Last week we covered the other “S” in the “AGNOF”, that being the steals part of the whole acronym. This week it’s saves… sorta. And to be fair, I will touch on some steals guys this week too. But for today, we take a gander at the Saves portion, but for better and more finite terminology, we are going to look at some of the changing needed cuffs that before the year were must owns and have basically faded away from their usefulness so far to date. Now, being a setup relief pitcher is basically like a coupon that eventually expires. The amount of useful relief pitchers from day one to game 162 is small, like the count on both hands kinda small. It is an ever fluxing market where injuries, poor form, and situational involvement change from one game to the next. I wish it weren’t so, but it is. Everyone has a crush on the roster the draft at the beginning of the year, but soon enough a girl from another school moves in and is more prominent or endowed than the previous love fest. That is baseball, and the last 1-2 relieve spots on your team should always be changing, just to maximize the roster spot value. So here are some of the more popular names that have fallen by the way side of roster-ability or some guys that may have increasing market value. Get your hands up, so we can slap some cuffs on ya…
Kevin Siegrist – Was lapped by Bowman earlier in the tear, now it seems like a whole lotta Rosey is back to throwin’ smoke. ERA closing in on is nothing you want on your roster, ask Fernando Rodney (and he actually gets some semblance of saves).
Joakim Soria – The K.C. story for the feel-good story of homegrown talent is just about at it’s end. Tradeable assets are there and one of the best one’s is going to be Kelvin Herrera. That makes Soria a stash until he is basically not the guy for them, on the go in a completely different direction.
Danny Farquhar – Colome is getting worked to death, and by my own eyes it appears to be too much for my liking. Off days and high leverage end game stuff is going his way.
Anthony Swarzak – Everyone needs a some mid-week holds dudes. 11/0 K/BB rate and 1 hit allowed to 26 batters faced in last 8 appearances.
Jayson Werth – Anyone who hits in the Nats lineup right now is useful. He is batting second on some occasions and has 2 steals over the past week. I know it’s Jayson freaking Werth, stop yelling at me. I only report the stats man.
Erick Aybar – The list of struggling Middle infidels is long…Asdrubel, Dansby, Crawford on DL, Walker, Forsythe, Baez. I think that’s enough and you get the point. While it’s not sexy by any stretch of the imagination it works and he gets at bats on the regular. Hitting 300 with 3 steals over the past week.
Michael Taylor – Eaton is gonzo. Taylor has 30 SB over the past two season in just a bit under 700 at bats. Owned in only 2% of RCL’s, he is running with the Nats high octane offense, so steals and runs should be on the way once he chills into the role.