When I write titles like this, often times I say to myself: Do I need to extrapolate on the actuality of the point that I am trying to convey?  Fortunately for you I am going to be all basic with knowledge this week because it is pretty cut and dry.  Are you winning saves?  How much are you winning saves by?  If yes for the first question and over 20 for the second, be like Billy Ray and sell.  Do not liquidate all your assets, just slim down your roster to a smattering of usefulness instead of a hoard.  Find a culprit who maybe chasing second, third or even fourth.  My reasoning for this and why you should do it now is that before people realize that there is no hope in dope or chasing saves when you can’t make them up… they will lose interest and they will have zero trade value.  Don’t get stuck holding a struggling middle/upper closer when you can reinvest that in a bat that can make up a stat other than just one.  Today’s moral is:  sell saves, be aware that your return may not be as great as expected, but it’s better then dumping them to the waiver wire for nothing.

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  • Any closer hotter the Edwin Diaz right now?  Seven saves in seven appearances and a K-Rate north of 12 yummy.  Grasshoppers and late season surges that’s what the Mariners do.
  • If Diaz is en fuego then Trevor Rosenthal is cruising in a steady crock pot.  Since assuming the closer role 12 innings, 20k’s and 5 saves.  makes me forget all about the final boss what’s his face.
  • I know it’s not the 20/20 club but the 10 holds/10 saves club has one member (Felipe Rivero) already and is going to be joined by the aforementioned Rosey and Brad Hand.  Meaningless unless you are a bullpen geek.
  • Down goes Norris.  Probably a week too late though.  Baby Bedrock, Parker and Middleton could all see saves in the Sciocsia zoo.
  • I know WAR isn’t really a telling fantasy stat, but Anthony Swarzak is 6th amongst all relievers in the stat this year.  In layman’s terms he is having a Andrew Miller type season.
  • All the Nationals needed was talent.  In last 20 games the bullpen ERA has dropped two whole runs from what it was at the all star break.  Madson, Kintzler and Doolittle are mending the ship that was abysmal.

$12 Salads

You know that restaurant your girlfriend/wife/what-have-you likes to go to that charges, like, $12 for a salad? Every time you go there, you have a thoroughly solid meal. No complaints, except you just paid $12 for a salad when you could’ve went to McDonald’s and stuffed you and your woman for ten schmools and had $2 in quarters left over to make the hotel bed vibrate. These closers are $12 salads.

1. Kenley Jansen – (Tony Watson, Pedro Baez)

2Aroldis Chapman– (Dellin BetancesDavid Robertson)

3. Wade Davis – (Justin Wilson, Carl Edwards Jr.)

4. Craig Kimbrel – (Addison Reed, Joe Kelly)

5. Greg Holland – (Pat NeshekJake McGee)

6. Cody Allen – (Joe Smith, Bryan Shaw)

7. Roberto Osuna – (Ryan Tepera, Danny Barnes)


Imagine you’re following a donkey, who’s wearing a wool cap, through a desert for 1700 miles. Why are you following a donkey? Because he promises you something wonderful and you just need to trust him. Does the donkey talk? Yes. Yes, he does talk. So when you and the donkey in the wool cap arrive at his destination, he removes the wool cap to reveal a horn. The donkey is a unicorn and his gift to you for your trust is saves. These closers are Donkeycorns.

8. Felipe Rivero – (Juan Nicasio, George Kontos)

9. Ken Giles – (Chris DevenskiLuke Gregerson)

10. Alex Colome – (Brad BoxbergerTommy Hunter)

11. Corey Knebel – (Jacob BarnesAnthony Swarzak)

12. Edwin Diaz – (Nick Vincent, Tony Zych)

13. Kelvin Herrera – (Brandon Maurer, Joakim Soria)

14. Raisel Iglesias – (Michael Lorenzen, Drew Storen)

15. Brad Hand –  (Phil MatonKirby Yates)

16. Trevor Rosenthal  – (Seung-Hwan Oh, Brett Cecil)

17. Zach Britton – (Brad BrachMychal Givens)

18. Sean Doolittle – (Ryan Madson, Brandon Kintzler)


These guys are the men that make the save market go round. They punch in, punch out. Have the job, no real threat to speak of, and are basically just there to collect great benny’s so they can take care of their crippled brother. Who is only really crippled because he is scared of the sun.

19. Fernando Rodney  – (Archie Bradley, David Hernandez)

20. Sam Dyson – (Hunter Strickland, Albert Suarez)

21. Arodys Vizcaino – (Jim Johnson, Jose Ramirez)

22. A.J. Ramos– (Jerry Blevins, Paul Sewald)

23. Shane Greene– (Bruce RondonAlex Wilson)

Brain Freezes

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples, bananas and Carlos Marmol– Wait, he just gave up 12 earned runs and hit Castro in the head with a pick-off throw. Brain freeze! Make it stop! Use the following closers at your own risk.

24. Blake Treinen – (Santiago Casilla, Ryan Dull)

25. Alex Claudio  (Matt BushJose Leclerc)

26. Matt Belisle – (Taylor Rogers, Trevor Hildenberger)

27. Brad Ziegler – (Junichi Tazawa, Jarlin Garcia)

28. Blake Parker / Cam Bedrosian / Keynan Middleton

29. Tyler Clippard – (Juan MinayaJake Petricka)

30. Hector Neris  / Luis Garcia

  1. Jon says:

    12 team 5 x 5 H2H league. I just traded Holland for Salazar last week, probably an overpay, but had 4 other closers at the time and needed SP. I have now been offered Archer for Knebel and Hand. My gut is to counter with just Knebel for Archer. My current closers, besides Knebel and Hand, are Rivero, Belisle, and Bedrosian (I just dropped Norris for him). My SP are Darvish, Hill, Salazar, Godley, Faria, Morton, Duffy and Lamet, with McCullers and Chase Anderson on the DL. Worth it to trade Knebel and Hand, or just Knebel, for Archer?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Jon: it sucks dealing both for a proven starter commodity. BUt you look comfy in saves

  2. No Pun Zone says:

    Saves and holds league, 12 teamer H2H. RP staff: Holland, Melancon and Viz…so not great and worrued Holland could hit a wall between his long comeback year and Coors. I currently punt holds but won’t obviously come Sept 4th.

    1. Would you reinforce saves with yet another dubious guy like Treinen or hang with my three and go fir a guy like Watson for holds?

  3. Chisoxx_22 says:

    5×5 roto, 10 team. I’m winning saves by 3 (98 total) 2nd and 3rd tied at 95 and 4th is at 82. Trade my Dejong/belisle for Felipe riverio? My closers are Britton, clippard, treinen and belisle.

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