MLB.com reports the Minnesota Twins acquired reliever Eddie Guardado from the Texas Rangers in exchange for relief pitcher Mark Hamburger.
Guardado is 3-3 with four saves and a 3.65 ERA in 49 1/3 innings. He was filling in at closer after Rangers stopper C.J. Wilson (elbow) went down for the season due to injury. He'll enter the Twins bullpen in a setup role to All-Star closer Joe Nathan. This move removes almost all of his fantasy value.
In a perfect world, Rangers reliever Joaquin Benoit would take over closing duties. However, he has struggled with control all season and has a 5.23 ERA. The best option will likely be hard-throwing reliever Frank Francisco, who has had a strong year with a 3.78 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. Right-hander Jamey Wright has a 4.23 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 72 1/3 frames but has mainly been used in a setup or middle relief role.
Hamburger was in the Rookie Appalachian League for the Elizabethton Twins, where he was 1-2 with a 4.17 ERA and 13 saves.
If you're desperate for saves, or you just want to block another owner, pick up Francisco in deep mixed and AL-only leagues. His hold on the job is far from guaranteed, though, so don't put too much stock into him. Keep an eye on Benoit in case the flamethrower sees some save chances.
Unless you play in a league that rewards holds, Guardado is not worth owning anymore. Hamburger shouldn't be considered in any fantasy format.
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