Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat

by Bryce McRae on July 15, 2009 @ 11:00:00 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy baseball closer depth charts

In fantasy baseball, the closer position remains volatile. Rarely does every closer hang on to the job for the entire season - injuries, poor performance and managerial decisions can cloud a team's bullpen picture.

Should you be concerned about a struggling stopper? Which setup men are climbing the depth chart? Any lingering injuries popping up? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.

Mound meetings

  • The New York Mets' Billy Wagner (elbow) is on a 10-day break that'll come to an end this Sunday when he returns to Port St. Lucie. Despite no setbacks, Wagner isn't ready to put a timetable on his return, though general manager Omar Minaya said last week that a late August or early September return is expected. And when Wagner does return? He isn't anticipating a prominent role with the bullpen: "I can't see it. I think that would be foolhardy to even insinuate something like that. I think what I would be is a Brian Stokes-type player. I might pitch once a week."
  • Acquired in the Kevin Gregg deal last November, Florida Marlins strikeout artist Jose Ceda (shoulder) is aiming for a spring return. The 22-year-old righty has struck out 11.3 batters per nine during his minor league career, though he hasn't pitched above Double-A yet. He could be a dark horse for a prominent bullpen role next year, if he does indeed return on time.

Also see: Fantasy baseball closer depth charts

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.


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