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Friday, May 25, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: ALEX COLOME OUT OF A CLOSER ROLE AFTER BEING TRADED TO MARINERS

I said it from the beginning of the season that Tampa Bay Rays closer Alex Colome and his fantasy baseball owners were on notice in terms of the strong chance he was going to be moved before or at the July 31 MLB trade deadline.  Well Colome did get moved but at a much earlier date than anticipated as he was acquired by the Seattle Mariners along with outfielder Denard Span for pitchers Tommy Romero and Andrew Moore and he will now be a setup man for superstar Mariners closer Edwin Diaz.  Prior to the deal, Colome had struggled for most of the season as he goes to Seattle with a 4.15 ERA and 1.48 WHIP and I was on record going back to the winter that he should have been avoided at all costs in fantasy baseball drafts given his just average K/9 rate.  With Colome now in Seattle, he should be dropped in all leagues and attention should turn to who will move into the closer role for the Rays.  That should fall to favorite Jose Alvarado (2.95 ERA, 0.98 WHIP) or less likely Chaz Roe (4.67 ERA, 1.33 WHIP).  Pick up Alvarado in all leagues and do it right after reading this. 


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