49-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kent Mercker in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Kent Mercker Contract Information:
Retired from baseball in December of 2008.
Mercker (back) will announce his retirement at a press conference on Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Kent Mercker: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Kent Mercker.
Mercker is going to attempt to return from reconstructive elbow surgery, but the odds are against him pitching in any sort of meaningful role until late in the season.
Mercker is a fungible left-handed set-up man at this point in his career. In comparison to the funny money handed out to relievers of all stripes this offseason, the two-year, $2.6 million deal Mercker signed before the 2005 season looks like a bargain. Of course, that still doesn't matter to your fantasy squad, unless you use holds as a category.
Mercker will return as a left-handed middle reliever for the Reds. He's still reasonably effective, but could stand to cut down on walks to right-handed batters.
Mercker altered his delivery two years ago and has been an effective reliever ever since. While he likely won't land a prominent role in the Cubs bullpen, he could be effective as a lefty specialist.
Mercker's new sidearm delivery made him an effective lefty specialist until a horrific hand injury in June altered his season.