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Fantasy Baseball Closer Depth Charts: White Sox chaos coming?

By: Tim Heaney, KFFL.com

Assessing all the fantasy baseball closers....

RP Matt Lindstrom, Chicago White Sox
Lindstrom working way back

Jake Petricka hasn't had much work since his blown save last weekend due to some lopsided losses this week. He did put up a scoreless inning with a punchout in a non-save sitch last night, though. The Chicago White Sox will have plenty to think about, if not change, when Matt Lindstrom (ankle) returns. He last pitched for Triple-A Charlotte Tuesday night, allowing no runs and no hits while striking out one in an inning of work.

If he can work back into form, he could be closing by the time September rolls around, and there's a good chance it'd happen sooner. He was the best option before he landed on the disabled list. Zach Putnam (shoulder), who is expected to return from the DL tomorrow, probably won't be a threat until late August.

Lindstrom is a fine gamble to seize the gig, but this could just as easily turn into a three-headed monster.

Jonathan Papelbon has cleared waivers, meaning he can be dealt to any team this month. However, he has a limited no-trade clause, and Paps has made it known that that may be a road block to the Phils finding a trade partner. Ken Giles remains a speculative saves addition in case Papelbon is jettisoned.


Closer Depth Charts

Job Security (JS):
1 (unstable)
to
5 (untouchable)
Health Outlook (HO):
1 (fragile)
to
5 (durable)
: Up
 
+: Added
 
INJ: Injured
: Down
 
M: Minors
 
DL: Disabled List

AL East

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Baltimore Orioles
4
5
Zach Britton Darren O'Day Tommy Hunter
Andrew Miller
Boston Red Sox
5
4
Junichi Tazawa Heath Hembree
New York Yankees
5
5
David Robertson Dellin Betances
Shawn Kelley
Adam Warren
Tampa Bay Rays
N/A
N/A
Committee Jake McGee Brad Boxberger
Grant Balfour  
Joel Peralta
Toronto Blue Jays
5
3
Casey Janssen Aaron Loup
Dustin McGowan
Brett Cecil
Sergio Santos M

 

AL Central

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Chicago White Sox
N/A
N/A
Matt Lindstrom DL Zach Putnam DL
Jake Petricka
Javy Guerra
Daniel Webb
Cleveland Indians
3
5
Cody Allen John Axford Bryan Shaw
Detroit Tigers
3
4
Joe Nathan Joakim Soria Joba Chamberlain
Ian Krol M
Kansas City Royals
5
5
Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera
Jason Frasor
Minnesota Twins
5
5
Glen Perkins Casey Fien Jared Burton

 

AL West

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Houston Astros
3
5
Chad Qualls Jose Veras
Jesse Crain DL
Tony Sipp
Josh Fields
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
5
3
Huston Street Joe Smith Jason Grilli
Oakland Athletics
4
5
Sean Doolittle Luke Gregerson Dan Otero
Ryan Cook
Seattle Mariners
4
5
Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Tom Wilhelmsen
Texas Rangers
2
4
Neftali Feliz Neal Cotts
Corey Knebel
Shawn Tolleson
Alexi Ogando DL

About the author:

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.


Top 5 Fantasy Baseball Pickups: Danny Santana, Josh Reddick rolling

By: Tim Heaney, KFFL.com

The most popular additions in polled fantasy baseball games from this past weekend, listed in order of demand but not necessarily the best moves

About the author:

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.


Fantasy Baseball Trade Deadline Tracker: David Price, Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes, more

By: KFFL Staff, KFFL.com

Yankees nab infield help, BoSox clear up theirs

The New York Yankees acquired 3B/OF Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks for C Peter O'Brien, as well as SS Stephen Drew from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for 2B Kelly Johnson.

FANTASY TIP: Prado instantly gains fantasy value and will be a popular AL-only crossover FAAB piece. O'Brien is a fine power prospect who's in the midst of a breakout year in the minors. Watch for him in the next season or two to arrive in the majors, depending on Miguel Montero's future. Drew is an interesting acquisition. He can spell Derek Jeterdown the stretch and could presumably play some second base with Brian Robertstiring in the second half. His playing time will likely be frustrating for owners, however. Drew and Johnson are primarily AL-only assets at this point.

Boston's acquisition of Johnson will allow Xander Bogaerts to move back to his natural position, shortstop. That could make him more comfortable at the plate, as well. Johnson's value increases with this move, since he should have more consistent playing time, at least until the BoSox think Will Middlebrooks (finger) is ready to return.

Tommy Milone likely to regain rotation spot

The Minnesota Twins acquired SP Tommy Milone from the Oakland Athletics for OF Sam Fuld.

FANTASY TIP: Milone's value may decrease slightly due to the decline in potential run support, but he was doing well with a rotation spot in Oakland's pitcher-friendly park. He should join this quintent soon despite being sent to Triple-A today. He's a deep-mixed add. Fuld, who started 2014 with the Athletics, probably will start a few times a week in Oakland's platoon-laden outfield. They'll probably value his defense significantly, though. He can be valuable in five-outfielder mixed leagues.

1B Kennys Vargas will be called up from Double-A New Britain to fill Fuld's roster spot. The switch-hitter is having a standout year at New Britain with a .281 BA, 17 HRs and 63 RBIs in 356 at-bats. He's an AL-only grab with deep-mixed potential who could find himself in the lineup at least a few times per week.

Cardinals acquire Justin Masterson

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired SP Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, July 30, in exchange for OF James Ramsey.

FANTASY TIP: St. Louis is probably one of the better landing spots for Masterson to succeed and turn around his disappointing season. If he's on your league's waiver wire, it might be time to give him a shot. Left-handers still have clobbered Masterson, but anytime a K-GB arm goes to the Cardinals, fantasy players' ears should perk up.

Ramsey was hitting .300 with 13 home runs at Double-A Springfield. He'll give the Tribe some organizational depth in the outfield but is a decent long-term stab in deep dynasty leagues thanks to his OBP game.

More deals to watch in deep leagues

... The Miami Marlins acquired SP Jarred Cosart, INF/OF Enrique Hernandez and OF Austin Wates from the Houston Astros. Houston received OF Jake Marisnick, INF Colin Moran, P Francis Martes and a compensatory pick for the 2015 MLB Draft.

FANTASY TIP: Moving to the National League helps Cosart's fantasy value. He is a must-add in NL-only leagues. Cosart is worth a speculative add in deep mixed leagues and could pitch his way into being a viable option in the majority of formats. Marisnick is worth an add in AL-only formats, if he sticks with the Astros.

... The Atlanta Braves have acquired INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and RP James Russell from the Chicago Cubs for C Victor Caratini.

FANTASY TIP: Bonifacio will fill a utility role for the Braves. He is unlikely to see everyday at-bats, if the Braves remain healthy. With semi-regular at-bats, Bonifacio retains NL-only and deep mixed league value, due to his base-stealing ability. Bonifacio could also push Tommy La Stella for playing time at the keystone position. Russell fills the left-handed-pitching void in the Braves' bullpen, but he has no fantasy value. Caratini can be watched from a distance.

... The Seattle Mariners have acquired OF Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres for OF Abraham Almonte and P Stephen Kohlscheen.

FANTASY TIP: Denorfia joins a somewhat crowded outfield in Seattle. His playing time could be sporadic when Michael Saunders returns from the disabled list. Denorfia's value should increase a bit, but he's still probably nothing more than a single-universe commodity. The two new Pads should be watched for the long term but have no fantasy value right now.

... The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired OF Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for OF Mitch Haniger and P Anthony Banda.

FANTASY TIP: Parra probably will not have an everyday job with the Brewers, which will hurt his fantasy value. He could still be an option for owners in NL-only leagues. With Parra moving on, David Peralta likely will receive more playing in the outfield. Owners in deep mixed leagues and NL-only leagues can consider adding him to their lineups.

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