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AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Good morning gang... Tristan is traveling today, so the two of us have switched days. We'll talk for the next 60 minutes. I don't know what I am having for lunch, but my second cup of coffee is in hand. Who is up first?
AM I BACK!??!! CAN MY OWNERS FINALLY BEGIN STARTING ME WITH CONFIDENCE?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
No need to yell, Ubaldo. I saw your outing last night. I'd love to see one more to feel safe, but do I trust you going forward more than say, Jeremy Hellickson? Yes I do. Welcome back to relevance.
Quick 1PM Game question. Streaming Maholm today in NYC?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
The way the Mets are finding ways to lose, I think I would... especially with the quick turnaround.
Morning AJ, I keep hearing that we need to 'sell high' on M. Joyce, but wasn't everybody saying this about Baustista last year? Isn't it possible that he will blossom into a 280 - 30hr guy this season? I hate to trade him away and end up missing out...
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
This is legit. I'm not sure the power is going to play out to where you suggest, but I'm buying... not selling.
Matt (Cleveland, OH)
Thoughts on Jon Jay? He keeps producing!
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
I like Jay and I like Craig even more. If Albert can play a few days at third each week, I think both guys may be nice fantasy pickups the rest of the way.
Ryan (in a cave)
I was offered CJ Wilson and Drew Storen for Josh Johnson. I am in need of saves as I just lost Soria. Would you pull the trigger?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Johnson is clearly better than Wilson -- if he's 100 percent, and right now is not. But throw in the No. 1 reliever... you do it.
Darwin Barney (ChiTown)
What pitchers can I expect in a trade for me?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
I'd say value is AJ Burnett, but perception is going to net you a lot less.
AJ, what numbers do you expect out of Soto for the rest of the year?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
I like Soto to rebound... Let's say .260 and 10 HR?
Are we worried at all about Haren's back?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
You always need to be somewhat concerned about a pitcher getting shut down, even in the pen on an off-day. But spasms could just be dehydration... if he makes his next start on Saturday and gets through it, I think you can forget it ever happened.
Mike (Tampa, FL)
Is Andy Dirks any good, or is Leyland just old school and not like to play rookies too much? Let him prove himself!
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
I think there's just a lot of bides for three OF spots in Detroit. He'll get sporadic starts. As a baseball fan, I've enjoyed watching him play and I think he does a lot right -- but fantasy-wise I don't expect any 2011 impact.
Rank these Matt HOlliday replacements.........Pagan, Abreu, Patterson, Morse????
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
Morse, Pagan, Patterson, Abreu.
Jonny Venters (Atlanta)
What are your thoughts about me? I am the best RP right now, but not a closer? Do I take the job from Kimbrel?What do you project the ROS?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
Venters and David Pauley are the two RP with closer value despite not having *any* saves. I don't think Kimbrel loses the job, though... but it hardly matters, especially if Johnny gets a handful of vulture wins.
Mulligan (My Head)
I traded Choo for Nolasco. I could have had Anibal. Will I make it through this? Anibal looks awesome.
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
I like Anibal better, but the difference isn't big enough to lose sleep over... at least not unless and until Sanchez goes 10-0 while Ricky goes 5-5 in their next 10.
Todd (New Paltz)
Was wondering when all the Choo questions would make their appearance. WE CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH CHOO-RELATED CONTENT. Thanks, AJ!!!
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
LOL. Soo me!
Roddy (San Fran)
Please rank: Colby Lewis, Britton, Latos, Lilly
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
ROY: Latos, Lilly, Lewis, Zack.
Aramis Ramirez (should have played soccer with that header)
My head hurts from yesterday. Am I going to miss some time? I know I'm not good, but I'm all my owner has.
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
I'm thinking he's back by the weekend. Looked to be just a *fat lip*. Incidentally, Holliday to the DL is now official, gang.
Todd (New Paltz)
With limited roster moves available, would you drop an adequately producing Aybar for an available but oft-injured Furcal? Is there really that much difference?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
Not enough to make me cut Erick.
Who wins the CY in each league if season ended today? Who wins after 162 games?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Doc and Haren today. Doc and Price at end.
When will Lohse's Cinderella season come to a halt? If he is a sell-high, please give me a few OFs you would consider comparable.
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
I think you'll be OK for the season, though if K's count, obviously, your impact is lessened. Melky and Coco are the comps right now.
Shaun Marcum (Milwaukee)
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
Don't be - you're second in voting, unless Hamels and Doc split some of the Phillies love.
I like your calls on Cy Young AJ. Thoughts on MVP right now and EOS?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
I'll give it a try... right now it's Bautista and Braun. This one has a lot more to do with final record of their teams, so I'll say at end of year -- A. Cabrera and Bruce.
Adam Dunn (Chicago)
What should be done with me? What kind of return is "fair" at this point in time for me?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Sadly, you're in Juan Miranda/Brad Hawpe territory right now.
Konichiwa AJ. So, can Lucroy keep this up all season? What are your projections from here on out? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Yes, I think he can. 15 HR, .290 is possible.
Brett Lawrie (Toronto)
I don't have any questions. Only answers....to fantasy GMs prayers. See you on Friday in Toronto?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Thinking the bruised hand might push that back until next week, but it won't be too much longer.
Miguel Cabrera (BORGVILLE)
I'M OFFENDED I'M NOT IN YOUR MVP TALK.
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
You're great Miggy, but *if* Tribe wins Central by 10 games over your team...
Scherzer is killing me the past couple weeks. Just a rough patch or do the peripherals say it's more than that?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
The only reason he's still in my top 50 is the W-L record. Walks are way too high and the .282 BAA is scary. He's got tons of potential, but it's still just that.
In a points league, which side wins in this trade: Phillips & Burnnet for K. Johnson
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
Points league, it's the Burnett side.
AJ, I like you, but man, you're out there. I enjoy your chats because you're a lock to throw at least 1-2 completely insane comments out there (A. Cabrera going to be MVP?) but I'm learning thats your shtick. Kinda like when analysts predict in the pre-season that a .500 team is going to win the championship. If they don't do it - no loss. But if they do - boy, can that analyst puff their chest. Keep up the great work.
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
If the Tribe wins the AL Central and Asdrubal is the only .300 hitter on the team, with 20 HR and 90 RBIs from SS? No way he doesn't win it.
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Unless of course Bautista takes the Triple Crown.
Haven't seen much in chats lately about Pujols. Is this the start of him slowing down? If I could land Verlander and CarGo for him should I pull the trigger?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Pujols had only 8 HR and 30 RBI three weeks into May last year... and he finished with an Albert year. I'm still confident...
would you trade a $10 Josh Hamilton for a $10 Mike Stanton in a 3 year keeper league?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Given the injury risk, I might well make that deal.
Mike (Tampa, FL)
You buying Reimold in Bal?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
I'm not going to get burned by him again... he was a sleeper pick of mine in the past and tanked... Fool me once!
How do you determine collusion for veto purposes? Is that the only reason to veto a trade?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
It is the only reason to veto a deal, and it's hard to prove, especially in a keeper league. You kind of just have to "know it when you see it."
Buy low on Lester? Is he a top 5 pitcher the rest of the way?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Not sure it's buying low on a 7-2 pitcher with an ERA near 4. But no, he's not even close to top 5 overall.
So you're a buyer, not a seller...What kind of pitcher would you give up to get Joyce?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
I'd try and buy for as little as possible... after all, I'm only getting him if the other guy doesn't believe. Selling high on Cahill, Correia, Lester.
Moustakas??? September or next week?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
I'm leaning to September.
Will Markakis pick it up? No average, no x-tra base hits, nothing from him so far?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Put me in the *doubtful* category with Mr. Nick.
Will Yunel Escobar keep it up?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Call him the anti-Markakis.
Trade Haren for Hanson straight up?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
I don't think you'd be able to, given the purported Haren swoon and his spasms... but if so, and you're concerned...
Ellsbury hit 20 HR's this year? If so, he's a top 5 fantasy player, no?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Yes, sir. But I'm not going down that rabbit hole again... : )
Patrick (Cambridge MA)
Bud Norris - worth a spot start today?
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
You think Chris Young (OF) for CC is a fair trade, assuming they fit either team's needs?
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
Trades can indeed be win-win. Yes.
AJ Mass (12:02 PM)
That's the whistle, gang. Tristan takes the helm tomorrow. I'll be back next Wednesday, and there's always the Twitter. Until then, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.