Happy Tuesday and welcome to Closing Time! A weekly check in on everything saves related, Closing Time is where all the closers and speculative options are broken down into tiers based on skill, competition/opportunity/job security, and injury risk. Accompanied by who is most likely to assume the closer role in the event of a change in the hierarchy. It’s a mixture of short and long term value with more focus placed on the rest of the season.
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9. Seung Hwan Oh (St. Louis Cardinals) – Jonathon Broxton
22. Jeanmar Gomez (Philadelphia Phillies) – Hector Neris
TIER 7 – Speculative
38. Sean Kelley (Washington Nationals)
40. Hector Neris (Philadelphia Phillies)
41. Rasiel Iglesias (Cincinnati Reds)
– Alex Colome (Tampa Bay Rays)
– We saw our first trade impact the closing world this week with Fernando Rodney now setting up for the Miami Marlins. Brandon Maurer is going to be taking over the closing role in San Diego for now, the leash probably will be short and if he can’t hold down the role look to Ryan Buchter to be given chances.
– Jonathan Papelbon returned from the DL and immediately will resume his role as closer. Sean Kelley should be the next in line were Pap to go down again.
– Also returning from the DL is Jake McGee, but the report is that his return will not cost Carlos Estevez his job as a closer immediately.
– Hitting the DL was Alex Colome for the Rays, this is the second closer they’ve had injured and as they wait for the return of either Colome or Brandon Boxberger, Xavier Cedeno will take the closing reigns. Cedeno has been great in the set-up role and should continue his place in the 9th. The Rays, however, haven’t been winning much and so owning their closer right now isn’t exactly appealing if you are trying to rack up saves.
– The situation in St. Louis is still uncertain. My take is that Seung Hwan Oh is currently the favorite to close even though reports are that he and Jonathan Broxton are co-closers. Oh is clearly getting the first crack at the job and has already recorded two saves. I still think that the Cardinals are going to try to get Trevor Rosenthal back to the closing role before the season comes to an end. There are also rumors that they are looking to acquire someone like Chapman or Ziegler.
– At the very bottom Brandon Kintzler has seemingly separated himself from Francisco Abad. While Francisco has been uh… bad… Kintzler has racked up 4 saves to just 1 from Abad. Again, it’s the Twins and they aren’t getting many save chances. This is barely worth mentioning.
– UPDATE: Wade Davis just hit the DL with a strained right forearm. Not an easy guy to replace for the Royals but it will soon become clear if it will be Kelvin Herrera or Joakim Soria. I think that Herrera is the guy that will get the first chance, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see them both used in the ninth.