Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL
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: Clay Hensley
Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez and Nunez agreed that the righty will step aside from saves until he can recapture the electricity his pitches showed earlier this season. Hensley takes over - for now, at least; Rodriguez said he figures Nunez will regain the role at some point this year as long as he progresses well.
Hensley's shelf life probably isn't that long, but save chasers need all the help they can get right now. Don't drop anything valuable for him. Nunez should be tucked away until he can reclaim saves work.
Ceda, who recorded six saves with sparkling numbers for Double-A Jacksonville this year, was recalled this weekend and has closer stuff. He's a closer option for the future but isn't anything more than a deep NL-only flier.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 5
Closer: Hong-Chih Kuo
Lurkers: Jonathan Broxton
Dodgers skipper Joe Torre said he won't use Broxton to close out games for the rest of the season. Broxton's rough Saturday - a blown save and loss after allowing a two-run jack in the ninth - was the kicker.
Broxton can be dropped in most mixed setups. Kuo's injury history and delicate handling are reasons deep leaguers could hold on to Broxton if they're clinging to any possible saves. Torre could change his mind, but Brox hasn't given him much reason to, and the Dodgers are likely more concerned with Brox straightening himself out in non-pressure situations.
Kuo's use will continue to determine the secondary options' save opps. Jansen was the likely choice to close Sunday if needed, but he wasn't; Dotel will remain an option, too, which limits Jansen's potential to help. Deep leaguers with a saves need could take a chance on one of them, but they'll more likely wind up canceling each other out.
Job security score: 4
Health score: 5
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