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Friday, November 30, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: ALEX COLOME ENTERS SAVES PICTURE FOR WHITE SOX AFTER TRADE

Seattle Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto was at it again on the trade front Friday and this time it was not with the New York Mets for second baseman Robinson Cano.  Instead, DiPoto dealt setup man/closer Alex Colome to the Chicago White Sox for catcher Omar Navarez which throws the team's ninth-inning situation for 2019 further into chaos as incumbent stopper Edwin Diaz is still expected to land with the Mets sometime soon.  As far as Colome is concerned, the former solid stopper for the Tampa Bay Rays lost almost all of his fantasy baseball value last season when he was traded to the Mariners to set up for Diaz but he now has a chance to reclaim saves on a White Sox team that doesn't have a firmed up solution to the spot just yet.  While the White Sox still could turn to part-time closer Nate Jones, Colome has the longer track record of earning saves and so he should be considered the favorite for the gig going into the spring training.  The problem with Colome however centers on the fact he is not a big-time strikeout guy for a closer and that got him exposed as he struggled badly the first part of 2018 before he eventually settled down.  Be that as it may, Jones can't seem to stay healthy which overshadows some intriguing ability on his part and so again Colome seems to be the guy to target for saves with the White Sox with spring training still months away.

Meanwhile, the Mariners may have to go with Juan Nicasio for saves to begin the season with Diaz headed out the door and Colome already in a new locale.  While Nicasio has some decent swing-and-miss stuff, he is far from a proven guy himself and would be one of the last closers to go off the board in spring drafts.


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