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Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSER GRID: AL VERSION

Last but not least we take a look at the first set of prospective closers for the AL in 2016 fantasy baseball season.  As always this extremely volatile group is ripe for change at a moment's notice.  Let's take a look.

New York Yankees-Aroldis Chapman:  May still be suspended by MLB for his domestic incident but the fact no chargers will be brought by the authorities lessens that chance.  Hands down the most dominant closer in the game.

Toronto Blue Jays-Roberto Osuna/Drew Storen:  The Jays have not said who will start the season as closer after the brought in the very capable but postseason frightened Drew Storen to join upstart Roberto Osuna.  Osuna could be converted into a starter so that leaves Storen on the inside track to be the closer. 

Boston Red Sox-Craig Kimbrel:  Has ceded the top closer spot to Chapman but Kimbrel still incredibly dominant with K rates always above the insane 13.0 mark.  A tad less dominant then his Atlanta heyday however.

Baltimore Orioles-Zach Britton:  Doesn't have the K rate as most other closers but can't argue with the top end success rate Britton has had the last two years. 

Tampa Bay Rays-Brad Boxberger:  Boxberger has the very high K rate to work as the closer but he showed some ugly control and a gopher ball problem the from June onward last season. 

Detroit Tigers-Francisco Rodriguez:  It has been a tremendous late-career renaissance for K-Rod whose has upped the K rate by using more of his secondary stuff the last three seasons. 

Chicago White Sox-David Robertson:  Saw his ERA go over 3.00 last season but we will consider this an anomaly as Robertson was right there as one of the best strikeout closers in baseball again.

Cleveland Indians-Cody Allen:  Allen was shockingly ordinary at times last season despite a sky-high K rate.  Might have been working out some kinks and willing to try again on the talent. 

Kansas City Royals-Wade Davis:  You can argue Davis has been the best RELIEVER in all of baseball the last two seasons with his crazy ratios and K rate.  Could very well be the best closer in the game in 2016 right out of the gate as he replaces the injured Greg Holland for the Kansas City Royals.

Minnesota Twins-Glen Perkins:  Perkins is getting a bit long in the tooth, is leaking velocity, and his ERA spiked a bit last season which are all bad trends.  Be careful here. 

Seattle Mariners-Steve Cishek:  Will try to fixing Steve Cishek at closer after he bombed out with the Miami Marlins last season.  Did well with the St. Louis Cardinals the second half of the year but Cishek has lost more than a little velocity which is very troubling.

Oakland A's-Sean Doolittle:  The oft-injured Doolittle right now is in the closer seat but keep Ryan Madson close by.

Texas Rangers-Shawn Tolleson:  Was tremendous in his first go-round as a closer for the Texas Rangers last season but late struggles could be opposing hitters figuring him out a bit.  Also the Rangers tried to move Tolleson over the winter in a sell high deal so that could be telling in how they view his ability.  Some Derrick Turnbow bust potential. 

Houston Astros-Ken Giles:  Don't buy the talk that there is a completion between Giles and Luke Gregerson at closer.  The incredibly talented Giles is the guy all the way. 

Los Angels Angels-Huston Street:  The guy is always hurt but Street continues to produce at a high level.  Age is an issue though. 


 

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