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Closer Trade Candidates

Of course, there is only one place to catch all the latest trade chatter: MLB Trade Rumors!  But today let's focus on closers who could be dealt, for those on the lookout for saves in fantasy leagues.

  • It's been said the Angels have an eye on Blue Jays closer Scott Downs.  In the unlikely event they pry him loose, Jason Frasor would presumably take over in Toronto.
  • Orioles closer George Sherrill is a popular trade target.  Most of the interested parties would probably bump him from a closer role.  Former closer Chris Ray is returning from biceps tendinitis and seems a long shot; I'd snag Jim Johnson instead.
  • The Indians would listen on Kerry Wood.  Maybe Rafael Betancourt would step in if he's not dealt.  Chris Perez could be a dark horse. Maybe Betancourt gets the righties, Aaron Laffey the lefties.
  • The Pirates might consider a deal for Matt Capps, but they'd probably have to be bowled over.  If he goes, John Grabow probably stays and closes (though I imagine the team would like to see Joel Hanrahan step up).
  • Arizona closer Chad Qualls has been scouted by the Phillies and other clubs.  The team's previous trade of Tony Pena seems to clear the way for Jon Rauch, who's been better lately and did rack up saves last summer for the Nationals.  You won't find Rauch owned in many mixed leagues.
  • The Padres are not looking to trade Heath Bell.  If Kevin Towers changes his mind, Edward Mujica could be thrown into the fire.
  • Future free agents Huston Street and Jose Valverde previously seemed like trade candidates, but the Rockies are leading the wild card and the Astros are only three games back in their division.
  • Bottom line: grab Jim Johnson and Jon Rauch, and then think about some of these other guys if you have the roster space.  Did I miss anyone?

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