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|Job security (JS) score
||1 (unstable) to 5 (untouchable)
|Health (H) score
||1 (injury-prone) to 5 (durable)
Closer: Jordan Walden
Understudy: Kevin Jepsen
Lurkers: Fernando Rodney, Hisanori Takahashi
Disabled List: Scott Downs
Finally gets his wings
Mike Scioscia said he's giving Walden the stopper job until Rodney figures out his mechanics. Now that Rodney has lost the gig, however, it'll be hard for him get it back if Walden is lights out.
Walden has the makeup to run with the gig. Bid strongly. Downs remains a solid stash if you miss out on the current stopper, but expecting saves from him will require patience and might not come to fruition. At least this early-season turmoil keeps the reliable vet in the discussion for the long term.
Mixed league Rodney owners should probably hang tight to see how this shakes out, but if he doesn't have chances to close the door, Rodney is worthless in a lineup.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 5
- One scout said Drew Storen's stuff is there; the Washington Nationals youngster just needs to be more confident in it, especially his four-seam fastball that has averaged about 93 mph so far. If he shows an aggressive approach that hastens his improvement, the Nats might do the same for shifting him back into save chances. It's going to happen at some point anyway. If you can buy low, store Storen.
- Now he knows what his second-half owners felt like last season. The Detroit Tigers' Jose Valverde was hit with a stomach bug, reportedly due to airplane food he ate Sunday. The Tigs have Tuesday off for him to rest up, though, so he should be able to go on Wednesday.
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