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I picked up Kuechel to fill in for Cain as I thought he was going on the DL but now I seee he will be starting against the Mets but I don,t trust him. Cain or Kuechel Friday night ? Dennis

Keuchel. It is not a tough choice for me at all. Keuchel has been much better and it is not like his match up is bad at all. Keuchel is also a safe start given his huge ground ball tilt. Start Keuchel over Cain. Shawn (CDub)


HI and thanks in advance. 4x4 12 team league. I have only Latroy Hawkins. I have Wainwright, Kazmir, Tyson Ross, Quintana, Kluber. Would you trade Anibal Sanchez for Broxton and Wily Peralta? I know Broxton will lose the closer role when Chapman comes back. The other option is to pick up Melancon and Cody Allen and wait for Grilli and Axford to implode. Thanks

Broxton is not the guy to trade for. Chapman looks like he will be starting a rehab assignment next week so you would be lucky to get four saves from Broxton. Grab Melancon now, he should not be a free agent -- and Grilli does not look right. If you have the room grab Allen too, but I think you can wait on him; Axford is in no danger of losing his job anytime soon. Shawn (CDub)


I play in a 5x5 mixed league and need a Middle Infielder. Which of the following do you think would be the most productive? K. Wong STL B. Miller SEA E. Bonifacio CHI J. Lowrie OAK Thanks. L. Ellis

I like Lowrie but he has problems staying healthy. Bonifacio is off to s fast start and will get steals but not much else and will probably end up hitting like .250 for the season. I would go with Miller. Shawn (CDub)


13 team, mixed league, 5x5 categories round 1, kershaw, cabrera, mccutchen and trout are gone, i am up, who would you take?

Goldschmidt. Gonzalez is a consideration but he has problems playing over 130 games. 1B is not as deep as people think, plus Goldschmidt will give you power, a solid average and steal a few bases for you too. Shawn (CDub)


I'm in a 12-team 5x5 mixed roto league in which we keep six players to start the next season. I am definitely keeping A. Jones, E. Encarnacion, P. Fielder and C. Lee. Which two would you keep from the following: M. Adams, J. Altuve, J. Donaldson, E. Hosmer, K. Medlen, B. Posey, A. Rios, and A. Sanchez?

I'd go with Hosmer and Posey. I wouldn't consider Adams, Altuve, Medlen or Sanchez. I just don't think those guys are quite at the keeper-level for a six-keeper league this size. Donaldson is kind of a wild card, but everything points to some regression there, and if he does regress a little, his star will fade, think Chase Headley, and you won't be able to get a ton for him in a trade. With Alex Rios, you could be talking about a top-30 guy in roto leagues this year, but steals decline with age, and injury risk increases, so he's not a very appealing keeper option in that sense. Hosmer is a no-brainer for me - a guy who in his prime could hit .320 with 30 HRs and 15 steals. Posey makes six, just because his floor is incredibly high at a premium position, and if you ever need to move him, it should be easy given his name value.


Good Morning. I'm in a 12 team 5x5 roto league. We keep 8 players, with no time restriction or draft pick forfeiture. I'm contemplating a trade of my Adam Jones for another teams Troy Tulowitzki. I'm afraid that in Tulo the only gains are OBP (our scoring category, not Avg.) and big health concerns. All other categories are pretty close in peformance. I don't want to make a bad move for postional scarcity. Your thoughts, please? Many thanks!!

Not to discount positional scarcity but the shallower the league, the less of an issue it is. Tulowitzki is a very good player when healthy, the "when healthy" part is the issue. He has played an average of 105 games the last three years and has not played over 150 games in a season since 2009 -- and only twice in his career. Players also tend not to get healthier as they age. Getting the SS is tempting but you stick with Jones. Shawn (CDub)


Keep 12 5x5 roto E Hosmer W Rosario X Bogaerts A Cabrera J Segura P Fielder J Bautista V Martinez Z Greinke M Scherzer G Cole C Sale T Walker CJ Wilson C Bucholtz Who do you keep and why Thanks Andy

You can let go of CJ Wilson, Buchholz, and Asdrubal Cabrera. All three are declining and you have prospects ready to contribute in Bogaerts and Cole and Walker. -Nick S.