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.
The Detroit Tigers called on Jose Valverde yesterday. He obliged with a scoreless save as he worked around one hit. "Papa Grande" has now pitched four of the last five days - only two have come in save sitches.
Valverde might dance with extra help
Detroit is keeping tabs on Seattle Mariners relievers David Aardsma and Brandon League. If the Tigs acquire one of them - or some other relief arm - maybe they can ease off Valverde in non-closure work, thereby possibly easing Valverde's statistical drop-off.
- Mike Gonzalez made his 2010 return for the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, allowing a hit and a walk but escaping with two outs of shutout baseball. He'll still be worked into pressure situations and remains the backup to closer Alfredo Simon.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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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 LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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