Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Ahhh yes the closers.  The fraternity that sees more turnover and volatility then anywhere else on the field.  It is for those reasons that I annually tell you all to avoid paying the freight for the top closers and instead look for value elsewhere.  The turnover at closer always includes some of the big names that either get hurt or traded or simply have a poor year so no one is immune here.  So I will be bargain hunting here again and playing the wire as saves appear there all season long.  Here is who I will target.

Cody Allen:  I think the price on Allen will be somewhat decent as Andrew Miller's presence could knock it down a bit.  Also Allen struggles in April on a yearly basis so he is a decent buy low early in the year if you don't get him.  His strikeout stuff is immense and his 2.51 ERA last season showed how in control Allen was.

Edwin Diaz:  I would love to have this insane flamethrower as my top closer but I think the price might go a tad high.  Still the screen in Seattle tends to make players here a bit cheaper and Diaz is the real deal as shown by his insane 15.3 K/9 last season.

Raisel Iglesias:  Failed as a starter but Iglesias was a monster in the bullpen down the stretch last season.  Had a 1.98 ERA and .165 BAA against there and the upside is sizable.

Adam Ottavino:  Ottavino always draws my interest as his K rate is closer-worthy and his price is always affordable given the Coors Field effect.  Keep an eye on Greg Holland though/

Nate Jones:  I think David Robertson will be traded to the Nationals at some point which will make the very capable Jones a terrific value pick.

Hector Neris/Joaquin Benoit:  Either guy should be the closer and NOT Jeanmar Gomez and his pathetic K rate.

Glen Perkins:  Willing to take a late round gamble here as Perkins has more than proved himself as a closer but his shoulder a big issue.

Carter Capps:  Meet the next great power closer.  Only the awful Brandon Maurer stands in this fireballer's way.

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