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Saturday, January 14, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: NEFTALI FELIZ COULD BE OPTION FOR SAVES IN MILWAUKEE

The Milwaukee Brewers had one of the more undefined closer roles in fantasy baseball as we headed toward 2017 spring training after having traded first Francisco Rodriguez last summer and then heir apparent Tyler Thornburg during the fall.  With the closing position looking wide open after Thornburg was dealt, the Brewers looked like one of the chaotic ninth inning situations that would need monitoring all spring.  That situation looks to be remedied however after the Brewers inked free agent reliever and former All-Star stopper Neftali Feliz on Saturday.  Coming off a resurgent 2016 campaign where he pitched to a solid 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and having struck out 61 batters in 53.2 innings, Feliz put himself in position to be a factor again in the ninth inning.  With only the far from proven Corey Knebel being a possible solution, Feliz should be way in front in terms of having the best chance of closing games for the Brewers once the 2017 season gets underway.  While Feliz no longer has the extreme sizzle he once had on his fastball before Tommy John surgery, last season showed that he is still capable of missing bats and being a prime closing factor again. Add Feliz to your cheat sheets and bump him up a few pegs in the closer hierarchy.


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