Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL

by Bryce McRae on June 30, 2010 @ 12:30:00 PDT


Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | 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?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.


Job security (JS) score 1 (unstable) to 5 (untouchable)
Health (H) score 1 (injury-prone) to 5 (durable)


Baltimore Orioles

Closer: Alfredo Simon

Disabled list: Mike Gonzalez (shoulder)

The Orioles plan to ease Gonzalez back into the closer's role when he makes his return from the DL. Or so says one report. Another says the O's don't have any firm plan to use Gonzo to close.

Baltimore Orioles RP Mike Gonzalez
Not too Gonzo about him closing

Yesterday, he gave up three hits but struck out two in 1 1/3 innings for Single-A Aberdeen. He's expected to take today off before throwing another rehab outing tomorrow. After that, it's up in the air.

Not much you can do if you're an Alfredo Simon owner except start poking your Gonzalez voodoo doll. Or pick him up, if he's available. Simon should not be discarded in any leagues.

Job security score: 2

Health score: 4

Mound meetings

  • Did someone tell Kerry Wood he could be shipped out of Cleveland? The Cleveland Indians' closer locked down his third save in as many nights yesterday. The 33-year-old struck out one batter in the inning for his eighth save.
    He has also been working on a mystery pitch; the only hint is that it's not a knuckleball. The possibility of a trade means you should lock up Chris Perez now.
  • Bobby Jenks could return today, but he'll definitely be back in time for the Chicago White Sox's series against the Texas Rangers this weekend. Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz will continue to have added value until Jenks makes his return. Putz logged a four-out save last night after relieving Thornton in the eighth.
  • The Seattle Mariners' David Aardsma rejoined the team yesterday after attending the birth of his son. If you have the room, hang on to Brandon League, though, mainly because of the trade speculation that has swirled around Aardsma at times this year.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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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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