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Five Fantasy Baseball Closers that Could be Traded

Jake Ciely July 13, 2017 7:05AM EDT
Excited? Fantasy Baseball is back after an entertaining All-Star Break, so it’s time to gear up for a strong finish, as you aim for a title. Last week, we examined starters and their values for the second half. This week, we cover five Fantasy Baseball closers that could be traded at the deadline. Will their values improve, hold or decrease? That’s what we answer this week in SOBB Your Way to Success.

As always, we use SOBB (breakdown here) as the initial base when projecting a pitcher’s future performance.

Range of starting pitcher SOBBs (K-BB%) and the values they hold.

SOBB Rating
20.00-plus Terrific
16.00-19.99 Great
13.00-15.99 Good
11.00-12.99 Average
8.00-10.99 Poor
under-7.99 Awful


Range of relief pitcher SOBBs (K-BB%) and the values they hold.

SOBB Rating
25.00-plus Terrific
20.00-24.99 Great
16.00-19.99 Good
12.00-15.99 Average
8.00-11.99 Poor
under-7.99 Awful


Cheers or Tears

David Robertson, CHW – In terms of closers, Robertson has the fifth highest SOBB at 27.8, which ranks 13th for all relievers. This is a great improvement from last season when Robertson had a 16.1 SOBB thanks to a 12.0 BB%. In fact, this year’s mark is in line with his 2014-15 seasons and representative of Robertson’s true ability. Robertson had a SwStr% of 12 percent or better over the past three seasons as well, and it’s jumped to 16.1 this season thanks to MLB hitters being more aggressive. Robertson will have no problems carrying his success no matter where he lands at the trade deadline. As for his replacement, Tommy Kahnle is likely the answer, posting a 37.3 SOBB. That mark is only behind Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen, and it shows just how dominant Kahnle can be.

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