Archive for Bullpen Banter

Searching for Saves: Rodney Lands In Minnesota, But Does That Mean He Will Close?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Minnesota Twins somewhat quietly signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract (with an option), giving him an opportunity to continue to close (and therefore maintain some fantasy value).  After the trade of Brandon Kintzler it was Matt Belisle who stepped into the role, though we all knew he wasn’t a long-term solution.  Is Rodney truly the best option, though, or is there another under-the-radar option who could claim the role?

 

Fernando Rodney
Sure he racked up 39 saves in ’17, but there was always the thought that he could lose the role at any time with Archie Bradley waiting in the wings.  Sure Rodney brought swing and miss stuff (10.57 K/9), and he also continued to generate groundballs (52.2%).  Sure he also suffered from some poor luck, with a 61.1% strand rate.  However, is that enough of a reason to consider him a can’t miss closer? Read more

Searching for Saves: Could Brandon Morrow Grab The Closers’ Role In Chicago?

by Ray Kuhn

At this point in the draft preparation process, it is still way too early to try and figure out who the 30 closers will be when the season starts at the end of March. For most teams there will be several players filling that role throughout the season and you certainly won’t end the season with the same closers you began with.

So what should we be doing in December and January?

The easy answer is to look at relievers based on their skill set and evaluate them that way. This brings us to the Chicago Cubs’ new addition in Brandon Morrow. Currently Morrow’s role for Chicago next season is unclear but based on their financial commitment, over $20 million for two seasons, we know he will have a vital role in the late innings.

While there are still too many questions be to answered about whether Morrow will start the season as the closer, we can say with almost certainty that he could hold that role at least at some point in 2018. So what can we expect from the right-hander? Read more

Searching for Saves: Is Jim Johnson The Favorite Close For The Angels?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Bud Norris, who led the Angels in saves last season, is a free agent but that doesn’t mean that Los Angeles didn’t already have potential options to fill the late game void.  Cam Bedrosian has always been viewed as the closer in waiting and Blake Parker showed the skills to do the job in ’17.

The team added to the mix on Thursday, importing Jim Johnson from the Atlanta Braves in an unheralded move.  Could he, with a history of closing, ultimately rise into the role?  It’s worth exploring, at least for now as we can’t rule out the team further adding to the bullpen:

 

Jim Johnson
It was a story of two halves, and the significant falloff has given people the impression that he can no longer do the job:

  • First Half – 4.23 ERA
  • Second Half – 8.35 ERA

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Bullpen Notes: September 25, 2017: Barraclough Gets Save, Familia’s Outlook & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Bullpen Notes: September 22, 2017: Could Allen Sit The Final Week, Familia “Back” & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Bullpen Notes: September 21, 2017: Has New Closer Emerged In KC & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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