Alex Colome led Major League Baseball in saves with 47 in 2017. He did that despite seeing his strikeout rate drop from 31.4% in 2016 to 20.6% in 2017. While he had a 3.24 ERA, his xFIP ERA was all the way up to 4.32. I already viewed him as a risk because of his likelihood of being dealt, but when DVR and I were talking about closers on our SiriusXM show this week, he named him as one of the established closers that he’s most worried about. He cited Colome’s 11.9% swinging strike rate, which was 85th among all qualified relievers last year. As a point of reference, Craig Kimbrel led all relievers with a 19.8% swinging strike rate, followed by Kenley Jansen at 18.2%.
Every so often on-air or in a column, we preach it’s not just who you pick up, it’s who you decide to cut becomes a critical decision. Often the decision is easy – you have an injured player and no DL slots, or a player is sent to the minors, etc… But in tighter leagues, especially the NFBC where there are no DL slots, who you cut becomes important as well. So if we’re going to list pickups in our various leagues, why not list the drops as well?
After a few quiet weeks, we had a decent inventory of players to bid on this week.
The highlights included Mallex Smith, who replaces the injured Kevin Kiermaier in Tampa Bay and perhaps could be the biggest source of stolen bases in our free agent pools all season, Felipe Rivero as the Pirates’ closer, and Pat Neshek who appears to be closing on those scarce occasions when the Phillies have a save opportunity.
For the first time this season, I landed my top bid (though not the highest bid player) in my NFBC Main Event. Though I’m still reeling from two major blows (losing Madison Bumgarner to injury, not getting a competitive bid on Cody Bellinger), my feel for the FAAB process in my respective leagues has improved. At least, that’s my line and I’m sticking to it.
Without further ado, here are my results for the week:
For the second consecutive week, bidding in my NFBC leagues was fervent, as some viable options presented themselves after a tepid first week of bidding. Unlike last week, I “won” some of my options, though I still came up short on my top priorities once again. Bid results after the jump:
With the early games today (remember to set your lineups early!), I’m going to post quick FAAB results now and hope to jump in after the fact with some commentary. A pair of A’s, Santiago Casilla and Kendall Graveman, were the two most frequent targets in my leagues.
Mixed LABR (15 teams, standard 5×5 scoring, draft in February, had one FAAB period last week):