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MLB Barometer: Falling Off

Howard Bender

Howard Bender

Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over a decade on a variety of web sites. For more from him, you can find his personal musings on his blog or follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy. For questions, thoughts or comments you can email him at

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Could you think of a phrase more appropriate to describe the closer situation in baseball? The debate between those who say to invest in a top closer and those who say you don't pay for saves on draft day is one that we get each and every spring and it's days/weeks like this that give us the reason as to why keep having the same conversation over and over.

Of the 30 MLB teams, we have now seen a change in closer, from spring training through today, for 14 of them, some of whom have made a change multiple times. Eight teams have made the change due to ineffectiveness with Miami being the only team to reinstate their original guy, Steve Cishek, and of the other seven, three of them have made changes multiple times. The other six teams have been forced to make changes due to injury and in three of those situations - the Mets, Reds, and the Rockies - we probably won't ever see the original closer get another save

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