Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Neftali Feliz, trade rumor roundup

by Tim Heaney on July 29, 2011 @ 10:37:24 PDT


What are the odds that you still own the relief pitchers you rostered in your fantasy baseball draft?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series gives you no-nonsense ratings of performances, injuries and managerial decisions in MLB bullpens. Get your arm loose: Let's find fantasy baseball players in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league who'll get saves.

Mound meetings

  • Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara
    Remember Uehara ... again
    The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for a bullpen veteran to add depth, even one from a team that needs to dump salary. A solid fit? The Baltimore Orioles could realistically swap closer Kevin Gregg or setup man Koji Uehara. There's a notion that Gregg could be more easily attainable since he hasn't been as effective statistically as Uehara has been. This gives you more reason to speculate on Uehara, if you haven't already done so.
  • Following a blown save Tuesday and in the midst of trade rumors for the San Diego Padres' Heath Bell, Neftali Feliz came through with a clean inning Thursday to pick up his 21st save of the year. Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said after Tuesday's game that he wanted to see more fire from Feliz.
    The right-hander has already blown two more saves than he did all of last year, and Texas is still combing the market for late-inning options; they're not actively seeking a closer, though. Feliz owners should hang tight; it's unlikely that Texas would remove him from the role completely. He might have to share, but that still gives him a decent amount of value with two months left in the season.
  • With the Heath Bell rumors flying furiously, grab the San Diego Padres' Mike Adams if you already haven't. With some teams eyeing the Toronto Blue Jays' Jon Rauch recently, it'd be wise to check if Frank Francisco is available, as well.
  • There were fleeting rumors about the Seattle Mariners trading Brandon League, but they seem to have died down. Without League, it would probably be some sort of committee involving Chris Ray, David Pauley and Jamey Wright. It'd be a mess, most likely.
  • Bobby Parnell remains a decent speculation in case the New York Mets decide to trade Jason Isringhausen. But the Metropolitans think that Izzy will be a good mentor for their young RPs, so that might not come to be.
  • It's looking less likely that Drew Storen will be shipped to the Minnesota Twins. The Washington Nationals are worried about Denard Span's recovery from his recent concussion, and Minnesota doesn't like the loot they're being offered for him. Either way, you should be prepared if a move goes down.
  • We recently covered several other potentially changing situations: Marlins | Athletics | Cardinals | Rays

Get the fantasy spin of all the trade deadline deals this weekend on KFFL's Hot off the Wire along with running analysis on our MLB Breaking News section. Also, don't forget to check out our Closer Depth Charts to identify the speculative options for each situation. May saves find you this weekend!

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