I am in major need of closers. Some of these guys are on waivers, i am not going to wast my claim on them, but rather wait until they come off of waivers and add them.
This league is a 12 team, 5x5, H2H, Yahoo league.
My Team: C - Pablo Sandoval 1b - Justin Morneau 2b - Brian Roberts 3b - Evan Longoria ss - Jimmy Rollins of - Ryan Ludwick of - Adam Dunn of - Alexei Ramirez ut - Joey Votto bn - Nelson Cruz bn - Justin Upton bn - Milton Bradly bn - Tori Hunter
sp - Adam Wainwright sp - Jon Lester rp - Joe Nathan rp - Chris Ray p - Johnny Cueto p - Eric Bedard p - Joe Saunders bn - Justin Duchscherer bn - Johnny Cueto
Shy of trading my hitters, but my bench OF is pretty good and would grab some attention...Dont want to trade Upton, Rollins, Roberts, or Alexei...
RP on FA/Waivers: Manuel Corpas, Brad Ziegler, Billy Wagner, Kevin Gregg, Jon Rauch, Scot Shields, Joel Zumya, Jose Arredondo, Mark Lowe, and Brandon Lyon.
Who is expected to be the Tigers' closer? Is it Lyon or Zumya? What about Cubs, Kevin Gregg? Athletics is it Ziegler, and finally the Mariners, Mark Lowe? Any input will be greatly appreciated whether it be with closers or with trades...
I think the safest bet to have a closer job on opening day is Lyon for Detroit. I would definitely grab him...I might even risk the waiver priority, but I understand if you don't want to (we all know there is always a chance that somebody is going to drop a stud during the waiver process, so we try our best to hold onto that high priority).
After that, I think Zeigler is your best option. Even if he doesn't win the job in spring training, a few bad outtings by Devine in April may be all it takes for Zeigler to get his shot. He would be worth picking up now.
Wagner is having Tommy John surgery, so count him out. The rest of those guys are definitely worth keeping a close eye on, especially during spring training, but I don't think they are worth picking up right now.
Most improtantly, though, I don't think you are in as abad of shape as you might think. You have Nathan, so you have one stud closer locked in. Half the teams in your league can't say that. And you can always find saves during the season. You have to put in a lot of effort and keep on top of the closer situations around the league, but every year there are plenty of closers that lose their job mid-season due to injury or incompetance. If you pay attention and grab a couple of the mid-season replacements and you will be just fine.
Lyon as of now is the favorite for saves in DET and needs to be owned in a 12 teamer. Geren has suggested he might rotate Devine and Ziegler depending on game situations. Ziegler could also beat out Devine for the job in ST. He's worthy of a flier especially from someone who's chasing cheap saves. I personally think it's Street's job to lose in COL but there have been some rumblings that he could be traded prior to the season or that Corpas will be the man in the 9th. SEA's pen is a mess and anyone can emerge...Lowe, Corcoran, Batista...take your pick.
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you can pick up Lyon. Or you could see what the interest is in one of your OF's. I know before the season starts owners of excess closers will have a very high asking price but you really do not need 4 OF's on your bench. You would likely need to trade one of your starters or Upton but at least see what the interest is for one of your top 4 OF's