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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: DUST OFF ANDREW BAILEY FOR YOUR CLOSER RANKINGS

Heading into 2016 spring traning, we talked about a few closer battles that were brewing in camps uch as Milwaukee, Miami, and Toronto.  We also mentioned Philadelphia but only in the sense that there was no clear option for the team's ninth inning after they dealt away Ken Giles to the Houston Astros.  We had mentioned veteran David Hernandez along with youngster Hector Neris but it was anyone's guess what would happen there.  Well it appears as though both guys were the wrong hedges as a report came out on Tuesday that suggested veteran retread Andrew Bailey could actually be the favorite.  The same Andrew Bailey who was once a dominany top tier closer for the Oakland A's but who over the last 3-4 years has barely pitched as he made his way around the majors in various locales due to a ridiculous stretch of injuries.  Be that as it may, Bailey is already taking advantage of a minor legaue deal from the Phillies to show that his arm is far from done as he has opened spring traning by firing five scoreless innings that included four strikeouts.  Bailey's velocity has been good and his control was always impecable and with no clear option for the ninth inning, the guy seems to have the inside track to the closiong gig this season.

Of course the big thing with Bailey are the injuries and there is no guarantee that he will even make it out of spring training in one piece.  Still Bailey's stuff is checking out and we can't be too choosy with closers since there are only 30 of them around the game.  Bailey has been so far out of the fantasy baseball realm the last few seasons that he is not even listed in most leagues but when he does, he is certainly worth an add.  Just keep Hernandez close by. 


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  1. Could you do an updated closer list? Thanks Mike

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