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  1. Blake Snell or Luis Castillo?

    I agree. I am contemplating offering Snell for Castillo if my pending offer does not get taken.
  2. Bryant for Bregman?

    This trade smacks of a dynasty league? Regardless, I would rather have Bryant. I like Bregman this year but Bryant is a decided step up from him.
  3. Well, he does have back issues and his value is a lot higher in OBP leagues (or wherever walks are accepted). I agree, I rather have him than the two he's trading in a 10-team league. Looking at it through a deep league lens, where the replacement level is low, both of those trades are very close.
  4. Who ya like better ROS: Snell or Castillo. Happily for both of them, this is a quality starts (not wins) league.
  5. Shohei Ohtani 2018 Outlook

    Well, it goes without saying he hasn't yet established himself as an ace by the measure of Kershaw, Scherzer, Kluber, Sale, etc. but he looked fantastic in his first two starts and the blister was likely the reason he had no command last night. I'm sure he would have pitched effectively otherwise. I guess I've never been one to play match-ups with my pitchers. If I'm carrying a guy on my team, he's gonna pitch (one caveat: I play in deep leagues). Coors Field is generally the one exception; the rarefied air changes things. Given that I feel this way about starting lesser pitchers, I would never bench a guy with Ohtani's stuff especially since the Angels intend to be so thrifty with his workload. I would want every inning I can get.
  6. Giancarlo Stanton 2018 Outlook

    I know it's easy to kick a guy while he's down but I wanted nothing to do with him this year ... at his price. Go back to his 2017 page and you'll see how bullish I was about him at his erstwhile value. Barring health (which is still a concern with him) I have no doubt Stanton will mash. I just never thought the transition to NY would be all puppies and roses and, like, 75 round trippers were in the offing. A California boy, attuned to the controlled climate of a dome and the listless media of Miami may, in the cold and suffocating spotlight of the NY press, find himself struggling in April .. who would have thunk? Once again, Stanton will hit his tatters, he will get his knocks, (for at least momentarily) he will endear himself to the NY faithful, but when it's all said and done his numbers this year may not be as scintillating as many expected them to be. Unfortunately, there are two comps. One is A-Rod. In the very midst of his prime, his age-28 season, his debut season in Pinstripes was merely all right by his lofty standards. In fact, that unspectacular season (once again, by his standards) was bookended by two MVP-campaigns. Given what we would come to know of A-Rod, he had to adjust to the mental component of playing in New York. Stanton must too. An even more damning comparison would be Jason Giambi. Giambi was an MVP in 2000 and an MVP runner-up the following year. In 2002, he signed with the Yankees. Everyone was jubilant about a lefty power bat in Yankee Stadium with the short porch in right. Like Stanton, Giambi was coming from a bigger ballpark and a good lineup but the Yankees lineup was a decided upgrade. Well, Giambi had a nice year in 2002 but no comparison to the previous two years. He pressed in April and I remember, as a youngster, when the tide turned one long, rain driven extra innings game in May. Giambi walked off and was more Giambi-like thereafter. For the umpteenth time, I think Stanton will come around and I would not sell (provided of course he stays healthy) but this slump he is immersed in was sort of predictable.
  7. Zack Wheeler 2018 Outlook

    If not for giant chunks of ice putting holes in the roof of the Rogers Centre (today's roster freeze driven up by last night's rescheduled Jays game) my trade for him would have processed in time and I would have gotten his start tonight. I never play match-ups and, all day, I lamented missing his start. Watching a few innings, I was glad he wasn't in my lineup but, like Cmilne23 said, miraculously he turned in a quality start. For a while it looked like the worst possible outcome would occur: he would look like crap, a bad portent for the future, but escape with a good line that I lost to an unfortunate rescheduling. It sort of happened but I don't regret missing his line. Tonight, Wheeler looked like the uninspiring pitcher I watched all of last year. He looked so good last week but the Marlins, a glorified AAA team, will do that -- Tanaka's start tonight notwithstanding. I am worried about his forthcoming start against the upstart Braves.
  8. Shohei Ohtani 2018 Outlook

    Not really. You never sit your aces. Ohtani has the kind of stuff to dominate anyone.
  9. Votto for Betts? OBP league

    Thank you guys for the help -- I actually think it's very close and I have been leaning towards declining it. I am the Betts owner who was offered both Votto and Kendrick (Kendrick doesn't tip the scales whatsoever). I am expecting a big year from Betts and his growing walk rate is encouraging on an OBP front (he walked a lot in the minors). Votto is also 34 and "should" show signs of decline soon, if not this year. I know Votto is an OBP god and he went for more than Betts in the Auction.
  10. Should I Do This Deal - 100% WHIR

    I'd say stay put but it may hinge on what those 17 categories are (should any of us be able to process it)
  11. Roto, categories: R, HR, RBI, SB, and OBP In a vacuum, who would you rather have just for this year: Votto or Betts? Thanks!
  12. Sean Newcomb or Kevin Gausman?

    I just think he's a bit better and his second half last year was a truer testament to who he is. Newcomb has a lot of potential, though. They are close.
  13. Corey Seager 2018 Outlook

    Shoulda been a hit, that ball was scalded. Was hoping to see the 9th inning double he hit but condensed games are not what they once were.
  14. Drop/adds? whir

    I would pick up Mallex. I don't see why Bettis should be owned. Wheeler and Duffy should perhaps be picked up.
  15. Salazar for Wheeler?

    Thank you all for the help! I have the same thinking as you guys. I just did the trade. If Wheeler falters, at least I have the roster spot open. I have been mighty fortunate none of my regulars has needed a DL slot (at least since MadBum went down), last thing I want is plugging three guys into two holes.