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Monday, July 25, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: TRADE DEADLINE CAUSING CHAOS IN NINTH

Monday is Closing Time so let's get right into the latest news and notes from the ninht inning:

-Trade deadline week is always a prime circle the calendar part of the season where those in search of saves identify as a chance to pick up some additional numbers there.  That is because trades of closers (usually on bad teams) that then become setup men in their new locales leave a vacumm in their old home where someone else steps up into the ninth inning and thus more saves can be picked up.  Already we have seen Brad Ziegler get moves from the Arizona Diamondbacks to a setup role with the Boston Red Sox.  Ziegler eventually moved into the ninth inning due to injuries Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara but his left behind an open spot in Arizona that was soon filled by veteran setup man Tyler Clippard.  This week there are more than a few spots that could see closers moved, a grouping that includes Los Angeles Angels (Huston Street), Milwaukee Brewers (Jeremy Jeffress), Oakland A's (Ryan Madson), and most prominently Aroldis Chapman in New York with the Yankees.

As far as fallout, Jonathan Papelbon and Hector Rondon owners are crossing their fingers that Chapman stays away beacuse the Cuban moves right into the closer role no matter where he goes.  Even over a Hall of Fame-worthy arm like Papelbon.  Looking at the other spots, Joe Smith would step in for Street (unless he too is moved), Sean Doolittle for Ryan Madson, and Will Smith for Jeffress.  Doolittle and Smith could also be moved as well so this is volatile all over.  We willl have all hands on deck Sunday into Monday all throughout the night and up to the deadline in order to get you the trades as they happen which means be sure to bookmark the site or follow us on Twitter (@RotoBoss) so you can strike as soon as the moves happen.


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