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Fantasy Fix: Closing Arguments

On the enormous crap shoot that is the market for fantasy saves, I usually have very little to say, but I have noticed a few things in the last week that I think are worth sharing, especially if losing saves every week is what's keeping you out of playoff position.

These observations include three players that don't appear to be much on the radar of most fantasy owners right now:

Fernando Rodney, RP, SEA: Well, he actually lost his job as the Mariners' closer last month, with an ERA above 6.00 as sound reasoning. However, in seven appearances primarily as a set-up man over the last few weeks, he hasn't given up any runs, and has a sizzling 0.64 WHIP. He was even given a save opportunity last weekend and aced it. I think Rodney will get his closer job back very soon, and could even get traded to a better team. Available in about 25% of Yahoo! leagues.

Brad Ziegler, RP, ARI: Ziegler has been lights-out since taking over as closer for the D-backs, a job change that coincided with a pretty good run of wins for Arizona that has gotten them almost to the .500 mark and into early wild-card discussions. His line: 12 saves 1.36 ERA, 0.94 WHIP. Available in about 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL: Out of 25 relief pitchers with 12 or more saves, only three have a WHIP of 0.90 or less. K-Rod is one of them, and until last weekend and his first blown save, that WHIP was even lower. As it is, he's having a stunning season, with 16 saves in 17 chances for a team that only has won 30 overall. There's a very good chance he moves to a better team before the trade deadline. While he's only available in about 16% of Yahoo! leagues, he probably also could be acquired via trade fairly easily if you make your move before Milwaukee makes its move.


Dan O'Shea is our man in fantasyland. He welcomes your comments.

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Posted on Jan 22, 2021