Who has the best chance from this group of getting holds and possibly becoming a closer...but holds is a category i need players for...so I do need that stat more than a potential closer but its nice to know that one might be one so i could trade him...
Rafael Betancourt CLE Octavio Dotel CWS Kyle McClellan STL Carlos Villanueva MLW Jared Burton CIN Jensen Lewis CLE Jesse Crain MIN Jon Rauch ARZ Blaine Boyer ATL Manny Delcarmen BOS Joel Zumaya DET Cory Wade LAD Brad Ziegler OAK J.P. Howell TB Tony Pena ARZ Ramon Ramirez BOS Kevin Gregg CHC Scot Shields LAA Edwar Ramirez NYY Santiago Casilla OAK
Jensen Lewis is someone to keep an eye on this season and I've targeted him late is some deeper drafts (remember I do mainly 20 team leagues). We all know Kerry Wood's track record and he's already had some back issues this spring. The problem is that Indians Bullpen is loaded and who moves in when Wood goes down is a crap shoot. I'm guessing Lewis gets the shot. Manny Corpas is also someone to pick up, Street is getting pounded this spring and has not locked down the closing job just yet. Jesse Carlson of the Blue Jays is an amazing pitcher and would get the closing job without question if BJ Ryan went down. Jason Motte is being eyed as the future Cards closer. Zumaya is an injury risk but he'll likely also get the job at some point this season. Some of those guys weren't on your list, but they are the ones I like.
I say that mostly because I had been a frustrated owner of Carlos Marmol in an NL-only keeper league for the last 2 years. I dealt him last year before our deadline to make a play-off run and don't regret.
It seems the Cubs will do whatever it takes not to give Marmol the save ops. Going into last season, Marmol was the front-runner for saves as per fantasy websites and everything else I read. But Lou Pinella went with Kerry Wood, the veteran, and Pinella is still the manager and he likes and trusts veterans. I think the Cubs like the young Marmol as a reliable set-up man, especially with Howry gone, but Pinella wants a little more experience before he gives the ball to a closer in the ninth. Even if you see report after report that Marmol is a lock to close, I think Gregg is a great guy to take a late-round flier are on or make a low bid in an auction draft. Gregg was given a closer salary in the off season and is a reliable option at closer.
Marmol should still go much higher than Gregg, and Marmol should eventualy be a closer, maybe this year, maybe later- but if you are looking for a good late round value pick at RP, Gregg is a great guy to grab. And if you want holds or saves, you pretty much can't lose with Gregg - he should get one or the other. So anyway, I don't know if Gregg's the best guy on your list, but he's someone you should consider.