Welcome to Closing Time where every Tuesday Justin Perri checks in on everything saves related. 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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22. Alex Colome (Tampa Bay Rays) – Xavier Cedeno
TIER 6 – Speculative
32. Jeremy Jeffress (Texas Rangers)
35. Hector Rondon (Chicago Cubs)
36. Cody Allen (Cleveland Indians)
40. Jonathon Papelbon (Washington Nationals)
42. Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles)
44. Rasiel Iglesias (Cincinnati Reds)
– Arodys Vizcaino (Atlanta Braves)
– Where to even start today… Probably with Andrew Miller, after assuming the closer role for the Yankees for an afternoon or two, Miller was shipped off to the Indians at the deadline. The impact of trading a closer is always widespread, here Miller will take the job from Cody Allen and in New York Dellin Betances becomes the closer on a team that pretty much sold everything.
– The Yankees then went and got Tyler Clippard who was closing for the Diamondbacks. With his departure it seems like there will be a committee in Arizona but my pick to emerge as the closer is one Jake Barrett, as Daniel Hudson just has not been great of late and Enrique Burgos, a pitcher that is reported to be in the mix, does not seem to have the same stuff as Barrett. Barrett is probably available in your league if it isn’t crazy deep for saves.
– Mark Melancon was traded to the Nationals to bolster their bullpen, which he will. Great add, Jonathan Papelbon had been pretty terrible and this team wants to win. Marky mark will help them do just that. The trade leaves the closer role open for Tony Watson to start getting some saves. I like Watson and expect him to perform well in the 9th.
– Jeremy Jeffress was traded to the Texas rangers and will not force Sam Dyson from his role. However this opens up the door for Tyler Thornburg in Milwaukee who has been having a nice season. He has a nice strikeout rate and should get a fair amount of saves the rest of the way.
– On the flip side, Wade Davis is back on the DL which means that Kelvin Herrera is again closing for the Royals while Davis figures out the flexor strain in his throwing arm. The team seems hopeful that they get their closer back when he’s available on the 12th of August.
– The final change in the closers comes in Seattle, where Steve Cishek was flat out removed from the closer role due to back-to-back losses and just not being good enough, essentially. You know who is good enough? Edwin Diaz, that’s who. I’ve been raving about this kid since he showed up on the holds scene and now he’ll be picking up saves instead. If for whatever reason he is available go get him. Strikeouts accounted for 13 of his last 19 outs.
– I’m becoming a big fan of Cam Bedrosian, I know that the Angels have said that Street will not be removed but this dude is going to make it difficult. Even with the reports backing up Street, I still think this kid could supplant the current Angels closer some time soon.
That sums it up for this week on Closing Time. Be sure to give me a follow and ask me questions @Just_In_Relief. Look out for my next article on Thursday and as always feel free to leave your questions, comments and concerns down below – I’ll be sure to respond.
Justin Perri (@Just_In_Relief) is a writer for Pitcher List, a New Yorker and a lifelong fan of baseball. He can be found walking around the Bronx looking for the glory that once was the Yankees or obsessively watching The Office.