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The Tigers Closer Situation is Frustrating

George Kurtz Staff Writer May 9, 2017 3:08PM EDT
Monday was a frustrating day for me and, I assume, for other Fantasy owners that play in weekly lineup leagues. All day long I was searching for news about what the Tigers will do with their closer position. Will they replace Francisco Rodriguez? Unfortunately for me and probably plenty of other owners, no announcement was made, and since I need to make sure I have a closer this week, I had to make a roster move to pick someone up. Would it have killed manager Brad Ausmus to tell us what he was thinking on Monday? Apparently so. I just couldn’t take the chance that K Rod would be moved out of the role. I like to play it safe, and unfortunately, it cost me a starting pitcher (Joe Ross) that I didn’t want to give up on yet. This just goes to show you that we all have tough decisions to make each and every week.

Baltimore Orioles: I can’t say I’m surprised that Zach Britton ended up back on the disabled list with a forearm strain. This is the reason we were preaching to hold onto Brad Brach last week, until we saw Britton pitch a few games and prove he was 100-percent healthy. Well, he’s not, and now news came out that he is unlikely to return until July. Brach is once again the reliever you want for saves in Baltimore and is a must add if still available in your league. Britton came into this season as a Top 5 closer but is starting to look like he will be the poster child for why you shouldn’t draft a closer early.

Francisco Rodriguez doesn't pitch like the K-Rod of old these days. Photo by Lon Horwedel/ICON Sportswire)

Francisco Rodriguez doesn’t pitch like the K-Rod of old these days. Photo by Lon Horwedel/ICON Sportswire

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