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AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Good morning, gang! We're back at it again for another hour of fantasy chattage. Second cup of coffee in hand... who is up first?
Whats going on with Aramis? He has just flashes of brilliance as of late, is he bonafide or bonaficio?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Not quite bonafide, but at a very shallow position, he's my All-Star pick.
Everywhere i look all the love for the Diamondbacks goes to J Upton, and i hardly ever hear/read anything about C Young. Young is having a great season so far and in my opinion heavily underrated. Is Young a pretender or contender? Should i sell high on him now?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
Both are in my top 15 hitters VTD, but I'd say Upton is the more legit of the duo. Still not going to sell Young, though.
Beachy or J Zimmermann ROS?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Beachy, especially since he doesn't have that darn IP count hanging over his head.
Good morning AJ. Also armed with a second cup of joe and ready for some answers. Has your faith restored in Jason Bay yet?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
The patient is off the life-support, but he's still going to be in ICU for some time before I let him leave the ward.
Jordan Zimmerman (Nats)
With talk of me and other young arms being shut down or capped by innings, how do teams shut them down?Do they DL them, demote them, or do they just skip starts here and there to even things out in the end? Or something else?
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
Any or all of the above. They pull them in the sixth, they can skip a day here and there (Pineda) or just decide not to pitch them for a few weeks (Ogando). Come September, with expanded rosters, they simply don't call on them.
Marty (The future)
I know I should probably know this since I am from the future, but who do you prefer ROY at second: Kendrick, Prado, or Espinosa?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
Kendrick. Now run for it!
chris (santa fe)
what kind of closer can i expect for johnny damon?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
Capps or Melancon.
Pick a side for ROS. Arod/Wigginton or Youk/Werth
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
A-Rod and Ty get my vote.
Biff (also the future)
You're gullible McFly! Any chance CarGo goes on the DL?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
I don't think so... I expect him to play on Thursday or Friday.
Rodger (St. Paul)
ROY at 2B? K Johnson or M Ellis
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Kelly J for me... Ellis is closer post-deal, but I still don't like him.
Andy (The Present)
Cory Luebke... Bonafide or Bonafacio?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
A little of both... I don't think he's *this* good, but for the next few starts, I'd roll him out there.
Doc Brown ((also the Future))
The flux capacitor is on the fritz, need help...ROS (keeper league), Adam Lind or Jay Bruce
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
I'm leaning to Lind on this one... but if it is a keeper, I'm likely not trading one for the other...
any word on lester?
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
Should miss his next start, with Aceves taking that one... wouldn't be shocked with a DL-stint, given the ASB, but no official word yet on severity.
ROS: Marmol or Farnsworth?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
I'll take my chances with Kyle.
Judd (Working at My Desk)
Roads where we are going we wont need roads, but we will need a closer? Thoughts on K-Rod and Bell getting shopped around?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
I would not be stunned with either deal taking place... K-Rod would be a monetary call, more than a baseball call.
Speaking of Capps....how many of those nights do we need to see until Nathan gets the job again?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
Who says it won't go to Perkins in one of those "don't move the setup man doing his job from that role" scenarios?
ROS: King Albert or Prince Fielder? 6x6 h2h league.
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
Prince... you have to at least be somewhat cautious with Albert's projections coming back this soon...
Ruxton (far across the universe...)
AJ, you keep mentioning how everything is heavy, why is that? What happens in the future? Does gravity change? and what SP that is potentially available on the WW should I target to be a second half stud? I'm thinking maybe Hughes, Garza, or Bumgarner...thoughts?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Of those three, I like Madison best for the rest of the way.
Are you excited for Big Brother tomorrow? Do you watch the Real World/Road Rules Challenge?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
Big Brother has the best reality show game engine on TV... I just cringe because each season, the producers throw in *twists* that mess with it. I haven't watched MTV since Miz and Coral.
Edwin Jackson or Jake peavy?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Peavy, as long as his arm doesn't fall off again.
Tom Tuttle (Tacoma)
ROS: Wandy or Vogelsong?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
Pretty close... I'll go with Wandy thanks to some regression from Ryan.
I'm the Miz and I'm AWWWWESOME! (thats all)
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Yes, yes, so you've said.
Joe (Trumbull, CT)
Any word on Scott Baker?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
MRI today... until then, we won't know.
JT (Hartford, CT)
Big Brother the best reality show game engine on TV!!!??? You can't be serious. Julie Chen is a robot and the weakest of all reality show hosts. Jeff Probst and Survivor are truly in a league of their own. Just sayin'
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
JT, you do realize that the host is not part of the game engine, right?
please rank these C's ROS .... Russell Martin, Soto, Wieters, Arencibia. Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
Soto, Wieters, JP, Russ.
Chacin or Daniel Hudson ROS?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
I'll take Daniel.
Do you think Vlad Guerrero has something left in the tank?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
Please rank these underachievers for ROS: Bay, D Young, Dunn
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
See above, read left to right.
When does the party end for Jeff Karstens?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
Not so sure it does... I've been on the bandwagon for quite some time...
Rich Harden is back?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
A cautious yes. Would like to see him get to 85-90 pitches before I buy in, though.
Where does Ogando rank ROS ? Top 15?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Barely top 30 for me... especially with the plug pulled for now.
Julie Chen (Big Brother Land)
But they really do need to get rid of me though.
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Preaching to the choir... the host should not make you uncomfortable, worried she's about to blab the *big secret wink wink* every time she speaks.
Which Escobar SS do you like better?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
Yunel by quite a bit.
Joel (Atlanta, GA)
Does Homer Bailey move above the Wandy line before the end of NEXT year? Or is he just another streamer?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
He's got the talent to make that kind of leap next season, but for now... just a stream.
Gaby Sanchez: Time to sell?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
I'd certainly listen to offers. I don't think he's as good as the numbers thus far, but he's no slouch either...
Hamels for Ellsbury, fair deal?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
Personally, I'd need two Jacobys for Hamels -- but if both fill needs, I'm not going to raise a veto ruckus.
whats your percentage on k-rod being dealt to become a set-up man?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Maybe 40 percent? He's the only Met I can see being traded and it not being considered an automatic "give up on 2011."
Can you update us on A. Cabrera and his ankle injury?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Day-to-day... My opinion: I fully expect him to be out until the ASB.
2 Jacobys for Hamels? What is wrong with you?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
It's called hyberbole, Alex. Hamels has been and will continue to be that good.
What SP would you target in return for Storen?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
I'd target a top 20 arm from an owner with SP to spare and in need of saves.
ROS for UT position: Starlin or Swish?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
I think it depends on how badly you need the longball... if not, then Castro. If so, then Nick.
Mr. Roark (Fantasy Island)
Would you trade Chacin for Lind? Equal value?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
I'd trade Chacin for Lind in a heartbeat. Jhoulys' ERA and BAA are nice, but I don't think they'll keep.
How little faith do you have in the Melk man to continue his current pace (99/21/93/21)? How far below do you expect?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Very little faith... maybe cut that output by 40 percent.
Joshua Thibodeau (Mass)
ROS.... Kemp or Car-Go (assuming the injury really is nothing serious)
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
Either way, Kemp... and I expect CarGo to be back by Friday at the latest.
you losing faith in rasmus?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Musing of the day: In order to lose something, does one not have to have had it in the first place?
If you have 2 roster spots...who is the odd man out: Hughes, Karstens, Harden
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
Sorry, I don't want any part of Phil.
Mike (Tampa, FL)
Shields or Sabathia ROS?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
I'm going to go with CC, but it's not as crazy a question as one might think.
Gotta cut a catcher loose (say thay ten times!) to get Pujols back in my lineup. Olivo or Napoli?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
I say sayonara to Olivo. Now here's a tongue twister for you: "Susie, the sushi sous-chef."
Morgan (The High Seas)
Please tell me why I shouldn't cut Stubbs?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Because it's Christmas? Wait, that's not right... I would deal him, not cut him.
ROS in RF: Zobrist or beltran?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Beltran, especially if does end up in new digs.
ROS...Hosmer or Freeman?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Follow Freddie for freedom!
I'm needing speed and wondering who is the most bonafide ROS: Pagan, Pierre, Rajai?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
I'd go with Angel.
Tom Tuttle (Tacoma)
Konerko: sell high or enjoy the production ROS?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Sit back and relax... enjoy the show!
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
That's all the time I have for today, gang... we've got a new fantasy football article up in the Draft Kit and Daily Notes coming ASAP. Find me on Twitter! Until the next time, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.
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