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Saturday, July 21, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: JEURYS FAMILIA ON VERGE OF BEING TRADED TO A'S

The Oakland A's have been surprisingly competitive in 2018 and with a chance to claim a wild card spot, have begun moving to pick up some reinforcements for the stretch drive.  That process began late Friday when word got out through Buster Olney of ESPN that the A's and New York Mets were closing in on a deal for former All-Star closer Jeurys Familia to help bolster an already strong bullpen.  Once completed (which is expected to be done sometime Saturday), Familia will move to Oakland where he will setup Blake Treinen who has been superb all season finishing games for the team.  Now in terms of fantasy baseball impact, it is obviously a very bad move for Familia's owners as saves will no longer be a part of the equation.  While Familia has pitched very well to the tune of a 2.88 ERA and 9.52 K/9, Treinen has been one of the very best closers in all of fantasy baseball this season as the former failed Washington National has put forth a 0.94 ERA and 11.44 K/9.  In fact, you can easily make the case that Treinen has been THE best closer in all of fantasy baseball as his numbers look a lot like Zach Britton's when the latter put forth one of the most dominant years in recent memory collecting saves a few seasons ago.  With Familia heading West soon, the Mets now have to figure out who will finish games on their end and on that front, Robert Gsellman would be the add despite a shaky 4.15 ERA.  The fact of the matter is that the Mets have a brutal bullpen and no one inspires much confidence here.  You should probably avoid the whole setup altogether but if you are that desperate for some saves, then Gsellman would be the guy to take on. 


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