a brief look at each team’s situation at closer. Some are obvious,
some not. The All-Star break
is a good time to take a look at your team in general and determine
what categories, other than saves, you may need help in. Enjoy the
next couple of days of freedom.
Arizona Diamondbacks: There is no denying that
the ratios for Fernando Rodney are ugly. No one
likes to see a 5.58 ERA and 1.34 WHIP but Fantasy owners do like to
see 22 saves out of 27 chances. Is Rodney pretty? No, but he gets
the job done more often than not, and more importantly, there is no
one currently on the team who is ready to close. Rodney is safe.
Atlanta Braves: Jim Johnson
looks to be running out of fuel, as he has blown two of his last
three save chances to see his ERA rise to 4.23. It’s likely that
the Braves will trade Johnson to a contender before the deadline on
7/31, and that contender won’t use him as a closer but more likely
as a setup man. If you want to extract some value from Johnson in a
deal, that time is now; but the time has probably passed already.
With Arodys Vizcaino on the disabled list,
Mauricio Cabrera could be in line for a few saves
in August and September.