It finally happened. A team decided to sign Craig Kimbrel! The MLB draft happened this week so the draft pick penalty has been lifted for signing a few marquee names like Kimbrell and Dallas Keuchel. The Chicago Cubs offered the most, since their payroll is jacked anyway. With the premiere of Dark Phoenix this weekend I’ve got a ranking of X-Men for the tiers.

  • The aforementioned return of Craig Kimbrel gets top billing. I’m going to slot him at the bottom of tier one and see where things go from there. To my fellow Strop holders, you have my empathy. For you Kimbrel stashers, this is your Christmas.
  • Baltimore’s bullpen continues to perform as smoothly as the WBPD in The Wire. Every time Brandon Hyde turns to a new option it blows up in his face. He then has to go back to Mychal Givens, which more often than not, blows up in his face.
  • Right down the road in DC, things continue to fall apart like a bill with no pork on the Senate floor. You have to wonder if we’ll see Doolittle getting more chances for multi-inning saves. Wander Suero and his swollen ERA are the current bandaid. It’s worth noting Tanner Rainey has been dynamite in low-leverage situations with a 15.75 K/9.
  • Hector Neris has been a dude and deserves a tier promotion. I’m holding off on it until we see that Gabe Kapler will stand by him with David Robertson returning. Robertson was effective in a setup role with that Yankees so it makes sense to keep him there unless Neris struggles. That means we will likely see Kapler do the opposite.
  • Jordan Hicks has hit some bumps at the worst time for his owners. Carlos Martinez is back and in the bullpen breathing down Hicks’ neck. Martinez replaced Hicks on Sunday to clean up a save chance. The Cards like Martinez in the role and could be justified making a change.
  • The latest placeholder for Hunter Strickland in Seattle is Anthony Bass. Is that even a real baseball player? Speculate if you want, I guess?

Mystique

Blue bodysuit. Lethal personality. Gets the job done at any cost. She’s the total package.

Wolverine

Not the most unique talents but a useful player on your team. He gets it done with muscle and resolve most of the time. Probably has a beard.

Cyclops

He can be a powerful weapon. If he loses focus, however, things get messy and blow up all around him. Also kind of a downer.

Jubilee

I have sparkles that come out of my hands. Stan Lee kind of phoned me in.

 

  1. jbona3 says:
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    Thoughts on any setup guys that would be a good stash ahead of the trade deadline? Either having their role elevated by a trade, or “the guy” in front of them getting traded…

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      The most likely teams to unload a reliever are the Giants, Marlins, Rangers, Angels, and White Sox. I could also see the Reds shopping Iglesias. Out of those teams, if Buttrey is unowned or Herrera.

  2. Dan says:
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    Kimbrel is still over a month away, and Strop has resumed closer duties. That Cubs tier is all mixed up

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I’ve seen reports that Kimbrel could be ready in two weeks. That’s maybe aggressive, but he’s undoubtedly the Cubs closer. Also, Cishek got the save last night…

      • Dan says:
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        Pedro Strop threw 17 pitches in his first game back from the IL, that’s why Cishek went out last night

  3. Pousse-Pousse says:
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    Holland is frustrating. He’s pitching great, it’s just bupkis with the save opportunities. The Dbacks are playing .500 ball, too, so it’s not like he’s on the worst team for opps.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Yeah, just the weird variance of a mediocre team’s save opps.

  4. Stumanji! says:
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    Barnes with a save today. He’s hit a few bumps recently, but his stuff is too good for Cora to ignore forever as the obvious closer, right? RIGHT???

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Riiiiight…

  5. Motorhead says:
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    Where does Wade Davis slot once he returns (supposedly this weekend)?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Bottom of the second tier.

  6. C says:
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    What kind of closer can I reasonably expect to get for A. Riley in a 12-team 6×6 holds league?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      A pretty good one? I guess it depends on who needs an OF/3B.

  7. prestige says:
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    Thoughts on Stroman at home tomorrow vs Dbacks (M Kelly)

    Liking him for the W?

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