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Closer Report

Time for another edition of the Closer Report.  Many of you are probably wondering how you can scrounge some saves off the waiver wire.

  • Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
  • Brad Lidge, Phillies.  2 HRs allowed matches his total from last year, but he'll be fine.
  • Francisco Rodriguez, Mets.
  • Joe Nathan, Twins.
  • Mariano Rivera, Yankees.
  • Bobby Jenks, White Sox.  One rough appearance against the Royals mars his early line.
  • Joakim Soria, Royals.
  • Jose Valverde, Astros.  It'd be nice if he'd get a save.
  • Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers. Looking very good so far.
  • Brian Fuentes, Angels.  Knocked around in two of his three appearances following a rough spring.  He's lost 2 mph off his average fastball and is throwing a lot more sliders.  Scot Shields got the save Friday night, though Mike Scioscia said not to read into it.  Still, Shields would be the guy if Fuentes was demoted or injured so add him to your bench if possible. 
  • B.J. Ryan, Blue Jays. Three appearances, one of which went OK due to a double play ball.  Like Fuentes, Ryan is left-handed, paid well, and had a lousy spring.  Also, Ryan's fastball is down 1 mph.  Scott Downs, who has been lights out, needs to be owned in all leagues.  Cito Gaston isn't ready to demote Ryan, but his next few appearances are crucial.
  • Matt Capps, Pirates.
  • Francisco Cordero, Reds.  Solid start after a rough spring.
  • Kerry Wood, Indians.  A save opportunity would be nice.
  • Brian Wilson, Giants.  A save opportunity would be nice.
  • Mike Gonzalez, Braves.  He's been knocked around in two of his four appearances.  Rafael Soriano (four scoreless innings) is a good guy to stash.
  • Heath Bell, Padres
  • Matt Lindstrom, Marlins.  He hasn't been sharp and his velocity is down 2 mph, following the spring shoulder scare.  He seems optimistic, but what else is he going to say?  Leo Nunez is the backup guy to own.
  • Huston Street, Rockies.  Knocked around in two of three appearances, but converted his one save chance.  Manny Corpas was hit hard on Sunday but he's the backup.
  • Trevor Hoffman, Brewers.  Recovering from a strained oblique, he'll throw a bullpen session today.  Look for him in late April/early May.  His fill-in, Carlos Villanueva, already has a blown save and two ugly appearances out of four.
  • Joel Hanrahan, Nationals.  No save opps yet.
  • Brandon Morrow, Mariners. He was knocked around on April 7th and has three scoreless appearances since.  The Mariners are treating him with kid gloves, so his backup David Aardsma already has two saves.  Aardsma is worth owning.
  • Brad Ziegler, Athletics.  He's been fine so far.  Joey Devine is on the 60 day DL with a sore elbow.
  • Chad Qualls, Diamondbacks.  Blew the save last night, but his job is safe currently.
  • Troy Percival, Rays.  One shaky appearance on April 9th, for the save.  Grant Balfour had a save the day before, but it was a four-out deal and not a typical opp.  In Balfour's other appearance he rewarded owners with three earned runs and no outs.  Balfour and Dan Wheeler remain the backups behind Percival, who is always a risk to break down.
  • Frank Francisco, Rangers.  Unscored upon so far.  The Rangers may use him for four or five-out saves.
  • Kevin Gregg, Cubs.  He's looked pretty shaky in five appearances, though his last one was fine.  The Cubs figure to replace him with Carlos Marmol sometime this summer.  For now, Lou Piniella will limit Gregg to one-inning appearances and probably pitch him anytime he warms up.
  • George Sherrill, Orioles.  Three saves, but a shaky appearance last night in a non-save situation.  His job is safe for now, though Chris Ray has looked better of late.
  • Fernando Rodney, Tigers. He surprisingly jumped ahead of Brandon Lyon for saves before the season began, and is unscored upon so far.
  • Ryan Franklin, Cardinals.  Tony La Russa demoted Jason Motte to the sixth inning after a couple bad appearances to start the year. Franklin is the clear favorite, though La Russa seems willing to try others such as Josh Kinney or Kyle McClellanChris Perez has four scoreless innings at Triple A, so he could re-enter the picture soon.


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