Fantasy Baseball Closer Depth Charts: Ken Giles headlines potential new save sources

by Tim Heaney on July 29, 2014 @ 06:30:01 PDT

 

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Assessing all the fantasy baseball closers....

We've already seen Huston Street and Joakim Soria change teams with divergent fantasy baseball fallout. The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is one of the most volatile times for bullpen movement during the year. Your best speculations for new saves heading into Thursday:

Ken Giles, Philadelphia Phillies: Despite a reportedly slow market, Jonathan Papelbon is more than hinting he doesn't want to stick around. Giles, who frequently hits triple digits, would step in readily to start his audition for the future.

RP Ken Giles, Philadelphia Phillies
Ken can close

Dale Thayer, San Diego Padres: Odds say Joaquin Benoit is next to leave America's Finest City. Nick Vincent is a threat, but Thayer, who wrapped up seven games in 2012 and has been beasting this year, should be ready if another late-inning domino in front of him falls.

Junichi Tazawa, Boston Red Sox: Boston is selling, and that may include Koji Uehara. Tazawa's skills are elite, so even if they hold, stashing the 28-year-old wouldn't be a fruitless venture.

Rex Brothers and Adam Ottavino, Colorado Rockies: The reeling Rox would do well to get rid of LaTroy Hawkins for something that can help the future. The control-challenged but future-stopper Brothers and the efficient Ottavino could split duties.

Brad Ziegler, Arizona Diamondbacks: They'd give up on Addison Reed already? It's possible. He'd fetch more for a rebuilding team, in theory. Ziegler has been nearly lights-out.

Neil Ramirez and Pedro Strop, Chicago Cubs: Maybe Hector Rondon has done enough to interest some clubs looking for a cheap solution. Ramirez was demoted but is the best pitcher of these three, all things equal.

Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos, Miami Marlins: They're on the border of competing and maybe shipping Steve Cishek. Miami has another lefty in the 'pen, which frees up Dunn. Ramos' rough statistical outliers say that 1.98 ERA is bound for correction, but he has great stuff.

John Axford, Cleveland Indians: Merely because he has developed a pattern of getting traded at this time of year. His 3.43 ERA and 5.95 BB/9 don't jive, but he would still be a K contributor, and he's shown much improvement since losing the Cleveland job.

Jose Veras, Houston Astros: The perpetually rebuilding 'Stros say they won't trade Chad Qualls, buuuuuuuuuuut....


Closer Depth Charts

Job Security (JS):
1 (unstable)
to
5 (untouchable)
Health Outlook (HO):
1 (fragile)
to
5 (durable)
: Up
 
+: Added
 
INJ: Injured
: Down
 
M: Minors
 
DL: Disabled List

AL East

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Baltimore Orioles
4
5
Zach Britton Darren O'Day Tommy Hunter
Boston Red Sox
5
4
Junichi Tazawa Andrew Miller
Heath Hembree M +
New York Yankees
5
5
David Robertson Dellin Betances
Shawn Kelley
Adam Warren
Tampa Bay Rays
N/A
N/A
Committee Jake McGee Brad Boxberger
Grant Balfour  
Joel Peralta
Toronto Blue Jays
5
3
Casey Janssen Aaron Loup
Dustin McGowan
Sergio Santos M
Brett Cecil

 

AL Central

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Chicago White Sox
N/A
N/A
Matt Lindstrom DL Zach Putnam DL
Jake Petricka
Javy Guerra
Daniel Webb
Cleveland Indians
3
5
Cody Allen John Axford Bryan Shaw
Detroit Tigers
3
4
Joe Nathan Joakim Soria Joba Chamberlain
Ian Krol
Kansas City Royals
5
5
Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera
Jason Frasor
Minnesota Twins
5
5
Glen Perkins Casey Fien Jared Burton

 

AL West

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Houston Astros
3
5
Chad Qualls Jose Veras
Jesse Crain DL
Tony Sipp
Josh Fields
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
5
3
Huston Street Joe Smith Jason Grilli
Oakland Athletics
4
5
Sean Doolittle Luke Gregerson Dan Otero
Ryan Cook
Seattle Mariners
4
5
Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Tom Wilhelmsen
Texas Rangers
2
4
Neftali Feliz Neal Cotts
Corey Knebel
Shawn Tolleson
Alexi Ogando DL

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