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Last week we covered the other “S” in the “AGNOF”, that being the steals part of the whole acronym.  This week it’s saves… sorta.  And to be fair, I will touch on some steals guys this week too.  But for today, we take a gander at the Saves portion, but for better and more finite terminology, we are going to look at some of the changing needed cuffs that before the year were must owns and have basically faded away from their usefulness so far to date.  Now, being a setup relief pitcher is basically like a coupon that eventually expires.  The amount of useful relief pitchers from day one to game 162 is small, like the count on both hands kinda small.  It is an ever fluxing market where injuries, poor form, and situational involvement change from one game to the next.  I wish it weren’t so, but it is.  Everyone has a crush on the roster the draft at the beginning of the year, but soon enough a girl from another school moves in and is more prominent or endowed than the previous love fest.  That is baseball, and the last 1-2 relieve spots on your team should always be changing, just to maximize the roster spot value. So here are some of the more popular names that have fallen by the way side of roster-ability or some guys that may have increasing market value.  Get your hands up, so we can slap some cuffs on ya…

Sergio Romo – Yuck.  Has been passed twice and once Dayton gets back up to speed, it may be thrice.  Baez is clearly behind Jansen, and Luis Avilan has nestled into a spot as well.

Kevin Siegrist – Was lapped by Bowman earlier in the tear, now it seems like a whole lotta Rosey is back to throwin’ smoke.  ERA closing in on is nothing you want on your roster, ask Fernando Rodney (and he actually gets some semblance of saves).

Joakim Soria – The K.C. story for the feel-good story of homegrown talent is just about at it’s end.  Tradeable assets are there and one of the best one’s is going to be Kelvin Herrera.  That makes Soria a stash until he is basically not the guy for them, on the go in a completely different direction.

Danny Farquhar – Colome is getting worked to death, and by my own eyes it appears to be too much for my liking.  Off days and high leverage end game stuff is going his way.

Anthony Swarzak – Everyone needs a some mid-week holds dudes.  11/0 K/BB rate and 1 hit allowed to 26 batters faced in last 8 appearances.

Jayson Werth – Anyone who hits in the Nats lineup right now is useful.  He is batting second on some occasions and has 2 steals over the past week.  I know it’s Jayson freaking Werth, stop yelling at me.  I only report the stats man.

Erick Aybar – The list of struggling Middle infidels is long…Asdrubel, Dansby, Crawford on DL, Walker, Forsythe, Baez.  I think that’s enough and you get the point.  While it’s not sexy by any stretch of the imagination it works and he gets at bats on the regular.  Hitting 300 with 3 steals over the past week.

Michael Taylor – Eaton is gonzo.  Taylor has 30 SB over the past two season in just a bit under 700 at bats.  Owned in only 2% of RCL’s, he is running with the Nats high octane offense, so steals and runs should be on the way once he chills into the role.

   
  1. Swfcdan says:
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    Smoke will Monty be getting any holds any time soon for the cubs? Dropped in my 16 team dyno counting holds, and him as a SP eligable RP is very useful for H2H to get that extra reliever in. I’m just not sure he’s much better than Mike Minor who I’m currently using in that role (he has 1 hold himself). Make the Monty claim and switch them?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Swfcdan: he seems out of the mix with Strop, Rondon and uehara all ahead of him in the pecking order. i would hold him just for the Sp factor over Minor, Kc is a fading ship.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Smokey: You mean put a claim in for Monty over Minor then? Minor is SP eligable too hence why I have him, just seems crazy he has more holds than Monty so I thought he might be pitchibg higher leverage. Not sure he’s that good though! So think ill put in a claim for Monty.

        Man the Rangers are a joke right now, cant buy a Bush save now he has the job! With their bullpen terribleness overall, could LeClerk start getting higher leverage opps = more holds? I have him as a holds guy in same league, love the stuff.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Smokey: Also I still can’t figure out what the hecks happened to Blake Treinen. He must be still pitching high leverage, worth a holds add if he finally puts a few scoreless outings together? Still has big holds potential out on the wire for a 16 teamer.

  2. Lt says:
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    Thanks Smoke again giving me the move ahead of time. In a league where everyone is obsessed with the closers and creating fake value. I have Bedrock and Kelley only. The plan is hold Soria and Farquhar until the trade deadline or you tell me who my Jason Vargas should get me trade wise. I’m just waiting for the regression and my starters are fine without him. 5×5 h2h 12 team weekly lineup. Also any minor league callup coming that’s instant sagnof on the base paths? Appreciated and thanks again

    • Smokey

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      @Lt: Anyone who believes Vargas has some semblance of value, get a player that will either cuff someone you own or buy low on someone struggling. Patrick Leonard with the Rays, A re-emergence of Roman Quinn perhaps.

  3. Five-On-One says:
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    Who is the cuff in Arizona? Hoover or Bradley? They seem to love having Bradley in the pen. How likely is it Rodney is removed from the role?

    • Damon says:
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      @Five-On-One:
      I’ll second this question. Read a baseball prospectus article that actually thought De La Rosa was most likely replacement, FWIW.

      • dicky says:
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        @Damon: 3rding this Q – gut says bradley… so much fire doe, gray says hoovs

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @dicky: Hoov at first then DLR.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Damon: Its Hoov for the cuff, DLR when he gets bullpen quality in his veins.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Five-On-One: Hoover and then DLR. I think Bradley is still going to return to starting. It will be Hoover for awhile until DLR gets acclimated to the role.

  4. Steve says:
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    Oh owner… holding Rosenthal because he’s been throwing gas but curious if you think Oh’s back and I can drop Rosey for Nate Jones on the idea that Robertson gets traded. What do you think?

    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Steve: not back completely. Cuffing yourself is a good idea, but stealing someone else’s is prolly a better idea. Find a away to get both and cover all the bases.

  5. Fausto

    Fausto says:
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    16tm roto im missing 1st place because i guessed wrong on every waiver RP so far.
    i have herrera/diaz (nate jones as a hopeful 2nd half closer).

    1. Thoughts on Archie Bradley going forward?(Debating on giving Schoop for him)
    AND
    2. Which 2 are your deep league cuffs for saves without killing ratios k’s?
    R. Madson, D. Farquhar, F. Rivero, J. Barnes, B. Parker, Ziegler, Storen

    Appreciate the work.
    thanks.

    • Smokey

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      @Fausto: You should be ok with time with Herrera and Diaz be patient.
      1. Like Bradley, just has soo much more value to a team like D-Backs as a starter.
      2.Farquhar and Rivero

  6. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    What up Smoke?! How SADNOF’y are we getting with Rafael Bautista? Dusty seems to like his makeup and whatnot, and also seems to hate Michael Taylor…

    also didn’t Bradley pitch the 9th the other day, though I think it was a tie game? Have both Colome and Rodney (and currently down Cam at the moment) in one league, so sitting on Bradley for now… we’ll see how it plays out

    p.s. I’m still trying to make Jimmie Sherfy happen

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Jimmy Sherfy shall never be dead! Was a tie game. No way on Bautista, Dusty hates the yutes.

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Smokey: Bautista is my shefy 2.0 for some reason.

        do you think Glover grabs the reigns fairly soon/if he gets back healthy? would you throw out Vargas for him if I’m needing saves?

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: depends on what kind of roll the Nats are on but he was a name that made sense via a trade.

  7. Slick says:
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    Will Strickland ever get a Hold this year. Everywhere I read that he is the 8th inning guy. However, Law keeps piling the Holds while Strickland watches. Heck, even yesterday Law was chosen for the Save over Strickland. Where do I hang my hat?

    • Smokey

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      @Slick: the worst part is that Strickland hasn’t allowed a run yet. The Giants only have 9 holds as a team so its a bad thing all around. I would chase holds tbh. Once Strickland pitches surf the wire for the next days replacement

  8. Swfcdan says:
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    Any reason why Doolittle isn’t getting more saves as part of the committee? Just because they haven’t faced many lefty heavy lineups in the 9th yet? Am saves starved so I reckon he’s at least worth a pickup right, and should provide good ratios even if few saves. And it ain’t like Casilla is really much good, so he could finally get his paws on that role eventually right.

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Swfcdan: you problem has been fixed.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Swfcdan: LOL, time fixes all

  9. CoachGonzo says:
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    Hey smokey, in a 12-team roto league is it worth dropping betances for benoit if he is the closer again?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @CoachGonzo: no, I mean I hate seeing saves on the wire tho

  10. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    AL only with holds. lost doolittle. best replacement out of vincent/farq/biagini/rogers/pressly/parker/harris/hoyt/o’day. i have giles/j.wilson/barnes and doolittle DL. wouldn’t mind possible saves but rather just most holds/ratios

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: Farq or Biangini, the Blue Jays are a bit of a mess, but they aren’t this bad. i mean Grilli has looked awful.

  11. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    drop capps or doolittle first in holds and saves sold separately?

    2. for which of dunn/storen/hoyt/dull/farq. 16 teamer and i have these allen/neris/bush/rivero/bearclaw with doolittle/capps to DL (only room for one of those there though)

  12. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    20 team dynasty, holds, relief appearances, K/9 added. start 7 RP slots. drop romo for petit/hoyt. also have giles/grilli/hembree/hoover/kela/jeffress, barrett in DL slot. altavilla in NA slot.

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Smokey: jose M torres SD is owned by the SD guy (we have to have at least 9 team based players, thank god i didn’t trade for dyson, i’m TEX). petit is now also gone. hoyt and here’s some more: fields/mcgee just got dropped/jarlin G MIA/duffey/rogers MIN/drake/hatcher/pazos.
        i think i’ve had mcgee twice (once before he was even doing well) and at least 3 others have had him by now.

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