Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL

by Tim Heaney on July 13, 2010 @ 11:15:00 PDT


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.

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  • Chicago White Sox RP Bobby Jenks
    Who's likelier to go, Jenks or Putz?
    Bobby Jenks since the end of May: 12 saves, 1.15 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 18 K's and three walks allowed in 15 2/3 frames. If the Chicago White Sox were in the same AL Central standing they occupied a month ago, they probably would've cashed in on this.
    Now? Maybe Jenks stays on the team since they're in first place, and instead maybe they trade J.J. Putz. Jenks owners should ride his performance unless they're well off in saves. If you're worried about him losing his role and you need to address other issues, shop him.
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