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Reds Add Closer Jonathan Broxton

Reds Add Closer Jonathan Broxton

As expected, Broxton has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds to help them make a playoff run. He will pitch behind closer Aroldis Chapman and setup man Sean Marshall.   Unless we see several injuries in the Reds bullpen, I don’t see Broxton getting anymore saves in 2012. That leaves the door open for Greg Holland to assume to closer duties for the Kansas City Royals. Holland has had an off/on year so far, posting a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Aroldis Chapman, Greg Holland, Jonathan Broxton

Closer Trade Rumors: Jonathan Broxton, Kansas City Royals

Closer Trade Rumors: Jonathan Broxton, Kansas City Royals

As we get closer to the All-Star game, but even more importantly to the July 31st trade deadline, speculation will heat up as to where certain players will go by that annual deadline.  Closers will be the hottest commodity on the market.  With so many failures at the position, along with massive injuries, there will be plenty of closer-starved teams hunting for the best bargains to shore up their bullpens for a playoff run.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, In-Season Analysis, Jonathan Broxton, Trade Rumors

Several Closers Remain Smoking Hot or Entering the June Swoon!

Several Closers Remain Smoking Hot or Entering the June Swoon!

It’s been a great month of June for several red-hot closers, but with the start of summer could spell trouble for many of those closers.  Let’s start in Texas, where the summer heat effects the ball more so than any other stadium in baseball. Joe Nathan has been on fire over the past five weeks.  He hasn’t surrendered a run since May 13th, and during that run he has notched eight saves and lowered his … Read entire article »

Filed under: In-Season Analysis, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton, Jonathan Papelbon, Uncategorized

Top 5 Most Underrated Closers of the 2012 Season… So Far

Top 5 Most Underrated Closers of the 2012 Season… So Far

1. Aroldis Chapman, CIN – Chapman took over the closer role for the Reds on May 20th and hasn’t looked back.  Before the move, we weren’t sure of Dusty Baker planned on making Chapman a starter or closer, but eventually made the right move.  The man with the 105.1 MPH fastball is an near perfect fit as a closer.  SO far this season, Chapman has struck out 56 of the 122 batters he has faced.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addison Reed, Aroldis Chapman, In-Season Analysis, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton, Santiago Casilla, SF Giants

The Closer Report: Closer’s Rise and Fall, April 30, 2012

The Closer Report: Closer’s Rise and Fall, April 30, 2012

Closers on The RISE Santiago Casilla, SF – After getting pulled in the ninth and losing a save chance, Casilla has bounced back.  He saved three games last week and has his season ERA down to 1.04 and a WHIP of 0.92. Chris Perez, CLE – You have to give it to Chris Perez.  As bad as he has been in some appearances this season and with the fact he was injured in spring training, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addison Reed, Alfredo Aceves, Brandon League, Chris Perez, Closers Rise and Fall, Francisco Cordero, Heath Bell, Hector Santiago, Jason Motte, Javy Guerra, Jim Johnson, John Axford, Jonathan Broxton, Jordan Walden, Kenley Jansen, Matt Capps, Matt Thornton, Santiago Casilla, Sean Marshall, Uncategorized

Fantasy Baseball Draft Steals – Top 5 Closers

Fantasy Baseball Draft Steals – Top 5 Closers

Every fantasy manager will be out there trying to draft the best bullpen they can.  Drafting closers isn’t that far off from brain surgery.  It’s very precise and delicate.  If you reach too soon for a closer, you could do more harm than good.  If you wait too long, the patient (your team) could be DOA.  It’s impossible to layout a drafting strategy because every league is different.  What I can do with this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addison Reed, Frank Francisco, Glen Perkins, Greg Holland, Jonathan Broxton, Ryan Madson, Uncategorized

Soria’s Elbow in Bad Shape, Opening Day In Jeopardy

Soria’s Elbow in Bad Shape, Opening Day In Jeopardy

Joakim Soria, one of the top closers fantasy baseball, left Sunday’s game with pain in his throwing elbow.  Soria was reported as saying “I worry because I’ve had Tommy John surgery (in 2003),” Soria said. “I never had that before. I don’t feel like it’s that bad. When I felt the Tommy John surgery all my strength went away. This time it doesn’t. Obviously, I was not finishing my pitches or having command.” Soria said he … Read entire article »

Filed under: Aaron Crow, Greg Holland, Joakim Soria, Jonathan Broxton

Its Time To Cut Ties With Jonathan Broxton

Its Time To Cut Ties With Jonathan Broxton

This is a hard article for me to write, but it needs to be written. As a big fan of the Dodger work horse, it has been a truly disappointing season. He is suffering from a relatively unknown injury to his pitching elbow and reports pain when he throws. He’s been on the DL since early May and there is no time tale for his return. At best, you can see a return around early … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jonathan Broxton, Uncategorized

Struggling Closers Leading Into The All-Star Break

Struggling Closers Leading Into The All-Star Break

It’s been a trying year for the closer role. While we have watched several great performances from new and old closers like Craig Kimbrel , Joel Hanrahan, Kyle Farnsworth, and Francisco Cordero. There has also been its share of terrible and down right ugly performances by closers. Many of the closers on this list could be in danger of losing their job, especially around the trade deadline. Here are some closers who have already … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brian Fuentes, Frank Francisco, J.J. Putz, Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Capps, Matt Thornton, Neftali Feliz, Ryan Franklin

MLB Closers Wanted: Suspected Trade Deadline Closers

MLB Closers Wanted: Suspected Trade Deadline Closers

Come the trade deadline, many players will move and that includes closers.  I have no doubt that right after the All-Star game, several players will start to move.  Teams that are competing are almost always looking for bullpen depth.  That can spell doom for your closer or create a closer from a top-notch setup man.  Some closers just will change teams.  Here are a list of closers that could be moved by the trade deadline and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Aaron Crow, Andrew Bailey, Brad Lidge, Brian Fuentes, Fernando Rodney, Francisco Rodriguez, Heath Bell, J.J. Putz, Joakim Soria, Joel Hanrahan, Jonathan Broxton