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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: HEATH BELL STAYS PUT

A few days later  than  normal (thanks for nothing Irene), its time to once again check in with the ninth inning guys in the Fantasy Baseball Closing Time.  Lets get to it.

-The first order of business centers on the fact that Padres closer Heath Bell winds up staying put as Giants werent able to complete a deal for him after being awarded a waiver claim.  The price was just too high as Bell is a Type A free agent and the Padres are very comfortable in just getting the two first round drafts picks if Bell leaves.  So Bell fantasy baseball owners enjoy saves from the guy all season, and those who picked up Sergio Romo on the Giants end could enjoy the bonus saves until Wilson gets back.
-Current Blue Jays closer Frank Francisco is over the shoulder discomfort he was dealing with last week and so he will continue to hold down the ninth inning in scary fashion for now.

-Bobby Parnell is now getting all the save chances for the Mets as we wind down the season but its anything but pretty.  Parnell is making it an adventure every time he goes out there so fantasy baseball owners will have to stomach some hits to their digits if they are desperate for the saves.

-Kevin Gregg blew another save for the Orioles.  Show me  your surprised face.  Its so late in the season that the team really doesnt have any incentive to change things up.  If they do, Mike Gonzalez would be the next to grab the gig.  Yeah not so much better.

-Jordan Walden is growing weary from the long season  according to reports and so Scott Downs could be getting a look for the time being.  Something to keep an eye on.

-After manager Tony LaRussa decided to screw with fantasy baseball owners' minds in  saying Jason Motte would be  seeing some save chances, Fernando Salas got the call and earned  the save Tuesday.  Motte pitched in the eighth.  Thanks for clearing things up skipper.

Thats all for now.  Check back for more as it occurs. 

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