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: Kerry Wood
Understudy: Chris Perez
Wood hasn't registered a save in 13 days, though in all fairness he hasn't had a chance since his June 10 gaffe. Wood's dominance is down, but his groundballs are up, and he has a strand rate that is already improving. After a disastrous May, Wood has posted a 3.60 ERA with just 1.80 walks per nine in five June innings.
It's hard to justify trading anything significant for Wood to try to buy low, though, especially since he's real-life trade bait himself with Perez waiting in the wings. It's unlikely that saves would be available for dirt cheap, too, and you'd have to assess your willingness to accept the risk of Wood entering setup duty elsewhere.
If you own Wood, try to secure Perez if you're short of saves outside of Cleveland; the former has room to make strides this season, and if he remains a stopper, he could pay dividends.
Job security score: 3
Health score: 3
About Tim Heaney
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