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July 27, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Good morning, gang. We're back after a week in Beantown visiting family. So let's get to it... second cup of coffee in hand. Who is up first?

Shawn (CT)

On behalf of everyone, welcome back. We missed you

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Awwwwww.... let's see how long that sentiment lasts!

Julie (Rio Rancho)

J. Weeks or Jeter ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

I'll give Jeter the benefit of the doubt here... but it's no slam dunk.

drew (VA)

howard or cruz ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

Really close... I think I have them back-to-back in today's Hit Parade. Howard gets the nod, simply because I always have this "Cruz gets hurt" feeling in the back of my mind.

Jason (DE)

Just lost McCann. Who should I pick up: Wieters or Yadier Molina?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Another close call... Wieters by a nose.

Tattoo Louie (Jersey)

Do you think Heath Bell will still be a closer on 8/1?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

No. I think he'll be doing a K-Rod, possibly in Texas.

Andy (Syracuse, NY)

Hellickson or Vogelsong ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

I'm thinking Vogelsong...

David (DC)

Joey Bats playing tonight?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Teams are very cautious with those head shots, but I think he has a decent shot to play. Probably will be a gametime call, though.

Rusty (Chicago)

Danny Espinosa has been terrible as of late. Is it time to drop him for Dustin Ackley?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

I personally like Ackley a lot more, yes.

Mark Reynolds' Power (n/a)

where did I go and is it time to sell me?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

I'm skeptical... Hit Parade today addresses this somewhat, as Reynolds is a prime culprit of what I call "Wasted Power"

Frank (MD)

What kind of numbers can we expect from Josh Reddick? Would you dump a still-struggling Abreu for him?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

I like Reddick a lot, but it all depends on what happens in the next few days. If the Red Sox make a move for a Beltran, or some other OF, then Reddick is the one who gets hurt...

Mitch (NYC)

Should I trade Peyton Manning for a draft pick or a keeper and then go after a guy like Tebow in the later rounds? Thanks

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

A general comment on fantasy football questions... it's going to be a crazy week and nobody should make any moves for a few days... I don't see why anyone would want to give up on Peyton though.

John (New York)

Sounding like Edwin Jackson to Toronto for Frasor. Do you think Jackson lasts long in TO, or does he get flipped soon to the NL?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

A good question... he's got a decent ERA at Rogers Centre, but traditionally has gotten hammered by NYY and BOS... Could well be a flip.

Nick (CT)

Swisher or Kubel?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

I'm leaning Kubel.

Dino (Montreal)

Do you think Mike Adams will be the closer in San Diego or will he be traded, too?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

No reason to think the Padres get rid of both. I'd say he stays...

Gale (District 12)

Position irrelevent....you do you like best out of Chipper, Alvarez, and Beckham? May the odds be ever in your favor.

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

Won't touch toxic Chipper anymore this season... so I guess it's Gordon.

Andrew (Philly)

A lot of talk about Jennings being legit this year. Can you project his ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

I'd say .285, 25 SB. He's got the skills...

Shortstop Question??? (Boston)

Can't believe I'm asking this but Bonifacio or Alexei ROS at SS? Thanks for your help sir.

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

It's still Ramirez... Bonifide can't hit safely every night...

Paul (NYC)

Footall question: Who should I keep Calvin Johnson or Miles Austin?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

I'd go with Megatron right now.

Lee (ABQ)

Why didnt Guerra get the Save lastnight?

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

I assume you mean why didn't he pitch, since obviously not pitching makes it hard to get a save... three straight days of work = night off.

Fernando Salas (St. Louis)

Will I finish the year as St. Louis closer?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

I'm working on Relief Efforts as we speak -- I'd say the answer is yes.

John (MD)

Why are some minor league players in ESPN's system, but not all? It'd be nice to have the option of adding a player before he's called up. In the very least, shouldn't all Triple-A players be ownable?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

We do try and seed the game with each organization's top prospects at all levels... if someone falls through the cracks, feel free to fire an e-mail off to tech support.

Scott (Scottsdale)

What's Humber's value ROY? Seems to be some questions as to how he is going to be used.

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

I don't think there's much question -- White Sox will be selling off Edwin Jackson and possible one other SP... He'll be in the rotation. Only went to pen b/c of rainout.

Mike (I ordered your book)

Rather have Wright or Beltran/Prado?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

(Thanks!) I'd go with the Carlos/Prado side. Once Beltran is dealt, I expect a surge in home runs thanks to the end of the CitiField factor.

Jake (NY)

Will Napoli ever get a starting gig to himself? Dude can flat out rake

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

Couldn't agree more... but you can't make the moves for managers...

Not Mike (I didnt order your book..yet)

Miggy or Pujols ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

(Get on that!) Miggy for me.

Melky Cabrera (Kansas City)

When are people going to start believing in me? I'm not showing any signs of turning into a pumpkin.

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

It might not be midnight, but I do think it's after 10:30.

Josh ((The Overreacter))

What?! Nothing about Lance Berkman yet? An injury-prone, aging outfielder having a stellar season, suddenly getting an MRI on his shoulder. Any news? Should owners be worried?

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

Sure, you should be concerned... but until we hear from the MRI results, there's no need to overreact either. He'll likely be out 2-3 days either way so make a swap out in the lineup and see what the results bring.

The Philosopher (Overthinking your fantasy league)

Is there a time of season where stud players are worth less than 'normal value'? Obviously an innings-capped SP is worth less this time of year, but is it also true for a big bat (where the name might not matter since you'll only get a short window of productivity)?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

In an H2H league, clearly you need to keep your lineup as strong as possible throughout the season. But in a rotisserie league, if you need SB and want to trade Adrian Gonzalez straight up for Rajai Davis, that might win you the whole enchilada.

Geoff (NYC)

Thanks for the good work AJ. Commish ethics question. I discovered that the commissioner of my former league was making lineup changes after lineups locked and games had started. I approached him about it and was basically blown off but he did change it back to make things right. Turns out he had been doing this all season. Now he wants to implement a new rule allowing all teams a late lineup change if requested essentially overriding the rules the league had been playing with all season. Since I have been kicked out for throwing a fit. Your thoughts?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

You're better off. You can't make these changes mid-season, and a cheater like that will never change.

Matt (CA)

Would you say ADIOS to Avila for Salty or Pierzynski?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Nope.

Tom Tuttle (Tacoma)

Chacin, Scherzer or Mad Bum the ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

Way higher on Madison than the other two combined.

Anon (CO)

Who are you and what did you do to Tristan?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

Lured him into a trap with a chicken parm hero... MWA HA HA!

David (Kansas)

Which rookie Running Back is most likely to have a big year?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

Today, I'd say Daniel Thomas of the Dolphins.

Scott (Boston, MA)

Hughes, Starting him today vs. Felix/Seattle?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

The way Seattle is playing, I'd probably start John Hughes today.

Jason (Kent)

Favorite non-sports movie? Jeter finishes the year as a top ____SS

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

Hands down, Donnie Darko. 15.

Drew (MT)

Should I still hate Jeff Francoeur, or does he warrant some value in a trade?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I'm higher on Frenchy than Melky (or should that be Du Lait?) I'm also hoping he goes somehwere else and platoons to increase his value.

Bottom of 19th (Worst Call, Atlanta)

INSTANT REPLAY NOW IN MLB!

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

Wouldn't have changed the call... "upon further review, the play stands."

Howie (DC)

WHAT?!? How on earth could that play stand on further review?!?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Because it is inconclusive. If you're seeing otherwise, you're seeing what you want to see.

Vlaz (Motown)

Can/will J.J. Hardy keep this up? I know the injury-prone tag is firmly in place, but this guy is raking.

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

Injury prone players finish out seasons, too. He's for real in my book.

Eric (Nj)

Seriously im a braves fan and that call was terrible even the ump admitted when he saw the replay he thought he tagged him

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

I didn't say it was the right call... I just said it wouldn't be overturned on replay. And what Meals said was "I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I'm guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened, I didn't see a tag." Might have is not "I got it wrong."

Tim (Chicago)

Who's roller coaster would you rather be on - Bartolo Colon's or Ryan Dempster's?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

I'd rather be on Dempster's. Watching Bartolo pitch just makes me queasy.

Jim (Pittsburgh)

What's your all time fav team uniform? Thanks for the chats and advice

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

I have to go with the White Sox shorts experiment. Perfect snapshot of a place in time that could only have happened at that time.

Jon (Chicago)

Sometimes you come across as defensive and almost bitter in your chats...

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Meow!

Horton (Whoville)

Astros rainbow uniforms were the best.

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Too easy a pick... and I can't say I loved them at the time...

Jon (Chicago)

I DID NOT WRITE THAT!!! How could there be two Jon's in Chicago? Drop Melancon for Adams?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

You seem a bit schizophrenic and rueful in the chat today. Yes, I'd make that move, even if Bell stays.

Jason (Cleveland)

If you could watch any player from any period play one game, who would it be?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Easy choice... Clemente.

Adam (Toronto)

Kimbrel or Wilson ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

1-2 in value to date. Kimbrel going forward.

Andy (Syracuse, NY)

Nathan keep his job this time?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

I shudder to think Capps gets it back.

Ryan (CT)

Does Big Papi hit o/u 10.5 more HR this season

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Over.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

That's the gun, gang. Was hoping to get some word on that rumored deal, but we don't have it yet, so I can't go with it... I'm sure it will be here in the next few minutes. I'll be back on Friday... until then there's Twitter... As always, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.