Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL
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: Alfredo Simon
Understudy: Mike Gonzalez
Manager Buck Showalter poured some cement on Simon's status as stopper Tuesday: Simon isn't losing his closing job entirely, but there will be times where the skipper will throw in situational saves work for other relievers. Showalter already admitted he isn't committed to labeling a solo closer, so this isn't entirely a surprise.
What is slightly interesting is Gonzalez's recent placement on waivers. His $6 million price tag for 2011 gives this justification, and the Boston Red Sox reportedly have interest if Gonzalez can make it to them in the process. There's still cause to speculate on Gonzo, but you should be prepared to cut bait if he goes to an unfavorable saves situation outside of Baltimore. Setup duty for a contender, a la Kerry Wood, is possible.
Simon owners should hold on for now. Uehara and Berken are speculative cases in AL-only but probably won't provide enough value to be worth long-term mixed league attention.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 4
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