As no doubt you’ve heard, it was not a good day to be a left-handed closer in the American League. Both Brian Fuentes and Mike Gonzalez have hit the DL.
Fuentes injury seemed to come out of nowhere. Hopefully, you took a look at the handy closer chart and grabbed Fernando Rodney. Since Fuentes hasn’t pitched since April 5, the move is retroactive to that date, meaning he can come off the DL a week from today. Enjoy Rodney while it lasts. In speculative leagues (since, ya know, Rodney isn’t that good), Kevin Jepsen is worth a long hard look.
Mike Gonzalez seems to be a tad different case, as this smacks of a mercy-DLing move. Although, Gonzalez hasn’t been right since last year (the year he pitched 20 more innings then he ever had before). I hope, based on the aforementioned Closer Carousel, you grabbed Jim Johnson already – he shouldn’t be available in any leagues. Still, Johnson (and for that matter the entire Orioles pen (where is Danys Baez when you need him), is pretty bad. So, those speculating, grab Cla Meredith and keep a strong eye on Kam Mickolio once he clears waivers. In addition, if you can stash Koji Uehara while he is on the DL, he could be in the mix once he returns.
This just in: the National Post has reported that Kevin Gregg is now the closer for the Toronto Blue Jays. Greg is 3/3 in save conversions, while Jason Frasor has two blown saves. Still, according to Gaston “while the role belongs to Gregg until further notice, he still does not want to use his closer more than two nights in a row.” So, it appears vulture saves will abound. All three primary relievers (Gregg, Frasor and Scott Downs) are worth owning in most leagues.
If you are scoring at home, I’d grab Keving Greg, then Jim Johnson, then Fernando Rodney, then Jason Frasor, then Meredith, then Scott Downs, then Uehara, then Jepsen, and finally Mickolio.
FB101’s 411: Always have the closer chart handy.