Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 22

CORY’S PICKS

Big Erv @ Simon
Floyd @ Carrasco
Cahill @ Hughes
King Felix @ Lackey – trust Lackey at home vs. the M’s? Hmmm…
Reyes @ Lewis
Scherzer @ Duensing
W. Davis @ Hochevar
Norris @ Zambrano
Luebke @ Hamels
Carpenter @ Maholm – look for a strong finish from Carpenter
Jurrjens @ Arroyo
Pelfrey @ Volstad
Cook @ D. Hudson
Lannan @ Kuroda
Marcum @ Cain – good matchup for slumping Marcum

50 Comments

would you drop Rasmus? Someone just dropped Brantley and Austin Jackson is still available also……

Alan,

I’d still take Rasmus over Brantley or Jackson…not quite as many steals but a lot more power upside, despite his struggles.

Zach

Should I trade BJ upton for Michael Morse? I have enough steals without BJ and I like that Morse can play OF and 1st. Could I get more for Upton?

I need a shortstop eligible player to replace Stephen Drew. Should it be Jhonny Peralta or Darwin Barney?

peralta without a doubt

Connor,

Easily Peralta. He’s outproducing Barney in homers (by a ton), AVG, RBIs and Runs and is simply the more established player.

Zach

Which one of my outfielders should I trade for Tim Hudson? Andrew McCutchen, Chris Young, Jay Bruce, or Jason Heyward. Thanks.

none

John,

I’ll second what Matthew said. Hudson carries nowhere near the value of any of those outfielders.

Zach

add either snider, nate the great, or martinez and drop either pagan or look to trade kendrick

Matthew,

I’d definitely drop Pagan for Snider, particularly if you’re not desperate for steals. And Snider is stealing some bags too, so it’s actually not a huge dropoff.

Zach

Jason Kipnis?? Should i just go ahead and make room for this kid or should wait to see how he picks up major league pitching?

Nate Schierholtz or Rajai Davis?

Lucas,

Davis. Unlike Schierholtz, he can carry you in a category, despite the fact that his AVG is significantly lower. But keep in mind that Davis is hitting a solid .279 in July, so there’s reason for optimism

Zach

Lucas,

It depends of course on who you would be dropping and whether or not middle infield is a huge need, but personally, I’d take a wait and see approach. His Minor League numbers this year are solid but not so off the charts that you should rush to grab him. The guys will discuss Kipnis on today’s show so stay tuned for that.

Zach

Hey Zach,

I have four pitchers eligible for a start today: Hamels, Scherzer, Jurrjens, and Kuroda. Please rank them for today’s starts only. Thanks and have an awesome weekend.

Rich D.

Rich,

I’d rank them in the order you’ve listed them, though all four are great options.

Zach

Zach,

I decided I needed somewhat of a makeover in my OF so tonight I offered Ichiro,Swisher,Gaby and Anibal Sanchez for C.Crawford, Heyward and Buchholz. This deal would allow me to also pick up Rasmus off the waiver wire so essentially i guess hes part of the deal.

Is this a fair value deal or am i overpaying?

Dmenz

Dmenz,

I’m OK with the deal but I might try to get a better pitcher than Buchholz. I’m just not a big fan of Clay and his low K rate and would definitely rather have Anibal from here on out. So the question becomes is the OF swap of Swisher/Ichiro for Crawford/Heyward worth Gaby plus the SP downgrade. I’m not so sure.

Zach

Hey Zach,
I’m in a 12 team head to head non-keeper league.
I’ve been offered (I’ll be getting): Ryan Howard 1B, Fernando Salas CL and Josh Johnson SP (DL)
for (I’ll be sending): Josh Hamilton OF and Mariano Rivera CL
should I do this trade? What are your thoughts about this trade? Is this a fair trade? Is J. Johnson ever going to pitch this year? I need some help…I don’t know what to do. I want to pull the trigger…but I’m afraid that Salas will lose his closing job and then I will lose an elite closer in Rivera.
My other closers are Heath Bell and Jordan Walden with stepup guys (we have a holds catagory in our league) K-Rod, Koji Uehara and Rafael Soriano (DL).
The other person has as there closers and setup guys are Jose Valverde, Ryan Madson, Antonio Bastardo, Tony Sipp and Daniel Bard. Should I go after Valverde, Madson or Bastardo instead of Salas?
Thanks for taking time to read this and responding to it. I’m sorry that it’s kind of long.
Gregg

Btw I forgot to mention that my 1B is Adam Lind with Morneau on the DL.
My OF’s are Mike Stanton and Justin Upton. My Util’s are Mike Morse 1B/OF and Travis Snider OF. I have Snider because he’s on a hot streak right now and when he cools off I’m going to dump him for the next hot bat that’s heating up. I’m kind of using PoD for batters.

Gregg,

That’s a close one but I’d do it. I wouldn’t count on Salas losing his job anytime soon as his numbers are still very good. Hamilton to Howard is an upgrade in my mind and while Rivera to Salas is obviously a downgrade, Johnson plus the hitter upgrade makes up for it. Sounds like Johnson could be back within a few weeks so it’s worth a shot.

Zach

411,
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AL only 8 teams 5×5 roto style league.
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I need a middle infielder and have some outfield depth. If I can work it.. should I trade Ichiro for Zobrist or Markakis for Kendrick.. neither offer has been made yet so is either a bad offer and which offer do you prefer, on the off chance both ideas are accepted? This is with 2 different owners
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BTW.. I need power more then speed but don’t have a lot of speed to trade from.
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Thanks
X

Mike,

I’m fine with both of those deals but prefer Ichiro for Zobrist. You’d be losing some speed but gaining significantly in both the home run and runs departments.

Zach

I might be looking to make an improvement or two on my pitching staff. Pitchers I might drop include Yovanni Gallardo, Michael Pineda and Anibal Sanchez. Pitchers I might pick up include Jordan Walden, Vance Worley, Jeff Karstens and Cory Luebke. What moves, if any, should I make?

Connor,

Walden and Luebke in particular definitely warrant pickups, but it’s hard for me to believe there’s no one else you can drop besides those starters. I wouldn’t cut any of them.

Zach

Could you rank rasmus,maybin, rajai Davis, and reddick please?

Michael,

I’ll go Davis, Rasmus, Maybin, Reddick, but a lot depends on your needs.

Zach

Hey Zach, just traded Shaun Marcum, Sergio Santos and Ramon Hernandez and getting Adrian Gonzalez… I believe I got a great deal for Gonzalez.. in the other hand Im being offered 2 trades Ubaldo Jimenez for Michael Morse and also Ian Kennedy for Billy Butler.. I feel like I need a Closer and a SP to replace Marcum and Santos, which of this two trades would you take or should I try to include another player and get a closer in the package? my team consist of: Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Canó, Evan Longoria, Alexi Casilla, Billy Butler, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Ryan Howard, Nick Markakis, Michael Morse, Adam Dunn & Adrian Gonzalez.

My pitching: Matt Cain, Jair Jurrjens, Cliff Lee, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Dempster, Vance Worley, Cory Luebke, Brandon League, Craig Kimbrel, Javy Guerra, Scott Downs, Matt Thornton, Edward Mujica, Sean Marshall & Rafael Soriano (DL). Hold is one of the categories in this league, and is a 14 team H2H league.. thanks Zach!!

KB,

I love the A-Gon deal and also like Butler for Kennedy (more so than Morse for Ubaldo). BUT with that front four I really don’t think you’re in dire need for another starting pitcher. Pick up someone off the wire to replace Marcum. A closer, on the other hand, is a definite need. If you can trade Morse for a strong closer or even Butler + Morse for an elite one, that’s something I’d seriously consider.

Zach

i was offered Heyward, Posey(keeper), and Latos(keeper) for Beckett and Tommy Hanson(keeper). What do you think? Me and my buddy co manage a team in a keeper league, however he hasn’t paid much attention lately so I have been taking care of everything for a while now. I am currently 7 out of 8 but within reach of 4th and top 6 teams make playoffs. I will get my own team next year. It is a win now year for me and next season i start from scratch.

Eric,

If it’s a win now year for you, I don’t like this trade. Posey obviously won’t help you this season, Heyward isn’t developing as quickly as we expected and Latos has been inconsistent. In return, you’re giving up two ace-level starting pitchers. Pass.

Zach

Zach,

I know I have asked a fair number of questions around Brian Wilson trades but got another offer where I give Quentin for Wilson. Seems fair value. Thoughts?

Thanks as always,
Vande

Vande,

Yup, I like that one a lot for you.

Zach

added david wright for cozart. Good move?

Matthew,

Hmm, let me think about this….YES!

Zach

another question….Ogando is available in my league I have Pineda, Gio, Kennedy, Beachy, Sabathia, Beckett as my SP’s would you drop one for him?

Alan,

Nope. I still prefer all of your current pitchers over Ogando.

Zach

can u rank reddick, fowler and duda for rest of season
And would it be worth dropping wells for one of these players

Matthew,

I’ll say Fowler, Reddick, Duda, and would definitely consider dropping Wells for Fowler, particularly if you’re already strong in homers.

Zach

Zach,

How would someone get into one of the mixed leagues with you Cory or Mike next season? I’m getting bored with yahoo leagues. Either nobody is active or the people that are active overvalue every player they have tremendously.

Dmenz

Dmenz,

We generally start coordinating the listener leagues in early-February so remind us then. We’ll announce if any spots open and will take it from there.

Zach

Im in a 12-team h2h mixed league…David Wright is due to come back Friday but i have no room on my roster. Which of theses players should I drop/trade: Cano, Prado, Peralta, Wright? I could also move Prado to OF but I already have Bruce, Crawford, Pence, and Kemp. I thought about trying to trade Peralta for some Pitching…any thoughts?

Stevo,

I have a hard time believing that there’s no other player you can drop. I’m fine with trading Peralta to create a long-term additional opening but get Wright in your lineup ASAP and drop a bench guy, even if it’s a pitcher.

Zach

Zach,
My weak position has been 3B the whole year. I want to try and get Pablo Sandoval in a trade. I was thinking of trading one of my pitchers. I have Gio Gonzalez, Ricky Romero, Jaime Garcia, C.J Wilson, Zack Greinke, Brandon Morrow, Cory Luebke, Carlos Carrasco, Juan Nicasio, and Antonio Bastardo. I also have Josh Johnson on the DL. Which pitcher should I try and trade for Pablo Sandoval?
Thanks,
John

John,

In terms of a relatively fair offer, Morrow would be the first guy I’d offer. If that doesn’t work, I’d upgrade the pitcher to Romero and then possibly Wilson. I definitely wouldn’t deal Gio, Greinke or Garcia straight up for Sandoval.

Zach

Trade offer, appreciate the help!

Give: Beckett & Victorino
Get: Beltre & Gio

Rest of Rotation: Lester, Gallardo, Garcia, Morrow, Scherzer, Stauffer, Carrasco (PoD)

Worth it?

Thanks as always,
Josh A

Josh,

Yup, I’m totally fine with that. Beckett to Gio isn’t that much of a downgrade and Beltre is plenty valuable as a guy who is putting up great HR and RBI numbers and plays at the hart to fill 3B position.

Zach

Hey guys,

I’m Commish of my h2h non-keeper 14 team league. I just noticed a pending trade between 7th place and 12th place, and I smell something fishy. Let me know if you feel like this a legit trade or if somebody’s possibly making a shady deal on the side to make up for their $ losses.

7th place gives – Matt Cain, Prince, Alex Gonzalez
12th place gives – Pujols, Jose Reyes

Am I crazy or is this just a way of getting around the no drop rule in order to save face and $ down the home stretch?

Nicholas,

Although I’d much rather have the Pujols/Reyes side, this is not a vetoable deal. Pujols to Fielder has to be considered a slight upgrade at this point and Cain is putting up ace-quality numbers. In other words, there are multiple star players on both sides, making it a reasonable swap.

Zach

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