Spring Training Watch: Closer Report


Oakland A’s
Clave and I have gone back forth over the A’s closer situation during spring and looks like he was right.  Bob Melvin has given the closer job to Grant Balfour over Brian Fuentes to start the year. This makes Fuentes the primary set up man to Balfour.

If you were targeting one of these guys in your draft, make sure it is the right one, now that we know.  Also don’t forget about Fautino De Los Santos late in the season.  The kid has filthy stuff , Balfour has proven to be shaky at times and Fuentes is always a health risk.

Cleveland Indians
Another guy to watch as the season progresses is Vinnie Pestano. Talk about filthy stuff.  He posts a 12.2 K:9 ratio as the set up man to maybe the least secure closer in baseball.

Although Chris Perez turned out his highest save total of his career last season, his ERA was 3.32, almost double what it was the year before. His WHIP was 1.2, up from 1.0 the previous 2 seasons.  Not to mention his K/9 was his career worst 5.9 last season.

I am stashing Pestano away on deep benches and watching him closely in leagues that don’t have deep benches.  It goes without saying that he is a guy I am heavily relying on in our holds league.

Kansas City Royals
Well Joakim Soria got the bad news today that it’s either his second TJ surgery or a 3-4 month long rehab regiment.  Safe to say that he is out as the Kansas City closer for the foreseeable future.

That brings us to Jonathan Broxton and Greg Holland (with Arron Crow as a dark horse).  Which of these 2 guys will get the first crack at saves this season?

Royals manager Ned Yost did not rule out the possibility of using Broxton and Greg Holland in tandem as a means to replace Joakim Soria as the team’s closer, the Kansas City Star reports.

If I had to guess I would think the Royals might want to go with Broxton at first and maybe build up a little trade value, if he appears to be back to his old self again, then spin him off for a prospect (Billy Beane style).  However, through the Spring Holland has been just about lights out, sporting a 7:5.1 K:innings ratio!

Watching closely if you have fantasy baseball drafts coming up!

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