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The Latest On The Closer Carousel/Circus: 5.12.2012

The Latest On The Closer Carousel/Circus: 5.12.2012

This has been without a doubt the worse year on record for major league closers. The amount of closers lost to injury times the number of closer with terrible starts, divided by the number of closers who have just lost the job is a formula even a Sabermetrics wannabee with a degree from MIT couldn’t compute.  Since spring training has wrapped up, at least 17 closer jobs have changed hands due to any of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addison Reed, Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Andrew Cashner, Boston Red Sox, Brian Fuentes, Bullpen Reports, Carlos Marmol, Casey Janssen, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Closers Rise and Fall, Colorado Rockies, Daniel Bard, Drew Storen, Fernando Rodney, Francisco Cordero, Francisco Rodriguez, Grant Balfour, Heath Bell, Hector Santiago, Henry Rodriguez, Huston Street, In-Season Analysis, Javy Guerra, John Axford, Jordan Walden, Kenley Jansen, LA Dodgers, LAA Angels, Mark Melancon, Matt Thornton, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, Oakland A's, Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla, Sean Marshall, SF Giants, Toronto Blue Jays

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. Weekly Injury Update: April 15, 2012

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. Weekly Injury Update:  April 15, 2012

2012 has been a terrible year for MLB Closers.  Before the season even started, we lost Joakim Soria and Ryan Madson.  Then Drew Storen and Andrew Bailey were knocked out for a significant amount of time.  Now, it looks as though Brian Wilson will be out for the year or at least quite awhile with structural damage in his elbow.   That may sound like a horror movie in the making for fantasy baseball managers, but it gets … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brad Lidge, Brian Wilson, Drew Storen, Frank Francisco, In-Season Analysis, Joel Peralta, Kyle Farnsworth, Weekly Injury Updates

2012 Player Profile: Andrew Bailey, Boston Red Sox

2012 Player Profile: Andrew Bailey, Boston Red Sox

  Welcome to bean town Andrew Bailey.  Bailey is just one of many closers that find themselves on a new team in 2012.  This is one of the more fascinating off-season moves and not just because I’m a self inflicting Red Sox fan.  Bailey is one of the more talented closers in baseball WHEN HEALTHY.  He consistently saves games, only blowing 9 in 84 career chances.  He also touts a rare rookie of the year award for closers, but that isn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2012 Player Profiles, Andrew Bailey

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Boston Red Sox

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox have had a busy off-season when it comes to their bullpen.  With the departure of Jonathan Papelbon to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Red Sox pulled two trades and aquried to excellent closers.  The first was Mark Melancon from the Houston Astros.  Yesterday the Red Sox completed another trade, acquiring closer Andrew Bailey from the Oakland Athletics. Andrew Bailey is a perfect addition to the Red Sox.  When healthy, the former Rookie of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Andrew Bailey, Boston Red Sox, Mark Melancon, Pre-season Analysis

10 Value Pick Closers For Fantasy Drafts

10 Value Pick Closers For Fantasy Drafts

2011 offers a surplus of value pick closers.  Here are ten closers you need to eye in your fantasy draft for the best value for your pick. (No particular order) ADP statistics provided by www.mockdraftcentral.com. Craig Kimbrel, Atl – ADP: 282.  Kimbrel is going on average in the 24th round.  We are talking about the flame throwing Braves closer.  A Braves closer should never go that late in the draft.  Steal him in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Andrew Bailey, Arizona D-Backs, Atlanta Braves, Brandon League, Chicago White Sox, Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians, Craig Kimbrel, Drew Storen, Frank Francisco, J.J. Putz, Jason Motte, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Broxton, LA Dodgers, Matt Thornton, Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nats

Top 10 Sleeper Closers For 2011

Top 10 Sleeper Closers For 2011

1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves – This guy is the right-handed version of Billy Wagner.  With a 98MPH fastball and a propensity to strikeout batters, Kimbrel has what it takes to close.  He’s on a great team that will provide him with plenty of save opportunities.  He also lacked any serious competition in the Braves bullpen, though Venters is slightly capable. 2. Drew Storen, Washington Nationals – Last year I felt some heat with discussing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Andrew Bailey, Arizona D-Backs, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Brandon League, Chicago White Sox, Chris Perez, Chris Sale, Cleveland Indians, Craig Kimbrel, Drew Storen, Featured, Frank Francisco, Houston Astros, J.J. Putz, Jason Motte, Jonathan Broxton, LA Dodgers, LAA Angels, Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nats

A’s Sign Fuentes agree on 2-year deal

A’s Sign Fuentes agree on 2-year deal

Todd Farino, The Closer Report “Sources” tell us that former closer Brian Fuentes has signed a 2-year deal with the Oakland A’s pending the always dubious physical.  He will be added to a bullpen that also added Grant Balfour and resigned Brad Ziegler.  This is likely bad news for Fuentes as a future closer.  The A’s aren’t set at closer, but they aren’t going to give up on Andrew Bailey.  He went on the DL multiple times … Read entire article »

Filed under: Andrew Bailey, Brian Fuentes, Oakland A's