August 1, 2017
Welcome to the post-trade deadline Closer Report, which is always the busiest Closer Report of the year. We’re just going to jump right into it today because there was obviously a lot of movement, but before we do just a quick reminder that you can keep track of all the action with the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.
Justin Wilson traded from Tigers to Cubs
With Wilson gone, the Tigers’ ninth-inning situation might be the most intriguing one for fantasy owners right now. Detroit could still be solid down the stretch and they have some talented relievers who can take over. They’ve already announced Shane Greene will get the first crack at the closer role, and he should obviously be added in all leagues if he hasn’t been picked up yet. He should be given every chance to succeed in the role and he has the talent to do so. Greene combines strikeouts — about 10 per nine — with a ground-ball rate around 50 percent, which is my favorite kind of reliever. The one issue for Greene is that he loses control and command at times, and obviously that can lead to bad outings. I wouldn’t call him a guarantee to hold on to the role all year, but he’s a good bet. If you’re looking for a deeper name here, Joe Jimenez is in the minors but he has the talent to be a future closer and the Tigers could feasibly want to get that started towards the end of this season.
On the Cubs side, Wilson is not going to be sliding into the closer role in Chicago. Wade Davis has that job and he’s not giving it up as long as he’s healthy. That being said, I’d hang on to Wilson unless you can get Greene or A.J. Ramos (whom we’ll talk about in a minute). He provides good ratios and the Cubs could want to get Davis some rest, particularly if they pull away in the NL Central.