Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Brewers committee, Wilton Lopez, more

by Tim Heaney on July 27, 2012 @ 10:35:27 PDT's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series gives you no-nonsense ratings of performances, injuries and managerial decisions in MLB bullpens. Get your arm loose: Let's find fantasy baseball players in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league who'll get saves.

Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford
Matter of time

Mound meetings

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is going with a closer committee following Francisco Rodriguez's Wednesday blowup. Though Kameron Loe and Jose Veras might get in on the action in the short term, it seems like only a matter of time before John Axford reclaims his job. Loe and Veras aren't worth anything more than a desperation flier in deep mixed leagues.

Livan Hernandez, whom Roenicke mentioned as an option, shouldn't be given credence unless he's a $0 or $1 bid in an NL-only and no one else is available. Even then, it's a stretch.


Francisco Cordero would not have been used in a save chance because of his 57-pitch workload over his previous two outings. Wilton Lopez didn't get a chance to prove his worth, however, to the Houston Astros. Though a chance might not happen immediately, you shouldn't wait for Bradley Mills to make the switch to Lopez, the best bet.


Frank Francisco (oblique) is ready to head out on a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton; the New York Mets are hoping it only lasts two games. His return would end the interim tenure of Bobby Parnell, who etched a closure on Thursday despite two walks by fanning three in a scoreless inning.

The Metropolitans may also seek help via a swap before Tuesday. They turned down a deal to send Daniel Murphy to the San Diego Padres for Luke Gregerson. Would they pull the trigger for a proven stopper?


A reminder to check out our Closer Depth Charts as you prepare to pilfer saves off your waiver wire this weekend in advance of Tuesday's MLB trade deadline.

Other Thursday saviors

Joel Hanrahan (30), Pirates  
Chris Perez (29), Indians Will he still be with the Tribe next week? Vinnie Pestano available in your league?
Jason Motte (22), Cardinals  
Tom Wilhelmsen (12), Mariners  


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