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In what very well may be the first hostile takeover of the closer year, we turn our eyes to the land of Primanti’s and Yinzers.  Yes my friends, I am talking about Pittsburgh.  The incumbent closer there, Tony Watson, has had a rough spring training.  One that usually I would brush aside and say “ehh ST stats mean bupkis” and he has the vet preference behind him to back him up.  I usually believe that type of big brother back-up mentality, but not when they signed a free agent who was viewed by several other clubs as a closer, that player being Daniel Hudson.  So before we get to Danny, let’s stay on Tony Watson for a bit.  He is the 19th closer off the board in most scenarios, which by all intents and purposes puts him in the lower-middle.  Last season he only took over the closer’s role after the trade of Melancon and notched himself 15 saves on the year.  But they weren’t all comfy ones.  Tony Watson is a phenomenal relief pitcher, notice, I said “relief pitcher”.  In my mind, he is just not a closer.  A closer by default last year though?   Very much so.  Now, you add the tumultuous spring that he is having; faced 24 batters, allowed eight hits, walked three and eight ER in four-and-a-third innings. good for a 16 plus ERA.  Looking for a silver lining, okay, there are two!  Zero home runs allowed and a K-rate above 12.  Yah… for peripheral stats, Hudson has been basically himself this spring, high-K middle-3 ERA, and holding opponents to a .200 BAA, while everyone is hitting Teddy Ballgame against Watson.  I am not completely panicking yet, because in reality I would have two higher ranked RP before Tony Watson comes off the board, but those looking to get a cheeky head-start on the SAGNOF craze, grab you some Daniel Hudson.  So for the first invasion of the season, I am flying the Jolly Roger upside down for distress.  Let’s see what else is going down for the end game of ballgames…

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Greg Holland – I love this time of the year, one day he is the closer.  The next he gives up two earned runs and it’s back to Ottavino.  Neither is going to win you or lose you your league.  Plan ahead and if you need one, you prolly need to draft the other. Which is never a good thing for roster-bating.

Brad Boxberger – Looks like he will start the year on the DL, moving Xavier Cedeno up to that cuff mode and first chair for holds.  For deeper leagues, Lord Farquhar and Erasmo Ramirez have some value in holds leagues.

Raisel Iglesias – Has both elbow and back injuries currently and is far behind in his workouts.  The best thing for you is they are the worst bullpen in bullpen for stability.  Lorenzen is putting up a Tony Watson type spring and the skipper is planning on going into the season going eeny, meeny, miney, moe for the save.  They are ranked last for a reason, desperation is not worth it.

Will Smith – Got jiggy with it and hurt his elbow, mmm-drop!

Brandon Kintzler – With Perkins not anywhere close he is becoming more of a commodity then an also-rand.  Limited K-potential, in the 5-6 k/9 range, but he had 17 saves and only 3 blown last year.  No real competition at least gives him a leash that he can hang himself with.  Want a sleeper for the end of the year, Tyler Jay is becoming a full-time reliever.

 

 

 

 

 
  1. MB says:
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    So annoying to have to waste a spot for Hudson, hopefully he dominates like September.

    You think colome is traded? And is anyone even worth handcuffing with him at this point?

    Thanks for the writeup

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @MB: yea double dipping spots for the save chase is bad since he isn’t an elite set-up guy if he isn’t closing.

      He may but not before July, Rays can’t punt in March

      Anytime, thanks for stopping by

  2. nick says:
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    What’s the best way to go up finding guys who can get saves after the starters are taken? Did I remember you doing some kind of “next man” up list. In a deep league so wondering what order to draft for potential saves once all the starters are gone! Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @nick: never did a next man up, later this week will have rankings and have tons fo cuff and holds guys info available by searching my posts.

      • Rabbit says:
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        @Smokey: Smokes I am waiting on this next man up post, so here’s hoping you have it up before Friday PM when my league’s post-draft add/drop period begins–I need help after a not-so-great auction. Thanks!

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Rabbit: it should post on friday but am always here if ya need

  3. Alan says:
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    Good stuff. Rondon worth holding on to for ratios/change K Rod stinks?

    Thank you

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Alan: in holds league sure, there’s better cuffs to chase

  4. Nobody’s really talking about Carter Capps this year. Don’t you think a comeback might be possible, and he could at least be an asset for K’s? Not like you need to draft him, but I’m keeping an eye on him.

    • Smokey

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      @Hugman: shhh, no talk is good. but seriously I have mentioned him a few and his ADP reflects that people are paying attention high of 189 in RCL leagues. he is draftable in every single league with 10 or more teams.

  5. jack florida says:
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    always great, useful information, thanks

  6. Brian says:
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    Thanks as always for the insights. In my 15 team Mixed league that has saves and holds as separate categories, I have Francisco Rodriguez, Cam Bedrosian, Addinson Reed, Koda Glover, and Nate Jones. Would you drop any of them for Daniel Hudson? I don’t think I would, but wanted an expert opinion!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Brian: Nope you solid

  7. Manny says:
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    Watson still worth keeping in an 12 team NL-Only league at $5? Was really thinking about keeping him, Feliz at $1 & Capps at $5 so that I am set in RP at a total of $11 with a maximum available to spend at auction on hitting. Thoughts?

    • Smokey

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      @Manny: in NL onky absolutely gotta gamble on closers options are slimmer

  8. Five-On-One says:
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    As usual, I came out of my auction a bit short on saves. I have N. Jones and Uehara stashed on my bench for when Robinson gets traded and Davis goes on the DL. Is Hudson a better stash than either of them? All three are decent to good talents without the current closing gig. Which two would you stash if you were chasing saves? And no, I am not interested in Lorenzan/Cingrani/anyone else in that pen.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Five-On-One: i would probably roster over Koji

  9. Saints says:
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    Hay Smokey thanks for your articles.
    I’m in a 14 man dynasty league and I’m punting saves right now (having no realcloser on the roster best bet is Corey Knebel). We’re not playing with holds so I’m just searching for some young good Bullpen guys with good Numbers (who could become a closer one day). Any suggestions for me ?

    • Smokey

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      @Saints: nned some names to go by. Rondon from Det, Jimenez from det. If you give me some names i can guide you a bit better

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