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Friday, March 31, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: DREADED COMMITTEE ON TAP IN OAKLAND

Leave it to the Oakland A's to continue the dreaded committee approach when it comes to the team's closing setup for 2017.  Manager Bob Melvin hinted as much on Thursday which makes the A's just the latest team with an unsettled closer situation heading into the new season.  Ryan Madson is the incumbent but he didn't exactly light the world on fire in 2016 and behind him are former closers Sean Doolittle, Santiago Casilla, and to a lesser extent John Axford.  With Casilla having just given up five runs in his last spring outing, Doolittle and his always very high K/9 rate would figure to be best positioned to run with the gig if Madson falters.  If you do own Madson, good luck to you there first of all and second of hall, it would be a good idea to back him up with Doolittle right at the onset of the season.  This could be a volatile situation all year long by the looks of it.


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