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Don’t let my adorable friend above fool you, these trades are mostly meh. WHICH I GET. Season is young, deadline is not near, everyone is mostly .500 except for the few that aren’t. I get it. But I will be DAMNED if I cover these in much detail at all. Let’s get to it….

Note for these belated “reviews”:  all stats are current-ish, so not necessarily reflective of the numbers at time of trade, but still who really gives a shit….


Thu, May 31
11:14 PM


GSW traded Dylan Bundy, Bal SP to XYZ (for MacKenzie Gore, SD SP)

Bundy:  3-7, 68.2 IP (12 starts), 4.46 ERA (4.74 FIP), 83 Ks (10.88 K/9), 7 QS 1 CG

Gore:  8 IP and 9 ER and 10 Ks across 3 A ball starts.

MLB Comp:  Cole Hamels

GSW traded Dylan Bundy, Bal SP to XY4.46 ERA Z Bundy has games where he looks unhittable (7 QS hint at that), other times he gets rocked. Worth the gamble sure, but Gore’s eventual upside likely surpasses Bundy’s. / WARRIORS
Thu, May 31
8:19 PM


RRF traded Jordan Hicks, StL SP (and waiver claim spot) to XYZ
XYZ traded Marcell Ozuna, StL LF to RRF

Hicks:  2-1, 29 IP, 2.48 ERA (4.19 FIP), 16 Ks (4.97 K/9), 5 Holds

MLB Comp:  Mauricio Cabrera

Ozuna:  .320 OBP, 6 2Bs, 4 HRs, 21 Rs, 24 RBIs, 3 SBs

Hicks THROWS REAL FAST but that is about all he does, doesn’t get many swings and misses and walks more than he strikes out. Ozuna can rebound, this is better than dropping him but yea. / RRF
Tue, May 15
8:40 PM


RCBD traded Marcus Stroman*, Tor SP to LTBS
LTBS traded David Dahl*, Col CF to RCBD

Stroman:  0-5, 37.1 IP (7 starts), 7.71 ERA (4.60 FIP), 32 Ks (7.21 K/9), 1 QS

Dahl:  .309 OBP, 3 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 HRs, 8 Rs, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs

RCBD traded Marcus Stroman*, Tor SP to LTBS
LTBS traded David Dahl*, Col CF to RCBD
Hindsight has been unkind to this trade, cuz AT THE TIME I would applaud the Dudes giving up a pitcher I have always found to be mediocre for a potential 5 cat stud. Now that “stud” is out like 8 weeks and on waivers and starting to appear like he will always be out like 8 weeks. / Bad Dudes
Tue, May 8
11:37 PM


XYZ traded A.J. Puk, Oak SP to RCBD
RCBD traded Brad Boxberger, Ari RP to XYZ

Puk:  He had TJ surgery in early April.

MLB Comp:  Andrew Miller

Boxberger:  1-2, 20 IP, 1.80 ERA (3.08 FIP), 27 Ks (12.15 K/9), 13 Saves

I do not have much faith in AJ Puk future starting pitcher, but future impact reliever might be plausible. MIGHT. Boxberger is helping out now though. / X*Rayz






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HER NAME ON THE PROGRAM IS APRIL, so I figured she can spice this boring shit up a bit….


Let’s phone this one in trade reviews are tedious….



Fri, Apr 27
1:47 PM


BABA traded Garrett Richards, LAA SP to RCBD
RCBD traded Cesar Hernandez, Phi 2B to BABA
RCBD traded Jonny Venters, TB SP to BABA

Richards:  3-1, 27.2 IP (6 starts), 4.88 ERA (4.56 FIP), 37 Ks (12.04 K/9), 1 QS

Hernandez:  .406 OBP, 5 2Bs, 3 HRs, 21 Rs, 11 RBIs, 5 SBs

Venters:  0.00 ERA (4.47 FIP), ZERO Ks, 1 Hold




Richards is having reallll issues getting deep into games but when he’s on he is pretty excellent. Cesar grossly underrated OBP 2B. Venters being listed as an SP is a travesty. I’ll give it to the Dudes for G-Rich’s upside going forward, though it shrinks with every passing day. / Bad Dudes
Mon, Apr 23
6:42 PM


XYZ traded Luiz Gohara, Atl SP to LTBS
LTBS traded Jon Lester, ChC SP to XYZ

Gohara:  Gettin’ shelled in AAA currently, 9.51 K/9 and 4.91 ERA (2.75 FIP) in 29.1 MLB innings last year.

MLB Comp:  CC Sabathia with a lot more velo.


Lester:  2-1, 33 IP (6 starts), 2.73 ERA (4.58 FIP), 27 Ks (7.36 K/9), 3 QS

  Lester certainly seems like he is trending down over the past two years, not sure I trust the mileage on that arm. Gohara on the other hand throws heat but has control issues, and a terrible body. INJURY CONCERNS. Still like the upside for him, but again another even deal. / BackdoorSliderz
Mon, Apr 23
5:52 PM


LTBS traded Blake Snell, TB SP to XYZ
XYZ traded Mitch Keller, Pit SP to LTBS

Snell:  4-1, 42.1 IP (7 starts), 2.55 ERA (3.14 FIP), 45 Ks (9.57 K/9), 5 QS


Keller:  2.73 ERA (3.88 FIP) and 8.80 K/9 in 29.2 AA innings this season, 3.12 ERA (2.50 FIP) and 11.68 K/9 in 34.2 AA innings last season.

MLB Comp:  CC Sabathia with a lot more velo.

  Keller might be great as soon as next season, but Snell is looking prettttty great now after a rocky couple of seasons. So I will take the guy that seems like he’s figured it out over the guy that might hit some bumps in the road prior to that. Likely a good deal for both sides though. / X*RAYZ
Mon, Apr 23
3:45 PM


RRF traded Teoscar Hernandez, Tor LF to LTBS
LTBS traded Michael Chavis, Bos 3B to RRF

Hernandez:  .333 OBP, 8 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 HRs, 15 Rs, 11 RBIs, 3 SBs


Chavis:  SUSPENDED 80 games for PEDs, evidently had good Raw Power but WAS IT REAL?

MLB Comp:  Trevor Plouffe cuz fuck him.

Michael Chavis got popped for PEDs but was like 78th best prospect according to MLB.com, I am not impressed.

Teoscar on the other hand has been impressive and hits the shit outta the ball. Would rather have. / BackdoorSliderz

Mon, Apr 23
11:05 AM


BABA traded Marwin Gonzalez, Hou SS to XYZ
XYZ traded Andrew Miller*, Cle RP to BABA

Gonzalez:  .320 OBP, 5 2Bs, 2 HRs, 10 Rs, 17 RBIs


Miller:  1-0, 10 IP, 0.00 ERA (1.59 FIP), 17 Ks (15.30 K/9), 1 Save, 4 Holds

  Gonzalez’s positional versatility can be helpful but he’s still kinda MEH. Miller is injured but back soon and v. good. / BABADOOKS
Wed, Apr 4
3:21 AM


OGFC traded Andrew Miller*, Cle RP to XYZ
XYZ traded Jay Bruce, NYM RF to OGFC

Miller:  1-0, 10 IP, 0.00 ERA (1.59 FIP), 17 Ks (15.30 K/9), 1 Save, 4 Holds

Bruce: .308 OBP, 6 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, 9 Rs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs

Jay Bruce is MEH, previous year’s numbers be damned. Miller is the best Holds guy in the league (when healthy). / X*RAYZ

2018 Trade Review: Bruce – Miller, NOW WITH LESS ASSAULT

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Only cuz Heroy noted nobody discussed it. FINE we will fucking discuss it ya baby……






  • Apr 4, 3:21 AM in the gotdamned morning
  • OGFC traded Andrew Miller, Cle RP to XYZ
    XYZ traded Jay Bruce, NYM RF to OGFC




Fishing Club Return

JAY BRUCE, 31 year old Mets RF and a guy that can hit some dingers, nobody is saying that he can’t hit some dingers.  .324 OBP, 29 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 36 HRs, 82 Rs, 101 RBIs, 1 SB for 2 teams across 555 ABs in 2017.  SO real good XBH numbers, and can he keep it up? I dunno probably can. You always wonder if going to the Mets saps morale (Todd Frazier already feels less joyous to me) and if the Mets training staff increases DL stints but WHAT DO I KNOW, and Jay is still fairly young and has fairly consistent underlying numbers that point to the basics in those numbers being mostly repeatable. More time in the OF and less time in the 1B maybe leads to more time off but maybe….not. I am not sure of anything today. 


X*Rayz Return

ANDREW MILLER, 32.88 year old southpaw reliever for the Indians and the best non-closer reliever in alllll of baseball. 4-3, 27 Holds, 2 Saves, 95 Ks in 62.2 IP (15.43 K/9), 1.44 ERA (1.99 FIP) in 2017. What is there really to sayyyyy here, Miller is the best holds guy in a holds league. Usually by a pretty sizable margin. And I doubt that changes this year and I’m sure he grabs a few saves to boot (more if Allen gets injured) and a bunch of Ks and bam business as usual.





Uhhhh not too sure really. Seems the OGTFC were desperate to move Miller, perhaps for an OF, I hope for an OF cuz there’s probably better non-OF bats on the waiver wire right now. And seems the X*Rayz just took what was given to them. #analysis




THE X*RAYZ. I like the X*Rayz side here because TO ME Jay Bruce is still a borderline replacement-level bat, particularly now that he’s got the Mets stank on him. Nothing like a trip back to the Mets to drag down your morale and your numbers. So yea Jay Bruce is like, guy that may be outperformed by Corey Dickerson and Andrew Miller is best holds guy in league that counts holds. Gotta give this one to the latter side. THIS WAS RELATIVELY BORING THOUGH pick up the pace, league.

2018 Trade Review: Bruce – Miller, NOW WITH LESS ASSAULT



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  • Mar 28, 5:38 PM
  • BBS traded Jake Lamb, Ari 3B to WOOD
    BBS traded Rick Porcello, Bos SP to WOOD
    WOOD traded Trevor Bauer, Cle SP to BBS



Banana Slugs Return










just need to note the one tweet a little bit harder here:

@GManfan64 @Apple @Twitter lol ummm. Lol yeah. You say that to one of the most scientific baseball players in MLB. Ok lol

— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) February 10, 2017



Morning Wood Return

DOESN’T MATTER I’ve got all I need here…




I dunno man.




THE MORNING WOOD. The Morning Wood win this trade. lol umm Trevor Bauer go away lol. Or at least log off the Twitter Ok lol.




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2018 TRAAADE REVIEWWWWW: The Warriors Come Out To Play Edition

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SO……. going forward I reserve the right to review trades WITH LESS WORDS only in like a monthly format or something BUT I will also review trades at a bit more length and in a bit more timely fashion when they are of interest to me or when I am bored (or I will not review them at all, or someone else can review them, eat me). AND IN THIS CASE the review is necessary because it has merit (also I don’t feel like working), a perhaps HISTORIC number of players acquired by the Garden State Warriors all in one day all (one must assume) due to feeling miffed about his BLOG TEAM PREVIEW. Just another reason to start charging a subscription service for you people to read this stuff. ANYWHO let’s look at the Warriors day, or more accurately night, and decide how we, or more accurately I, feel about it.






  • Mar 21, 8:49 PM
  • RCBD traded Craig Kimbrel, Bos RP to GSW
    RCBD traded Yusniel Diaz, LAD CF to GSW
    GSW traded Andrew McCutchen, SF CF to RCBD
    GSW traded Carlos Rodon, CWS SP to RCBD

The Warriors also get the right to Rights Player Jo Adell, OF in the Angels organization.



Bad Dudes Return

ANDREW MCCUTCHEN, 31.45 year old GIANTS RF but only CF eligible at the moment but will be RF eligible after playing 10 games. Formerly one of the best players on the planet, now still very good but moving towards an uncertain aging process and moving to a home park where HRs go to die (as they say)(TELL THAT TO BARRY LAMAR BONDS). Had 28 HRs last year though, also 30 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 94 Rs, 84 RBIs, 11 SBs, .363 OBP.  REALLY turned it around after a disappointing 2016 that made a lot of owners nervous, I will give him that. Now it is just a matter of seeing how he ADAPTS to a new locale and a new home park and new opponents and yada yada. If he can stay healthy I see him delivering alotta value out of an OF slot, I do not see him hitting 28 dongs again.  

CARLOS RODON, 25.25 year old White Sox SP that just CANNOT fucking stay healthy. 2-5 (6 QS), 76 Ks (9.87 K/9) and a 4.15 ERA (4.69 FIP) in 69.1 IP last year. So wasn’t very healthy, wasn’t all that great when he pitched as walks remain a concern, and SURPRISE SURPRISE not healthy again this year and probably out until June at least. No goddamn idea what you’re getting outta this guy, a realllll flyer if there ever was one.


Warriors Return

CRAIG KIMBREL, 29.75 year old Red Sawks closer and prrrrobably your second-best closer in all of fantasy and real baseball. 5-0, 35 Saves, 126 Ks in 69 IP (16.43 K/9), 1.43 ERA (1.42 FIP). Simply put Kimbel was about as good as he has ever been last year and I am sure in other places you can maybe make the argument he is the best fantasy closer but NOT ON THIS BLOG. The Sawks should be good and he should be great, best AVAILABLE closer and the Warriors went out and got em.

YUSNIEL DIAZ, 21.45 year old Dodgers OF prospect.  As of today, Baseball America Top 100 – NO LONGER RELEVANT cuz those cockaroaches want people to pay to see it now, as if they are even that accurate; MLB.com top 100 – NR; Fangraphs top 100 – NRBaseball Prospectus Top 101 FANTASY- NR. Yusniel ain’t on too many radars as the Dodgers 5th ranked prospect but he DID slash .333/.390/.491 in 33 games in his first taste of Double A last season. Do something like that across a full season next year and OH folks will notice, and there’s also some buzz he could debut in the show in 2018, but right now tough to project and I’m not sure there’s more than a MLB reserve OF here. GONNA PROJECT ANYWAYS.                                                                                                                     Rose-y 2017 MLB Comp:  Mikie Mahtook     Thorn-y 2017 MLB Comp:  Alex Gordon

JO ADELL, 18.90 year old Angels OF prospect.  As of today, MLB.com top 100 – 62Fangraphs top 100- 66; Baseball Prospectus Top 101 FANTASY- 33. Adell doesn’t have much pro ball to go off of but THE RUMOR IS this is a potential 5 tool star if he puts it altogether, although that IF is a fairly large one. He’s demonstrated some pop though, and has gotten some ink in various places (see that BP fantasy-based rating), and has been given a future FV 70 Raw power which is VERY good, and hit 4 HRs and stole 5 bases with a .351 OBP in 31 games of rookie ball last season. Another wait and see type thing, but if he has himself a year expect him to shoot up prospect lists. and MAYBE even get listed on ESPN dot com.                                                                                                        Rose-y 2017 MLB Comp:  Justin Upton    Thorn-y 2017 MLB Comp:  Drew Robinson




The why here is obvious:  Ryan read my team preview instructions specifically stating “Additional Assembly Required” for his bullpen and he went out and did additional assembly. Or I dunno Lobman inquired about McCutchen or something, which would seem OUT OF CHARACTER, but these “WHY” sections are always heavy on speculation. I am speculating I am righter about the first one. Also the Bad Dudes seem to have no issue doing a real reliever carousel year after year so that helps.




THE WARRIORS. Basically I think Kimbrel is the best player in this deal and it just didn’t cost a particular lot to get him. McCutchen should be solid though there is certainly some risk to go around there, Rodon I think will be mostly useless. Rodon was once traded straight up for Raisel Iglesisas basically and NEITHER work as a starter is what I am saying, Rodon just hasn’t realized it yet. Injuries can be cruel. But yea Kimbrel over everything else and THEN the Warriors even get one very good OF prospect and one who the hell knows OF prospect thrown in. Warriors pretty easily here IMHO.






  • Mar 21, 9:05 PM
  • GSW traded Buster Posey, SF C to T
    GSW traded Chris Sale, Bos SP to T
    T traded Wil Myers, SD 1B to GSW
    T traded Gleyber Torres, NYY SS to GSW
    T traded Jose Berrios, Min SP to GSW
    T traded Sean Doolittle, Wsh RP to GSW
    GSW dropped Blake Rutherford, CWS CF to Waivers
    GSW dropped Bobby Bradley, Cle 1B to Waivers

Also the Isotopes receive rights to Rights Player Shane Baz, SP in the Pirates organization.



Warriors Return

JOSE BERRIOS, 23.80 year old Twins SP and a realllll up and comer. 14-8 (12 QS), 139 Ks in 145.2 IP (8.59 K/9), 3.89 ERA (3.84 FIP). Fastball/Curveball/Changeup pitcher and the potential to be a realllll good one, last year he had some trouble with lefties and ran out of gas late but he is fully ready to be an ace and likely gets there this season. Should very likely be a top 20 SP by years end, or higher.

WIL MYERS, 27.25 year old 1B/Soon-to-be RF for the Padres and a realllll multi-cat contributor. .328 OBP, 29 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 30 HRs, 80 Rs, 74 RBIs, 20 SBs in 2017. Quite frankly there aren’t many 20-20 threats out there in a given year and Wil Myers has been 20-20 two years in a row (28-28 in 2016), and 30-20 last year, and that is VALUABLE. It was very valuable out of a 1B, it shall remain valuable as a 1B/RF. I see a third 20-20 season in 2017, guy just turned 27 he is right in the olllll’ sweet spot.  

SEAN DOOLITTLE, 31.45 year old Nationals closer with a history of injury troubles. 2-0, 24 Saves, 62 Ks in 51.1 IP (10.87 K/9), 2.81 ERA (2.59 FIP). A VERY NICE YEAR split between the As and Nats, and now he enters his first full season in Washington penciled in as their closer. The pencil is not a pen mostly due to injury concerns, if those aren’t there what you have here is a fine reliever in fine position to rack up a lot of saves for a probable contender.

GLEYBER TORRES, 21.25 year old middle infield prospect for the Yankees and a guy that might have made the Opening Day roster before the Yankees went out and signed old man Neil Walker.  As of today, MLB.com top 100 – 5; Fangraphs Top 100- 12; Baseball Prospectus Top 101 FANTASY- 6. SO YES, we are dealing with a tippy top prospect here. Baseball Prospectus gave him a ceiling of Jose Ramirez minus some steals and a floor of Starlin Castro, Fangraphs declared him to have no flashy tools but plenty of solid tools but they’re kinda the low man on him (I believe Baseball America had him top 5 or 10 or something). The general consensus is he gonna be good. Probably would have debuted last year if he didn’t end up getting TJ surgery but uhhh, he ended up getting TJ surgery. His AAA slash line in the 23 games prior to said surgery:  .309/.406/.457. I expect him to debut this summer and I expect Neil Walker to get out of his way one way or another.                                                                                                                                          Rose-y 2017 MLB Comp:  Jose Ramirez minus some steals    Thorn-y 2017 MLB Comp:  Starlin Castro     😉 PHONED THIS ONE IN BUT GLEYBER IS GOOD


Isotopes Return

CHRIS SALE, 28.95 year old Sawks SP and a top 3 or 4 pitcher in the Backyard (4th according to last year’s player rater but that dumb thing made Ervin Santana 2nd). 17-8 (23 QS, 1 CG), 308 fucking Ks in 214.1 IP (12.93 K/9), 2.90 ERA (2.45 FIP). Good lord those Ks. Now I am mad at the White Sox for trading him all over again. On the bright side, if you root against the Red Sox, Sale’s delivery is so goddamned violent that he may split in half on the mound at any moment. On the downside that probably won’t happen and he will probably be top 3 or so again this year, vying with Scherzer for the Backyard league lead in strikeouts. Mikey T should be ashamed of himself for trading for the Red Sox ace, but I get it all the same.

BUSTER POSEY, 30.95 year old backstop for the Giants and a guy the Rays could have drafted if they didn’t instead draft Tim Beckham.400 OBP, 34 2Bs, 12 HRs, 62 Rs, 67 RBIs, SBs in 140 2017 games. Buster had a longggg and respectable run as the top catcher in fantasy baseball, but that is over now, but he is still very solid. The issue with him is you don’t have to squint too much to see him getting forced off catching duties in the nearish future and turning into Joe Mauer……like EXACTLY like Mauer (high OBP low HR first basemen). So that has to be a concern these days for anyone in fantasy paying for the Buster Posey name value, but at least for 2018 and possibly a few years after he seems set to sticking with catching and that makes him valuable in the fantasy world. That is, unless he gets ran over at home at some point. We here at the blog feel Buster Posey can only survive 2.2 more home plate collisions.

SHANE BAZ, 18.75 year old righty SP prospect with the Pirates.  As of today, MLB.com top 100 – 67; Fangraphs Top 100- NR ; Baseball Prospectus Top 101 FANTASY- 57. Six foot three inches tall, fastball can hit 98 and has sat comfortably in the mid 90s apparently. Also has a “power breaking ball” and a cutter. BUT as with all pitching prospects he has the whole “needs to improve control or he ends up in the bullpen” thing attached to his name. For what its worth Baseball Prospectus gave him a ceiling of their top pitching prospect in 2020. Also for what it is worth he pitched 23 innings in Pirates rookie ball last year. Doesn’t feel like enough innings to really analyze, his FIP was bad he walked too many guys it was 23 innings whatever.                                                                  Rose-y 2017 MLB Comp:  Drew Pomeranz    Thorn-y 2017 MLB Comp:  Wade Miley



For the Warriors, this one was likely about Wil Myers being shopped and their desire to get in on the Wil Myers sweepstakes. FOR WHATEVER REASON the ‘Topes were long known to be making that guy available and the Warriors surely saw him as an upgrade to RF after trading McCutchen (or even before, as both these two are in a similar waiting for RF eligibility type place). There may also have been a desire to shed Posey and EMBRACE JT Realmuto, there may also have been a desire to further shore up the bullpen. And getting a consensus top middle infield prospect to boot doesn’t hurt.

For the Isotopes, this one is about getting Chris Sale back after trading him to Ryan in the 11th hour of a 2015 midnight trade deadline. There was also the whole desire to move Wil Myers thing, and one must figure Chris Sale was about the best player they could have gotten back for Myers…. even if it included a larger package (gay) to make all the peices fit.



THE WARRIORS. Gotta give it to the Warriors once again, even though I don’t fault the Isotopes at all for going and grabbing them some Chris Sale. And Buster Posey is no slouch but is a threat to become Joe Mauer at some point in the not too distant future, A GUY READILY AVAILABLE in the waiver wire. And Shane Baz who fucking knows. ANYWHOM I simply feel Wil Myers is a pretty premier bat and there is a good possibility Gleyber joins him there eventually so that’s a nice get to begin the package. AND FURTHERMORE, while Berrios probably doesn’t reach Sale’s value he can very easily make a leap into the top 15 SPs as soon as this season with room to go higher. And then Doolittle could be a top 10 closer given health with the amount of saves the Nats may afford him. Good deal for both sides, but gotta give it up for that pretty package (gay).








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2018 TRAAADE REVIEWWWWW: The Warriors Come Out To Play Edition

Your March Trades Wake Up Call via Morning Wood

There were quite a few moves made these past few weeks. I know you all care SOOO deeply about what the guy who loses most of his trades thinks BUT it’s about goddamn time someone effing did one. So, deal with it. By Shane McCann-can-can


First Trade (3/1):

XRAYZ traded Elvis Andrus, TEX SS to BABDOOKS
XRAYS traded Justin Smoak, TOR 1B to BABDOOKS

BABADOOKS traded Matt Carpenter, STL 1B to XRAYZ
BABADOOKS traded Jorge Mateo, OAK SS to XRAYZ

I’m PRETTY sure there was a draft pick swap somewheres in there too but I ain’t got the time to go find it. Maybe if ya’ll updated ya dang Twitter pages I wouldn’t have to.



1B Matt Carpenter  –  32 year old 1B for the Cardinals. Carp is coming off a pretty usual Carp year in terms of counting stats (23 HR, 69 RBI, .384 OBP) and is far from dead at his age. He has lost some of his appeal with declining appearances at other positions, though he could and should 2B or 3B eligibility late in the season. Not that the X-Rayz give a crap as they’ve casually tossed Carpenter away already.

SS Jorge Mateo – 22 year old SS for the A’s. Ranked at 72 overall on MLB.com and is the A’s 4th ranked prospect. Rated highest by Baseball America at 64. Mateo fits the typical X-Rays profile of speed and average and will likely be back at AA to start the season.

SS Elvis Andrus  –  29 year old SS for the Rangers. Doesn’t it feel like Andrus should be older? Some very non-Andrus like numbers in 2017 (20 HRs, 88 RBI) seem WAY off the charts (steroids?) considering he’s never topped EIGHT dongs before. But, I’m sure the allure of Andrus lies in his speed, which he has in spades, and the general weakess of the middle infield for fantasy purposes.

1B Justin Smoak – 31 year old 1B for the Blue Jays. At least this guy kinda had the power thing going all along but exploded with a career best 38 round trippers and a stunning 90 ribbies and a suddenly non Mendoza Line riding batting average. The hope is he keeps it up and maybe the Blue Jays don’t die of dysentery this season and maybe aren’t terrible and this looks genius come August.

This was a tough one, but I gotta go with the BABADOOKS. Even if Smoak returns to pre-2017 levels and gets dropped (as I predict he will) Andrus is a nice enough guy to have around filling up the middle of the infield. Mateo isn’t SUPER highly rated and Carpenter was flipped for a dude not in the ESPN system yet which we’ll get to later. Immediate returns favor the Babadooks as I see it.

Second Trade (3/4):

OGTFC traded Yasiel Puig, RF, LAD to SLUGS

SLUGS traded Brent Honeywell, SP TB to OGTFC


SP Brent Honeywell – about to be 23 year old SP for the Rays. Ranked as high as 11 (Baseball Prospectus) and generally in that vicinity anywhere else. Went under the knife in late February and is already out for the 2018 season and possibly beyond for that pesky Tommy John surgery. He was pretty dominant in the lower levels of the minors and kept it going into AAA with a sky high 11.3 K/9 between the upper two levels. This guy can be something special if he can return to form and keep the character concerns at bay.

RF Yasiel Puig  –  27 year old RF for the Dodgers. Good not great numbers that were much better in ‘17 than over his young career, he could maybe be a guy heading into next year and beyond. Maybe a little odd that his agent dropped him. MAYBE a little concerning that he found himself DEMOTED as recently as 2016. I still think he can produce those good but not great numbers as long as he keeps out of prolonged slumps and ends up in the minors again.

The Return I Like M

HARD TO SAY AGAIN because as much as I like both players, Tommy John surgery isn’t something to dismiss (unlike your client AMIRITE??) nor is being demoted mid-season for literally sucking. My initial reaction at the time of the trade was the Slugs getting out ahead BUT since we are a dynasty league I have to go with the FISHING CLUB in the end. You kinda already know what you’re getting with Puig and while he is a solid dude, the upside of Honeywell is too much for this casual observer to ignore.

Third Trade (3/4):

XRAYZ traded Lorenzo Cain, MIL CF to WOOD

XRAYZ received the 4th pick in the All-Star Break Draft
WOOD received the 8th pick in the All-Star Break Draft



4th Pick in the Draft – Little hard to place a value on a pick when the actual draft hasn’t taken place. Moving up four spots does have it’s advantages though


CF Lorenzo Cain – nearly 32 year old CF for the Brewers. Cain offers a skill set that is (was?) SEVERELY lacking in Q-Tip City. One that helped the X-Rayz to a title is all. He moves to a more hitter-friendly park in Milwaukee and while he won’t offer drastic numbers in the power department, that was clearly not the direction headed with this acquisition.

8th pick in the draft – See above, except for moving down bad.

It’s a little biased BUT I like the WOOD side more. Decent speed picked up for little more than a draft pick swap. Considering how much our normal writer dislikes rating draft pick trades, it would appear the Wooders got Cain for practically nothing, even if he was headed from Dropsville anyway.

The Fourth Trade (3/6):

SLUGS traded Adam Eaton, CF/WAS to WOOD
SLUGS traded Cody Allen, RP/CLE to WOOD
SLUGS traded Jimmie Sherfy, RP/AZ to WOOD

WOOD traded Alex Reyes, SP/STL to SLUGS
WOOD traded Erick Fedde, SP/WAS to SLUGS


CF Adam Eaton – 29 year old CF for the Nationals. Slugs GM Brian Smith had a mini meltdown following Eaton’s season-ending injury last year (because this was the seemingly 75th injury to a Slugs player at that point) and rightfully so as he was on to something good in 2017. He was at a career high OBP when the injury happened on a good team. Sadly, the injury derailed said breakout season and threatens to delay the start of his 2018 campaign. HOWEVER, once healthy, he figures to return to form a produce good, solid counting stats for the Wooders this year.

RP Cody Allen – 29 year old RP for the Indians. Allen notched 30 saves for the 3rd straight year for the Wahoos last year and a sub 3.00 ERA while posting a K/9 of 12.3. This was the prize of the deal and while closers occasionally are a risky move because of how quickly they can lose their jobs, Allen does seem to have one of the more secure jobs in baseball despite the now yearly spectre of Andrew Miller.

RP Jimmie Sherfy – 26 year old for the Diamondbacks. In a normal situation, you don’t trade for what amounts to a holds guy (for now, anyway) but with 10.2 IP of shutout ball last year, he will nab (hopefully) holds while under high minors status. Is it SP, RP minors holds? No, but ya take what you can get.

SP Alex Reyes  –  23 year old pitcher for the Cardinals. Reyes is coming off TJ surgery but has shown in his previous 46 IP in The Show that he can produce. 4-1 record, 1.57 ERA and a K/9 over 10 in those 46 IP. His role when he returns (May-ish) is a bit undefined and muddy at best BUT I see no reason he isn’t getting something important, be it holds, saves or dubyas, in the near future. Speaking of future, the dude is just 23 so he has a lot of time to return to the dominance he showed in 2016. He is MLB.com’s 17th ranked overall prospect for a reason.

SP Erick Fedde – 25 year old Nationals pitcher. Currently competing for a spot in the major league rotation, this dude was TRRRBUL in 2017 in his limited time before basically dying of an forearm injury and losing the rest of his season. He’s fallen off the MLB prospects watch in terms of their top 100 but he remains the 4th guy on the Nats list, and their top pitcher. He has the stuff to be a mid rotation type of guy still if he sticks around in the Big Dance.

The MORNING WOOD in a landslide, if one GroupMe poll is to be believed. While Reyes is a nice piece to potentially build a franchise around, the haul of a top 10 closer, potential future closer and a strong center fielder all under the age of 30 raised some eyebrows and I humbly agree.

Fifth Freaking Trade (3/

WOOD traded Adam Duvall, LF/CIN to LTBS

LTBS traded Kolby Allard, SP/ATL to WOOD

LF Adam Duvall – 29 year old LF for the Reds. Duvall followed up his 2016 All-Star breakout season with a pretty similar 2017 (without the All-Star selection, sad face) which in most formats was pretty good. 31 ding dongs, 99 RBI and that unsightly .301 OBP. That looks to be his only real weakness because he strikes out a lot but I guess it could be constant double play balls which would matter to his real life team FAR more than the Sliderz. An overall solid but not flashy contributor who finds himself whored out this offseason, only to return to where is all began and without so much as a single AB for either team that cast him aside.

SP Kolby Allard –  20 year old pitcher for the Braves. Rankings for this former 1st round pick vary greatly, from Baseball America at 65 to Baseball Prospectus, which places him at 24. He’s reached as high as AA ball and figures to return there to start the 2018 season. He’s shown a middling ERA and K rate so far in the minors but he’s still only going to be 21 this year.

As much as I don’t like it, I like the BACKDOOR SLIDERZ return better. A fly on the wall of the negotiations told me that this was a smooth transaction with both owners finding a good match and making it happen. Duvall isn’t a sexy name (think Jay Bruce) but he is going to produce some pretty sexy numbers even with the probably bad on base percentage. Allard is a bit of an unknown and just isn’t highly touted as a prospect. The Braves tend to know what they’re doing but no one is perfect and we won’t know how this pans out in hindsight until he cracks the majors, maybe in 2019. FOR NOW, Duvall is the better player here.

The Sixth Goddamn Trade (3/7):

XRAYZ traded Matt Carpenter, 1B/STL to LTBS

LTBS traded Hunter Greene, SP/CIN to XRAYZ

Also swapped were LTBS receiving the 2nd overall pick and X-RAYZ receiving the 15th pick


1B Matt Carpenter – Ya’ll know how I feel about this guy. See above.


SP Hunter Greene’s rights –  18 year old pitcher for the Reds. Second overall draft pick in the MLB draft last year. Super young still and yet so highly rated, sitting at 21 on MLB.com and 29 on Baseball America. Won’t sniff the majors for some time but he’s highly touted and THEY’RE NEVER WRONG!

The Return I Like More:

The BACKDOOR SLIDERZ. If memory serves, Greene was picked 1st last summer which you can view as a swap for that 2 spot, which in theory was slightly lower value. I then look at it as getting Matt Carpenter with the 15th pick, which if he were a free agent and in the pool he wouldn’t fall as low. It’s close, but I see a TEENSY bit more value heading to Lacey Township than it sent out.

Mercy Me, the Seventh and Last Trade (3/8):

BAD DUDES traded Monte Harrison, CF/MIA to XRAYZ

XRAYZ traded Adonis Medina, SP/PHI to BAD DUDES
XRAYZ traded Lazaro Armenteros, LF/OAK to BAD DUDES

Also swapped were X-Rayz receiving the 19th overall pick and the Bad Dudes receiving the 15th pick.


SP Adonia Medina – 21 year old pitcher for the Phillies. Ranked 86th on MLB.com, Medina has languished in Low A ball so far but he is still only recently allowed to purchase alcohol. What he has done in that class has been serviceable if not great with low ERAs countered by a middling strikeout rate. Could be a guy but leaning, for me, towards like a Jon Garland.

LF Lazaro Armenteros – 18 year old left fielder for the A’s. This poor kid has been traded, dropped and traded like a $5 whore the past few months it seems. Ranked 7th on the A’s prospect list (it’s something?) he’s so far only played some rookie ball with little to show for it sooooo who knows.


CF Monte Harrison –  almost 23 year old CF for the Marlins. Generally ranked in the 70s on our major ranking sites. He was a piece in the trade that sent Christian Yelich to Milwaukee and no doubt was acquired (here and in Miami) for his speed, though he has shown some pop lately.

The Return I Like More:

The X-RAYZ yet again. This is partly because Lazaro was dropped and then traded for a week late by the same dude. Prooooobably could have just dropped someone else BUT I shall manage my own damn team. Harrison looks like a slightly better prospect of the two others and seems closer to making his major league debut than Medina, though I still do like him. Far from a landslide here but points off for the Lazaro thing.

Your March Trades Wake Up Call via Morning Wood

2018 Troll Series: Volume 1…..well maybe the only volume

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The 2017 Troll Series happened and it was a beautiful thing and posts were written about just about every team in the league BUT, now it is 2018 and I don’t want that many troll posts.  So the challenge became, how does one devise a troll post that covers every gotdamned team in the league all it once. And the answer was simple:  TROLL WITH TRUTH. These days the harshest league-wide judgment is reserved for declaring a winner of each and every fucking trade that goes through the league office, no matter how insignificant it may be. So in keeping with that theme, I now present to you TOP TEN WORST TRADES OF 2017. Albeit with some rules so each team gets properly roasted.

The Rules:

  • I will be picking each team’s worst individual trade and then ranking those trades from least terrible to most terrible. Ergo every team shall have their worst trade in my humble and correct opinion broadcasted here (as well as some of their dishonorable mentions). Otherwise this might just be 10 morning boner trades and who wants to look at that.
  • For the most part I am trying to avoid hindsight. Hindsight may be 20/20 but so is my foresight.
  • For the most part (FOR THE MOST PART) I will try and avoid prospect trades, unless it is something truly egregious. Because prospects don’t do shit until they actually do shit. Sometimes you can disagree with a team’s valuation of their own prospect (i.e. what they gave the guy up for) but STILL that guy could end up going for a drive in the DR or something and never producing for his new club. Although to cite that sort of thing I would be violating the avoiding hindsight rule above. Alright let’s just get to the thing…


BUT BEFORE I DO…… a few potential 2018 Troll Posts that probably never see the light of day cuz I am too lazy to write them:

  • “Why Trevor Story Is Probably Still Overrated”
  • “Preaching How Unbiased You Are Because You Won’t Call An Insane Presidency Insane Doesn’t Make You Advanced, Also Maitan Is A Bust”
  • “Adam Duvall And Jay Bruce Are Basically The Same Person, Both Are Shittier Than Scott Schebler”
  • “It Is Truly Impressive To Roster 2017 Charlie Blackmon and 2017 Aaron Judge And Only Manage A 6 Seed (Barely)”
  • “Shane Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Trade Without League Approval”
  • “Why The 1990-1993 Buffalo Bills Are A Better Team Than The Bad Dudes”

etc. etc. etc.  Okay now onto the “bad trades” “list”:




The Trade:  

T traded Cody Bellinger, LAD 1B to MOON
T traded Scott Kingery, Phi 2B to MOON
T traded Rhys Hoskins, Phi 1B to MOON
MOON traded Nolan Arenado, Col 3B to T


Isotopes Dishonorable Mention:  Trading Kimbrel for Gleyber, that felt like a prospect overpay (my prospect rule doesn’t necessarily extend to Dishonorable Mention, also I am sure I am going to break it any moment now). 



The Trade: 

RRF traded J.T. Realmuto, Mia C to rmac
rmac traded Jackie Bradley Jr., Bos CF to RRF

What Went Wrong:   Rojo gave up the GREAT J.T. Realmuto (our league’s top catcher in 2017 according to ESPN Player Rater) for suckass Jackie Bradley Jr. (24th best CF according to ESPN Player Rater) is WHAT WENT WRONG. I dunno getting the RRF to trade is like fucking pulling teeth it seems.

RRF Dishonorable Mention:  I dunno they traded away Ozzie Albies once, ALBIES IS GREAT NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TRADED HIM.



The Trade:  

RRF traded Matt Kemp, LAD RF to rmac
RRF traded Yu Darvish, FA SP to rmac
rmac traded George Springer, Hou RF to RRF
rmac traded Yasiel Puig, LAD RF to RRF
rmac traded Rafael Devers, Bos 3B to RRF

What Went Wrong:  This is a tough one because the then-Punchouts-now-Warriors DID get top talent back in Yu Darvish, but they may have finally pushed their Pitching First agenda too far on this one. Springer is a stud Puig remains a useful piece and Devers, despite being a filthy Red Sawk, projects to be a well above average fantasy asset as soon as this season. For a team that had plenty of pitching even without Yu, Yu gotta think this was giving up too much.   

Now-named Warriors Dishonorable Mention:  I dunno man their 2017 ledger is pretty clean otherwise.  



The Trade: 

BBS traded Josh Hader, Mil SP to LTBS
LTBS traded Daniel Vogelbach, Sea 1B to BBS

What Went Wrong:   Anddd here it is, PROSPECT TRADE. The rule is meaningless. LORD this one looks bad, kinda makes me want to put it ahead of the next one but the next one was part of that ill-received championship offense teardown so let’s leave that there.  But EW.  We all know how Lobman’s Shark saga went.  He had to sit there and watch him be terrible for most of the goddamned year before finally (mercifully) giving up on him prior to the playoffs, which lead to unethical PTBNL deals and un-saavy deals for Tyson Ross and hey what do yanno I am basically summarizing this whole goddamned list.  Chris Archer went on to be really really good for Odom (cuz Ryan traded him for Strasburg, FAR MORE DEFENSIBLE) in 2015, before being more like just okay last year, but this year he will probably be good again next year.  Carlos Rodon will maybe be really really good any day now or maybe he will just be like Francisco Liriano, but in any case those two good to great pitchers for that one awful Shark year that did not work out one bit.

Slugs Dishonorable Mention:  Trading Antonio Senzatela for Dominic Smith was a bad trade because I was forced to mention it on this website. 



The Trade: 

LTBS traded A.J. Pollock, Ari CF to SAD!
SAD! traded Eduardo Nunez, FA SS to LTBS
SAD! traded Kevin Maitan, Atl SS to LTBS

What Went Wrong:   Poor AJ Pollock always getting tossed around this league, but yea TOO MUCH PROSPECT HUMPING for Doch in his first year of business. Maitan has already lost his luster and Nunez is Nunez, I don’t blame team SAD! for making this one 100 times out of 100.  FUN FACT:  SAD! also traded Ronald Acuna to acquire Nunez. SAD!

(Edit:  Apparently Doch got a draft pick in this trade and thinks I give a shit. While I WILL enjoy the player he acquired with said draft pick, I don’t give a shit about draft picks and everybody knows that. For all I know he could have used it on Mike fucking Zunino or something.)

BackdoorSliderz Dishonorable Mention:  The haul given up to get Acuna is probably a weeee bit of an overpay, especially because ONCE AGAIN Fernando Tatis Jr.  is going to the be the top prospect next year. Gimme the SS over the OF any day, “generational talent” OF be damned.  



The Trade:  

T traded Matt Moore, Tex SP to XYZ
T traded Tyler Naquin, Cle CF to XYZ
XYZ traded Khris Davis, Oak LF to T

What Went Wrong:   The X*Rayz are always fast and furious traders and with that you are gonna have a few missteps, I certainly believe they “win” more than they “lose” with these things. HOWEVER Moore kinda sucks and Naquin kinda sucks and Khris Davis kinda just socks dongs year afer year after year.

X*Rayz Dishonorable Mention:  Didn’t love them trading Ozzie Albies (who is great) for fuggin Hernan Perez and Steven Wright (neither are great), didn’t love giving up a stock as high as it will ever be Matt Olson for Jorge Mateo (though I now love Mateo)



The Trade: 

MOON traded Andrew McCutchen, SF CF to rmac
MOON traded James Paxton, Sea SP to rmac
rmac traded Kyle Seager, Sea 3B to MOON
rmac traded Tim Beckham, Bal SS to MOON
rmac traded Michael Wacha, StL RP to MOON

What Went Wrong:   YEESH what was I doing here. I know I was trying to purge everyone that failed me in my playoff matchup so I believe at one point I wanted just to straight up McCutchen for Kyle Seager, and yet somehow I end up accepting a proposal where I just THROW IN James Paxton for fucking Michael Wacha and Tim Beckham. That is a tough one to make sense of.

Babadooks Dishonorable Mention:  Trading Victor Robles (and Roman Quinn) for Keon Broxton doesn’t look very good right about now, one could also say I’ve given up a few prospects a bit freely but SO WHAT.



The Trade: 

MOON traded Eduardo Nunez, FA SS to SAD!
SAD! traded Ronald Acuna, Atl CF to MOON

What Went Wrong:   HINDSIGHT TRADE. Because rules are meant to be broken. Obviously this one looks more horrible now than it did then but I DID MY RESEARCH and knew what I was getting, the Trout Fishing Club shoulda done theirs.

Fishing Club Dishonorable Mention:  While we are doing hindsight trades they also traded Albies for AJ Reed, also traded Rhys Hoskins as part of a PACKAGE for Joe Jimenez. Also trading Buster Posey for Josh Bell and Clint Frazier doesn’t look great now that the Fishing Club literally don’t have a fucking catcher.



The Trade: 

T traded Trevor Rosenthal, STL RP to RCBD
RCBD traded Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B to LTBS

What Went Wrong:   OH WAS THIS FROM 2016? I DO NOT CARE BECAUSE I AM STILL NOT OVER IT. Because it is from 2016 (and because the Morning Wood are more prolific in their missteps) I will leave this one at #2, but it remains so colossally fucking awful that I want it on a 2017 worst trades list even if it wasn’t actually from 2017. Shame on everyone that stood by and watched it happen.

Bad Dudes Dishonorable Mention:  AS FOR 2017 TRADES, Carlos Martinez Mitch HanigerVlad Guerrero Jr. for Yoenis Cespedes Jharel Cotton feels like it hasn’t aged great. Also he traded Dylan Bundy for Francisco Rodriguez last February and K-Rod is so olddddd and Bundy is (still) full of promise (maybe).



The Trade: 

WOOD traded Noah Syndergaard, NYM SP to rmac
WOOD traded Carson Fulmer, CWS SP to rmac
rmac traded Brandon Belt, SF 1B to WOOD
rmac traded Felix Hernandez, Sea SP to WOOD

What Went Wrong:   AND A FULL PIVOT BACK TO THE “NO HINDSIGHT” RULE. Just to make this “column” if you will as frustrating of a read as possible. Obviously Syndergaard got injured last year and gave rmac little to nothing but AT THE TIME of trade he was coming off a prettttty brilliant 2016 and the Morning wood still parted with him for fucking Brandon Belt and a washed up King Felix. Also 24 hours earlier I offered Joey Votto for Syndergaard and it was declined about 15 minutes before this trade was processed. So yea. But really this isn’t about picking any one QTCMW trade, pick your own personal favorite and put it in here. If it wasn’t for me handing this guy catchers for free and good prospects I don’t know where he would be (in the same spot I guess).

Morning Wood Dishonorable Mention:  God IS THERE A CHARACTER LIMIT FOR DISHONORABLE MENTION? Packing Sano and Lindor (and Harvey but whatever) in a trade was bad, acquiring Robbie Ray from Odom and then trading him BACK to Odom 1.5 months later for Christian Arroyo Jorge Bonifacio Chris Tillman was bad (MY GOD WHAT WAS THIS), trading Whit Merrifield for Starling Marte but inexplicably throwing in Vlad Jr. was bad, Kyle Seager for Carson Fulmer was bad (had already traded away Fulmer above, you see), Gleyber Torres for K-Rod and Frankie Montas I wouldn’t term good, ditto for Brent Honeywell for Ender Inciarte, and at this point maybe I am just being too hard on the ole’ erections but still yea just do a bit better going forward please.



So there you have it folks, no real surprise about the particular TEAM in the top spot but really I want to commend the league. For this troll post was harder to write than I thought it was gonna be, most teams make mostly sound decisions in the trade game (hiccups can happen). LOOKING FORWARD TO TRADING WITH YOU ALL THIS SEASON, if I feel like it, which I may at some point but also may not. You can always trade with Odom at least.




2018 Troll Series: Volume 1…..well maybe the only volume