RugbyD wrote:agree and disagree.
as the article mentions, a critical issue is how easy it is to pick up saves off the WW. If you can't be in constant contact with the markets, it is worth your while to shore up some saves in the draft.
I think there are definitely guys worth a high-ish pick b/c they are 'safe bets'. By that I mean guys with a proven track record and a low-risk style that reduces the chance of injury. Guys I would put in that category:
I have not watched Putz enough to judge his delivery and Wagner is wearing down by his own admission.
I agree, Carty's article seems premised on there being some sort of omnipotent ability to get closers off the wire as they become available. I think his leagues use some waiver system for all their pickups, but I know my yahoo leagues don't, so there's no gurantee that I'll pick up the next Corpas, etc. I think the top flight closers are still valuable for their consistency.
The potentially more interesting unaddressed issue in his article (if I recall), is the extent to which a waiver system like his should be utilized throughout the season toward picking up relief pitchers, while allowing the draft to handle starters and offense. something like "Resource allocation for waiver systems."