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June 13, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Buyers and Sellers

21

Mike Gianella

A look at how deadline trades could affect the ninth-inning landscape, followed by this week's tiered closer rankings.

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.

In addition to my weekly rankings, this week I will be taking a look at teams that might be sellers and the relievers who might be trade targets at the major-league trade deadline. For every other position on the diamond, player trades matter almost solely in -only leagues, where you run the risk of losing someone to the “other” league. If a first baseman gets moved from a National League to an American League squad, the mixed-league impact is typically negligible. Closers are the rare commodities where fantasy owners in every format are at risk if there is a trade. More often than not, a closer who gets shipped out of town at or near the deadline moves from the front of a bullpen into a set-up role.

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August 15, 2012 9:53 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 15

1

Matthew Kory

Extremely important observations about baseball within.

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With a new round of trades, Derek looks at the fantasy implications for these players and the players around them.

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July 29, 2012 11:56 am

Transaction Analysis: Padres Get A Street Deal

8

R.J. Anderson

The Padres lock up their successful closer, Huston Street, to a two- or three-year extension.



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May 15, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: La Casa Sucia

12

Geoff Young

The Padres are off to a horrible start, so a housecleaning might be forthcoming. Who stays and who goes?

The San Diego Padres, perhaps predictably, have gotten off to a miserable start in 2012. Although expectations were not high coming into the season, almost nothing has gone right for the club. Between injuries and ineffectiveness, not to mention ongoing ownership/television deal issues (I live 15 minutes from Petco Park and cannot watch the team on TV in my home, which might qualify as “charmingly retro” if it weren't so annoying), the Padres are staring at their worst-case scenario only a month into the campaign.

Last week, Kevin Goldstein suggested that a “housecleaning in San Diego could be coming.” Reader pobothecat wondered what such a housecleaning might look like, and so did I.

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December 8, 2011 5:11 pm

Resident Fantasy Genius: New Fish in the Sea

11

Derek Carty

The noise coming out of Miami only rivals the shuffling market for closers. What are the fantasy implications?

Jose Reyes | Miami Marlins | SS | Signed as Free Agent
Few would have predicted Reyes signing with Miami even a month ago, but the newly relocated Marlins are making big waves in the free-agent market this winter. In Miami, Reyes's value will likely rise a bit, but his ultimate fantasy value will be heavily tied to how many games he manages to stay on the field for. He'll bat leadoff for the Fish as he did for the Mets, but he'll have some much bigger bats behind him to drive him in; once you get past Emilio Bonifacio, who will bat second, he'll have Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton.

Reyes has averaged just nine home runs per season in Citi Field, so you might expect his power production to improve now that he's leaving (after all, he had a couple of 15-plus homer seasons in Shea Stadium). That is, until you realize that the new Marlins Ballpark has deeper fences than Citi almost the entire way around. The good news is that Reyes will recoup some of this value in terms of his steals. Ozzie Guillen is one of the most aggressive managers in terms of attempting steals, so Reyes could find himself back up over 45 or 50 swipes in 2012.


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December 7, 2011 1:26 pm

Transaction Analysis: Sweeping Street From The Books

8

R.J. Anderson

The Padres acquire former Rockies closer Huston Street

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April 8, 2010 12:08 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers

11

Mike Petriello

Mike Petriello looks at hidden gems in San Diego and Colorado, and who to avoid in Houston.


You don’t need me to tell you that Heath Bell is an elite closer, since he’s currently owned in 100% of ESPN.com fantasy leagues. But what makes this situation different is that unlike other top closers, Bell’s not likely to end the season with his current team, the dreadful Padres. So not only is San Diego a prime place to see an open closer’s role this season, his potential replacements are valuable enough that they may be able to help you right now - if you can spare the roster spot - rather than waiting for Bell to be moved and for your fellow owners to join you in trying to feast on a new closer.

If and when Bell moves on, Padre relievers Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams would be in line to get the save opportunities, according to Heater expert David Golebiewski. Each of them actually beat Bell in K/9 rate last season and had slightly lower HR/9 rates as well. PECOTA looks for more of the same in 2010, suggesting that they could easily step in for Bell should the need arise.


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March 25, 2010 8:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers

4

Lee Panas

Lee Panas covers the bullpens in Minnesota, Arizona, and Colorado

Now that Joe Nathan has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery and is officially out for the season, the Twins need to find a replacement for one of the game’s most dominant closers.  Many analysts, including Heater Twins writer Nick Nelson, believe that Jon Rauch has the inside track.  Rauch had no trouble with the switch to the American League compiling a 1.72 ERA in 17 appearances after being acquired from Arizona for the stretch drive last year.  The towering right-hander has closing experience in his favor having saved 24 games for the Diamondbacks and Nationals from 2007-2009. 

The durable Matt Guerrier, who led the league in appearances in 2008 and 2009, is another  ninth- inning option.  The veteran right-hander has no closing experience but pitched well in high leverage situations as a set-up man in 2009 posting a 3.51 WXRL.  Guerrier has been his usual steady self this spring allowing no walks and no runs in seven innings.   

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October 13, 2009 12:43 pm

Prospectus Today: Completion

67

Joe Sheehan

The Rockies excuse themselves from the last LDS, while the Phillies reap the benefits of players used to best effect.

If you followed last night's in-game roundtable, you got the visceral reaction to Jim Tracy's decision to allow Huston Street to face Ryan Howard in the ninth inning with the tying runs on base and two outs. (You got something similar if you follow my Twitter account, @joe_sheehan.) In the interest of analysis, let's let the data do the talking this morning.

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October 12, 2009 3:50 pm

Playoff Prospectus: A Game Three Classic

28

Joe Sheehan

The Phillies/Rockies game had several surprising and inspiring takeaways beyond the result.

More than the cold, more than another critical missed call, more than one manager taking the game and the other giving it away, what I'll remember about last night's Rockies/Phillies game is the sheer number of great pitcher/batter confrontations. The difference between this game and the Twins/Tigers one-game playoff, the most recent "great" game this season, is that the playoff game wasn't well-played and is better remembered for the failures of its players, the mistakes by the managers, the terrible umpiring. Last night's game was played at a higher level.

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October 7, 2009 11:41 am

Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Rockies LDS

11

Eric Seidman

A rematch from the '07 postseason makes for a great showdown of two teams with very different virtues.

Well, here we are again, with the Phillies and Rockies set to battle one another in the National League Division Series for the second time in three seasons. Just as it was in 2007, the Phillies enter the fray with a division title while the Rockies used an incredibly strong second half to win the NL Wild Card. Unlike that entertaining 2007 season, however, in which the Phillies ousted the Mets from the top spot of the NL East on the final day of the season, only to have their spotlight stolen soon thereafter by a Rockies team that won a controversial play-in game, this year's Phillies controlled their division practically all season. In addition, the Rockies' second-half surge proved so strong that they actually gave the division-leading Dodgers a run for their money in the final week. A good chunk of the 2007 cast of characters remains intact for each team, but enough has changed to merit a new writeup instead of a recycled version of the prior Phillies/Rockies preview.

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