CL Jason Grilli (RP Rank: 24)
Grilli makin' fantasy cheese
Going into drafts this year, I liked Grilli as a low-end No. 2 closer with some upside in a 12-team mixed league. No way did I expect this. The veteran righty is this season's poster boy for the "don't pay for saves" crowd. But, I'll still "pay for saves", at least for one elite closer, because he won't just help you in saves, and well, there's no guarantee that you'll choose the correct "don't pay for saves" guy.
CL Edward Mujica (112)
Oh yeah, I guess Mujica could be considered another "don't pay for saves" model, though he needed the season-ending injury to Jason Motte coupled with Mitchell Boggs' complete inability to handle the ninth inning role in order to get his chance, so it's not like he was on the draft day radar.
Still, Mujica has proven to be an extremely reliable late-inning reliever over the course of his big league career, so I'm not counting on much, if any, regression. Talk about FAAB dollars well spent!
CL Ernesto Frieri (26)
Frieri was lights-out after taking over the closer role last May, so his continued success this season isn't all that surprising. And Ryan Madson's continued health woes aren't all that surprising either. But the Angels' signing of Madson to be their closer dropped Frieri down to No. 26 when talent-wise, he's more of a top-10 reliever. But this just goes to show the importance of roles, and to a larger extent, how easily roles can change. So if you're one of the owners who took a late-round flier on Frieri, congratulations.
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