July 2006

unread for July 27th and a reminder

dont forget we will be doing triple duty on Monday for deadline day!

11-12:30 then 3-4 and then 7-8pm. All times ET. Be there!

Greg in laguna Beach writes…

I need hrs and rbis.  What do you think of  Harang and Ichiro for Big Papi and Huff?

Cory:

Greg, I think it fits the need but I’d like to see you give up a slightly lesser pitcher than Harang or get a slightly better hitter than Huff, who has not done much since joining Houston and who has been in decline the last three seasons. Ichiro’s steals and high average make him close to Ortiz in value, but Harang’s big season so far is definitely worth more than the mediocre season Huff has produced so far. His track record suggests he’ll heat up, but I’d rather go with the go who’s producing right now, and whose strikeout rate suggests he can continue at this pace. It’s close, but push a little harder and you’ll be "there."

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unread for July 26th 2006

Reed writes…..

I am currently looking for the best deal for Miguel Tejada.

I just wanted to get your take on these 2 deals.

Miguel Tejada 1st round pick
                  for
MIguel Cabrera

                  or
Miguel Tejada
        for
Carlos Zambrano Felipe Lopez Eddie Guardado

Cory:

Reed, it depends on your needs and why you are dealing Tejada. Dealing him straight up for Cabrera deal is essentially fair value, but what does that gain you? A little less power for a little higher average, a shortstop for a third baseman, a few extra steals… what’s the point? The other deal would seem to be a better fit simply from the standpoint that you give up some categories to get others, but it depends on whether or not you can afford to deal power for a starting pitcher and some speed. If that’s the right fit, I’d rather do that deal.

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unread for July 25th 2006

Jay
Charleston, WV
 

I’m in an AL/NL, 10-team, head-to-head league, with two divisions – top four teams make playoffs.  I’m in contention, but have dealt with my fair share of injuries (and we don’t have a DL spot)…I’m trying to solidify my team for the stretch run.  Right now, my team consists of:

Hitters:  Victor Martinez, Mark Teixeira, Jorge Cantu, Chipper Jones (picked up Mike Cuddyer for this week), Felipe Lopez, Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday, Coco Crisp, and Jeff Francoeur
Pitchers:  Jason Schmidt, AJ Burnett, Francisco Liriano, Jered Weaver, Jake Peavy, Chris Young, Matt Cain, Erik Bedard, Ervin Santana, Chuck James (for the two starts this week), BJ Ryan, and Francisco Rodriguez.

We start C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF, DH and 7 Pitchers (any combo).

Some intriguing names available include:  Hideki Matsui, Brandon Inge, Gary Matthews, Jeff Kent, Rondell White, Adam LaRoche, Jacque Jones, Marcus Giles, Mark Prior, Rich Harden, Nate Robertson, Jeff Francis, Dave Bush, and Jake Westbrook. 

I can do without Cuddyer if Chipper returns this week (and assuming Berkman plays through the groin injury as reports indicate he will).  I will likely drop Chuck James for a better arm. 

Any thoughts, suggestions, etc.? 

Thanks for your insight.

Cory:

Jay, given the depth on the waiver wire I think you can afford to try a hot hand here or there, most likely in place of Crisp (chipping in some SB’s but little else), Francoeur  or Cantu (both give HR/RBI but little else). It looks like you could use more team speed, so Matthews, Jones or Giles might be worth a look, although none are exactly burners either. LaRoche has been hot lately too. As far as the pitchers, I like the guys you have better than the free agents. And as for the injured guys you mentioned — Matsui, Prior and Harden — do you want to gamble your postseason chances on guys who aren’t even playing right now? Who knows what they will do for you down the stretch, if anything… find the best combination of present AND future value.

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unread for July 24th 2006

Hey guys, Brian from Lexington, KY here. I am in a 10 team 5X5 mixed non-keeper league. I have a SP staff of Liriano, Oswalt, Willis, Santana, Glavine and J. Weaver. I have been offered Ichiro for Jered Weaver and Rocco Baldelli. I could really use the steals and avg. What do you guys think? I’m thinking maybe now is the time to sell high on Weaver.

Cory:

Brian, I think that’s a very strong return for Weaver. Even if he continues to pitch as well as he has so far — and while he could continue to be valuable, will he really be THIS valuable?? — you get back a very established player who is having a good year and is very likely to give you plenty of help in the categories where you need it. Plus, with your other five starters, you have plenty enough depth, even in a 10-team league, to part with Weaver. This is a very well-executed example of how to "sell high"… you paid Weaver to buy the upgrade from Baldelli to Ichiro. Who knows what Weaver’s true value is, but you know you got great value in return so it’s hard to see you losing this deal.

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unread for July 21st 2006

Hey Guys, TGIF.. great show.. Martin in NYC… loyal podcast listener.. strategy question for you….12 team mixed… 4th place, but a shot at 2nd…  Currently 2nd in saves, 2 saves out of first.. 15 saves up on 3rd place… Near bottom in wins, K, era, whip… My flex pitching spot (SP or RP), do I bench Todd Jones & give up chasing 1st in saves for Zumaya? My thinking is that I can only gain 1pt at best in saves & even starting 2 closers, it would be hard for 3rd to catch me. but Zumaya would help everywhere else.. My other option is Zach Miner to try to get wins….  My other closers are Chris Ray & Saito who are pretty good in K’s and ERA, WHIP… My question is would Zumayas 50 innings from now – end of season really make any difference in WHIP & ERA?

Cory:

The difference between Zumaya and Jones over 50 innings won’t be that much but if you only stand to risk one point in saves by making the switch, why not try it? Best-case scenario, Jones gets hammered and Zumaya is lights out and you earn (or least protect) three or four or more points. As the season progresses it’s harder to improve in ERA, WHIP and AVG, but too many bad outings can blow up those stats at any point so protecting them is often just as useful as trying to improve upon them.

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unread for July 20th

Ron
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Hey Guys,

Great show. One time at Band Camp Chuck Norris ate a percussionist!

I’m in a 12 team mixed Roto 6×6 (OPS & K/BB) league. We can keep 5 players a
year.

I have a trade on the board and wanted your opinion on it. I give up Gordon
and Vazquez for BJ Ryan and Sheets. I was worried about Gordon being traded
and loosing his closer spot.

Also Which of these OF should I start with my 4 spots? Beltran, Hawpe,
Tracy, Patterson, Freel.  I am using Durham a 2B at the moment but I could
swap in Freel.

Thanks for the advice. Keep up the great work

Cory:

Hi Ron, I like this deal since Ryan is a big upgrade over Gordon even if Gordon doesn’t get traded, especially in a keeper league. Vazquez has been nothing special since his hot start, so if Sheets actually does come back healthy next week — if he comes back at all! — the part of the deal should end up being a wash if not a win for you as well. In a keeper league, this is a very solid deal. As for the four hitters, I’d go with Beltran and the three hottest bats of the rest. Durham is hot now so keep him in there, and rotate the rest as needed… remember that the Rockies start a long home stand on Monday so make sure Hawpe is in your lineup next week!

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unread for july 19th 2006

Ari
New York, NY

Please rank these 4 cl. for the rest of the season:
Saito
MGonzalez
Fuentes
Julio

2. Which of the following will have the highest value next year in a std. 5×5 mixed keeper:
BJ Upton
Delmon Young
Brandon Wood
Andy Marte
other hitter?

Thanks!

Cory:

All four of these closers are very similar in value but if I had to pick one I’d go with the one I could acquire least expensively. All four have excellent strikeout rates but have minor flaws: Gonzalez has a high walk rate and pitches for a poor team; Fuentes pitches half his games in Coors; Julio has been walk- and homer-prone in the past; Saito is still an unknown and has Danys Baez waiting in the wings should he stumble. Any of the four should give you good value the rest of the way but none are without risk.

As for next season, I’d rank Upton first because of his stolen base totals and position eligibility, even if he’s only eligible at third base. Marte comes next, followed by Young and Wood. All are premium prospects so my ranking is based primarily upon who is closest to the Majors, what categories they fill and what positions they play.

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unread for July 18th 2006

Erik from U DUB writes:

How do you feel about this trade. The league is a 14 team mixed HTH 7×7 (additional 2B, 3B, OBP instead of BA for hitting, and HDs, QS for pitching over basic 5×5) with 25 man active rosters, 8 bench. I have an excess of OF and CI (D. Lee, Shelton, Howard, Bay, Manny, M. Bradley, Floyd, Sizemore, Nady, Denorfia, Kubel for 6 spots + 2 U spots) and want to upgrade my starters. Is Shelton for Gil Meche a good idea or am I blinded by living in Seattle about Meche? Pitching is tough in such a large league and my current starters are Lowry, Harang, S. Olsen, Chuck James, Joe Saunders, Jaret Wright, Webb, Sheets on the DL and McCarthy if he moves to the rotation (rotating through 6 spots). Am I trying to get to complicated by moving Shelton or someone to get a better pitcher?

Cory:

Meche has been very solid after a bumpy start, and his K/9 rate is gradually returning to the level where he is a reliable option. He’s not a great target acquisition, and you probably need to set your sights higher, but at the reasonable price of Chris Shelton, he’s worth acquiring. But, once you have him, you’d be wise to package him or one of your other starters with a bat, to see if you can acquire an upgrade.

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unread for july 17th

Danny from Chicago: Hey guys, 10 team mixed, standard 5×5. Who should be my main starter the rest of the year at Corner Infield, Kinsler or Kendrick? Also, who should be the odd man out in my OF, Bonds, Kubel, or Shawn Green? We have 5 OF spots, which is why these guys are pretty weak in a ten team league. I also have Vlad, Dye and Edmonds in my OF.

Cory:

You have to go with Kinsler simply because of playing time. Kendrick is an elite hitting prospect but the Angels haven’t made a regular spot in the lineup for him yet so you have to keep Kinsler in there; he’s an everyday player and having a decent season with the bat. As for the outfielders, you have concerns with all three… Bonds doesn’t play every day, Kubel also sits out a few games, and Green simply does not produce enough for a 10-team league. Can you rotate them? If not it might be time to look for a trade…

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unread for July 13th.

Kids,

Great to be back in NYC and blogging again. How about that Reds and Nats trade? Cory and Vinny will break down tomorrow on the show. Below is the unread for today, but before that I want everyone who has a nomination for the MLB.com Fantasy 411 Hall of Fame to send their nods to fantasy411@mlb.com.

Eric from Maryland:

Now that the Astros have Huff, how do you see this effecting the rest of Ensberg’s year? in an 8 team league should i just drop Ensberg? I’ve held onto him on the bench, assuming he would have to turn around eventually.

Cory:

In an eight-team league, Ensberg is a borderline option to cut. The question is, would he be claimed off waivers or would he settle in on your free agent wire? In the short-term I think the Huff deal will reduce his value, but I still think he’s the Astros’ second-best hitter so ultimately he’ll end up being a valuable player between now and the end of the season.

For more fantasy insight catch us weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on the MLB.com Fantasy 411. For more info go to www.mlbradio.net.

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