Thursday, June 21, 2012

Closers Will Soon Be On The Move

With teams falling out of contention every week, look for the closers on theses bad teams to start drawing more interest from contenders. Most theses closers on poor teams will get moved and lose their Closer status thus making them virtually useless for fantasy owners. Now is the time to start negotiations and try to move your closers that will soon lose all fantasy value. here is where I see most of the moves coming from over the next couple of weeks.

J.J. Putz is staying. He has team friendly contract and is still getting job done.
Craig Kimbrel has no chance of moving.
Jim Johnson Huge surprise this year as he was one of the last Closers off the board on draft day. Not being moved.
Alfredo Aceves: I would trade him in the next month due to Bailey starting a rehab in Florida in the next week.
Carlos Marmol: If you owned him early then ouch. If you just picked him up this week, ride him for a week then trade him. He will either be traded or demoted.
Addison Reed should be locked in on the Southside for the next few years. A good grab in Keeper leagues.
Aroldis Chapman: I still project him as a starter and if any Reds SP goes down he will slide into that role.
Chris Perez: As long as the Indians are in contention he is their closer.
Rafael Betancourt has an incentive latent contract for games finished and the Rox are finished. He gets moved so trade him now for full value. He will not be closing once he is traded.
Jose Valverde is hurt but will not be moved. Could get DL’d or demoted though.
Brett Myers will be the 1st Closer to get moved to a contender. Not as a closer but as a starter or long relief. Trade him away by month’s end for full value or gamble he gets moved into a rotation spot and use him for Wins down the stretch in your RP slot.
Jonathan Broxton is a free agent after this year and Broxton wants to be a Closer. It won’t happen in KC so he gets moved. Trade him away once KC is 8 games out.
Ernesto Frieri is closing more than Downs but both are worth owning for saves.
Kenley Jansen is a great Keeper league Closer. He is going nowhere for a while.
Heath Bell has the Marlins in a pickle, they owe him to much money to demote him and no other team wants his contract. He stays, good or bad.
John Axford never finalized a multi-year deal in Milwaukee. He is cheap and effective. Brewers could score big if he is traded. I see him staying put with K-Rod going.
Matt Capps Has lost the ability to strike anyone out but still gets the job done. He will get traded and his days of closing are near an end. Trade him now and pick up Perkins.
Frank Francisco: If Mets continue to win he stays put.
Rafael Soriano not leaving or getting demoted. It is now his job until Rivera makes a comeback.
Ryan Cook…and any other A’s pitcher in the bullpen could and should be traded.
Joel Hanrahan…safe and sound.
Jason Motte could be shopped in St. Louis falls to far behind Cinci. If he goes it will be on July 31st. Use him until then and then expect the worst.
Huston Street and the rest of the bullpen in SD are the only asset they have. If you are up in saves and can spare trading him I would.
Santiago Casilla has the closer job but will not always go 3 in a rowsfo Romo can still get some vulture save ops.
Tom Wilhelmsen is the short term fix for a long term problem. If you were lucky enough to scoop him up last week congrats to you.
Fernando Rodney even in Farnsworth comes back it is Rodney’s job the rest of the year.
Joe Nathan is pitching much better than most Fantasy pundits predicted. Always trust Nolan Ryan when it comes to pitching in Texas.
Casey Janssen is the fix in Toronto until Santos recovers. If you can get over paid for Janssen this week trade him away.
Tyler Clippard was the last to get the chance in Washington to close. Now he is the man and should be on the All-Star team. I would trade for him if you can find an owner willing too.

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