Fantasy Baseball: Closing Arguments – Add Trevor Rosenthal

Cardinals Trevor Rosenthal

Hello April baseball! Where someone goes on the DL everyday and teams flop closers faster than you can correctly type Seung Hwan Oh. With all the changes we will help you not only know what is going on and help you know what to do. Its time to add Trevor Rosenthal!


Oh has struggled in the early going and Trevor Rosenthal has been absolutely mashing. Rosenthal has hit 99mph in multiple games I watched. His control was there, and his confidence was there. Rosenthal was the Cardinals last season until his performance dropped due to injury.

The 2017 Cardinals have been using him later in games and in more critical situations. This is a big indicator of their faith in him. He has passed a few pitchers already on the official Cardinals depth chart. Oh is the only one left above him.

Most managers don’t like to flip closers back and forth from being the 9th inning guy to being the 8th inning guy, and vice versa. So I think they have to give Oh maybe one or two more chances in the ninth. I doubt he will get many more after that. Even if Oh does well in his next two outing I would expect it to become more of a shared role. Trevor Rosenthal already picked up a save but that was because Oh pitched the previous two games versus the Pirates.

I recommend adding Rosenthal in NL only leagues immediately, and stashing him if you have room in deeper mixed leagues. All the players cycling through the DL usually lets you expand your rosters a bit. See you next week, for an update on the closers and some more in depth on non closer relievers of value.

Beyond Rosenthal, the Rangers closer Sam Dyson and Orioles Zach Britton are now on the DL. At the time of this writing Familia NYM is coming off  the suspended list and is back in the role for the New York Mets.

Mets Juerys Familia


According to multiple new sites, Familia is expected to pitch in a few non-closing situations before jumping back to official closing duties. This is a situation to keep an eye on. Certainly if you roster Addison Reed now, you should not drop him unless you have to. Fantasy baseball sometimes makes you a little crazy.

Below you can see the only changes from Saturday beyond Texas and Baltimore. If you follow me on twitter I briefly mentioned there it was no surprise that Shawn Kelley picked up a save. The Nationals situation has been unclear or unsettled since spring training. Kelley however, has done pretty well and should be considered their closer for now.

American League

Baltimore Brad Brach (not official CL)
Boston Craig Kimbrel
New York Yankees Aroldis Chapman
Tampa Bay Alex Colome
Toronto Roberto Osuna
Chicago White Sox David Robertson
Cleveland Cody Allen
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez
Kansas City Kelvin Herrera
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler
Houston Ken Giles
Los Angeles Angeles Bud Norris (not official CL)
Oakland Ryan Madson (not official CL)
Seattle Edwin Diaz
Texas Matt Bush (not official CL)

National League

Atlanta Jim Johnson
Miami A.J. Ramos
New York Mets A Reed and J Familia both CL
Philadelphia Joaquin Benoit
Washington Shawn Kelley (not offical CL)
Chicago Cubs Wade Davis
Cincinnati Raisel Iglesias (not official CL)
Milwaukee Neftali Feliz
Pittsburgh Tony Watson
St. Louis Seung Hwan Oh
Arizona Fernando Rodney
Colorado Greg Holland
Los Angeles Dodgers Kenley Jansen
San Diego Brandon Maurer
San Francisco Mark Melancon 

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