40-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Cliff Politte in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Cliff Politte Contract Information:
Signed a one-year minor league contract with the Cards in Dec. 2007 that will pay him $600,000 if he makes the major league roster.
Politte was re-assigned to minor league camp Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Cliff Politte.
Politte is one of the players the old school points to when questions arise about how necessary "makeup" and "mental toughness" are for closers. Comfortably ensconced as the fourth (or so) guy in the White Sox bullpen in 2005 Politte thrived, a big contrast to his failed stints when asked to be The Man and work the ninth inning. The Sox Wheel of Closers could start spinning again at any time though, and if it lands on Politte the numbers say he can handle the job as well as Dustin Hermanson or anyone else. But bah, what do the numbers know?
He started poorly, turned things around mid-season, then packed it in early due to an appendectomy. Performance-wise, at least, there's little reason to think 2005 will be much different -- the chances of Politte needing a second appendectomy are pretty low though.
Politte took over as closer once Kelvim Escobar was moved into the rotation, but continued longball problems and shoulder woes limited his value the final three months, recording just one save after June 22. He racked up nine saves in May, where all five earned runs were solo homers. Trying to pitch through shoulder problems buried him in June before being shut down, which allowed a few other candidates for saves to sneak in the back door. It's a tough gig to get back once you lose it, as he didn't see a save chance after August 5. He signed with the White Sox, where he'll serve as a setup man and has an outside shot at getting saves.
Settling in nicely as a hard-throwing reliever the past two years after getting a look as a starter early in his career. The heir apparent to Kelvim Escobar in Toronto if any trade is made, so he's a must guy to own if you ante up for Escobar. Consider how dominating he'd have been if he didn't allow eight earned runs in two appearances that covered two-thirds of an inning. He was dominant the last seven weeks of the season and figures to succeed immediately if Escobar is dealt. Go the extra buck.