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Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: FERNANDO RODNEY ON THE BRINK, ADDISON REED NEED TO BE ADDED PRONTO

Channeling the spirit of former journeyman closer Kevin Gregg, Minnesota Twins closer Fernando Rodney has seemingly made a career out of being one of the worst stoppers each year but on the flip side, produced just enough to continue getting chances with a new team each season.  2018 was looking to be more of the same as Rodney signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins who had an opening at closer and a decent spring earned him the role despite being 41.  Alas, we may finally have reached the end of the line with Rodney who blew this third straight save on Thursday in giving up a two-run home run to New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez without getting one out.  The dreadful performance raised Rodney's season ERA to a horrendous 6.75 and his WHIP a downright comical 2.10.  Those numbers are pretty much as bad as it gets and with the Twins looking to be contenders again this season, look for a change to be made here as Addison Reed will likely be the replacement.  Reed has certainly earned a look since he has pitched to a very good 2.77 ERA and 1.00 WHIP and he has experience as a closer with the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and New York Mets to be a decent guy to take over the ninth inning.  This is an instant action move here as Reed is likely gone in many leagues but is around in enough to make it worth stopping right now to go see if he is, in fact, available.  

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