not so much.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He just looked terrible, sadly seemed like an end of a career type look

    • The Harrow says:
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      didn’t they notice stuff like that in his rehab outings?

  112. dontbichetteme says:
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    I currently have N.Anderson and LeClerc. Shafer and Jimenez are available. Should I make a move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes switch both

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        If you were to just grab one, which would it be and for whom?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jimenez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leclerc

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        Which of these 3 do you like best for tommorow?
        Gausman vs cin
        Matz @Pit
        Vargas vsCWS
        Also would you start Paxton vs BOS or EdRod @NYY?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You have commented long enough to see another Bichette arrive!

          Matz

          I wouldn’t start anyone in a Bos/NYY game aside from Sale

          • dontbichetteme says:
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            Ha. Thanks Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  113. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team H2H with OBP and QS and limited season moves

    1) Best DL stash (dropping Taillon): Haniger, Carrasco, Stripling, S Kelley

    2) Hold Leclerc or drop for: Jimenez, Workman, A Bradley, Treinen, Shafer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger

      Bradley

  114. Random Collmenter says:
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    In second place in a 12-team 6×6 roto keeper league (can keep 10) with QS and OPS and trying to make a run at first. Was offered JoRam ($23 keeper), Correa ($33 keeper), Stroman ($20) for my Tatis ($4). I know you don’t like Correa or JoRam but this is a pretty big haul. Here’s the rest of my team:

    C- Sanchez
    1- Freddie
    2- Muncy/Villar
    3- Nolan
    SS- Mondesi
    OFs- Khrush, Springer, Cooper/Kingery
    U(2)- Goldschmidt, Tatis
    SPs- deGrom, Castillo, Giolito, Strasburg, Ray, Wheeler, Gallen
    RPs- Kenley, Osuna
    BN- Reynolds, Alex Young

    He said he would also throw in Kluber if I throw in Isan Diaz (we roster 5 minor league guys).

    JoRam has been on fire. Should I take either deal you think? Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid for you and throw in Diaz for Kluber

    • Random Collmenter says:
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      Btw the categories I need most of are AVG, OPS, W, WHIP, and QS…

  115. EB says:
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    Well no go on Flaherty for Sanchez, from yesterdays conversation, so looks like Im holding him. Better move iyo, drop Laureano(dont have an IL spot) for Musgrove, Wood, Canning, Soler or Franmil(Not sure if Franmil is seen as a better bat than Soler now that he is in Clevelands lineup) also not sure if I need a bat or another starter more?

    Current roster is below for 10 team HTH QS and OBP:
    C /1B D’Arnaud
    1B Freeman
    2B/1B/3B Muncy
    SS/2B/3B Baez
    3B Ramirez
    OF Yelich
    OF Meadows
    OF Buxton
    UTIL Domingo
    UTIL Correa
    UTIL SS T. Anderson
    Bench OF Laureano(no IL spot)
    Bench C Sanchez(no IL spot)

    SP Buehler
    SP Soroka
    SP Clevinger
    RP Diaz
    RP I.Kennedy
    RP C.Martinez
    RP Isglesias
    RP K.Jansen
    SP E Rod
    SP Sonny Gray
    SP M.Boyd
    IL SP Kluber
    IL SP Woodruff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, drop Laureano for Franmil

  116. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Are we starting Lucchesi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not in shallower leagues

  117. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    Hendricks or Garcia for saves
    Thanks

    • Alps says:
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      Sorry also drop VanMeter for
      Castellanos

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendriks

  118. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Which closer would you drop Giles, Raisel or Hendricks in a H2H category league. Also, would you add Dustin May, Smyly, A Wood, Roark, Matz, Urias or Kyle Gibson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles — I’d try May to see how he looks

  119. William Hung says:
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    Flaherty’s 2nd half so far is rewarding your faith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now is he just a 2nd half pitcher?

  120. Sam says:
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    Someone just dropped julio urias. Ten team head to head. I have 11 moves left for the season. The lower end of my pitching are Yarbrough, lamet, urquidy. If I should make the move…Do I use my #1 waiver spot for him or wait it out?

  121. Stephen Lyon says:
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    “Reddick had an eventful night. Between innings at one point before his ejection, he shaved his mustache.”

  122. Travis Hafner says:
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    Khrush or Willie Calhoun?

    Also, is Nick Anderson worth holding in 10-12 teamers? Looks like the 8th inning guy based on useage tonight.

  123. Crazy J says:
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    Let’s get jiggy with it!

  124. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Might as well have left Lucchesi out there. Couldn’t have done worse than that.

    • KrazyIvan says:
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      It was Wingenter today but I had Strahm blow a lead earlier in the week. To cap it off I have Yates too, who doesn’t get as much work as he used to as the entire rest of the Padres bullpen sucks.

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      Not sure it could have been more down the middle than if he’d walked up to home plate and used and X and Y axis and put it there.

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        *an* X and Y axis

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