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Mound Musings: The Bullpen Shuffle – American League

Brad Johnson

For more than 25 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.

At this stage of the season, the saves category is often a primary target for adding points and moving up in the standings. Last week we checked in on unsettled bullpens in the National League; now it’s the American League’s turn. Having passed the nonwaiver trade deadline, some closers have moved on to contending teams – often having been relegated to a set-up role – while their former teams scramble to find the guy who can adequately protect a lead in the ninth inning. Some role changes could be fairly obvious, but more often, there are several arms with some chance of claiming the job.

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