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August 1, 2013

Bullpen Report

Deadline Fallout

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.

This week’s edition of The Bullpen Report will focus on moves teams made at yesterday’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. Additional analysis is also available at today’s Free Agent Write-Up, but if you’re looking for more specific analysis about middle relievers/deeper league fodder like Jesse Crain, you’ve come to the right place.

Tier 1 – Money in the Bank

No one moves into the top tier this week while four pitchers get pushed down. The money-in-the-bank crowd is usually reserved for solid pitchers week in and week out who have strong numbers, the confidence of their manager, and few strong internal options behind them. As I mention nearly every week, Reed is the lone pitcher in this group that I waffle about, but his overall performance and strong K%, BB%, and other numbers speak to an elite status.

Tier 2 – Solid and Reliable

Jim Henderson moved up from the bubble to the solid tier. His numbers are solid, and the concerns about John Axford taking over Henderson’s job don’t seem as relevant as they did a week ago, even though Axford didn’t get moved.

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