July 25, 2017
Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. Specifically, welcome to the last edition of the Closer Report before the trade deadline next week. We had our second big closer-related deal of the summer this past week, and just yesterday our third took place. It’s expected that more will come soon. Coming up, we’ll talk about the implications of the deals that were already made and a couple of handcuffs you can pick up now for trades we expect to be made. But first, just a reminder that you can keep up with all of the changes on the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news!
Rumors have been swirling around the Padres bullpen for weeks now, which makes sense considering they are one of the worst teams in baseball. However, most of that trade speculation has been focused on Brad Hand. Instead, the Padres first dealt Brandon Maurer, who had served as their closer all year, to the Royals. On Kansas City’s part, nothing changes for fantasy purposes. Kelvin Herrera is still the closer and Joakim Soria is still (probably) the number two. If you’re a Maurer owner, I’d feel safe dropping him. In San Diego, Hand becomes the obvious closer for the time being. Of course, a trade still seems likely for the talented lefty, so this is probably only a short-term gig. You’d have to be really desperate for saves to look for a long-term handcuff in San Diego, but if that describes you, I’d look to Phil Maton. Carter Capps and Kirby Yates are options as well. But, again, whoever gets this job is only going to get a handful of saves in the final couple months of the season.
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