Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat

by Tim Heaney on July 16, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


Also see: Fantasy baseball closer depth charts

In fantasy baseball, the closer position remains volatile. Rarely does every closer hang on to the job for the entire season - injuries, poor performance and managerial decisions can cloud a team's bullpen picture.

Should you be concerned about a struggling stopper? Which setup men are climbing the depth chart? Any lingering injuries popping up?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.

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  • With the trade deadline three Fridays from now, the George Sherrill buzz may be increasing. The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly intrigued by several Florida Marlins corner infield prospects; would the Fish take on Melvin Mora or Aubrey Huff, though? Sure, Sherrill's K/9 has gone down for the second straight year, but he has saved 51 games since 2007. The southpaw would presumably see at least the majority of save chances for as long as Matt Lindstrom (elbow) remains deposed, though that in no way is guaranteed with Leo Nunez, Kiko Calero and Dan Meyer in tow. Sherrill remains a decent sell candidate in fantasy, as well, given the uncertainty of his post-deadline role.
  • Manuel Corpas (elbow) has not reported any pain and should return to the Colorado Rockies tonight. Joel Peralta has done well outside of some July 4 fireworks that distorted his ERA and holds the main setup job for now; Corpas may have to prove he can keep the ball down in the strike zone to regain his spot.

Also see: Fantasy baseball closer depth charts

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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.

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