Let’s take a look at a little bit of closer news from around the league:
David Aardsma – Seattle Mariners
According to mlb.com (click here for the article), Mariner’s closer David Aardsma will undergo surgery on Monday for a torn labrum in his left hip. Expectations are that he will be able to start throwing four weeks after the operation and that he will be ready for Opening Day. If not, Brandon League will likely be utilized as the team’s closer until Aardsma is ready.
There have been numerous trade rumors regarding Aardsma all winter long, though interested teams will now likely wait until he proves healthy before pulling the trigger. Keep that in mind, but no matter what happens Aardsma is nothing more than a low-end option among closer’s on draft day. Even if he opens the season as the Mariners’ closer, chances are he doesn’t finish it that way.
Brian Fuentes – Free Agent
Among the team’s interested in Fuentes, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (click here for the article) are the Red Sox, Yankees, Twins and Rays. The Rays are the only team of that group that can offer closing duties, with the Yankees offering eighth inning and a few save opportunities. The Red Sox and Twins are both well set at the back of their bullpens and offer little that would make fantasy owners excited about him signing there.
From a fantasy perspective, the only reason why owners would care is if he ultimately lands with the Rays (which certainly makes the most sense for Fuentes).
What are your thoughts on these news stories?