Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL
In fantasy baseball, the closer position remains volatile. Rarely does every closer hang on to the job for an entire season - injuries, poor performance and managerial decisions can cloud a team's bullpen picture.
Should you be concerned about a struggling stopper? Which relievers are climbing the depth chart? Are any injuries popping up? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.
Closer: Chad Qualls
Understudy: Aaron Heilman
For the second time in less than a month, manager A.J. Hinch is considering changing his stopper. During his latest discussion, he indirectly pointed to Heilman as a deserving candidate.
After showing progress to start June, Qualls gagged Sunday - his second straight bobble - by giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits while recording just one out. A Qualls fielding error led to the unearned run, so no sympathy there.
Though no official bullpen decision has been made, Qualls hasn't helped his cause, and Hinch is scratching his trigger finger. Heilman would likely be the first to earn a trial and should be your first target.
If he's taken, go Juan Gutierrez. After that, good luck.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 4
About Tim Heaney
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