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A three-way trade unites Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan as a dreamy defensive duo.



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December 4, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fallout

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at fantasy impact of every significant transaction consummated on Tuesday.

After one of the craziest transaction days in recent memory, the fantasy team (literally, it took nearly the entire team given the short notice) went through all 10 transactions with fantasy implications to see who gained and lost value in the last 24 hours. A longer introduction than that is not necessary—let’s get straight to what you came here to read.

Yankees sign Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million deal

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July 11, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Going Downhill

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Mike Gianella

Mike explains the two reasons why a closer might move down in his rankings despite solid performance, and then unveils this week's tiers and dollar values.

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.

One of the most frequent questions I get is “why did you move this reliever down? His overall numbers and/or his recent numbers are great.” This question crops up a lot, specifically when it comes to why I might or might not rank a reliever in the first or second tier.

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June 27, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Stuck in the Middle

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Mike Gianella

Mike explains why elite middle relievers haven't climbed his tiers, before revealing the latest edition of those tiers and the updated dollar values.

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.

Last week, one of my readers wanted to know why I didn’t have a middle reliever in the top tier. Although middle relievers are integral in some leagues, I have not been ranking them due to the fact that their value is vastly different depending upon each league’s rules. In leagues that use holds as a separate category, non-closers carry a great deal of value. In standard mixed leagues with no start limits, you might not feel the need to carry a middle reliever on your staff at all. My goal is to take a cursory look at a handful of valuable middle relief arms in a non-holds, deeper-league, standard Roto format.

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January 21, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Year in Pitchers Not Getting Focal Dystonia

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Sam Miller

What happened when pitchers temporarily forgot how to throw strikes last season?

There wasn’t a lot that went well with Heath Bell’s 2012 season, but there was this pitch:

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The Blue Jays trade their manager, and Kevin Towers reacquires Heath Bell, with baggage.

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September 24, 2012 5:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Low-Cost Saves for Your Keeper League

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Derek Carty

Investing in top non-closers now could save you loads of money next draft day.

For the past five years, as the season winds down, I’ve made it a habit of discussing one of my favorite keeper league strategies: stashing potential closers.  This, of course, isn’t viable in every single keeper league based on format, depth, and rule quirks, but in leagues where it is, it can be a powerful way of accruing cheap value for your 2013 squad before the 2012 season even ends.

The Strategy
As I discussed the strategy in detail last season, I’ll simply repost for those who are new to BP:


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April 27, 2012 9:00 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 27

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Matthew Kory

In which the Cardinals are flying away with the Central.

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The Marlins might do well to give Heath Bell a break from closing duties.

The Thursday Takeaway
As part of the Marlins’ spending spree this past winter, President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest doled out a three-year, $27 million deal to Heath Bell in an effort to shore up the team’s bullpen. The man formerly known as Leo Nunez did a solid job in the closer role last season, converting 36 of 42 chances, but with the team in win-now mode, it made sense to bolster the relief corps. And the uncertainty surrounding Juan Carlos Oviedo’s availability provided additional impetus for a move.

Yet, the Bell signing was almost immediately panned. Pricey, multi-year deals for relievers have backfired early and often in recent years, and the husky right-hander was coming off a 2011 campaign littered with red flags. Bell slammed the door in 43 of 48 tries, but his K/PA rate plummeted from 30.0 percent in 2010 to 19.9 percent in 2011, and his FIP consequently rose from 2.08 to 3.20. The Marlins rushed to get a deal done with Bell on December 5, and they may have paid a premium to lock him down early after the Phillies swiped Jonathan Papelbon on November 14.


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April 6, 2010 10:38 am

Expanded Horizons: Closers To The Edge

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Tommy Bennett

The Padres would have an effective—and cheap—bullpen even if they traded Heath Bell.

Bullpens sometimes get a bad name. Although by some metrics, elite relievers can be worth more than five wins to their squads, other metrics value the best relievers at no more than three wins. Because nearly all pitchers improve their rate stats (strikeout and home run rates in particular) when moving from the rotation to the bullpen, there is a common mood among the sabermetric community that relief pitchers are overvalued, overpaid, and that they should speak only when spoken to. I think the problem of reliever valuation is extremely tricky and I shout my ignorance of the answer from the rooftops. But I do have two basic observations:

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