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June 13, 2013

Bullpen Report

Buyers and Sellers

by Mike Gianella


Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third-tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week, this factors into the ranking as well.

In addition to my weekly rankings, this week I will be taking a look at teams that might be sellers and the relievers who might be trade targets at the major-league trade deadline. For every other position on the diamond, player trades matter almost solely in -only leagues, where you run the risk of losing someone to the “other” league. If a first baseman gets moved from a National League to an American League squad, the mixed-league impact is typically negligible. Closers are the rare commodities where fantasy owners in every format are at risk if there is a trade. More often than not, a closer who gets shipped out of town at or near the deadline moves from the front of a bullpen into a set-up role.

Miami Marlins

The Marlins have said that they won’t trade either Steve Cishek or Mike Dunn. While more than a few pundits have laughed at this statement, it makes sense: Both pitchers are under team control and very affordable. If Cishek does move, he’d be a set-up man in any other uniform.

New York Mets

Bobby Parnell is unlikely to be going anywhere given his team-friendly, cheap contract. Frank Francisco is a trade candidate assuming full health, but that is far from guaranteed. If Francisco does move, he would likely pitch in middle relief. Even in deep formats, he’s not an option at the moment.

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