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Reviewing the Closer Position for All 30 MLB Teams

George Kurtz Staff Writer July 12, 2017 12:52PM EDT
Since there are no actual games until Friday, we will take 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.

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