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Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: THE FAILURE OF DANNY SALAZAR IS COMPLETE AS HE MOVES TO BULLPEN

After putting up the latest in what has been a season-long litany of ugly starts filled with high pitch counts, horrid control, and overall shoddy efficiency, the Cleveland Indians finally decided that starter Danny Salazar should not be allowed to hurt the team in the rotation any longer.  Salazar wound up giving up three earned runs, six hits, and 5 walks in his outing on Saturday which cemented the demotion and sent his fantasy baseball stock fully into the toilet.  Going down as of the more potent teases in the game, Salazar has just never been able to fulfill the ace-level promise he showed when he arrived on the scene in 2013 firing 100-mph fastballs.  While Salazar had his moments when it seemed he was set for stardom (such as in 2015 when he registered a 3.45 ERA and 195 K), he more often has supplied terrible WHIP's built on some of the worst control in the majors and also a knack for getting injured.  2017 has been some of Salazar's worst work as he left his Saturday start with a composite 5.50 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and unfathomable rates in BB/9 (4,82) and HR/9 (1.89).  Other than strikeouts which has always been his best trait, Salazar has been as bad a pitcher as any in the game.  So with the move to the bullpen and having no chance to close with Cody Allen excelling, Salazar truly has next-to-no fantasy baseball value the rest of the season.  Even if he does go back into the bullpen, we can't trust the guy one bit.  Stop chasing the potential and move on.


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