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.
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After Jenks blew the save in the 11th last night (two runs on three hits while recording just one out), manager Ozzie Guillen said the closer job is open. Jenks has erased massive June progress with a rough road trip: seven runs (six earned) allowed in 2 2/3 frames (four appearances).
Guillen cited any of the above four as possibilities to close. Jenks owners must hold tight; Ozzie tested him with a committee threat earlier in the season, but Jenks returned to closing after a brief break.
Speculators: Putz's right-handedness and experience in the role makes him the next target. Thornton has done the job in a pinch before, but odds are he might often be saved for lefty situations before a save chance arrives.
Santos can be an AL-only target and a watch list commodity elsewhere; the Sox are high on him, and if he takes the reins, they might just run with him.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 4
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