September 27, 2016
Welcome to the final regular season edition of the Closer Report for the 2016 season. Once again, it was a fun year for relievers, albeit incredibly frustrating at times. I’ll try to do a recap of the year in closers soon, but there are still some fantasy teams fighting for their season, whether it be in the playoffs or in roto. This one is for all of you, because even with just a week to go in the regular season there is still somehow some news. The Closer Carousel never ends.
Raisel Iglesias Finally Taking Over in Cincinnati
For a big chunk of this season, the Reds had the saddest bullpen situation is recent memory. J.J. Hoover started the year in the role, and saying he was bad would be the kindest way to describe his season. Then, it was a mixture of guys like Blake Wood and J.C. Ramirez. Finally, Tony Cingrani took over full time and improbably held onto the job for most of the second half. Of course, his underlying peripherals never supported his surprising success to continue, and he finally faltered late in the year. After allowing runs in four straight outings this month then blowing a save on Friday, Cingrani has been removed from the ninth inning. Taking his place is Raisel Iglesias, who is the most talented arm in the bullpen. The former starter converted a save over the weekend, and could provide one or two more over the final week. On top of that, he’ll help with a few extra strikeouts without hurting your ratios. Iglesias is even more interesting as a long-term play. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll be put back in the rotation next year, but if they decide to keep him in a reliever to keep him healthy, Iglesias has the stuff to be a dominant closer. He’s someone I’d try to target this offseason before Cincinnati makes an official announcement either way.
Sergio Romo Emerges In San Francisco