Happy Deadline Day everyone! I’ll be updating this post today as trades happen that impact the RP landscape.
- Josh Hader moving to San Diego was the shocking closer deal of the deadline, as Hader and Taylor Rogers swap teams with the Brewers getting other pieces as well. This definitely hurts for those of you who spent FAAB on Luis García this past weekend, as Hader will undoubtedly be the Padres’ closer moving forward. Nothing much changes from Hader’s perspective, but it does shake things up in Milwaukee…
- Devin Williams should finally get a chance at being the full-time closer in Milwaukee, where he instantly becomes a top 2-3 closer option the rest of the way. It’s not inconceivable that Taylor Rogers remains in the mix to close out games, as the Brewers do have a way of “fixing” pitchers (especially when it comes to relievers), but I’d imagine he’ll work in a setup role for the time being.
- Jorge López is on the move to Minnesota where his value should remain the same as he is likely to take over as the team’s closer there. This is obviously a blow to Jhoan Duran’s value as he likely won’t see many save chances the rest of the way (not that he was currently anyway) and is now outside of the must roster territory in most standard, save-only leagues.
- Félix Bautista should be in line to receive the bulk of the Orioles’ save chances moving forward now, and becomes a must-add in almost all formats. It’s still early in the day, but he’s likely to be the most impactful closer available in most of your leagues right now and is worth a good chunk of FAAB.
- David Robertson has been dealt to the Phillies where fantasy managers can breathe a sigh of relief as he should remain in a closing role there. For those of you who had been hoping for Seranthony Domínguez to run away with the job there (like myself), it’s a bit disappointing, but he should remain in a set up role for those of you in holds leagues. (EDIT: Rob Thompson declined to announce Robertson as the new closer, stating it would still be a committee approach)
- In Chicago, look for Rowan Wick to close out games for the remainder of the season (unless Mychal Givens stays put). If you want to speculate on someone a little bit further down the depth chart, maybe someone like Erich Uelman gets a shot eventually or even Adbert Alzolay once he is ready to return in September.
- At the buzzer, the Angels sent closer Raisel Iglesias to the Braves where he will presumably become the top setup option behind current closer Kenley Jansen. It’s certainly a tough blow for those rostering Iglesias as it looked like he was safe up to the last second.
- As far as who the LA will turn to in the ninth inning, I’m leaning towards Ryan Tepera taking over in the ninth just due to his contract, handedness, and seniority factors. Aaron Loup could also factor in (but is lefthanded) as could Jimmy Herget.
|1.||Giovanny Gallegos||STL||still could split save chances with Helsley?|
|2.||Brooks Raley||TB||could be LH complement to Fairbanks|
|3.||Taylor Rogers||MIL||role in MIL is up in the air for now|
|4.||Tanner Houck||BOS||could form a committee with Whitlock|
|5.||Anthony Bender||MIA||activated from the IL today|
|6.||Seranthony Domínguez||PHI||still a committee despite Robertson trade|
|7.||Matt Moore||TEX||LH compliment to Hernández|
|8.||Zach Jackson||OAK||RH compliment to Puk|
|9.||Carl Edwards Jr.||WAS||best stuff in that bullpen with Rainey out|
|10.||Aaron Loup||LAA||could form a committee with Tepera|
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