Q wrote:Exactly, "next in line" equals holds. You want to get the best pitchers of "next in line."
Those rotochamps projections are really off for who will actually get a good number of holds. K-Rod gets 27 as the Angels primary setup man last year. This year they project just 7 for the new primary setup man in Anaheim with close to K-Rod's skills? There are many other omissions on that list too.
Not necessarily. Next in line means the guy likely to close if the closer goes down. That can be the primary set-up guy, but it isn't not always so. In addition, many times the LOOGY (like Ray King or JC Romero) actually gets more holds than the primary set-up guy.
I don't think you can put Donnelly above Shields in the "primary" set up role at this point. Shields is younger and has proven much more durable than Donnelly who had surgery in both 2003 and 2004. I see no reason why a reasonable projection might project further injury, leaving Shields as the unchallenged righty set upman.