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Five Potential New Closers for 2016

The Hot Stove is just firing up and yet we’ve already seen a lot of turnover in the closer market. Hell, I even wrote that first sentence before Francisco Rodriguez was dealt to the Tigers (though I did see him being dealt at some point as the first run of this list had a Brewer on it even w/K-Rod in place, too). We’ve seen one of the very best dealt in Craig Kimbrel and that was after his obvious backfill – Joaquin Benoit – was traded to Seattle which totally opens up San Diego’s situation.

We all know how volatile the closer market is for fantasy baseball so none of this is surprising. Just looking back at our top 20 RPs from the Rotowire Magazine, we see four in the top 15 who didn’t even log double digit saves. The 18th-ranked closer, Trevor Rosenthal, had 48 saves. And this isn’t to say we did a bad job in the magazine, but rather to underline how difficult it is to project this position because it’s so heavily tied to a statistic that only one guy can get in any single game.

Rk Closer SVs
1 Kimbrel 39
2 Chapman 33
3 Holland 32
4 Betances 9
5 Jansen 36
6 Melancon 51
7 Uehara 25
8 Robertson 34
9 Doolittle 4
10 Allen 34
11 Cishek 4
12 Britton 36
13 Papelbon 24
14 Street 40
15 Aa.Sanchez 0
16 Storen 29
17 Perkins 32
18 Rosenthal 48
19 K-Rod 38
20 Rodney 16

Roberto Osuna wasn’t even sniffing the radar in Toronto last spring with Brett Cecil, Aaron Sanchez, and even Miguel Castro getting attention ahead of him. He wound up saving 20 games and being one the best second-half closers in the game. Who knew A.J. Ramos would become a stud closer? Hector Rondon even lost the job for a brief spell in-season, but still wound up topping his impressive 2014 with 30 saves and a 1.67 ERA. Who’s next? Who will be talking about this time next year as a top closer option?

Here are five guys who could emerge as the next-big-thing in the ninth inning:

DFS Amateur Hour – Season Summary

After tracking my DFS baseball exploits all year, I left people hanging at the end of the regular season, in part because my last DFS weekend was so uneventful and in part because I had so much going on in NFL and MLB season-long. In the end I wound up netting minus $49.50 since I last posted, bringing my year-end bankroll to $1180.57. Because I bought in for $1,000, that means I made a small profit, or about 50 cents an hour for my work.

Slugging For Jude Update

Back at the end of March I blogged about a charity NL-only 5×5 experts league I was participating in as part of the Slugging For Jude campaign. At the time I pledged to donate for each team that bested me in each category, or flip the script and donate for each team I topped in each category should I win the league.

Well, with the regular season now complete, I can report that an $84 donation is headed their way thanks to me winning the league going away. On the backs of first round pick Clayton Kershaw and third round pick Nolan Arenado, not to mention useful contributions from late-rounders like Jung-Ho Kang, Mike Fiers, Anthony DeSclafani and Melvin Upton and timely production from free agents Chris Heston and Stephen Piscotty, I had a strong across-the-board showing and finished in the top half of the league in every category, with Kershaw and co. leading me to a first-place finish in strikeouts.

If you’d like to make your own donation, you can do so through their GoFundMe page. Jude’s currently getting treatment in Seattle, and you can get updates on the progress of his fight against leukemia at the family’s Caring Bridge page.

In a season that had some disappointing results for me in other leagues, I love that this is the one I ended up winning. Hopefully some of that winning rubs off on Jude.