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The Changes at Closer Keep on Coming

George Kurtz Staff Writer May 16, 2017 2:48PM EDT
I wrote the first Closer Report for this season in February. Since that time, twelve teams have made changes at the closer position. Some teams (Baltimore, Mets, Philadelphia, and Washington) have made multiple changes. This is just maddening. We knew this was coming; it happens every season but these changes, along with the daily placement of Fantasy players on the disabled list, are making this a very trying Fantasy season. It’s May 16 and already 40-percent of the closers who were slated to close for their team in February are without a job for various reasons. What will this number look like by the All-Star break? It’s frustrating, especially if you paid for a top closer in the draft. The truth is, unless you were lucky, I’m not sure what strategy would’ve worked out when it comes to closers this year. One thing I do know is I’ll never spend a top draft pick on a closer. I can write this same opening every year, as it’s just a matter of when we will really be complaining about injuries, not if.
The closer job for the Brewers is Corey Knebel's for now. Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire

The closer job for the Brewers is Corey Knebel’s for nowPhoto by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire

Milwaukee Brewers: Neftali Feliz is out as the closer for Milwaukee. This really wasn’t a shock. Sure, he had blown only one save but his ERA was north of six and he had given up at least one run in his last three outings. Corey Knebel will take over the job and he deserves it, as he has been the team’s best relief pitcher with an ERA of 0.90 and a WHIP of 1.00. The only question will be how many games will there be to save. Yes, Milwaukee has played better than expected but that can come crashing down at any moment, especially if the team starts selling off assets.

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