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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: KEEP AN EYE ON DREW STECKENRIDER AS A POTENTIAL MIAMI CLOSER

The massive sell-off in Miami by the Marlins front office/ownership has been the story of the offseason; what with Derek Jeter and company already having traded away Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon, and Christian Yelich since December got underway.  Count on more names being moved at or during the 2018 fantasy baseball season and that group could include infielder Martin Prado, catcher J.T., Realmuto, and closer Brad Ziegler.  In fact Zeigler is almost a guaranteed to be moved since he can help a contender as a setup man with his funky delivery and so focus needs to be dedicated to who will step up behind him for the few saves the team presents in 2018.  The reflexive reaction would be that hard-throwing Kyle Barraclough would be the guy and this would make sense on the surface when you look at his massive strikeout totals the last few seasons.  However, Barraclough has some truly hideous control and that is a tremendous no-no characteristic to have as a pitcher in the ninth inning.  Instead, we are more interested in 2017 breakout reliever Drew Steckenrider who put up an insane 14.02 K/9 as a rookie and also a solid 2.34 ERA.  Clearly Steckenrider has the strikeouts down pat but he too has some pronounced control problems to work through (4.67 BB/9).  There is no guarantee Steckenrider will get a shot over Barraclough once Ziegler is dealt but at the very least, he should be on most sleeper radars very late in drafts or monitored during the first half of the season.


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