Collette Calls: Bullpen Watch at the Break
Collette Calls: Bullpen Watch at the Break

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

Now that we're in the All-Star break, we enter the final stretch of the Hot Stove trading season. Playing times get altered, rookies get called up and, without fail, setup men become closers and even some closers become setup men. Let's look at each team's closing situation and which teams will beef up the path to the closer and which teams could end up with new closers in the coming weeks.

AL EAST

Baltimore: The Orioles just got Zach Britton back and their bullpen is finally at full strength for the first time all year. It feels like too little too late as the Baltimore starting staff has been atrocious and the offense has mostly underperformed. It is unlikely any of the relievers are traded unless the Orioles test the waters with the versatile Brad Brach.

Boston:
Much like Baltimore, this is a stable situation. Craig Kimbrel has been unbelievably dominant this season, and the rest of the pieces have been mixed and matched well to get the ball to him. That said, it would not be surprising to see Boston add another reliever at the deadline, but the same team that has overpaid for Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg in back to back years might be a bit gunshy to go out and dip its toes in that water yet again.

New York:
Aroldis Chapman has his part of the deal nailed down, but Dellin Betances has hit a few speedbumps lately, including a four-walk outing against the

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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