Trade deadline is fast approaching Wednesday, July 31, at 4 PM ET. There is no waiver deadline this year, so, the next few days could contain a number of closer changes. It’s time to take your shots on potential closer changes and see what happens.

  • Some of the closers that have been rumored to be on the move are Edwin Diaz, Will Smith, Mychael Givens, Shane Greene, Ken Giles, Felipe Vazquez, Ian Kennedy, Alex Colome, Ken Giles, Raisel Iglesias, and Roenis Elias. Yes, that’s just about every reliever on a losing team, but those are all the players you’ll see rumored. Go check out the most recent closer column for the depth charts.
  • Greg Holland is out as closer. It’s a bit of guessing game as to who gets the role next, but in order, I’d put my money on Yoshihisa Hirano, then Yoan Lopez, and finally Archie Bradley. Archie’s probably the best of the group, but the DBacks have fought the idea of him being closer before as they like him in a multi-inning role.
  • Jose Leclerc came on and blew a save opportunity on Sunday. He had gotten a late inning opps 2 out of the last 3 with Chris Martin getting the late inning work in between. This may kick it back into a time share, or maybe toward Chris Martin over Leclerc.
  • David Fletcher (70% owned on Fantrax) has 3 stolen bases in the last 14 days. He’s been playing every day and leading off.
  • Ditto for Leury Garcia (43% owned) who also has 3 stolen bases in the last 2 weeks and is also leading off every day.
  • If you’re looking deeper or at middle infield, it’s a temporary fix until Matt Carpenter returns, but Yairo Munoz is getting playing time and stealing bags while he has playing time.
  • Jarrod Dyson may have been dropped after slumping for a few weeks, but is still somebody that can steal some bags if that’s what you need.
  • The top 6 teams in stolen bases in July are the Brewers, Nationals, Braves, Rays, Indians, and Rangers.
  • The bottom 6 teams in stolen bases in July are the Mets, Marlins, Giants, Twins, Pirates, and Cubs.

 

Bottom 20 Catchers (min. 10 games started)

Rk Name Tm GS Inn SB SB/IP
1 Chance Sisco BAL 22 204 21 10.29%
2 Wilson Ramos NYM 73 658.1 63 9.57%
3 Nick Hundley OAK 23 195.1 18 9.23%
4 Michael Perez TBR 13 112 10 8.93%
5 Tomas Nido NYM 26 229.1 20 8.73%
6 Bobby Wilson DET 15 127.2 11 8.65%
7 Welington Castillo CHW 30 257 22 8.56%
8 Jeff Mathis TEX 55 478.1 39 8.16%
9 Max Stassi HOU 25 210 17 8.10%
10 Kevan Smith LAA 27 239 19 7.95%
11 Jonathan Lucroy LAA 60 533 41 7.69%
12 John Hicks DET 43 387.2 29 7.49%
13 Willians Astudillo MIN 13 124 9 7.26%
14 Grayson Greiner DET 43 381.2 27 7.08%
15 Buster Posey SFG 63 556 39 7.01%
16 Omar Narvaez SEA 67 604.2 42 6.95%
17 Josh Phegley OAK 67 625 42 6.72%
18 Brian McCann ATL 54 481 32 6.65%
19 Curt Casali CIN 42 377.1 25 6.63%
20 Bryan Holaday MIA 17 153 10 6.54%

 

Bottom 20 Pitchers (min. 50 IP)

Rk Name Tm IP SB SB/IP
1 Miguel Castro BAL 51.2 11 21.48%
2 Yu Darvish CHC 115 18 15.65%
3 Trevor Cahill LAA 76.1 11 14.45%
4 Josh James HOU 51.1 7 13.70%
5 Kevin Gausman ATL 69.1 9 13.02%
6 Jacob deGrom NYM 129 16 12.40%
7 Nick Margevicius* SDP 53.1 6 11.30%
8 Chase Anderson MIL 88 9 10.23%
9 Jake Arrieta PHI 123.2 12 9.74%
10 Anthony DeSclafani CIN 103.1 10 9.70%
11 Daniel Norris* DET 106.2 10 9.42%
12 Adrian Houser MIL 53.2 5 9.40%
13 Junior Guerra MIL 54.2 5 9.23%
14 Sandy Alcantara MIA 118.1 10 8.47%
15 Reynaldo Lopez CHW 119 10 8.40%
16 Madison Bumgarner* SFG 132.2 11 8.32%
17 Steven Brault* PIT 60.2 5 8.31%
18 Sonny Gray CIN 109.1 9 8.25%
19 Griffin Canning LAA 73.1 6 8.21%
20 Dylan Bundy BAL 98 8 8.16%

 

 

  1. Gabriel Waskiewicz says:
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    Who do you prefer as a closer spec, Hirano or Nick Anderson?

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      Give me Hirano. I think there’s more competition for the role, but the Dbacks are going to get more save opps I’d imagine and the 2 pitchers have both been great the last month plus.

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

    I am doing well in ERA and WHIP so I do not want to hurt those categories but I’m chasing Saves+Holds so I picked these guys for my shortlist.

    I own Hand and Hendriks. Do I keep both? I assume so…

    Give me a couple of more names from this list that you like, if any…

    S.Dyson, A.Miller, A.Cimber, Lorenzen, Y.Lopez, and Kolarek.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      Dyson, Miller, Lorenzen would be the 3 for me. Yoan Lopez could get an opportunity to close, but after going through a few months cleanly, he’s been hit around a couple times in his last few outings. The entire Cardinals bullpen has been lights out, and you could probably look to them for ratios with saves/holds as well.

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