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Saturday, December 17, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: BRAD ZIEGLER TO SET UP A.J. RAMOS IN MIAMI

The Miami Marlins did their best to try and procure one of the top three dominant closers on the free agent market but they wound up striking out with all three (Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman, and Kenley Jansen).  In fact you could say they went 0-for-4 due to the fact that their fourth closing option of Koji Uehara wound up signing with the Chicago Cubs to set up their new stopper Wade Davis.  So in essence the Marlins then began to remake the setup corps in front of incumbent closer A.J. Ramos and they were very successful in doing so after signing not only Junichi Tazawa but also Brad Ziegler on Friday.  Both Tazawa and Ziegler will join fireballing sensation Kyle Barraclough to form arguably one of the best bullpens in baseball.  Of course unless you count holds, none of those three have much fantasy baseball value since Ramos will be the one earning the saves.  However Barraclough is someone we have long-term interest as he has insane stuff that makes him a classic closer candidate.  With Ramos still not being able to solve his control woes, Barraclough could be moving into the ninth inning at some point during the 2017 season.  

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