Tout Daily: Poking the Polar Bear

Tonight marks the last week of Period 2, so after the games conclude, another three Golden Tickets will be awarded. Here is who some of the Touts are clicking into their lineup.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy)

Pitcher: George Kirby – Nice bargain price against a team that has the ninth-worst wOBA and a 22% strikeout rate against righties this season.

Hitter: Pete Alonso – I’ll pay up for a right-handed power bat like Alonso against a southpaw punching bag like Patrick Corbin all day, every day

Dan Strafford (FNTSY Radio, @DanStrafford)

Pitcher: Cole Sands – Cole Sands is in line for a spot start Tuesday night as part of the Twins two step with the Tigers. The Tigers have a strilke out rate ~ 25% against right handed pitchers and Sands has shown the ability to pick up k’s in his minor league career. He has 225 strike outs over 196 innings in his career. He has missed time this year due to a groin strain suffered in early May. At his price point, he gives you plenty of flexibility in spending up on SP1 or a Dodgers stack if you are so inclined.

Hitter: Alex Verdugo – Alex Verdugo is making great contact on the year and putting the ball in play. He is sporting a .352 wOBA against RHP on the season. While power may not be his main asset, he can play some pepper with the Green Monster on a day like today and be a part of a stack of highly projected Boston bats at a low price point.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Pitcher: Eric Lauer – Brewer starter has been good lately and getting K’s. Cubs lineup doesn’t scare anyone!

Hitter: Garver/ Siemen – Mini stack of Rangers against Yarbrough who’s still getting his sea legs, plus Yepez is going deep against Snell tonight!

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy)

Pitcher: Cristian Javier – Javier is averaging just under 12Ks per 9 innings and has struck out 33.1% of his batters faced with a 2.43 ERA and a 2.73 FIP and a ,191 batting average against. He faces an A’s team that is 29th in runs per game with 3.41.

Hitter: Pete Alonso – Alonso is averaging almost an RBI a game and has 30 RBIs in May. He faces Patrick Corbin and his 6.30 ERA on the season and 6.86 road ERA with a batting average against of.312. Corbin has allowed 13 ER in his last 17.1 IP. Stack the Mets tonight.

Matt Truss (Razzball, @MattTruss)

Pitcher: George Kirby – Probably going to be chalky at this price, but if you want to pay up for Dodger/Rockie bats, you’ll need a cheap arm

Hitter: Edwin Rios – Rios is going to be a name everyone will be looking at very soon if they aren’t already

Jennifer Piacenti (, @jenpiacenti)

Pitcher: George Kirby – I guess it looks like I am going to have to get crafty with my second pitcher. Everyone else sees the value here, too. Carry on!

Hitter: Pete Alonso – It looks like I am copying Bender’s paper, but Pete Alonso has taken Patrick Corbin deep 4 times in his last 38 PA’s against him, and he’s not even the most pricy 1st baseman.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Kevin Gausman – I assumed I’d have to make a Kevin Chalkman joke with the lineup he’s facing. Maybe he’s everyone other pitcher.

Hitter: Matt Olson – Lots of good 1B tonight, but Olson is priced down a tad.

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of May 30

It may be a holiday weekend, but there are no days off for the Touts. Check out the bids on a busy Sunday. If you want to see the standings, rosters and the complete list of transactions, just click on the league header.

American League

Player Team Bid
MAndujar, NYY Ryan Bloomfield 104
OGonzalez, Cle Chris Blessing 93
MCarpenter, NYY Jason Collette 66
VPasquantino, KC Patrick Davitt 39
GOtto, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 29
JBurger, CWS Chris Blessing 27
HNeris, Hou Doug Dennis 11
MFord, Sea Rob Leibowitz 7
DSantana, Tex Chris Blessing 3
DSmeltzer, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
PMaton, Hou Jason Collette 3
ROHearn, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
BBello, Bos Mike Podhorzer 2
LMaile, Cle Jason Collette 1
BAbreu, Hou Patrick Davitt 0
KAkin, Bal Doug Dennis 0
BZimmer, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0
RMcKenna, Bal Rob Leibowitz 0
EClement, Cle Rob Leibowitz 0

National League

Player Team Bid
MHarris, Atl Tristan H. Cockcroft 271
CMitchell, Pit Wilderman/Prior 110
ESmall, Mil Grey Albright 59
ECabrera, Mia Grey Albright 59
CSulser, Mia Steve Gardner 55
KPillar, LAD Wilderman/Prior 55
TMarcano, Pit Ian Kahn 54
JWoodford, StL Todd Zola 37
GStubbs, Phi Wilderman/Prior 20
CFrazier, ChC Derek Carty 11
ALopez, Cin Brian Walton 2
MWhite, LAD Derek Carty 1
TNido, NYM Derek Carty 0
LGarcia, SD Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
ERios, LAD Tim Heaney 87
CSulser, Mia Tim Heaney 87
MLiberatore, StL Justin Mason 77
MHarris, Atl Michael Rathburn 65
CPinder, Oak Scott Pianowski 55
DPeterson, NYM Michael Rathburn 45
CPoche, TB Scott Engel 43
TWilliams, NYM Tim Heaney 36
FCordero, Bos Michael Rathburn 35
JJunis, SF Michael Rathburn 30
TTaylor, Mil Michael Rathburn 30
JAdam, TB Scott Swanay 30
ELongoria, SF Justin Mason 27
JVillar, ChC Justin Mason 27
KKiermaier, TB Scott Pianowski 23
JFeyereisen, TB Scott Pianowski 22
MFranco, Was Scott Pianowski 21
OGonzalez, Cle Jeff Zimmerman 21
KThompson, ChC Scott Engel 18
KHiura, Mil Scott Engel 14
DHudson, LAD Zach Steinhorn 12
JTrevino, NYY Scott Engel 11
JLyles, Bal Derek VanRiper 11
JBrubaker, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 6
MWhite, LAD Jeff Zimmerman 6
MRojas, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 3

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
RContreras, Pit Tim McCullough 202
KThompson, ChC Tim McCullough 42
MHarris, Atl Tim McCullough 122
BDrury, Cin Tim McCullough 122
KFarmer, Cin Anthony Perri 31
GUrshela, Min Anthony Perri 34
EFedde, Was Charlie Wiegert 8
MDuffy, LAA Perry Van Hook 1
CPoche, TB Scott White 2
BServen, Col Scott White 2
LeurGarcia, CWS Ray Murphy 0
YDaza, Col Ray Murphy 0
MMoniak, Phi Tim McLeod 2
ESmall, Mil Tim McLeod 32
GAshcraft, Cin Seth Trachtman 15
MChavis, Pit Jeff Barton 18
CMorel, ChC Adam Ronis 22
DBundy, Min Mike Gianella 31
MLiberatore, StL Mike Gianella 28
TTaylor, Mil Rudy Gamble 12
NMartinez, SD Charlie Wiegert 6
TTrammell, Sea Perry Van Hook 1
RHill, Bos Perry Van Hook 7
VPasquantino, KC Scott White 3
MVargas, LAD Scott White 1
JMeyers, Hou Scott White 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
RContreras, Pit Dan Strafford 200
RYarbrough, TB Dan Strafford 100
GCooper, Mia Dan Strafford 100
KHernandez, Bos Clay Link 65
DSmeltzer, Min Andrea LaMont 52
CMorel, ChC Clay Link 44
KThompson, ChC Andrea LaMont 41
BSinger, KC Geoff Pontes 27
WContreras, Atl Greg Jewett 27
JCueto, CWS Ryan Hallam 26
ELongoria, SF Ryan Hallam 24
DPeralta, Ari Ariel Cohen 23
CFlexen, Sea Nick Pollack 21
NMartinez, SD Nick Pollack 19
MMelendez, KC Nick Pollack 19
MLiberatore, StL Nick Pollack 18
AFrazier, Sea Ariel Cohen 13
MHarris, Atl Geoff Pontes 12
YDaza, Col Nick Pollack 11
FCordero, Bos Greg Jewett 9
DPeterson, NYM Nick Pollack 5
DLynch, KC Nick Pollack 5
RHelsley, StL Clay Link 4
GAshcraft, Cin Ryan Hallam 3
JIglesias, Col Nick Pollack 3
ROdor, Bal Geoff Pontes 1
KKiermaier, TB Geoff Pontes 1
DJimenez, Oak Geoff Pontes 1

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
RContreras, Pit Andy Behrens 86
RLewis, Min Matt Truss 58
JSprings, TB Sara Sanchez 36
KCalhoun, Tex Chris Clegg 22
YKikuchi, Tor Jennifer Piacenti 21
MHarris, Atl Jake Ciely 18
BSinger, KC Chris Clegg 17
FSchwindel, ChC Chris Clegg 11
CPoche, TB Jake Ciely 3
CMitchell, Pit Andy Behrens 2

Tout Table: Reserves

This week’s question is How do you approach reserves? Are you doing anything different than normal based on how the first quarter of the season has played out?

Jeff Zimmerman (Fangraphs, The Process, @jeffwzimmerman): I want to stream starting pitchers from my bench so my draft/auction focus is to get as many as many decent arms as possible with possibly little to no bench hitters (e.g. my LABR team). Second, I try to have all non-catcher positions covered in leagues where I can make in week moves. This might mean a lesser player on the bench (e.g. Brandon Drury) but he covers several positions. Once I no longer need to stream starters from the wire, I might cut down a sepculative pitcher and focus on hitter. I’m making zero changes to this approach since it has worked in the past and is working this year. Shove pitching, manage hitting, espically with 15 more hitters in the player pool from the NL DH.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): Obviously, DL slots matter a great deal when answering this question. If you have DL slots, you can just keep grabbing guys and sticking them into the lineup, without worrying that you are harming your overall roster. If you do not have DL slots, or have very limited DL slots, then you have to make some value judgments about the value of a given DL players vis-a-vis the replacement. While none of this is exciting in either of my NFBC leagues, my Tout AL team has 4 reserve slots and I have three minor league players in those slots: A.Rutschman, Jo.Lowe, and Ja.Duran. It is my hope that by mid-June, all three of them will be on the major league roster. And I have not had to weigh their value (while producing zeroes) against a player who is active and playing.

AJ Mass (ESPN, @AJMass): I’ve had as many as eight players on the IL at the same time this season. As such, my reserves are simply the players who best fill the openings in my lineup thus far. As my crippled roster gets healthy, I’ll have to make some calls — but for now, it’s really just “all healthy bodies on deck.”

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): With offense down, counting stats are at a premium. While maximizing plate appearances is always paramount, it helps to have a couple extra bodies this season to find the optimal matchups. This means fewer stashes of prospects, speculative closers, starters to stream and in leagues with no separate IL, players slated to be out for awhile. The most difficult decisions for me in non-IL leagues is whether to keep a hurt guy. Sure, they’re likely to help my roster when they get back, but in the meantime I’m forced to play a weaker lineup since I have one fewer healthy body to deploy in good scenarios. The other tough choice has been waiting on some spec closers, but fortunately, my patience with Scott and Joe Barlow appears to be paying off.

Brian Walton (CreativeSports2, @B_Walton): Particularly in redraft leagues with relatively limited reserve spots, it is a good time to re-assess how young players you took a chance on back in March but were sent down to open the season are currently doing in the minors as to whether or not they should be held onto. Those roster spots might be better redeployed on streamers or immediate contributors rather than waiting for supposedly higher upside players who may or may not be coming.

Nick Pollack (Pitcher List, @PitcherList): In H2H leagues, generally my approach shifts during the season. Early on, it’s about chasing any many high ceiling pitchers as we watch many arms pitch differently than the previous season or get new opportunities. Once the dust settles around May, my bennch focuses more on an array of hitters to ensure I get as many PAs as possible on Mondays and Thursdays – H2H weeks are often determined by who has the most PAs from their lineup. There’s a balance each week to see if you can swap out a bench spot for a stream throughout the year once the number of high ceiling pitchers on the wire diminishes drastically.

Scott Engel (Rotoballer, @scotteTheKing): My reserves are usually players who I can put into my lineup at any time. I want to have good depth, and also be patient with some performers if I have room to stash them. I am not doing anything different. I just don’t want to be in any position where I don’t have a viable substitution in case of an injury or a cold streak.

Eric Karabell (ESPN, @karabelleric): My initial reserves are usually heavy on potential streamers for the rotation, and who knows, perhaps one or more turns into more than that. It’s easier to find a fill-in bat, and nobody wants to mess with bad pitchers. That’s why getting versatile bats on draft day is wise. Tends to help later. I seldom bother with rookies on my reserves.

Nando Di Fino (The Athletic, @nandodifino): [this message was redacted by Ian Kahn]

Derek VanRiper (The Athletic, @DerekVanRiper): My reserves will vary slightly depending on the type of roster that I built. In this year’s 15-team mixed Tout Wars league, I spent much more aggressively than usual on bats, which has shifted my bench to be mostly starting pitcher streamers that can be shuttled in and out of the lineup. If I had spent a lot on pitching, the group of reserves might have the opposite look. Like others, I’m increasingly willing to take slightly less with player skills and have more versatility on hand. I think one underrated aspect of having a versatile roster is finding players during draft prep who are likely to pick up new eligibility quickly, as many multi-position eligible players already have that value baked in.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): My reserve list approach is heavily dependent on league rules/format. But in general, I try to stack pitchers with high projected strikeout rates in the hopes of hitting on some breakouts. That strategy remains in play this season.

Michael A. Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): Generally I try to have players with positional flexibility on my bench so I can address any injury, prolonged slump, or strategic matchup. However, I do not ever carry backups at catcher. As for pitchers, I do try to stream starters based on matchups while also stashing set-up relievers who may get chances for saves down the road.

Rudy Gamble (Razzball, @RudyGamble): For leagues with IL and presumbaly no in-week replacements, it’s all about pitchers (both SPs and Closer specs). For NFBC-style, I want a couple rotational hitters to play matchups + max PAs. I typically avoid prospect stashing in either scenario but will make exceptions in cases of high upsides (e.g., Oneil Cruz and Nick Lodolo).

John Laghezza (The Athletic, @MLBMovingAvg): I haven’t really altered my approach, other than to really make sure to check drop lists for GMs that may be frustrated too soon.. I’m generally look for hitters I trust, so I can fill my bench with quality pitchers to choose from rather having to stream. I’ve also never been big on prospects in redraft leagues, I think they’re -EV.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): Depending on bench size, the biggest change I’m made the last few years is to carry guys in the minors. They take up space and their chances of making a contribution is not worth having someone who will. Like a Wilmer Flores! He’s been a great use filling in at multiple positions for DLed guys. And most rookies usually struggle for a month or so before they adjust!

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): In unlimited DL/small reserve/deep league (Tout-AL), I wanted a couple of flexible position players and a “safe” reliever or two, maybe one high-hopes prospect. My “safe” relievers have killed me all season. In TGFBI, with NFBC 7-player reserve and no DL, I’ve been churning through trying to find players who will align with my active guys as they get hurt and have to be replaced.

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella): I’m being a little more patient this year with injured players, stashes and hitters off to slow starts. In the past, I’ve cut bait too soon on these types of hitters and as a result seen others reap the benefits when they almost invariably bounced back. This doesn’t mean I’m keeping EVERYONE, but I am being a little more patient before I simply give up on a hitter.

Mike Sheets (ESPN, @MikeASheets): My approach is largely dependent upon league type. In shallower leagues, I’m likely to churn through the bottom of my roster a little more often. I’m not as worried about dropping someone who may contribute down the line because I know plenty of other players will pop up. I’m also more likely to stash a prospect or two, as it’s easier to get by with less depth considering the number of decent players available on the wire. In deeper formats, I find myself a little more hesitant to drop players I believe in before the season started. Sometimes this can be a negative, as I’ll hold onto a player too long. But I’m willing to be patient and hope it pays off.

Chris Blessing (Baseball HQ, @C_Blessing): I’m not managing it well at all in AL Touts. However, in my other leagues, I’ve done well with a mix of younger unproven players and veteran one or two dimensional players I can plug in when things might be stacked against one of my regular performers.

Greg Jewett (Fantasy Alarm, @gjewett9): Being pliable, and in Tout, I kept Brandon Drury as a bench player when making a roster decision since he can be deployed at a multitude of positions. Versatility becomes a premium going through a season still dealing with lingering COVID issues, injuries and fewer rest days. A key in the head-to-head league, being streaming starting pitchers in the two lineup sessions. A player like Drury capable of plugging holes on offense, makes him my only hitter of the six bench spots.

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of May 23

This is a surprisingly busy week, especially in the AL and NL only leagues. The heading of each league is a link to the respective league where you can ascertain the standings, rosters and complete set of transactions for your favorite Tout.

American League

Player Team Bid
ERivera, KC Doug Dennis 191
BSinger, KC Ryan Bloomfield 137
JCueto, CWS Jason Collette 67
MPerez, Tex Jeff Erickson 37
SHaggerty, Sea Mike Podhorzer 23
TTrammell, Sea Mike Podhorzer 23
AFaedo, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19
BBrieske, Det Joe Sheehan 11
DCameron, Det Joe Sheehan 4
SHuff, Tex Patrick Davitt 1
CWallach, LAA Howard Bender 0
ZJackson, Oak Doug Dennis 0
DAcevedo, Oak Rob Leibowitz 0
ALoup, LAA Patrick Davitt 0
YGarcia, Tor Patrick Davitt 0
SRomo, Sea Doug Dennis 0

National League

Player Team Bid
KHiura, Mil Tristan H. Cockcroft 115
ADiaz, Cin Steve Gardner 101
JMcCarthy, Ari Phil Hertz 101
TDavidson, Atl Todd Zola 87
BHughes, ChC Lenny Melnick 41
CMorel, ChC Ian Kahn 31
GAshcraft, Cin Grey Albright 27
TSantillan, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 25
TWilliams, NYM Lenny Melnick 25
DHudson, LAD Phil Hertz 17
AAquino, Cin Grey Albright 12
TJankowski, NYM Michael Simione 9
BServen, Col Phil Hertz 7
PHenry, Mia Wilderman/Prior 3
EGonzalez, Mia Brian Walton 2
ChMartin, ChC Wilderman/Prior 1
APujols, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
RCano, SD Wilderman/Prior 0
JBrebbia, SF Wilderman/Prior 0
HCastellanos, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
KCalhoun, Tex Scott Engel 81
BDonovan, StL Michael Rathburn 70
ASlater, SF Michael Rathburn 65
FSchwindel, ChC Justin Mason 44
DRuf, SF Michael Rathburn 40
JSchoop, Det Jeff Zimmerman 38
JCueto, CWS Zach Steinhorn 28
JSprings, TB Scott Swanay 28
ADiaz, Cin Scott Swanay 28
MZunino, TB Zach Steinhorn 27
TDavidson, Atl CJ Kaltenbach 17
LBarrera, Oak Michael Rathburn 15
JPeterson, Mil CJ Kaltenbach 11
ArtWarren, Cin Tim Heaney 11
CMorel, ChC Jeff Zimmerman 7
AVelazquez, LAA CJ Kaltenbach 7
YDaza, Col CJ Kaltenbach 7
KFreeland, Col Jeff Zimmerman 6

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
BSinger, KC Ray Murphy 54
EWhite, Tex Anthony Perri 43
KCalhoun, Tex Charlie Wiegert 43
JCueto, CWS Mike Gianella 42
BDonovan, StL Adam Ronis 32
ERivera, KC Tim McLeod 31
TLaStella, SF Rudy Gamble 26
JAdam, TB Mike Gianella 24
JChoi, TB Perry Van Hook 17
LGonzalez, SF Perry Van Hook 17
AAshby, Mil Rudy Gamble 14
AFaedo, Det Tim McLeod 12
JJunis, SF Adam Ronis 12
TDavidson, Atl Perry Van Hook 11
JLyles, Bal AJ Mass 10
NSenzel, Cin Adam Ronis 8
WCastro, Det Ray Murphy 5
ZDavies, Ari Charlie Wiegert 5
JBrubaker, Pit Mike Gianella 4
KAkin, Bal Shelly Verougstraete 0
AMinter, Atl Scott White 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
NGorman, StL Geoff Pontes 189
NPivetta, Bos Greg Jewett 127
MMoustakas, Cin Ariel Cohen 34
THouck, Bos Clay Link 34
HGreene, Cin Clay Link 32
IParedes, TB Clay Link 31
DRuf, SF Greg Jewett 27
TNaquin, Cin Greg Jewett 27
CHolmes, NYY Frank Stampfl 27
KCalhoun, Tex Andrea LaMont 25
JSchoop, Det Andrea LaMont 22
TyAnderson, LAD Frank Stampfl 18
TWells, Bal Geoff Pontes 11
AFaedo, Det Geoff Pontes 11
BDonovan, StL Greg Jewett 9
ERivera, KC Frank Stampfl 7
LBarrera, Oak Clay Link 0

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
JNaylor, Cle Chris Towers 111
HGreene, Cin Chris Towers 76
NGorman, StL Jake Ciely 73
YHernandez, Was Andy Behrens 58
CSilseth, LAA Jake Ciely 42
MLiberatore, StL Jake Ciely 27
PBlackburn, Oak Sara Sanchez 24
DDunning, Tex Brian Entrekin 22
NPivetta, Bos Brian Entrekin 22
EWhite, Tex Alex Fast 19
DRuf, SF Chris Clegg 14
TLaStella, SF Matt Truss 11
VBrujan, TB Matt Truss 9
MWacha, Bos Matt Truss 7
DrSmith, NYM Alex Fast 4
WContreras, Atl Sara Sanchez 4
ABass, Mia Alex Fast 2
YDaza, Col Brian Entrekin 2

Tout Daily: Banking on Berrios

It’s Period 2 Week 2 for the Touts. Picks are all over the place on a slate devoid of many elite arms. Here’s who the Touts are clicking into their lineups.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)

Pitcher: Tyler Anderson – Not thrilled with any of the pitching options tonight, but Anderson is fairly inexpensive and has been doing okay

Hitter: Ty France – I’ll be economical here as well. It doesn’t hurt that his OPS over the last week is .978.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Pitcher: Tommy Hearn – I didn’t like the pitching option available, so rolling the dice with the Rangers starter who has been decent lately

Hitter: Brandon Rodgers – He’s been hot lately, an I’m stacking 4 players at Coors tonight

Matt Truss (Razzball, @MattTruss)

Pitcher: Jose Berrios – Dirt cheap, with good reason, but if Kikuchi can shut down SEA, Berrios should be able to get right too.

Hitter: Joc Pederson – My theme will be “get right games” tonight. Joc’s been ice cold, but nothing like Coors to turn a month around.

Jen Piacenti (, @jenpiacenti)

Pitcher: Keegan Thompson – Keegan Thompson gets the Pirates and I’m saving money for big bats-

Hitter: CJ Cron – CJ Cron has homered three times in his last 18 ABs vs. Cobb and he’s batting .464 at home over the last two weeks.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy)

Pitcher: James Kaprelian – Looking for a paydown, what stands out most today is how the Twins are striking out 23.6% of the time versus righties this year and JKap has a seven strikeout game on his ledger this season as well as posting a 24.5% K-rate in the MLB last year.

Hitter: Brandon Crawford – I would have said Joc Pederson but Truss beat me to it. So I’ll just roll with another lefty bat in the Giants lineup facing the always hittable Chad Kuhl

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Jose Berrios – Blech. This is a very un-Zola like pitching slate as I like paying up for safety and this ledger is as reliable as a leaky condom. Berrios underlying metrics do not portend a rebound, but I’ll take a solid track record of success over six starts with a funky spring training.

Hitter: Mike Trout – A benefit of not having to pay up for pitching is being able to afford some expensive bats and Trout is only the seventh highest priced stick, despite enjoying the platoon edge.

Tout Table: Early Trade Philosophy

We have a first as a trade was consummated in this week’s Tout Table. Unfortunately, it may be the last as one of the participants received some ill timed news soon after finalizing the deal. Who made the trade and who was involved? Read on and find out.

Now that we’re a bit past the one-month mark, how proactive are you seeking trading partners? How do you open the discussions to generate engagement?

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): Whatever it is that I am doing, it is not working. I typically put a player out there for the others in the league to consider and tell them that if they are interested, let me know and I will work to find a match. Sometimes, this results in a quick match. Other times, there is no match at all and other owners walk away without even a counter–even though they said they were interested in the player. Sometimes, the counter is so obviously an attempt at a ripoff that I know they are searching for found money and hoping that I am desperate to move the player. I think there is no time like now to make a deal, though. You have to have time to impact categories you are targeting and vice versa.

Matt Williams (The Athletic, @MattWi77iams): I am open to a “reply all” open announcement to the league if I happen to have a trade scenario in mind (Trade Player X for an OF), but prefer to do some proactive leg work and find a trade partner who would use the player I wish to move and can afford to move someone I have a need for. It’s not rocket science, but trying to actually create a trade that makes sense for both sides is a step most fantasy managers skip.

D.J. Short (NBC Sports Edge, @djshort): I wouldn’t say I’m proactive; I’m probably more proactive in a dynasty league where it’s easy to spot the managers who are moving in one direction or the other as far as competing. In a redraft league, this is around the time where you might get a feel for what you lack and what you might be willing to part with to upgrade in other areas. Of course, injuries can also play a part in expediting this process. It never hurts to send a quick email to the group or update a trade block in leagues where it can be easily viewable.

Perry Van Hook (Mastersball, @): most of the trading I do is in keeper leagues and if I am initiating trade talks especially for a key player I will send an email to the entire league to let them know that Lucas Giolito (expiring contract) is available

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50): I look for opportunities to improve my teams from the time trading opens until the time trading closes. Depending on the league, I target particular owners or players or simply send out a blast message. The main function of the one-month mark is to somewhat focus what I’m looking for.

Nando Di Fino (The Athletic, @nandodifino): I send a bunch of trades out to teams and then blast the message board telling them that the first to accept gets the player. I tend to be aggressive if I’m trying to make moves this early. And I’ll make strong offers to show I’m willing to deal and not just putting out feelers. First or nothing! However, all these leagues have quirks: If I’m in a league with Zinkie, I read a well thought-out several-paragraph-long email about why I need this player to move up three points in steals, then accept it, hypnotized. I’m in a league with Pianowski, I reply with “I like the offer, but how about this” and he’ll reply with “I like that offer but how about this?” and we usually get it done in record time.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy): I am actively throwing trade offers at everyone in the league right now regardless of needs or standings. I consider the first offer to be the first step in a negotiation so I usually make really crappy offers and hope someone mistakenly bites on one. If they don’t then I just keep sending the ol’ “pile-o-junk” quantity for quality trade, hoping they will just caves in to my unrealistic demands. Oh wait….that’s the blueprint for never being my trade partner in the future. I’m not sure I understood the assignment.

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): Great timing on the question. In LABR, I just completed a trade with Matt Williams. For this, I had an underperforming Jesse Winker on my bench, and needed a bit of pitching help. I sent an e-mail out to the entire league asking for a pitcher in return for him. I got a couple of offers, and ended up working with Matt on a simple 1 for 1 trade. I traded him for Eduardo Rodriguez, another underperforming player. It is usually at this time of the season (1 month into it) where I assess my team categories, and look at my strengths/weaknesses. Rather than a “Trade Block” approach, I typically than engage teams in each league who may be good trade partners. I get the conversation going on what I am looking for and can offer.

Alex Fast (Pitcher List, @AlexFast8): I usually am not the first person to trade but with all these under-performing players, its difficult not to. For this year, I’d be looking to trade for pitchers like Woodruff or Morton (or other underperformers who I feel confident will turn it around) for a high level struggling hitter. This is only if I feel confident that the pieces that I have that are currently performing are sufficient. Usually though, I’m holding tight.

Rob Leibowitz (Rotoheaven, @rob_leibowitz): This is just the point of the season where I do start to assess my team’s strengths and weaknesses now that some of the stats have built up and gaps in the standings have occurred. I am starting to identify potential trade partners, but don’t yet feel a need to initiate an offer as no category wherein I have a lead is substantial enough to not be completely undone by the absence of those strong players and/or the trades of other teams. I prefer to engage specific owners rather than broadcast my intentions and when I make larger moves or moves to try and have multiple potential trades lined up to try to create a domino effect as I try to move up the standings in key areas at once to offset any potential losses. I find the best initial offers cut to the chase, offering up multiple options to the team you want a player from such as “one from column A, two from column B”, etc. I loathe emails of the “Do you have any interest in X player or are you willing to trade “x” player?” Initiators should always make an offer if they expect to accomplish anything. In Dynasty leagues, teams are already considering dumping, so you have to be much more aggressive to target long-term keepers for the dumping team and the pivotal non-keepers for a championship-bound team.

Rudy Gamble (Razzball, @RudyGamble): I only play redraft and only two of my leagues allow trades. If my team is particularly imbalanced, I look for teams that are the opposite and look for a win-win trade. I will send an all team e-mail in the few cases where my team is just loaded with solid players and I’m facing a roster crunch.

Brad Johnson (Baseball HQ, @BaseballATeam): Like many others here, I’ve grown accustomed to using trade blocks rather than proactively seeking out players. Mostly, I trade with the waiver wire. I have an addiction to fringe players so I’m usually happier to grab a Travis Demeritte for free than to work on big trades. In dynasty leagues, I tend to develop my trades over multiple months.

Fred Zinkie (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @FredZinkieMLB): I’m in draft and hold this year, so no one has the misfortune of having to talk trade with me LOL. But when I want to make a deal, I want to start with a specific offer that accomplishes two things: it shows the other owner that I put some thought into why they would want to make the deal, and it gives them some flexibility to swap out names that they don’t want to be involved.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): Unfortunately, I’m quite lazy when it comes to seeking out trading partners. That laziness, combined with my excruciating patience, means I don’t generally send out many trade offers. If I do muster the energy to initiate talks, it’s vital that you seek a partner who actually needs the position and/or category you’re looking to trade away. Just as I get annoyed when I get offered a player who is worse than the players currently starting for me and would therefore just sit on my bench, your trading partner isn’t going to accept an offer unless it clearly benefits his team and fills a hole or weakness.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): I agree with Doug’s observation that now is a great time to make a trade because there’s loads o’ time to get the positive effects. The problem is that it’s also usually too soon to see where your surpluses or unrecoverable shortfalls are going to be, and projections are notoriously inaccurate. In my only trading league, the standings are still highly volatile and almost literally anything could still happen—I could make up ground or get kicked right in the decimals. As it happens, I have a pretty solid lead in SBs in my trading league, and I’ve been looking at potential trade partners who might benefit from SBs, but I’m not sure they’ll be willing to deal a multi-cat contributor for a guy whose value is mostly or entirely in bags. I’ll be figuring out what to do this week.

Michael A. Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): This is an appropriate time for me to see where I need to improve and seek out trade partners. I am very conservative with trades so it is rare for me to pull off deals, even though I did make a blockbuster already in a redraft league where I was able to sell off Semien in a package and get back Bichette before he got hot. I like to have depth on my rosters, so I usually try and trade from areas of strength in order to improve at a specific position or in a particular category. Having over a month’s worth of stats is a fair gauge of a player’s value, but such an evaluation needs to be looked at in context with what MLB is today. If I see another team with needs that I can address through my own depth and flexibility, then I will make an overture and see if I can pilfer someone from them to improve my team. But usually I wait to be approached by others before engaging in negotiations depending on the type of league it is.

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): Great timing on this question since it’s right at the time of the season when I start to assess whether I’m looking to flip some players for others. I look at standings to see if there is a potential match based on player performance and areas of strength. When I find a match, I make an offer. I tend to send out fewer offers than other managers I’ve played with and as a result I try to keep that initial offer competitive for both of us. If the other party isn’t interested I’ll move to my next best bet.

Tim McLeod (, @RunTMcP361 ): It’s still early. I initiate very little trade talk until the end of May. I try to exercise a fair bit of patience and use the Free Agent pool to improve my team early-on, giving under-performing players an opportunity to right the ship. Once we head into June the gloves come off and the search to find a match that makes any deal a win/win for both parties begins.

Eric Karabell (ESPN, @karabelleric): I haven’t been so aggressive in initiating trade talks in recent seasons, but I also like to exorcise patience and allow proven players ample time to get their numbers. Sometimes one can just tell someone is not going to work out, though. I know I don’t like when another team offers me a clearly one-sided deal, so I don’t do it either. I admit I’m more likely to initiate a trade with another manager I know better.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): The Godfather always like to make an offer that can’t be refused, but I haven’t sent any offers out yet this year. There are a few players that have gotten off to slow starts that I have an interest in, so it’s time to either make a play for them or move on. I’m not suffering in any categories bad enough that I feel a major need, so I’m might just stay quiet for another month.

Dr. Roto (FullTime Fantasy, @DrRoto): While I am always looking for potential deals and trade partners, I rarely make any offers prior to the end of May as I know that most other teams prefer to wait until then. That said, when the time comes, I always try to make an offer that can help a competitor otherwise the offer is a waste of time and they might be reluctant to deal with me in the future.

Andy Behrens (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @andybehrens): I’m so proactive that I’m willing to do it right here in Tout Table. Sara: I think you should trade one of those aces to me for Seiya or Yordan or some other piece. It seems like we should be able to work out a hitting-for-pitching swap, given our various team needs. Let’s get this done right here in the shared Google doc.

Mike Sheets (ESPN, @MikeASheets): I’m always open to deal. If I have a weakness, I’d rather address it now than wait another month or two, when I might be in a bigger hole. Maybe six weeks isn’t enough to give us the full picture behind a player’s success/struggles, but we have at least some data to work with. Plus, I’ll admit that, for me, trading is part of the fun. I don’t trade just to trade, but I’m not afraid to pull the trigger if I think a deal will help me, even if it’s early in the season.

Eric Cross (Fantrax, @EricCross04): Having a discussion with the potential trade partner before actually making an offer can be highly beneficial. Blindly sending offers back and forth rarely works so having that discussion about what you’re looking for, what they are looking for, etc. is the best way to try to get something done in my opinion.

Greg Jewett (Fantasy Alarm, @gjewett9): Identify my team needs, then a team in the league who can address it, and who I can help in the trade as well. Even if I “lose” the trade on perceived perception, if it upgrades the roster giving me the best chance at gaining on the league, it’s worth it. Do not be the person sending out a three-for-one deal to everyone in the league.

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): Andy: I’d definitely be interested in adding more bats. Probably more likely to deal Kershaw, what are you willing to part with for Clayton?

Andy Behrens (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @andybehrens): *Unrolls cartoonishly long list* I probably won’t trade runaway N.L. MVP fave Juan Yepez, but almost anyone else is in play. I have the same reservations as anyone else would with Kershaw, mostly related to durability. And yet I also need to do something about my ratios before they calcify. If we were drafting from scratch today, I’d probably rank Kershaw in the neighborhood of … Bregman? Abreu? I’d deal either of those two.

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): Bregman for Kershaw rest of season looks like a fair deal to me, I am actually more in need of outfielders if you were willing to part with Seiya for Kershaw.

Vlad Sedler (Fantasy Guru, @rotogut): We should always be in the mode of trying to improve our rosters and trying to ‘take advantage’ of league-mates who might be overreacting to slow performers. It’s important to stay in contact with folks in your league to gauge their temperatures on hitters or pitchers of theirs who could be great trade targets for you. By keeping in occasional contact, you appear less suspicious than if you just contact them out of the blue with a trade proposal. A friendly ‘face’ is one others will be more willing to do business with.

Andy Behrens (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @andybehrens): I still don’t know how the rest of the world values Seiya, because I was too high on him to ever let anyone else draft him. I would deal Seiya for Kershaw, given my pitching situation. Let’s do this thing.

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): Done, send me the deal 🙂

Justin Mason (Friends with Fantasy Benefits, Fangraphs, Fantasy Alarm, @JustinMasonFWFB): I try to always be active on the trade market. I aim to find out what my partner is looking for so that way we can both walk away happy. Trading is like a relationship, if you screw your partner over too many times, you’ll find yourself all alone.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): If I find that I have a void in my team roster, I will be the one to initiate “the art of the deal”. Once I find the players that I am targeting, I will look at my trading partner’s team to see where he needs help and if I can help them. I really dislike receiving trade offers where there is no benefit or incentive for me to negotiate a trade. People need to listen to the following FM radio station which is “WIIFM”, which stands for What’s In It For Me?

Brad Johnson (Patreon/BaseballATeam, @BaseballATeam): I’ll add, I’ve grown absolutely exhausted with folks saying “you didn’t consider my needs.” Consider your own damned needs. I’d say maybe 1 in 200 offers I get makes a lick of sense for my team. I’ll look out for myself. You look out for you. We’ll find a fit if there is one.

Joe Sheehan (The Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, @joe_sheehan): I am certainly more passive than average, I think. I spend a lot of time looking at the standings and rosters for matches, but will tend to sit back and be prepared for offers more than I’ll propose them. When I do, though, I am aggressively transparent, especially in industry leagues, where it’s safe to assume you’re not going to rook anyone, and the process of making a deal can generate writing ideas. So you should explain your thinking up front and look hard for win-win deals.

Chris Towers (CBS Fantasy Sports, @CTowersCBS): I tend to not be as aggressive as I probably should be with trade offers at this time of year because I’m still trying to figure out what my team actually needs. Sure, I can just look at the standings, but if I have faith in my hitters, do I necessarily need to make a trade for one just because I’m struggling right now? Admittedly, this is also why I might be a bit too slow to react to in-season changes, but I’m finding it especially hard to make big moves right now because I just don’t quite have a grasp on how the new offensive environment is going to play when the weather warms up. I’ll probably be more willing to go search out deals in the next few weeks.

Andy Behrens (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @andybehrens): Let the record show that Kershaw hit the injured list WITHIN 24 HOURS of our trade, Sara. Definitely the last time I agree to a deal in a Google doc.

Zach Steinhorn (CreativeSports2, @zachsteinhorn): A brief note on the league message board in which I state my position/category needs along with what I have to offer is my first step, but I’ll also look at the category standings and many of the rosters to see if I can find a fit. I usually won’t get player-specific until I communicate directly with a certain owner. Maybe they have interest in a player I thought no one had interest in, so it is best not to limit yourself by immediately naming a few players who are available. Sometimes, I will receive a response to my message board post and a trade could get worked out but I’ve actually had more success sending e-mails to specific owners. It shows that I put in the work to not only think about my own needs but also their potential needs, and if there’s a deal to be made, the negotiations tend to run very smoothly.

Jason Collette (Rotowire, @jasoncollette): I find myself more willing to receive offers than give them. I’m always open to listening to ideas, but get frustrated when I do reach out to initiate trades and the other party slow plays things or just never replies. I am not a fan of blind email offers, but I also feel If I’m putting too much explanation into the offer, nothing is going to happen. I have a few trade league teams with some imbalances, but have thus far been unable to find willing trade partners.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): I’ve heard trades negotiated and consummated on the radio, but not here. Pretty cool. Anyway, I’m not much for being proactive with deals, especially early, but I do want to present myself as approachable and congenial in negotiations. As such, I try to agree to an early swap, even if I see it as a parallel deal on my end. That is, I don’t improve nor hurt my team, but others in the league see I made a deal, so they may be more incentivized to get in touch.

Scott Swanay (FantasyBaseballSherpa, @fantasy_sherpa): I’ll probably be even slower than usual this year to dip my toes in the trade waters – between the dead ball (or not), the impact of the humidor (or not), it’s tougher than usual to get a feel for which players’ slow/fast starts are legit vs small sample size aberrations. A set any categorical or roster imbalances attributable to injuries or demotions, I don’t feel I have enough information yet to assess most players at this point.

Tout Wars FAB: Week of May 16

There weren’t many big money purchases, but several of the Tout leagues were busy plugging holes this week. Check out the results here. Remember, you can check out the standings, rosters and all the moves for each league by clicking on the heading.

American League

Player Team Bid
SSouza, Sea Rob Leibowitz 78
WVest, Det Doug Dennis 69
CBethancourt, Oak Chris Blessing 59
MDubon, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 59
ZLogue, Oak Ryan Bloomfield 55
LTorrens, Sea Mike Podhorzer 53
HRobles, Bos Patrick Davitt 39
RBannon, Bal Chris Blessing 33
SHuff, Tex Mike Podhorzer 32
COwings, Bal Ryan Bloomfield 32
LBarrera, Oak Mike Podhorzer 27
MFord, Sea Mike Podhorzer 23
DSteckenrider, Sea Patrick Davitt 19
VVelasquez, CWS Jason Collette 14
CSilseth, LAA Jeff Erickson 13
MStrahm, Bos Jason Collette 3
JSchreiber, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
SLangeliers, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
MGonzalez, NYY Chris Blessing 1
ABemboom, Bal Howard Bender 0

National League

Player Team Bid
ZThompson, Pit Phil Hertz 32
BDonovan, StL Grey Albright 13
CPoteet, Mia Grey Albright 13
PMazeika, NYM Brian Walton 13
MPerez, Pit Grey Albright 3
DGordon, Was Derek Carty 2
JMantiply, Ari Steve Gardner 1
AVesia, LAD Derek Carty 1
AAlmora, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
DLeone, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
MBrosseau, Mil Steve Gardner 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
RLewis, Min Brent Hershey 97
CSilseth, LAA Alex Chamberlain 65
GSheets, CWS Scott Engel 64
EWhite, Tex Scott Pianowski 55
MMeyer, Mia Scott Swanay 50
RWick, ChC Scott Swanay 35
FBautista, Bal Justin Mason 22
WCastro, Det Derek VanRiper 22
LGarcia, Was Jeff Zimmerman 12
WContreras, Atl Tim Heaney 11
CKuhl, Col Tim Heaney 11
AHedges, Cle Zach Steinhorn 7
JQuintana, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 6
MCabrera, Det Scott Pianowski 3
JIglesias, Col Scott Pianowski 3
MMaldonado, Hou Jeff Zimmerman 2
AMinter, Atl Scott Pianowski 0

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
KGraveman, CWS Jeff Barton 27
CMoran, Cin D.J. Short 25
PSewald, Sea Mike Gianella 24
ZPlesac, Cle Anthony Perri 23
RJeffers, Min Jeff Barton 21
IKennedy, Ari Adam Ronis 18
GSheets, CWS Adam Ronis 12
DSmyly, ChC Shelly Verougstraete 10
WVest, Det Scott White 7
ERios, LAD Perry Van Hook 6
JOdorizzi, Hou Perry Van Hook 6
COverton, Cin Perry Van Hook 6
CHolmes, NYY Shelly Verougstraete 5
ADiaz, Cin Tim McLeod 4
NSolak, Tex Ray Murphy 3
JSiri, Hou Perry Van Hook 3
CArcher, Min Rudy Gamble 1
JDiekman, Bos Mike Gianella 1
ArtWarren, Cin Mike Gianella 1
ABass, Mia Mike Gianella 1
JSprings, TB Seth Trachtman 1
LTorrens, Sea Ray Murphy 0
WContreras, Atl Adam Ronis 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
BZimmermann, Bal Andrea LaMont 71
JOdorizzi, Hou Andrea LaMont 41
DSmyly, ChC Ariel Cohen 34
AGimenez, Cle Greg Jewett 27
BGamel, Pit Ariel Cohen 18
JSprings, TB Greg Jewett 18
ZLogue, Oak Frank Stampfl 17
JQuintana, Pit Frank Stampfl 12
GSheets, CWS Clay Link 7
BMiller, Tex Ryan Hallam 6
TBarnhart, Det Chris Welsh 2
MMeyer, Mia Clay Link 1

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
MMeyer, Mia Jake Ciely 45
MMargot, TB Chris Clegg 43
BDrury, Cin Jennifer Piacenti 36
LWade, SF Sara Sanchez 24
DJimenez, Oak Sara Sanchez 24
SGray, Min Chris Clegg 23
RTepera, LAA Andy Behrens 11
JDuran, Min Andy Behrens 11
WFlores, SF Matt Truss 11
RDetmers, LAA Matt Truss 7

Tout Daily: Quick to Judge

The Touts start with a clean slate as we begin the first week of Period 2. Here’s how some of the participants plan on starting this four-week contest off on a strong note.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy)

Pitcher: Justin Verlander – The chalk play of the night but it’s too tough to ignore his 23.8 FPPG and Minnesota averaging only 2.33 runs over their last 3 games.

Hitter: Aaron Judge – Judge and the Yankees (I stacked them tonight) face Kikuchi tonight with a 4.35 ERA, a 5.37 xERA and 1.74 HR/9 and Judge has 4 HRs in only 33 plate appearances versus lefties this season.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Lucas Giolito – Lucas Giolito is averaging 8.7 strikeouts per game over his last 3 starts. Worth the $9,700 investment tonight.

Hitter: Aaron Judge – My top hitting play of the evening. His salary is a modest $5,900. Judge is one of 4 players tied with the most home runs this season at 9. Let’s hope he breaks the log jam with a home run or two tonight!

Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)

Pitcher: Robbie Ray – High strikeout potential against the free-swingin’ Phillies in Seattle. Ninth-most expensive pitcher ($8300) on the slate too.

Hitter: Mike Zunino – Best catcher value on the board at $3700, hitting sixth vs. lefty Reid Detmers.

Brad Johnson (Patreon/BaseballATeam, @BaseballATeam)

Pitcher: Wright/Verlander – I like to focus on “what is very good and maybe an uncommon combo.” Usually, the top 2 SP are over-rostered as a tandem, but I think the arms available in this slate will lead most people in other directions.

Hitter: Tommy Edman – Bradish brings some funk, but he also makes a lot of mistakes over the plate. The O’s bullpen is exploitable. Robby Chirinos has a long history of poor CS rates. Plus, I like that Edman has pop now.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy)

Pitcher: Mike Clevinger – Second outing should go better than the first and the first was just fine until the Steven Wilson let the inherited runners score. Good strikeout numbers coming as well since we all know the Cubs stink.

Hitter: Eduardo Escobar – Good value for a guy who usually hits well against lefties and is facing Corbin tonight

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)

Pitcher: Jesus Luzardo – Arizona has a 66 WRC+ against lefties and 67 WRC+ at home so far. That checks a couple of boxes.

Hitter: Juan Yepez – Yepez is batting cleanup for $2,500 against Kyle Bradish, in warm weather. I’m going with a Cardinals stack (1-5), with the arms being relatively affordable.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Aaron Nola – My system, (THE FUNGO, because it’s not as robust as THE BAT) has Nola as the No.1 arm on the board, irrespective of Price

Hitter: Francisco Lindor – THE FUNGO also says Lindor is the highest ranked batter, who am I to argue?