Let’s set our baseline for the closer hierarchy as spring evolves. There hasn’t been that much in the way of news and Craig Kimbrel remains unsigned. He’s therefore unranked. If he signs he goes in the top tier. I shoveled snow this morning, so you’re getting winter weather themed tiers.

    • One guy I’m coming back around on is Archie Bradley. He dealt with a fingernail issue last season that sapped some bite from his curveball. He recently said, “I’m throwing some hammers this year. I’m going to have one of the best curveballs in the big leagues.”
    • I’m coming around on Matt Barnes. He should have the inside track to that job as the veteran.
    • People are paying too much for Pedro Strop in my eyes. There’s almost no chance he has that job to himself all year.
    • I’d be cautious on Jordan Hicks and Andrew Miller. With Carlos Martinez nursing an arm issue he might be moving into the pen.
    • Some of the best pens to speculate on for early saves are going to be the Twins, Rays, and Mariners. All three team will be competitive. If someone takes the job and runs with it they’re a league winner.

Sunny And 60

All of the awfulness of winter is forgotten. You see people on the golf course. Spring is so close you can feel it. You might even break out some shorts.

Cold, But Crisp

You may not be breaking out the speedo, but it feels refreshing when you step outside.

 

One-To-Two Inches Of Snow

It’s a slight inconvenience. Not enough to derail your day, but you still have to break out the snow shovel.

 

Wintry Mix

Make up your mind mother nature. Is it raining? Is it snowing? What the hell is the difference between sleet and freezing rain? If you go outside you become a wet, miserable mess.
  1. NATRONEMEANSBUSINESS says:
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    I’ve only made part way through. I had to pause and ask a serious question, why do you think the Mariners will be competitive? There are some pieces there for sure, but they’ll be competitive enough to toil in mediocrity and fail at tanking.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @NATRONEMEANSBUSINESS: Mediocre is all we need for saves opps. I think they’re a hair better than they’re getting credit for.

  2. DonnieB says:
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    Most have Colome as the closer. Why Herrera in your mind? I was drafting him early as the closer but have backed off so would love to have him pan out. Any serious threat to Bradley from Holland? Thanks for the insights.

    • Roto-Wan

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      @DonnieB: I think Herrera has the more closer-y skill set if healthy. He’s probably worth more on the trade block, too. It’s super close though. I don’t think we can rule out Nate Jones, who’s been with the team, either.

    • Roto-Wan

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      @DonnieB: and on Holland, unless he turns back time I don’t think so.

  3. 183414 says:
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    Herrera over Colome ? Herrera with shoulder problems in back to back years. Colome is the better pitcher. Nate Jones ? Another huge health risk.
    Think I’m angry b/c I drafted Perez on 2 teams, and 2 nights ago w
    changed my mind at the last second from Grandal.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @183414: And Colome isn’t a good pitcher, they all have fleas. I feel you on Perez. I did the same thing in a best ball about an hour before the news broke.

      • 183414 says:
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        @Roto-Wan: AN hour. Mine was the day he injured his arm, but I saw him on MLB and he showed nothing to indicate this was coming. Grandal or Profar , if I can have a redo.

  4. 183414 says:
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    Disagree with Minter over Vizcaino, as well.

    • Roto-Wan

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      @183414: Minter is the better pitcher, but Viz probably starts with the job. It might not matter with news that Minter has a sore shoulder.

  5. Pousse-Pousse says:
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    Most of what I’ve read has May over Parker in Minnesota. What’s your thinking on putting Parker first?

    • Roto-Wan

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      @Pousse-Pousse: another case of the younger, better pitcher likely starting out behind the veteran free agent. If you want May, just realize it could require patience on your bench.

  6. cg says:
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    Seems odd to me that Chapman and Vazquez aren’t in the top tier. I realize Chapman has guys behind him that are good…but he isn’t going to lose that job for more than a game or two. And Vazquez has another very safe job.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @cg: I’m holding Chapman down at the start of a new tier due to injury concerns having only hit 50ish innings in two straight season.

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