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: Fernando Rodney
Understudy: Kevin Jepsen
Lurkers: Jordan Walden
Obligatory notice: With Brian Fuentes sent to the Minnesota Twins, Rodney will close for the rest of the season, per general manager Tony Reagins and common sense. Pick up Rodney everywhere; the righty, who filled in admirably during Fuentes' early-season DL stint, has turned things back on and has usually performed better in save situations than non-.
The Halos have punted for 2010, so they might mix in Jepsen and Walden to see what they have, though they might just hang on to Rodney as stopper next year.
Job security score: 4
Health score: 5
Closer: Matt Capps
Lurkers: Jon Rauch
Don't be so quick to drop Fuentes yet, even in his new location. Manager Ron Gardenhire probably enjoys having a closer-capable lefty in the back of his 'pen now. Gardy didn't waste time, throwing in Fuentes for a one-out closure Saturday against lefty-hitting Seattle Mariners bopper Russell Branyan.
Maybe they just wanted to initiate Fuentes quickly, but maybe - just maybe - Fuentes could steal a few saves from here on out as an alternative to Capps. Gauge his value to your team and saves standings before deciding what to do with him.
Job security score: 3
Health score: 5
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