What are the odds that you still own the relief pitchers you rostered in your fantasy baseball draft? KFFL.com'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.
Closer: Fernando Salas
Salas was teetering recently, and he blew his first save in 11 tries in a Wednesday frame (one run, two hits, one walk). The St. Louis Cardinals' righty has coughed up at least one hit in each of his last seven appearances and one run in three of his last five. Given his longer body of wrapping things up than previous deposed stoppers Boggs and Sanchez, he likely has a longer leash in this bullpen setup.
But exactly how extensive? St. Louie put in a call to the San Diego Padres inquiring about Heath Bell - not surprising. The Fathers likely wouldn't pull the trigger until late July on one of the most highly sought-after deadline commodities, so you could still squeeze plenty of value out of Salas in the meantime. The way this 'pen has shuffled this season, though, Salas could lose his gig before then if he continues to stumble or make them nervous; that's what did in Sanchez. Despite his rough outing last night, Franklin might even be working his way back into saves consideration down the road - not probable, but not impossible given the organization's continued loyalty to him.
How's your saves nest looking? It wouldn't hurt to determine your league's market for Salas soon if you have more pressing needs and can afford to avoid hoping Salas survives potential pitfalls.
Job security score: 2
Health score: 5
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