Fantasy Baseball: Closing Arguments – Post Trade Deadline

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This week’s Closing Arguments is a tour of the new bullpen situations post trade deadline to help fantasy baseball owners find a closer. Closers are actually pretty available in most leagues. We need to look around the league post trade deadline because so much has changed in the past 10 days. First up, the Closer list as of 08 August 2017

Current CloserNext in lineTeamLeagueNotes
Zach BrittonBrad Brach BaltimoreAmerican League
Craig KimbrelJoe KellyBostonAmerican LeagueGot Addison Reed - might get 8th
Aroldis ChapmanDellin BetancesNew York YankeesAmerican Leagueadded multiple arms
Alex ColomeBrad BoxbergerTampa BayAmerican League
Roberto OsunaRyan TeperaTorontoAmerican LeagueOsuna struggling
Tyler ClippardunknownChicago White SoxAmerican LeagueNo save chances since the trade deadline
Cody AllenAndrew MillerClevelandAmerican League
Shane GreeneBruce RondonDetroitAmerican LeagueJustin Wilson to the Cubs
Kelvin HerreraJoakim SoriaKansas CityAmerican LeagueTraded for Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer from the Padres
Matt BelisleTaylor RogersMinnesotaAmerican LeagueBrandon Kintzler to the Nationals
Ken GilesLuke GregersonHoustonAmerican Leaguebullpen needs help
Bud NorrisCam BedrosianLos Angeles AngelesAmerican League
Blake TreinenSantiago CasillaOaklandAmerican LeagueSean Doolittle to Nationals
Edwin DiazNick VincentSeattleAmerican LeagueAcquired David Phelps, so far in the 7th
Roberto OsunacommitteeTexasAmerican League3 other players could also get saves
Arodys VizcainoJim JohnsonAtlantaNational League
Brad ZeiglerunknownMiamiNational LeagueA.J. Ramos to Mets
Kyle Barraclough (DL) - shoulder
A.J. RamosJerry BlevinsNew York MetsNational LeagueReed to BOS Jeurys Familia - Blood clot issue - has resumed throwing
Hector NerisLuis GarciaPhiladelphiaNational LeaguePat Neshek sent to COL
Sean DoolittleBrandon KintzlerWashingtonNational LeagueAcquired Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler
Wade DavisCarl EdwardsChicago CubsNational LeagueCarl Edwards is struggling, added Justin Wilson
Raisel IglesiasMichael LorenzenCincinnatiNational League
Corey KnebelAnthony SwarzakMilwaukeeNational LeagueAcquired Anthony Swarzak
Felipe RiveroJuan NicasioPittsburghNational League
Trevor RosenthalBrett CecilSt. LouisNational LeagueRosenthal improving
Fernando RodneyArchie BradleyArizonaNational LeagueRandall Delgado DL elbow
Greg HollandJake McGeeColoradoNational Leaguegot Pat Neshek, exact role unknown
Kenley JansenPedro BaezLos Angeles DodgersNational League
Brad HandKirby YatesSan DiegoNational LeagueBrandon Maurer Ryan Buchter traded to Royals
Sam Dyson Hunter StricklandSan FranciscoNational LeagueMark Melancon DL, has resumed throwing

Who should you add?

Cardinals Trevor Rosenthal

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The number one add here is clearly Sean Doolittle. He was the subject of a previous Closing Closing Arguments as a member of the lowly Oakland Athletics . His value skyrockets as the closer for the Washington Nationals. The Nationals have a death grip on the NL East and a potent offense. The only dings against Doolittle are that the Nationals now have plenty of fallback options and that his stuff doesn’t blow you away. Still, I am adding him everywhere I can.

Trevor Rosenthal, another Closing Arguments featured closer, is the 1B to Doolittle’s 1A for closers to pickup. Trevor Rosenthal is somehow available in 33% of leagues. The Cardinals project for less wins and Rosenthal has lost this role before. That is why I have him slightly below Sean Doolittle.

Tier 1
Sean Doolittle
Trevor Rosenthal
Brad Hand
Hector Neris

Tier 2
Shane Greene
Matt Belisle
Arodys Vizcaino
Brad Ziegler
Blake Treinen

Tier 3
Jim Johnson
Sam Dyson

Tier 4
Alex Claudio
Jose Leclerc

Brad Hand is the next best option here primarily because of his park and history of good performance out of the pen. However it is still possible he gets dealt in the complicated world of August MLB trades. Hector Neris doesn’t have any competition but the Phillies stink and his park is very hitter friendly.

The next grouping of Shane Greene to Blake Treinen are all serving as their team’s alleged closer. But they all have a weak grip on the role and could be in a committee situation any day now or already. Jim Johnson and Sam Dyson are stuck together as being respectively on the wrong side of a committee or just holding the spot for a DL arm. These are only options for the extremely needy fantasy baseball owner. 

The last two arms are all in the Texas Rangers bullpen. They are relevant due to the struggles and velocity issues for Roberto Osuna. Alas Keone Kela was placed on the DL during this writing.



As per a previous article, I am in the camp pulling for Keone Kela. Yet, Investing in a committee on either a bad team or bad home park [hitter friendly] is liking buying a Jets WR with anything but a late round pick. Don’t do it. Still I listed them because in AL-only leagues you can be desperate for those gambles.

Cut in Standard Leagues (own%):

  • Brandon Kintzler (76%)
  • David Robertson (67%)
  • Brandon Maurer (44%)
  • Justin Wilson (42%)
  • Tony Watson (39%)
  • Pat Neshek (21%)
  • Anthony Swarzak (16%)

Fluid situations / trades can still happen so stay tuned here and on the twitter and don’t forget to use the #closingarguments .


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