We’ve reached the All Star break. That’s a little more than halfway through the fantasy baseball year. Since there was no real baseball yet this week, we’re going with a Closer Report/SAGNOF mash up. Bullets are freestyle and rankings are below. Tiers are HR Derby themed with some of my favorite moments in Derby history…

    • The All Star break also serves as a time for teams to take stock of where they stand and consider whether the should be trade deadline buyers or sellers. The interest in Will Smith is heating up. That means there’s a stash opportunity. Pick your favorite between Sam Dyson, Mark Melancon, or Reyes Moronta. There’s something in my gut telling me Moronta might be the guy long term.
    • Greg Holland and Craig Kimbrel both gave their owners a bit of solace going into the break with a save each just prior. Holland is the shakier own with the Diamondbacks minimally invested in him. Let’s see what a few days off do for two aging arms.
    • Grey told you to roster Liam Hendricks. I told you not to drop him. Hope you listened because, surprise, rushing Treinen back was probably a mistake and it’s showing. Treinen may never be a guy cut out for the solo closer mantle. He’s likely an elite fireman with multi-inning capability.
    • The top of the stolen base leaderboard isn’t particularly surprising with Adalberto Mondesi and Mallex Smith at the top. It gets interesting from there. Christian Yelich is third, Elvis Andrus is fourth, and Jose Ramirez is fifth. They’re likely matchup based with pockets of steals coming in the first half. It’s an interesting top 5 nonetheless.
    • Right behind them in sixth is Kevin Kiermaier. If you’re after steals, check the wire for him. He’s been a popular add but could be there. KK gives you some of everything.
    • Joey Wendle, another Ray, is right behind him. Wendle’s had about the worst injury luck you can have. He’s back now and sporting a solid .257/.341/.371 with 3 steals in the last two weeks. His playing time has some risk with Brandon Lowe’s return. Wendle can play all over the diamond, though.

Ken Griffey Jr., 1994

This was the official I’m here to stay moment of a game changer. It was his follow up to leaving the yard in ’93 and finishing second. The swagger. The swing. The backward hat. Children still haven’t recovered.

Josh Hamilton, 2008

This one’s more about his 28 first round homers. It was the shining moment in Hamilton’s baseball redemption. Once in a while baseball gives us a real feel good.

Bobby Abreu, 2005

Who cares if you ruin your back and your swing for eternal glory? I’m being told the derby actually counts for nothing and this was peak Abreu selfishness. Alright then.

Yoenis Cespedes, 2014

Less of an indictment of Yo and more on the format and field itself. He only had to beat Todd Frazier’s lone home run in the finals after Frazier advanced on a 1-0 semifinal win. This took something we all enjoy and drug it through the mud.

  1. toolshed says:
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    Is Pagan the best guy to own in tb for saves? I know they mix and match a little. Castillo is on his way back. Who do you like most ros? Or who do you think ends up with the most saves from this point forward? Thx

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Probably remains a mix of Castillo and Pagan.

  2. krazyivan says:
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    Herrera has been in the role before, but wouldn’t the White Sox turn to Aaron Bummer if they traded Colome at the deadline?

    Ground ball specialist with a 0.93 whip, he kinda reminds me of Zach Britton.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      He’s the better pitcher right now and I meant to include him as an option. I always worry with a LHP when you don’t know what the manager will do, though.

      • krazyivan says:
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        • krazyivan says:
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          I hear ya. He has potential to be a good “fireman” too so I picked him up in s Saves+ Holds league.

          • Roto-Wan

            Roto-Wan says:
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            That’ll play.

  3. Mike says:
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    Every closer named here is owned in every league that counts saves. It would be helpful to have a ranked list of who to stash in the event of trades over the next couple of weeks.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Well it is the closer rankings. If you’re looking for a stash take a shot on a Giant or Diamondback. A.J. Minter could also work his way into saves.

  4. holyscheisse says:
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    With the way Hendriks is pitching, is Treinen droppable in a 12-team h2h points league? I have Doolittle and Kennedy also.

    • holyscheisse says:
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      We start two RP spots*. Currently rocking Kennedy as a SPaRP when my SP slots aren’t full for the day.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Not really. If he gets right you just gave an opponent a freebie. Bench him and wait.

  5. Mike says:
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    I snagged calros Martinez as I was offered degrom for Nola and will Smith. You taking that trade?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Not even close. Nola has been better but has had mixed results. Will Smith may not be closing on a new team in a week.

  6. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-team Saves+Holds 5×5 roto.

    I have Hand, Hembree, Hendriks, and Kelley.

    Available guys I’m looking at on the FA list are B.Parker, C.Martin, Lorenzen, Castillo, A.Miller, S.Romo, Stammen, P.Baez, Petit, Claudio, S.Dyson, Rodney, Chafin, Albers, Bummer, and Swarzak.

    Do you see an obvious Add-Drop?

    You mentioned Joey Wendle. I like him and have never owned him. Right now, I’m pretty good at 2B, 3B. and SS and have Barreto on my bench. Is Wendle an add over Barreto?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Hembree for Deigo Castillo.

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        If the Cardinals end up with Will Smith like most rumors say now, I’m holding Hembree. Even if the Red Sox get Smith, I’m keeping him over Castillo, I think.

        I noticed Hembree wasn’t mentioned with Boston. You had Matt Barnes / Brandon Workman / IL: Nathan Eovaldi

        In a saves+holds league, Hembree stood out to me. He has been a bright spot in that mess of a bullpen and then Saved a game after Barnes struggled in that role.

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        Grey’s writeup this morning…
        BUY
        Heath Hembree – There’s no way Eovaldi is going to be their closer. Maybe they’re saying all of that nonsense to keep the price low for when they get Will Smith. That would make an interesting remake of Good Will Hunting. As for Hembree? Well, who knows? I don’t think even the Red Sox know.

  7. Worm Burner says:
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    If you had to trade one away, who would you part with first, Matt Barnes and those K’s, or Ian Kennedy and maybe the more secure job?

    Thanks!

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Do you need the saves? I’d probably sell high on Kennedy.

  8. Ben says:
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    Root-wan-

    Keeper al only league, $260 budget, I’ve got someone offering Hand ($30, probably a bit rich to keep) for my Taylor Rogers ($10) and Liam Hendriks ($10). I tend to be less concerned about next year and am in the hunt for this year. Would you make this deal? Both Rogers and Hendriks have been going great but also have a lot of uncertainty…. Rogers could be out of the job in the next week if the twins trade for a closer, Hendriks could run away with the job and never look back but they could also try and circle Treinen back in if he gets right.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Not unless you need to consolidate 2 to 1.

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