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AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Good morning one and all... it's a crazy busy day... so let's get cracking. Second cup, 60 minutes of chattage... you all know how this works. Who is up first?
Berkman's regression (of sorts) is inevitable, right?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
He's not Ted Williams, so sure... but I don't think he's due for .200 the rest of the way either. A healthy Lance is clearly still a valuable fantasy asset.
Prince Willie (England)
Before I go off to my honeymoon, can you answer a question for me? Could you please rank these right fielders in the order of your preference for the rest of the season, Nick Swisher, Ryan Rayburn, Mitch Moreland and the returning Domonic Brown?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
Raburn, Moreland, Swisher, Brown.
Tom (Concord, MA)
Hey AJ, I'm having a real hard time trading pitching for hitting - who do you think are comparable hitters to guys like Gavin Floyd or Zach Britton in a 1-for-1?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
Right now, I'd say the value to date is in an area of: Prado, Posey, Adam Jones. In a vacuum, hitters have more value than pitchers so the perception of who is worth who gets skewed by most owners.
Travis Snider (The Minors)
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
Team wants him to work out the kinks in his swing, and when he does, he'll be back.
Do you trust Dan Hudson? Should I pick him?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I like Hudson, as long as he can figure out how to get past the first inning. Once he does that, he'll be fine...
Ike Davis (Queens)
Am I going to keep this craziness up??
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
It's amazing what you can do when Beltran and Bay are both healthy and on base so they can't pitch around you, isn't it?
Drinking the Bartolo Colon Kool-Aid?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
I prefer Hi-C myself. No question he's looking top 10 so far, but I'm not expecting him to keep it up. Should he be started? Absolutely. But don't expect this all season.
Who are your sleeper AL Cy Young candidates? Think Brett Anderson's got a shot?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
It's looking like Weaver's to lose... Are there any sleepers? It all comes down to getting it done all season long. Anderson, Masterson, Floyd... they're the only ones outside of the usual suspects who are in the mix right now...
Any word on what happened to Youk?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
Hip discomfort and he says he'll be in there today. Until we see otherwise, I don't feel the need to worry.
Everyone in my league is sending me offers for Votto. What is fair market value for him?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
He's top 5 right now, so there's not a lot of 1-for-1 deals that make sense... Tulo or Braun or Weaver maybe... I'm not sure why you'd even consider dealing him, though.
Will the Derek Lowe situation affect the Atlanta rotation at all? Open a spot start for Minor?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
Right now, there's no reason to think he won't be in there on Sunday... but I don't think I want to start him. No way of knowing where his mind will be at.
Dayton Moore (alternate universe)
Kila experiment over? Hosmer is killing it up in Omaha - first call-up?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
One would think... before the Royals fall too far back.
Is Oswalt going to pitch next week?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
One can only hope everything is fine back at home, and he'll be rejoining the team for his next start.
Alex White (Cle)
Am I a pick up?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Not loving a rookie called up only because of injury. Not saying he can't have a "we've never seen him before" great start -- but he wasn't called up because team thought he was ready.
Whats fair value for a top tier closer? I'm trying to get a hitter for Huston Street, and I'm targeting Big Papi
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Kung Fu, Neil Walker... the borderline top 50 set. I don't think at this point of his career Ortiz is enough.
Can i honestly bench Dan Uggla.....your thoughts?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Outside of the BA, he's not all that much different from Espinosa or O-Cab in terms of value so far... depends on what you have to replace him, but I'm likely to keep him in there.
10 Team mixed - Drop liriano for colon?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
Yes. Unless you like a big fat ERA.
Scott (Cary, NC)
Who is getting the save opportunities while Feliz is down? Would they move Ogando from the rotation to cover?
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
Pretty clear it's Oliver. Might have been O'Day, but he went on the 60-day DL. Ogando is not going anywhere.
How come you're never on the podcast? Waiver wire pick-up: Smoak or Ryan Roberts?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
I have been a few times in the past... but bring that up to the boys themselves if you want to rally the troops. Pretty close, but I'll go Roberts due to flexibility he offers.
Seriously, Zobrist's name hasn't even come up yet in this chat? Well, I guess now it has. Well done Mr. Zobrist!
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
And moving him into the top 10 among hitters for the first time this season... well done, indeed.
Lohse a good sell high guy? He can't keep this up right?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
I don't see why not... he's having a Pineiro-type rebirth season.
Was offered Baker for Santos, have saves. Is Baker legit?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
I think he's been a tad unfortunate not to have a few more wins, but I also see danger if he doesn't cut down on the walks. Top 50 - maybe. Higher than that? No.
Damon's doing great...bounce back year?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
I think Damon generally does his fantasy owners solid, so I am not surprised.
Sterl (Georgia )
What are the chances Carl Crawford reaches the 40 steals mark this season?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
Let's see him get to .240 first, and then the SB totals should come.
Clark (Long Beach, CA)
AJ, talk to me about Masterson. Looking at fangraphs and nothing looks different but the results.....regression coming right?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
Look again. More groundballs and better use of the slider. He's not *this* good, but there's a reason he's winning.
Rank Chipper, Alvarez, Reynolds.
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Chipper, Mark, Pedro.
Jeremy Hellickson (Tampa Bay)
Am I worth owning at this point? For any reasons?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
I didn't get ALL the love in the pre-season, but he's going to be better than he has been... I'd say spot-start for now, but not a cut candidate.
John (Cincinnati, Oh)
Drew Stubbs has been pretty solid, is it fair to expect even more once the weather improves here in Cincy, and pop ups are flying out of GABP?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
As long as he keeps putting the ball in play, he'll be fine. My only concern with him -- and he's shut me up -- was the patience at the plate.
Bob (Fort Lauderdale)
No love for Charlie Morton in an NL only league?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
Sure... NL-only league he's in the rotation.
Better add in a 10 team 5x5, Bartolo or Randy Wolf????
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Right now, it's Colon. Wolf regularly gives up too many longballs for my taste.
Who is the better DL stash, Aaron Hill or Delmon Young?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Hill. Plenty of other OF in the sea.
Please tell me I'll be alright with Pedro Alvarez as my 3B. It's very ugly right now.
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
You will be alright -- just as soon as you send that Nigerian prince your SSN.
who do you like more the rest of this year moreland or logan morrison?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Depends on what you need. LoMo for BA, Moreland for run production.
Fringe is gonna be insane tonight (and next week too of course!)
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
Yup. Get out your licorice, Asteroid.
how do you feel about having Wandy and Meyers on your team...seems like every week only one of them is worth starting
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
That's what happens with pitchers on bad teams... they don't all win each week. Hence the *bad*. I like Wandy a bit better, and actually Norris as well. But I wouldn't own more than one.
Mike (San Diego)
I know this sounds blasphemous, but would you play Jed Lowrie over Hanley until he breaks out of his current funk?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
I would indeed.
Bay or Gomes the rest of the way ?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Bay for me.
Jeff S. (Vermont)
Does that go double for Kennedy and Hudson on Arizona?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Triple... like Hudson better.
Ranks these 1B, Wallace, Sanchez and Freeman
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
That's my order.
Jed Clampett (Beverly Hills)
I'd play ME over Hanley the way things are now.
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Better play today Hudson or Cahill....both or neither??????
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Hudson (Tim) today. Read the Daily Notes and you'd know my thoughts already!
Steve (Union City)
Hey AJ, follow up to Hellickson question...Would you rather him or Harang?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Given the park, Harang...
Even with Hamilton being out, would you trade an elite pitcher for his services?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
No. I don't think he comes back the same.
Christian Okoye (Kansas City)
Name Game: Jose Reyes/Stephen Drew. 6x6 -Total Bases is the extra scoring category.
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Still Reyes, but it makes the call much closer.
Matt (Franklin, TN)
Rank these - Dempster, C Lewis, Beachy Colon
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
Colon, Beachy, then call it a draw.
Beckett, phillips a. jones or prince, pavano and beckham?
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
Beckett side wins...
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
That's the bell... gotta run for now, but there's always the Twitter. Thanks for all the questions. Until the next time, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.
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