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May 16, 2013

Bullpen Report

Diamondbacks Settle on Bell

by Mike Gianella


Welcome to Baseball Prospectus’ Reliever Report: Fantasy Edition. This is a fairly standard article in the fantasy community, so a long, drawn-out introduction is unnecessary.  The focus every week will be on:

  • Recent news that may have an impact on bullpen job situations.
  • Notes on a reliever’s performance that may or may not have an impact on his role.
  • Raw rankings based on 5x5 Rotisserie-style valuation.

NEWS

Los Angeles Dodgers

You could have written this story back in late October when the Dodgers re-upped Brandon League to a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension. The Dodgers already had a terrific reliever in Kenley Jansen to anchor the pen but decided to bring League back to be their ninth-inning guy. Every fantasy analyst seemingly warned against League and cautioned that he was going to lose the ninth-inning gig, and it simply a matter of when.

After a decent start to 2013, League has allowed at least one earned run in six of his last seven outings, pushing his ERA from 2.57 to 6.28. He has only blown one save, but his underwhelming strikeout rate combined with his poor HR/IP clip was giving manager Don Mattingly ulcers. Tuesday night, League wasn’t even warming when Mattingly needed a closer. Jansen came in and got the final out and the save.

There hasn’t been any announcement, but many are assuming that Jansen is the closer going forward. It’s probably too early to cut League even in a mixed format, but stash Jansen if you can. Even if Jansen doesn’t close or only splits the job, his rate stats and high strikeout rates make him the rare reliever worth pursuing in any format.

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