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January 2, 2013 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/2/13

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Dan Mennella

The Pirates and Red Sox closer situations get the first Reaper treatment of 2013.

Jason Grilli | Pirates
Shallow (30 Keepers): No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): No
NL-only (60 Keepers): No
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Fringe

So much has happened since our last installment of Keeper Reaper: Relievers. Christmas and New Year’s came and went. The fiscal cliff was (sort of) avoided. And, of equal importance to all of that, the Pirates traded their closer and named a new one.






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May 23, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: Relievers for 5/23/12

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Dan Mennella

Carlos Marmol could be on the rebound and Tyler Clippard may finally see some saves in this week's VP

The closer carousel has stabilized a bit over the past week relative to its frenzied early-season pace, so we’ll have to dig a little bit deeper to find some new relievers of interest…

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A couple of catchers get new deals as the Cardinals extend Yadier Molina and the Royals sign up for more Salvador Perez, and the Reds lock up Sean Marshall.

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December 29, 2011 9:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Marshalling in Some Pitching Help

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Derek Carty

Who are the big winners and losers in the most recent baseball transactions?

Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | RP | Acquired from Cubs
Marshall has established himself as one of the best set-up men in the National League over the past few seasons, making him easily worth a couple bucks in NL-only leagues. The move to Cincinnati doesn’t change that, unless he is given the closer’s role. If the season were to begin today, Marshall would be the odds-on favorite for the job. Yes, yes, there’s Aroldis Chapman, but he could wind up in the rotation, and even if he doesn’t, Dusty Baker has said that he doesn’t trust Chapman to go more than two days in a row, thereby making him an unfit closer. The Reds are still looking externally, trying to bring back Francisco Cordero or someone of that ilk, but if they are unable to do so, Marshall makes a very nice sleeper pick.
Value Change: Gain for Sean Marshall

Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | SP | Acquired from A’s
Anytime a pitcher moves from the American to the National League, it’s a good thing. The average pitcher making such a transition loses a half-point on his ERA and gains a half-point on his K/9. The park change is slightly unfavorable for Gonzalez, but Nationals Park is still a neutral park at worst. With the A’s losing half their offense this winter (Josh Willingham, David DeJesus, Coco Crisp, Hideki Matsui), the Nats should also provide a boost to his run support and subsequent win total (wow, how often are you going to that?).




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December 22, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Trading with the Enemy

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R.J. Anderson

The Reds and Cubs pull off the rare intra-division swap as Travis Wood and Sean Marshall trade places.

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July 21, 2011 2:44 am

Value Picks: Relievers for 7/21/11

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Mike Petriello

Mike speculates about the trade deadline, remarks on the messy situation in Chicago, and tries to figure out how the Mets bullpen will shake out.

My team might be 11 games under .500 and mired in the midst of a beyond embarrassing courtroom scandal, but it’s still my favorite time of the year: trade deadline season. Among closers, Heath Bell and Leo Nunez seem to be the most likely to be moved, though we could see some surprises in places like Washington and Kansas City as well. That, of course, means that some current setup men could soon be pushed into new roles over the next week.

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March 11, 2010 12:37 pm

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief Pitchers

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Lee Panas

Lee Panas takes a look at battles in the Cubs and Mets bullpens.

Despite not being able to hit the side of a barn with his pitches, Carlos Marmol will enter the season as the Cubs closer.  Angel Guzman came into camp as the leading candidate to set up Marmol, but the brittle right-hander is now likely out for the season with a shoulder injury.   That combined with the trade of Aaron Heilman and the loss of Kevin Gregg to free agency has left the Cubs scrambling to find an eighth inning reliever.  One candidate is Esmailin Caridad, who impressed the Cubs with a 1.40 ERA and 17/3 K/BB ratio in a 19-inning stint late last season.  The twenty-six-year-old right-hander worked strictly as a starter at Triple-A Iowa posting a 4.02 SIERA.  With further development, Caridad has a good chance to outperform his 4.64 PECOTA ERA estimate in 2010.

One might guess from John Grabow’s platoon split – a .714 OPS versus right-handed batters and a .609 OPS versus left-handed batters since 2007 – that the southpaw would be best suited to a specialist role.  Instead, he has been used frequently against all kinds of batters amassing 148 innings over the past two years.  His 3.33 and 3.08 WXRLs in 2008 and 2009 respectively show that he has responded well to high leverage situations. 

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February 8, 2010 11:46 am

Baseball Therapy: Why Not Two Pitchers?

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Russell A. Carleton

Alternating left-handed and right-handed relievers by temporarily shifting them to the outfield is an old strategy to reconsider.

It was the second game of a doubleheader last July 12, and the Cardinals were visiting Wrigley Field. In the top of the ninth inning, the Cards held a 4-2 lead, and the wheels were moving in the head of Cubs manager Lou Piniella. Piniella had brought lefty Sean Marshall into the game with runners on first and second and no one out to face the announced left-handed hitting Cardinals pinch hitter Chris Duncan (Tony La Russa countered by using Nick Stavinoha to pinch-hit). Marshall walked Stavinoha, and Piniella popped out of the dugout and called to his bullpen. In came the right-handed Aaron Heilman to face Brendan Ryan, and Marshall was dismissed from the mound to left field. It was Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano who was headed for the showers, rather than Marshall. Piniella apparently wanted to keep Marshall in the game to face Skip Schumaker and Colby Rasmus, the next two hitters due up after Ryan. Piniella's strategy worked. Heilman struck Ryan out. Marshall then returned to the mound. He ended up striking out Jaret Hoffpauir (pinch hitting for Schumaker) and getting Rasmus to fly to left field, where Marshall's replacement, Reed Johnson, made a fine catch.

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May 1, 2009 4:21 pm

Game Story

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Christina Kahrl

A few well-placed bunts in game-same situations produce another "never seen before" event.

One of the well-worn tropes of baseball is that, at any game, you'll see something that you've never seen before. In going to the ballpark, there's so much you can look for and see in any one ballgame-a pitcher's mechanics, a hitter's swing, a manager's player usage patterns. Heading to Wrigley Field for last night's game, however, I went with one mission in mind, something I want to explore as I spend this spring and summer going to ballparks across the country: did I see something new?

The Cubs were limping back into town after a disheartening 2-4 road trip through St. Louis and Phoenix, while the Marlins have been inching back to the pack after racing out to a hot start, diving into a seven-game losing streak after winning seven straight, but winging to Wrigley after winning their last two against the Mets. With two injury-depleted offenses-no HanRam, no A-Ram, and no Geovany Soto in tonight's starting lineups-and with an April night game, the chances for a low-scoring affair seemed pretty good. However, with Milton Bradley back in action for Chicago, I arrived at the park musing that there's always going to be the chance that you'll see something incredible-some feat of skill and strength from the switch-hitter, perhaps also some bit of unhappiness afield, or perhaps another embroglio inspired by his striving bleeding over into strife. Maybe in Milton the Cubs have somebody who might appeal to the NASCAR demographic, where people show up to watch for all the wrong reasons?

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The Cubs armor up their bid for another division title, while the A's have some 'splainin' to do.

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June 24, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch

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Caleb Peiffer

The Hammer's no longer on the shelf, Kinsler clubs from the keystone, and wild times and patchwork solutions on the Cubs' staff.

Today's Full Slate of Games

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November 7, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: AL Pick-me-ups and Discards

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Christina Kahrl

What's moving and shaking in the stronger circuit.

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