All in all, the MLB trade deadline wasn’t an all out bullen nuke. We have some spots that need updating but nothing more than 2020 has been throwing at us. If you’re falling behind in a category you need to attack it with an all out assault from multiple angles. See if some of these cheap sources can help you out.

    • After trading away Archie Bradley we have an opening for the Diamondbacks closer. Two young names with a shot are Stefan Crichton and Kevin Ginkel. I’d have bet good money Ginkel was the guy prior to the season. He’s had lackluster results, however. Crichton has been solid on the other hand and building trust. Junior Guerra and Hector Rondon probably get the first opps but they should be moved aside fairly quickly.
    • Aroldis Chapman has been suspended three games for throwing at Mike Brosseau. Zach Britton gets a little extra life if you were holding him on the chance Chapman stumbled.
    • We’re still trying to figure out the Cubs bullpen. Jeremy Jeffress seems to be the flavor of the week after Rowan Wick had some hiccups and Craig Kimbrel is still serving meatballs. I’m still holding out hope that Wick can rise to the top of this foul brew.
    • The Padres trading for Trevor Rosenthal makes more sense with them sending Emilio Pagan to the IL. They want a RHP compliment in the ninth for Drew Pomeranz. Pagan’s shoulder fatigue isn’t a great sign for his 2020 prospects.
    • Two relievers are getting close to return from the IL and may be worth a stash where available in Nick Anderson and Wade Davis. Anderson is less likely to be out there and may not get saves even upon return. Davis will almost definitely get back into the ninth but may not have great results aside from saves. Pick your poison.

Closers In Waiting

The next men up for the ninth. More saves than ever are going to be spread among trusted arms.

  1. James Karinchak
  2. Ryan Helsley 
  3. Trevor May
  4. Hector Neris
  5. Brad Boxberger

K It Up

Get a category enhancer from these high K/9 strikeout artists.

  1. Adam Ottavino
  2. Dellin Betances
  3. Josh Staumont
  4. Devin Williams
  5. Tanner Rainey

Ratio Darlings

These guys may not earn saves, but they can help smooth your ratios.
  1. Evan Marshall
  2. Jonathan Martinez
  3. Tony Watson
  4. Will Smith
  5. John Curtiss

Long Men

Hard up for starters? An effective long man can bridge a gap until you find someone. They’re also ripe to snag a win in relief with starters going fewer innings.
  1. Chad Green
  2. Matt Strahm
  3. Felix Pena
  4. John Gant
  5. Chris Devenski
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1 year ago

Hey Roto-wan,
m lookng to shore up my bullpen for a playoff run. Im currently holding Melancon, Iglesias and Jeffress. Just dropped Buttrey and snagged Britton but just for the weekend as Chapman has been used a lot lately.
Willing to drop Britton and maybe Jeffress to upgrade.
Available FAs
Would you make any moves there? Our league only counts Saves. No holds

Ben W
Ben W
1 year ago

Is Bettances back from IL?

1 year ago

Rate Archie Bradley, Bass, and Hader ROS

Reply to  scoboticus
1 year ago


Bradley (better pitcher, worse chance for saves)

John Gray
1 year ago

Did you mean Hernandez and nit Martinez???

Reply to  John Gray
1 year ago

Yep, lol. I also cover MMA and there is a Jonathan Martinez. We’ll correct it.

1 year ago

Only 3 weeks left, ya might as well just rank closers each week. These in-between week articles don’t seem all that useful.

Reply to  Ross
1 year ago

Grey, how do we block Ross’s IP address? Kidding! We’ll take it under advisement.