i am thinking or using my #4 waiver spot on accardo - seems like he's a good bet to take over should ryan go down, which seems and looks likely. this is a 12 team league so the FA pool is thin. there are no minor league studs worth waiting for, as they all have been drafted. would you use this waiver spot on accardo?
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Is Downs available? Keep an eye on him. I think Ryan will be given a shot to lose the position, so you're good for at least a little bit. If he starts to crap the bed then make a play for his successor.
Jake (Michigan): Thoughts on the closer situation in Toronto? Does B.J. Ryan lose the job, and if so, does Downs get it?
Brendan Roberts: (3:50 PM ET ) Glad you asked this, Jake, because I am starting to worry about ol' BJ Ryan. For those who haven't heard, he's been topping out at 84 mph, and his coaching staff is starting to get concerned. I think back to this time a year ago, and he was bouncing back from Tommy John surgery what I felt was a little too early, and then he went on to pitch in a whopping 60 games. He takes the offseason, and comes back flat. Surprised? I'm not. ... I think Accardo is the best bet should he be pulled.
B.J. Ryan's fastball has been clocked as low as 84 miles per hour this spring, and the Blue Jays' closer hasn't shown much improvement. The dip in velocity is not thought to be injury-related and manager Cito Gaston is beginning to broach the idea of using another guy in the ninth inning. "I think (Ryan is) the type of guy, if he feels like he can't help us, he'll just say maybe use someone else," Gaston said Thursday. "He might not say it, but he understands." Jeremy Accardo might be the best bet to fill in, as he's done it in the past.