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.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are
making progress with their bullpen under interim manager Kirk
Gibson. Since he took over, they have a 4.24 ERA in 10 games. Gibson and
pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre
Jr. have had the relievers doing their own scouting and comparing notes
before each series. Gibson has also trusted them more than previous manager
Arizona not closing bullpen book yet
This doesn't really give us any more indication of who'll be closing games.
Juan Gutierrez and
Chad Qualls are both
speculative options, if you're desperate. However, if the rest of the 'pen
can improve, they might set up Arizona's closers for a few more save chances.
- The Cincinnati Reds have been
kicking tires on right-handed relievers. Kerry
Wood, anyone? Whoever they add shouldn't have much impact on Francisco
Cordero's job security, though, unless they're high on Wood as at
least an alternative to spell the incumbent.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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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