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June 20, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: What Have You Done for Me Lately?

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Mike Gianella

Mike explains the criteria that contribute to his weekly rankings, before delving into the latest 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.

Last week, one of my readers wanted to know why I had moved Jonathan Papelbon down a notch in the rankings. The introductory paragraph above serves as a cursory look as to why I might or might not rank a reliever in a certain place, but in order to offer more clarity, I thought I’d offer additional detail as to what my thinking is when I put this list together.

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June 6, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: A Test of Wil'

4

Mike Gianella

Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen is among the numerous ninth-inning men who moved down a tier in this week's update.

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.

Since the big news right now is Biogenesis, it’s worth noting that there are no active major-league relievers listed in the reports released so far. This isn’t a definitive or final iteration of the list by any means: There are other names in the documents that haven’t been released or that are listed under code names, according to the sources in the story as reported by ESPN. However, in terms of known risk, there isn’t anything to see here.

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June 4, 2013 7:58 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: June 4, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for June 4, 2013.

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May 30, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Movin' on Up

3

Mike Gianella

Two closers jump into the top tier, as Mike catches you up on the latest news and shuffling from the league's bullpens.

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.

Tier 1: Money in the Bank

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May 23, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Introducing Tiers

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Mike Gianella

In this week's edition, Mike obliges multiple reader requests by adding tiers to the reliever rankings, to go with the regular news and notes.

For this installment of the Bullpen Report, I am adding rankings, by popular demand. 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.

Tier 1 – Money in the Bank

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December 19, 2012 5:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 12/19/12

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Dan Mennella

Dan takes a look at four more fringe-keepable relievers in this week's Reaper.

Brandon League | Dodgers
Shallow (30 Keepers):
No
Medium (60 Keepers): No
Deep (90 Keepers): No
NL-only (60 Keepers): Fringe
Super Deep (200 Keepers): Fringe

Brandon League, newly rich and the Dodgers’ undisputed closer, probably feels pretty fortunate right now. By midseason 2012 (his walk year), he was toiling in middle relief in a no-name Mariners bullpen after being demoted in favor of Tom Wilhemsen, an obscure 28-year-old rookie. Then, he was fortuitously bailed out of that bleak situation when he was acquired by the Dodgers. It was one of many moves Los Angeles made during the 2012 season that foreshadowed what has become an offseason in which they’ve spent lavishly—including on the likes of League, who inked a fat three-year deal before his market ever really took shape.






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With additional commentary from YouTube commenters who just saw that lady getting picked on by a bunch of jerky kids.

I hope you enjoy these pitches. I hope you enjoy the words around these pitches. Let's all have fun looking at these pictures and words. 

3. Tom Wilhelmsen, curveball to Willie Bloomquist.

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June 6, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: Relievers for 6/6/12

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Dan Mennella

Tom Wilhelmsen, Joaquin Benoit, and Craig Stammen join the VP list this week.

We’ll get to the reliever analysis, just as soon as I can chase this umpire back to Triple-A ...

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April 26, 2012 3:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Going to the Bullpen for Wins

4

Derek Carty

When there are no good starters in your league, the bullpen can offer you the wins you need.

It may sound strange, but one of my absolute favorite parts of running a fantasy team is finding undervalued relievers.  Having Matt Kemp fall to me in the middle of the first round and getting 10 home runs through the first three weeks?  Eh.  Having my 24th-round pick throw a perfect game?  Color me mildly elated.  But grabbing Jason Grilli for $1 in Tout Wars?  I’m throwing a parade in my mother’s basement!

Middle relievers can be an underappreciated source of value, especially in AL/NL-only leagues and in leagues with innings caps.  Not only are they capable of producing elite ratios, but they can also match near-elite starters in wins on a per-inning basis, which is incredibly important in leagues with innings caps.  Even if your league doesn’t have an innings cap and is simply deep, these relievers can be worth several dollars.  Your pitchers are going to get injured, and when you find out that Michael Pineda is done for the season, there aren’t exactly a lot of options out on the waiver wire.  In a lot of leagues, there may not be a single starter available at all, even of the Adam Wilk variety.

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November 2, 2010 1:07 pm

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of November 1

6

Kevin Goldstein

A reclamation project in the Mariners system, and notes from the day in the off-season leagues.

Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP, Mariners (AFL: Javelinas): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K.

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