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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSER TIME: KEEP AN EYE ON BRANDON MAURER IN SAN DIEGO BULLPEN

While the move by the San Diego Padres to shift pitcher Brandon Maurer from the starting rotation to the bullpen made not even a ripple on the surface of the fantasy baseball community, there is at least some possible fallout here from a closer standpoint.  While clearly showing himself not to be a good fit as a starter as Maurer was lit up all spring to the tune of 16 runs in just 5.2 innings pitched, he was coming off a very good 2015 campaign where he pitched to a 3.00 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 51 innings out of the bullpen.  Now that Maurer is back in the bullpen, he becomes somewhat of a person of interest as a possible replacement for Fernando Rodney at closer.  We all know it is just a matter of time before Rodney implodes again like he did a year ago in Seattle and Maurer now should be in the conversation along with Kevin Quackenbush as a possible solution.  While Quackenbush has better strikeout stuff, Maurer has better control which is also a very important attribute in the ninth inning.  There is no actionable move to make at this point but going forward Maurer could be a person of interest in the saves picture. 

 

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