Since I stayed out of an early closer run, I'm left scrambling for guys who could get me saves. It's a 10-team league (shallow enough that I felt I could get away with scrounging for saves after the draft); 6x6 scoring (regular 5x5 with OPS and holds). None of my hitters can be dropped. And don't forget, we count saves (most of the league seems to be going with 3 closers and 2 set-up men in the 3 RP and 2 P roster spots, with 3 SP spots likely more than enough to handle the starters).
Motte's a gamble, but sounds promising. And Soria is good. And I think I have 2 top set-up men in Kuo and Putz (should get me holds, with great ratios and Ks). It's that third closer spot that I'm waffling on. Sherrill does technically have the job, so that seems better than someone who doesn't. In a shallow league, I think I have a good chance of beating my league-mates to the punch if Sherrill loses his job to Ray. Though it's not guaranteed.
I know no one really knows anything for sure ... but would anyone in my shoes replace Sherrill now? Percival is on the WW - he's old, but seems to have a firmer hold on the closer job for a better team. And there are still a few "maybes" out there: Ray, Corpas, anyone in Seattle. What do you think? Leave a link, and I'll answer yours in return.
Is there a way for you to pick up Ray and keep him on your bench without dropping Sherrill? I wouldn't be surprised if Ray ends up the closer as soon as opening day, but I would be hesitant to drop Sherrill until he's formally lost the job.
Ray if you can stash him. He will start the year as the setup man but his stuff right now is as good as ever and he hasn't allowed a run and only a few hits this spring. He should be the closer by May if he keeps it up.