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  • Scott Effross Records Save For Yankees Saturday

    New York Yankees reliever Scott Effross closed out his club's 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Saturday, picking up his second save of the year and first with his new club. The 28-year-old made it interesting by allowing a pair of singles, but he ultimately got Xander Bogaerts to pop out to end the game and stranding the tying run at third base. The Yankees have had trouble closing out games recently, but Effross isn't likely to pick up anything close to a lion's share of saves the rest of the way. He has had a nice season by sporting a 2.88 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 55 K through 50 IP, but Clay Holmes or Aroldis Chapman are still better suited for the role despite their struggles.

    Aug 14 · Source via Yankees Scott Effross closers
  • Jonathan Hernandez Locks Down Third Save

    Texas Rangers reliever Jonathan Hernandez pitched a clean ninth inning on Saturday to close out the team's 7-4 win over the Mariners. The right-hander needed just 10 pitches to retire the side as he's now collected his third save of the season after missing the first half of the year recovering from Tommy-John Surgery that he underwent last April. He's allowed three earned runs over 10 frames so far in 2022 (2.70 ERA) to go along with a fine 1.10 WHIP while lighting up the radar gun with a fastball that can touch triple-digits. Hernandez appears to be the favored closing option in Texas, and should be scooped up for anyone looking to catch up in the save column.

    Aug 14 · Source via Rangers Jonathan Hernandez closers
  • Rockies Place Alex Colome On 15-Day IL

    Colorado Rockies right-handed reliever Alex Colome has been placed on the 15-day injured list with right lateral epicondylitis, which is more commonly known as tennis elbow. In his place, Justin Lawrence was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. Colome owns a 4.68 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and .292 OBA along with 5.95 K/9 and 3.61 BB/9 through 46 games (42.1 innings) this season. He has tallied seven holds, four saves, and three blown saves along the way.

    Aug 13 · Source via Rockies Alex Colome closers
  • Ryan Pressly Unavailable For Saturday's Contest

    Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly (neck) is unavailable to pitch during Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics. Manager Dusty Baker will give Pressly the day off as he deals with a neck issue. This doesn't sound like the type of issue that is going to cost Pressly a trip to the injured list. Fantasy managers should consider Pressly day-to-day until further notice. Right-hander Hector Neris is expected to take the mound, assuming the Astros need a closer for this game.

    Aug 13 · Source via Astros Ryan Pressly closers
  • Blake Treinen Sharp During Rehab Outing

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Blake Treinen (shoulder) fired a perfect inning during Friday's minor league rehab game with Triple-A Oklahoma City. It only took him nine pitches to retire all the batters he faced on Friday. The expectation is that he'll need a few more outings before he's ready to return to the Dodgers bullpen. He's expected to serve as the primary setup option behind Craig Kimbrel. His return won't mean much for fantasy baseball, but it's a big addition to the Dodgers bullpen.

    Aug 13 · Source via Dodgers Blake Treinen closers
  • Tyler Wells Continues Making Progress

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Tyler Wells (oblique) was able to throw long toss prior to Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander has been sidelined since late July due to a Grade 1 oblique strain. Wells has been making progress and is hopeful to get back on the mound before the end of the season. He currently holds a 3.90 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 68/23 K/BB ratio over 94 2/3 innings through 20 starts. Fantasy managers can be hopeful he returns this season, but might need to wait another few weeks before they get a better answer.

    Aug 13 · Source via Orioles Tyler Wells closers
  • Carlos Estevez Records Save On Friday

    Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Estevez was handed the ball in the ninth inning of Friday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 29-year-old tossed a scoreless ninth inning to record his second save of the season. It was a bit odd to see Estevez out there instead of Daniel Bard. It sounds like this was a routine rest day for Bard, so the Rockies decided to give Estevez a shot in the ninth. Fantasy managers shouldn't be concerned about Estevez taking over Bard's job as the closer.

    Aug 12 · Source via Rockies Carlos Estevez closers
  • Ryan Helsley Looks Sharp On Friday

    St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley put together a masterful performance against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. The right-hander struck out three batters over two innings of work in the victory. He earned his 12th save of the season and is showing no signs of slowing down. Helsley now holds an incredible 0.76 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 70 strikeouts across 47 2/3 innings this season. Fantasy managers should continue to believe in him down the stretch of the season.

    Aug 12 · Source via Cardinals Ryan Helsley closers
  • Rangers, Tyler Duffey Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Rangers are signing reliever Tyler Duffey to a minor league contract, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (Twitter link). The veteran righty was released by the Twins earlier this week. Darren Wolfson of SKOR North adds (on Twitter) that Duffey’s deal comes with multiple opt-out opportunities. Duffey had spent a decade in the…

    Aug 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Rangers Tyler Duffey closers
  • Ken Giles DFA'd By Mariners

    The Seattle Mariners DFA'd relief pitcher Ken Giles on Friday. The 31-year-old has had major struggles staying healthy over the past few years, as he has pitched only eight innings since the start of 2020. With Giles having both elbow and shoulder issues over that time span, it makes sense that the Mariners would move on from him. If he can get healthy over the off-season, there will surely be a team that can use the former closer. He has always had swing and miss stuff, and even in his brief time in Seattle he showed he still has it, firing six strikeouts over his 4 innings pitched. Depending on where (and if) he signs, he's someone to look out for as a source of saves near the end of drafts next season.

    Aug 12 · Source via Mariners Ken Giles closers
  • Scott Barlow Earns 18th Save Of The Season

    Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Scott Barlow has been a fairly effective option in the ninth inning this season. On Thursday, Barlow was handed the ball in the ninth inning with a three-run lead over the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander gave up a solo home run to Andrew Vaughn, but looked solid outside of that. The 29-year-old has 18 saves on the season with a 2.32 ERA through 54.3 innings of work in Kansas City. He should be a reliable source for saves through the rest of the season.

    Aug 12 · Source via Royals Scott Barlow closers
  • Daniel Bard Collects 24th Save

    Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Daniel Bard didn't put together his best outing of the season versus the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The 37-year-old came into the ninth inning with a three-run lead. The right-hander loaded the bases with one out, but was able to escape with little damage. He notched his 24th save of the season and is posting a 2.16 ERA along the way. Fantasy managers should consider him a safe bet for saves as the primary closer in Colorado.

    Aug 12 · Source via Rockies Daniel Bard closers
  • Josh Sborz Named Opener For Friday

    Texas Rangers pitcher Josh Sborz will make the start against the Seattle Mariners on Friday. This appears to be a bullpen game as Sborz is expected to pitch an inning or two. He currently holds a 5.87 ERA through 15.3 innings with the Rangers this season. He won't be a recommended fantasy option, so fantasy managers can look elsewhere for help for Friday's slate.

    Aug 12 · Source via Rangers Josh Sborz closers
  • Rowan Wick Records Seventh Save

    Chicago Cubs reliever Rowan Wick converted his seventh save of the season on Thursday as his club topped the Reds 4-2 in the Field Of Dreams Game from Dyersville. The right-hander picked up two strikeouts in the clean frame, throwing 12 of his 19 pitches as he continues to receive the save opportunities for the Cubs since David Robertson's departure. He's now strung together 11-straight scoreless outings to lower his ERA to 3.94 with 50 K through 48 IP, which isn't overwhelming, but the fact that he's closing gives him more than enough fantasy appeal.

    Aug 12 · Source via Cubs Rowan Wick closers
  • Joe Kelly Exits Thursday's Game Early

    Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly (head) exited Thursday's game against the Kansas Royals early due to lightheadedness. He will undergo further evaluation and is considered day-to-day. The 34-year-old allowed two runs on one hit and one walk across a 1/3 of an inning before leaving. Kelly owns a 5.84 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts over 24 2/3 innings in 2022. Jake Diekman and Reynaldo Lopez will see more setup opportunities with Kelly sidelined. Diekman and Lopez are speculative adds in fantasy formats that account for the category saves and holds.

    Aug 11 · Source via White Sox Joe Kelly closers
  • Tigers To Select Daniel Norris

    Left-hander Daniel Norris is returning for a second big league stint with the Tigers, the team announced to reporters Thursday. Norris, who signed a minor league deal after being cut loose by the Cubs, will start tomorrow’s game for the Tigers. He’ll make at least two starts, tweets Evan Woodbery of MLive.com. The Tigers will…

    Aug 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Daniel Norris closers
  • Zach Jackson Tosses Another Scoreless Inning Wednesday

    Oakland Athletics rookie relief pitcher Zach Jackson entered the game on Wednesday in a tie ballgame in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels and struck out one in a perfect inning of work to send the game to extra innings. Left-hander A.J. Puk, who had the team's last save last Thursday, pitched a perfect eighth inning. Dany Jimenez allowed an unearned run on a hit while walking two and striking out four in two innings of work. Jackson picked up his third save on Aug. 3 and is sporting a 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 60 K's in 43 innings of work in 2022. With Lou Trivino now in New York, the A's appear to be using a closer-by-committee approach consisting of Puk, Jimenez and Jackson. Fantasy managers scrounging for saves can give Jackson a look, but saves have been few and far between for the last-place A's.

    Aug 10 · Source via Athletics Zach Jackson Dany Jimenez A.J. Puk closers
  • Mason Thompson Optioned To Triple-A

    Washington Nationals pitcher Mason Thompson was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday. He was sent down to the minors to open a roster spot for newly claimed Jake McGee. Thompson owned a 1.13 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and seven strikeouts over eight innings in 2022. The 24-year-old could get the call to the big leagues when rosters expand in September. McGee has a 7.00 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with 15 strikeouts over 27 innings in 30 appearances with the Giants and Brewers in 2022. The 36-year-old is expected to serve in a middle-relief role for the Nationals and won't have much fantasy value forward.

    Aug 10 · Source via Nationals Mason Thompson closers
  • Paul Sewald Secures 15th Save On Wednesday

    Seattle Mariners pitcher Paul Sewald struck out one over a scoreless inning to earn the save in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the New York Yankees. He entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead. The 32-year-old tossed a perfect inning to earn his 15th save of the season. He has been terrific this season, posting a 2.31 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts across 46 2/3 innings in 2022. Sewald is Seattle's primary closer, and fantasy managers should continue to roll with him in all leagues.

    Aug 10 · Source via Mariners Paul Sewald closers
  • Rowan Wick Notches Four-Out Save

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Rowan Wick has been the favorite option in the ninth inning since the trade deadline. On Wednesday, Wick was asked to get a four-out save against the Washington Nationals. He gave up a single to the first batter he faced, but retired the rest of the hitters he saw. The 29-year-old has now put together 10 straight scoreless appearances for Chicago. He'll likely continue getting save chances down the stretch of the season. Fantasy managers who are in need of saves should check to see if Wick is available.

    Aug 10 · Source via Cubs Rowan Wick closers
  • Cardinals Designate T.J. McFarland For Assignment

    The Cardinals announced that they have recalled right-hander Jake Woodford from Memphis, with lefty T.J. McFarland being designated for assignment in a corresponding move. McFarland, 33, is a veteran playing in his tenth MLB season, having previously suited up for the Orioles, Diamondbacks and Athletics. Last year, he signed a minor league deal with the…

    Aug 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals T.J. McFarland closers
  • Hunter Strickland Removed From Closer's Role

    Cincinnati Reds closer Hunter Strickland will be removed from the closer's role after he blew his fourth save of the season in Sunday's win over the Milwaukee Brewers, according to manager David Bell. The skipper said he'll look for different opportunities for Strickland outside of the ninth inning to help him regain his form. Strickland had allowed eight hits and seven runs in his last four innings of work before striking out two in a perfect inning on Wednesday in a 10-2 loss. Bell didn't say exactly who might close out games moving forward, but Alexis Diaz is the best bet for the Reds and fantasy managers in need of saves at this juncture. Diaz has four saves on the year and a great 1.94 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 53 K's in 41 2/3 innings, but searching for saves in Cincinnati won't be a lucrative business in fantasy.

    Aug 10 · Source via Reds Hunter Strickland closers
  • Kirby Yates Activated From Injured List

    The Atlanta Braves activated relief pitcher Kirby Yates (elbow) from the 60-day injured list on Wednesday. Yates had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on his right arm in March of last year and hasn't pitched at all in the big leagues since 2020. On his minor league rehab assignment, he posted a nice 1.08 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, 10 strikeouts and two walks in 8 1/3 innings pitched between the Florida Complex League, Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. The 35-year-old had 41 saves with the San Diego Padres back in 2019, but with Raisel Iglesias and Kenley Jansen already at the back end of the team's bullpen, it's unlikely that Yates will see many save chances to close out the year, if any at all.

    Aug 10 · Source via Braves Kirby Yates closers
  • Tyler Matzek Picks Up First Save Of Season

    Atlanta Braves left-handed reliever Tyler Matzek picked up his first save of the season in Tuesday night's 9-7 extra-inning win over the Boston Red Sox. The 31-year-old struck out two in a perfect inning of work in the 11th frame. Raisel Iglesias was charged with a blown save after working the eighth inning, and closer Kenley Jansen entered in the ninth to keep the game tied going into extra innings. On the season, Matzek is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, 21 strikeouts and 15 walks in 25 2/3 innings of work. He also has six holds. Matzek isn't all that attractive in fantasy due to his 19.6% strikeout rate and bloated 14% walk rate.

    Aug 10 · Source via Braves Tyler Matzek closers
  • Taylor Rogers Receives Cortisone Injection

    Milwaukee Brewers left-handed reliever Taylor Rogers (knee) had a cortisone shot in his left knee over the weekend, which is why he was unavailable to pitch on Tuesday night in the win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Rogers should be good to go soon. With Devin Williams also unavailable after a heavy recent workload, right-hander Matt Bush came on for the save. In his two outings since being traded from the San Diego Padres, Rogers has allowed a run on two hits while striking out three and walking one in two innings. The 31-year-old southpaw has 28 saves on the season, but in Milwaukee he'll mostly be working as the eighth-inning setup man in front of Williams, which makes him a lot less attractive in fantasy baseball leagues.

    Aug 10 · Source via Brewers Taylor Rogers closers
  • Felix Bautista Converts Second Consecutive Save Tuesday

    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Felix Bautista earned his sixth save of the season and his second in the last two games in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays. Bautista entered to close things out with a one-run lead. He got the first out on a flyout, allowed a single, got the second out on a strikeout, and ended the game by getting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to line out. Bautista has a nasty pitch arsenal and has done very well for the O's this season, compiling a 1.69 ERA with a 12.00 K/9 rate. He appears to be worth a roster spot in all leagues at this time with Jorge Lopez leaving the bullpen at the trade deadline.

    Aug 10 · Source via Orioles Felix Bautista closers
  • Seranthony Dominguez Earns Seventh Save Of Season Tuesday

    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Seranthony Dominguez picked up his seventh save of the season in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Marlins. Dominguez came in to pitch the ninth inning up by three. The leadoff hitter reached on an error, but Dominguez then got a groundball double play and got the final out on a strikeout. The 27-year-old has seen save opportunities for the Phillies at times this season and has pitched well, converting all but one with a 1.56 ERA. However, the Phillies also recently traded for David Robertson, who pitched the eighth inning of this game but should also see save opportunities down the stretch. The lack of certainty may be frustrating for fantasy managers, but both are worth rostering in roto leagues at this time.

    Aug 10 · Source via Phillies Seranthony Dominguez closers
  • Matt Bush Steps In For Second Save Of Season Tuesday

    Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Matt Bush earned his second save of the season and his first with his new team in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Rays. Bush came in to protect a two-run lead and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reported that Devin Williams needed a day of rest after his heavy workload recently and Taylor Rogers (knee) was unavailable due to a cortisone injection in his knee. Bush has pitched well overall this season with a 3.38 ERA and an 11.03 K/9 rate, but his fantasy value now remains very limited with both Williams and Rogers ahead of him in terms of closing responsibilities.

    Aug 10 · Source via Brewers Matt Bush closers
  • Tanner Houck Placed On 15-Day Injured List

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Tanner Houck (back) has been placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Aug. 6. This is bad timing for Boston, as Houck has been sharp out of the bullpen this year. He currently holds a 3.15 ERA and 56:22 K:BB ratio over 60 innings (four starts, 28 relief appearances) on the season. Houck already had two saves in August and appeared to be the best option for Boston in the ninth inning. Now the Red Sox will likely have to go with a closer-by-committee approach with Houck sidelined. Garrett Whitlock will probably be the favorite for save chances with Houck injured, with John Schreiber and Austin Davis also being late-inning options.

    Aug 9 · Source via Red Sox Tanner Houck closers
  • Red Sox Sign Jeurys Familia To Minor League Deal

    The Red Sox have signed right-hander Jeurys Familia to a minor league deal, per Joe McDonald of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Chris Cotillo of MassLive relays that it’s a minor league deal. Familia, 32, is a veteran who is in his 11th MLB season, having previously donned the jerseys of the Mets, A’s and…

    Aug 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Red Sox Jeurys Familia closers
  • Mariners Sign Anthony Banda To Minor League Deal

    The Mariners have signed left-hander Anthony Banda to a minor league deal, per Mike Curto, broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers, Seattle’s Triple-A team. Banda, 28, joins his third organization of the year, as he began the season with the Pirates but was designated for assignment and traded to the Blue Jays in July. He lasted…

    Aug 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Mariners Anthony Banda closers
  • Nationals Claim Jake McGee Off Waivers

    The Washington Nationals have reportedly claimed left-handed reliever Jake McGee off waivers, according to a tweet from MLB.com's Jessica Camerato. McGee started the year with the San Francisco Giants and also spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers. All told, he's logged a 7.00 ERA, a 4.70 FIP and three saves in 27 innings of work this season. The veteran, who notched 31 saves for the Giants last season, will give the Nationals another late-inning option alongside the likes of Kyle Finnegan, Hunter Harveyand Victor Arano. Per Camerato's tweet, the Nationals designated outfielder Donovan Casey for assignment to make room for McGee on the active roster.

    Aug 9 · Source via Nationals Jake McGee closers
  • Darren O'Day's Rehab Moved To Triple-A

    The Atlanta Braves moved relief pitcher Darren O'Day's (calf) minor league rehab assignment from High-A Rome to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday. O'Day struck out a batter in a scoreless inning of work for Rome last Friday. The 39-year-old right-hander might only need a few more rehab outings before he's activated from the 15-day injured list. O'Day landed on the injured list on July 13 with a left calf strain. Before the injury, he was sporting a 4.15 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and a 26:10 K:BB in 21 2/3 relief innings for the Braves. The veteran side-armer isn't of any real value to fantasy managers.

    Aug 9 · Source via Braves Darren O'Day closers
  • Zack Britton Still A Ways Away From Returning

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (elbow) is set to face live hitters again on Wednesday, but manager Aaron Boone cautioned that Britton is still a ways away from going on a minor league rehab assignment. The 34-year-old left-handed hurler faced hitters for the first time on Aug. 4 since undergoing surgery to fix the UCL in his left elbow last September. Barring any setbacks once he goes on a rehab assignment, there's a chance that the Yankees could have Britton in their bullpen later in the year and for a postseason run. Britton has only thrown 37 1/3 innings the last two seasons combined, but he was excellent in 2019, posting a 1.91 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, three saves and 53 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings.

    Aug 9 · Source via Yankees Zack Britton closers
  • Camilo Doval Earns 15th Save Of Season Monday

    San Francisco Giants closer Camilo Doval picked up his 15th save of the season in Monday's 1-0 win over the Padres. Doval came in to close things out with a one-run lead and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout. The Giants and Doval have been sporadic at times this season, but he has converted all but two of his save opportunities with a 2.96 ERA and 11.23 K/9 rate. As such, he is still a middle-to-higher-end fantasy option in both roto and points leagues.

    Aug 9 · Source via Giants Camilo Doval closers
  • Rowan Wick Notches Fifth Save Of Season Monday

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Rowan Wick picked up his fifth save of the season in Monday's 6-3 win over the Nationals. Wick came in to pitch the ninth inning up by three. He allowed a leadoff single, but then got a strikeout and a strikeout-caught stealing double play to end the game. This was the Cubs' first save opportunity since moving a number of bullpen arms at the trade deadline, so it looks like Wick will get the first shot to fill the void. The 29-year-old has now converted five of seven save opportunities with a 4.14 ERA, 9.07 K/9 rate, and 4.14 BB/9 rate. These numbers aren't great, but Wick is now worth a look in deeper roto leagues for fantasy managers chasing saves.

    Aug 9 · Source via Cubs Rowan Wick closers
  • Ian Kennedy Earns Seventh Save Of Season Monday

    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Ian Kennedy picked up his seventh save of the season in Monday's 3-0 win over the Pirates. Kennedy came in to close things out in the ninth with a three-run lead. He struck the first hitter out, allowed a walk, and then got the final two hitters out on flyouts. The veteran is now in the mix for save opportunities with Mark Melancon being demoted as the team's full-time closer. Kennedy has served as a closer before in his career and has now converted seven of 10 save opportunities with a 3.13 ERA. His fantasy value, while higher now is still unknown, but he is currently rostered in just 13 percent of leagues. As such, he is worth a look in deeper roto leagues for fantasy managers in need of saves.

    Aug 9 · Source via Diamondbacks Ian Kennedy closers
  • Ryan Tepera Picks Up Save Monday

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Ryan Tepera picked up his second save of the season in Monday's 1-0 win over the A's. Tepera got the call to end the game and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with no strikeouts. The veteran has seen save opportunities at times throughout his career and has managed a decent 3.95 ERA through 41 innings pitched this season. However, four different relievers have seen save opportunities for the Angels since the trade deadline, when Raisel Iglesias was traded. Tepera may be the best bet for fantasy managers chasing saves given his prior experience, but his fantasy value is still low given how poorly the Angels have played and the uncertainty at the back of the bullpen.

    Aug 9 · Source via Angels Ryan Tepera closers
  • Felix Bautista Earns Four-Out Save Monday

    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Felix Bautista picked up his fifth save of the season in Monday's 7-4 win over the Blue Jays. Bautista came into the game up by two with two outs in the eighth inning and runners on first and second. He got a groundout to end the inning and stayed on to pitch the ninth inning. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached first on an error and Alejandro Kirk singled, but Bautista then struck out Teoscar Hernandez and got Bo Bichette to ground into a double play to end the game. The big flamethrower has pitched very well overall this season and seems to be the favorite to take up the closing duties for the O's with Jorge Lopez traded. He now has a 1.72 ERA with a 12.06 K/9 rate. Bautista is worth a look in most fantasy leagues at this time given his strong performance and how well the O's have played.

    Aug 9 · Source via Orioles Felix Bautista closers
  • Brent Honeywell Jr. To Throw Simulated Game Friday

    Oakland A's right-hander Brent Honeywell Jr. (elbow) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Friday in Arizona. Honeywell has yet to appear in a game in 2022 due to a stress reaction in his throwing elbow. The 24-year-old emerged from throwing live batting practice on Monday without any issues. For what it's worth, manager Mark Kotsay told reporters that there may not be enough time to build Honeywell's arm up to be a starter, so he might work out of the bullpen for the A's if he returns in 2022.

    Aug 8 · Source via Athletics Brent Honeywell closers
  • Joe Barlow Could Rejoin Rangers Tuesday

    Texas Rangers relief pitcher Joe Barlow (finger) tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief during a minor league rehab outing for Double-A Frisco on Saturday. Manager Chris Woodward said that the right-hander, who was placed on the injured list with a right index finger blister on July 13, could be activated on Tuesday for the series opener against the Houston Astros. The 26-year-old right-hander has gone 1 2/3 frames in two of his three rehab outings, which could be a sign of things to come when he returns to the major league roster. Barlow was Texas' closer for most of the year, but he was removed from the role in early July, and Jonathan Hernandez has been the team's ninth-inning man of late. It looks like Barlow could return to a multi-inning relief role when he's activated this week.

    Aug 8 · Source via Rangers Joe Barlow closers
  • Blue Jays Hope To Get Tim Mayza Back This Year

    The Toronto Blue Jays are hopeful that they'll get relief pitcher Tim Mayza (shoulder) back near the end of August after he recently suffered a dislocated right shoulder. The Blue Jays placed Mayza on the injured list over the weekend, but it sounds like the Jays will get him back in the bullpen this season. The 30-year-old left-hander has been excellent for Toronto this year, going 5-0 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 27 strikeouts and just nine walks in 34 1/3 relief innings. While Mayza has been solid for the Jays in relief, he's not much of a fantasy option since he's not closing out games and has only a 20 percent strikeout rate.

    Aug 8 · Source via Blue Jays Tim Mayza closers
  • Anthony Banda Elects Free Agency

    Left-hander Anthony Banda has chosen to become a free agent, rather than accept an outright assignment to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A team.  Toronto designated Banda for assignment after the trade deadline, and he cleared outright waivers yesterday.  Since Banda has previously been outrighted in his career, he was eligible to reject the Jays’ assignment in…

    Aug 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Anthony Banda closers
  • Tim Mayza Lands On The Injured List

    Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Tim Mayza (shoulder) has landed on the 15-day injured list with a dislocated right shoulder. The 30-year-old southpaw sustained the injury on Saturday during a collision at home plate. Mayza has been excellent for the Blue Jays this season, posting a 2.88 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 27:9 K/BB ratio with 11 holds over 34 1/3 innings (41 appearances). Right-handed pitcher Trent Thornton was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move and will slide into the Jays bullpen.

    Aug 7 · Source via Blue Jays Tim Mayza closers
  • Brewers Designate Jake McGee For Assignment

    The Brewers announced that right-hander Jason Alexander has been recalled from Triple-A, with lefty Jake McGee being designated for assignment in a corresponding move. McGee, 36, is a veteran in his 13th MLB season. The Giants signed him to a two-year deal prior to the 2021 campaign, which looked like a masterstroke at the halfway…

    Aug 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Jake McGee closers
  • Josh Taylor Throws Bullpen Session Saturday

    Boston Red Sox left-handed reliever Josh Taylor (back) has twice had his minor league rehab assignment halted, most recently just before the All-Star break. However, skipper Alex Cora said that Taylor threw a bullpen session on Aug. 6 in Fort Myers, Fla. "It was a long one, too," Cora said. Taylor has yet to pitch for the Red Sox this year and there's no timetable for his return. In 61 appearances out of the bullpen last year, the 29-year-old had a 3.40 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, one save, 60 strikeouts and 23 walks in 47 2/3 innings pitched. In his three seasons in Boston, Taylor has a 3.69 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 129 K's and 44 walks in 121 outings (one start).

    Aug 7 · Source via Red Sox Josh Taylor closers
  • Matt Strahm Expected To Throw Bullpen Tuesday

    Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that left-handed reliever Matt Strahm (wrist) is playing catch and "there's a good chance he'll throw a bullpen on Aug. 9." Strahm was hit on the left wrist by a line drive on July 12 against the Tampa Bay Rays, but X-rays came back negative. It remains unclear if the Red Sox will send the 30-year-old southpaw on a minor league rehab assignment, but either way, he's nearing a return to Boston's big-league bullpen. Although Strahm does have three saves this year, there's not a ton of fantasy value in his left arm. He's sporting a 3.58 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 32 strikeouts and seven walks in 27 2/3 innings pitched this year.

    Aug 7 · Source via Red Sox Matt Strahm closers
  • Daniel Bard Works Clean Ninth For Save

    Colorado Rockies closer Daniel Bard closed out his club's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday to collect his 23rd save of the campaign. The right-hander needed just 12 pitches to retire the side in order, picking up one punchout in the clean frame. Fresh off signing a two-year extension, the 37-year-old hasn't shown many signs of age this season by sporting a 1.99 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 45 K through 40 2/3 IP. He's a safe bet to keep stockpiling saves the rest of the way since he's the unquestioned closer in the Mile High City.

    Aug 7 · Source via Rockies Daniel Bard closers
  • Giovanny Gallegos Picks Up 11th Save

    St. Louis Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos recorded his 11th save of the season on Saturday to close out his club's 1-0 win over the Yankees. Ryan Helsley, who's taken over primary closing duties, worked the previous two days in a row so it was Gallegos who received the ninth-inning call in this one. The right-hander got a fly out and a pair of strikeouts in the clean frame in what marked his first save since July 12. After a rocky July, Gallegos has strung together six-straight scoreless appearances to give him a 3.27 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 52 K through 41 1/3 IP. Although his stats would hold up for fantasy purposes, the fact that he isn't the main closing option significantly hinders his fantasy value.

    Aug 7 · Source via Cardinals Giovanny Gallegos closers
  • Mitch White Recalled From Triple-A, Will Start Saturday

    Toronto Blue Jays right-handed pitcher Mitch White has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo, according to an announcement from the club. Assuming the bad weather holds off, he'll start against Minnesota on Saturday. White was acquired from Los Angeles at the trade deadline after throwing 11.2 scoreless innings for the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, and he has also looked solid through 15 outings in the majors. White reported to the Blue Jays' Triple-A club in Buffalo but didn't appear in a game, so Saturday's start represents his debut in the Jays organization.

    Aug 6 · Source via Blue Jays Mitch White closers
  • Phillies Release Odubel Herrera, Jeurys Familia

    The Phillies have released outfielder Odubel Herrera and right-hander Jeurys Familia.  Righty Ryan Sherriff has also been outrighted to Triple-A.  All three players were designated for assignment earlier this week. This is the second time within the last year that the Phils have officially parted ways with Herrera, as they declined their $11.5MM club option…

    Aug 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Jeurys Familia Odubel Herrera closers
  • Kirby Yates To Make Another Rehab Start On Sunday

    Atlanta Braves reliever Kirby Yates (elbow) is set to make another rehab start on Sunday at Triple-A Gwinnett, according to manager Brian Snitker. The 35-year-old righty made back-to-back hitless appearances earlier this week and didn't sustain any setbacks. He'll likely need a few more rehab outings before joining the Braves' bullpen later this month. Once he arrives with the club he figures to work in a setup/high-leverage role for Atlanta.

    Aug 6 · Source via Braves Kirby Yates closers
  • Mike Mayers Has Contract Purchased

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Mike Mayers has had his contract selected from Triple-A Salt Lake and will join the team's 40-man roster. The 30-year-old righty was outrighted to the minors back in early June but has now made his way back to the majors. He posted a poor 5.40 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 14:6 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 innings (15 appearances) earlier this season. He'll add some depth to the Los Angeles bullpen but doesn't offer a whole lot of fantasy value.

    Aug 6 · Source via Angels Mike Mayers closers
  • Art Warren Starts Rehab Assignment On Saturday

    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Art Warren (forearm) is starting a rehab assignment on Saturday at Triple-A Louisville. The 29-year-old reliever has been dealing with a right flexor pronator strain in his right arm since the beginning of July. He'll get a few minor league games under his belt before joining the Reds sometime in mid-August. Warren put together a rough 6.91 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 30:15 K/BB ratio across 28 2/3 innings of relief before going down. Despite his struggles, he did notch three saves and four holds and figures to be in the mix for high-leverage situations once he returns to action.

    Aug 6 · Source via Reds Art Warren closers
  • Devin Williams Saves Seventh Game

    Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Devin Williams inherited at least an increased share of the closer role when Josh Hader was dealt to the San Diego Padres, and he locked down his seventh game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, striking out both batters he faced. Williams has pitched in three consecutive games since being promoted, and each of his last two outings have been much more steady than his first opportunity since the trade deadline when he was charged with a blown save. He now has a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 68 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings this year and should be rostered in all formats.

    Aug 6 · Source via Brewers Devin Williams closers
  • Clay Holmes Blows Another Save

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes had another rough outing Friday night, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in an inning of work, blowing his fourth save of the year and earning his third loss in the process. Holmes struck out two batters. He still has a very strong 2.12 ERA and 0.96 WHIP on the year, but patience could run out quickly if Holmes doesn't right the ship in short order. Aroldis Chapman is lurking as another option to close out games, but fantasy managers should hold onto Holmes for the time being.

    Aug 6 · Source via Yankees Clay Holmes closers
  • Ryan Helsley Reaches 10 Saves

    St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley saved his 10th game of the year Friday night, shutting down the New York Yankees to secure a 4-3 victory. He allowed no hits and one walk and did not strike out a batter. Helsley is having a charmed season, recording a 0.61 ERA and 0.63 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings. He has allowed an earned run in only two of his 36 appearances all year. Fantasy managers who picked him up off the waiver wire early this season have been handsomely rewarded.

    Aug 6 · Source via Cardinals Ryan Helsley closers
  • Mark Melancon Out As Closer, Arizona Going With Committee

    Arizona Diamondbacks skipper Torey Lovullo said that the team will go with a closer-by-committee approach moving forward, which means right-hander Mark Melancon and his 4.66 ERA will be demoted from the ninth inning for the foreseeable future. The 37-year-old veteran is also 3-10 with a 1.58 WHIP, 14 saves, 26 strikeouts and 13 walks in 36 2/3 innings pitched this year. He'll likely work in low-leverage situations for the time being, with some combination of veteran Ian Kennedy, Joe Mantiply and Kyle Nelson factoring into the committee approach. Kennedy had the team's most recent save on Tuesday and has a 3.15 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, five saves and 32 K's in 34 1/3 innings this year. He's probably your best bet if you're speculating on saves in Arizona.

    Aug 5 · Source via Diamondbacks Mark Melancon closers
  • Twins To Designate Tyler Duffey For Assignment

    The Twins have designated right-handed reliever Tyler Duffey for assignment, as first reported by Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Twitter link). Right-hander Cole Sands is being recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to take Duffey’s spot on the roster (and, seemingly, in the bullpen for now). Minnesota has yet to formally announce the move. Duffey,…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Tyler Duffey closers
  • Rockies Claim Dinelson Lamet Off Waivers

    The Colorado Rockies claimed right-hander Dinelson Lamet off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Lamet was shipped to the Milwaukee Brewers in the trade that sent closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres on Monday, but the Brewers designated Lamet for assignment on Wednesday due to a crowded bullpen at the major league level. The Rockies have decided to scoop him up, bringing him back to the National League West. The 30-year-old was once a promising starting pitcher, but injuries have moved him to a bullpen role the last two years, and he has struggled to a 9.49 ERA, a 2.03 WHIP and a 16:9 K:BB in only 12 1/3 innings in 2022. Lamet will have a new opportunity in Colorado, but for now he's well off the fantasy radar.

    Aug 5 · Source via Brewers Dinelson Lamet closers
  • Tigers Designate Derek Law For Assignment

    The Tigers are designating reliever Derek Law for assignment, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free-Press was among those to relay (Twitter link). The move clears an active roster spot for Bryan García, who’ll be selected onto the major league roster to start tomorrow’s game against the Rays. Detroit’s 40-man roster tally will remain at 39. Law was…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Derek Law closers
  • Dennis Santana Placed On The Injured List

    Texas Rangers pitcher Dennis Santana (ankle) was placed on the 15-day injured list with a left ankle sprain Thursday. The move is retroactive to August 3, and he will miss at least the next two weeks. He owns a 5.09 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and a 33:18 K: BB over 40 2/3 innings in 2022. The Rangers bullpen takes another hit as both Joe Barlow (finger) and Santana are now on the injured list. Cole Ragans was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move. The 24-year-old owned posted a 3.32 ERA, and 1.07 WHIP in 43.1 innings over eight Triple-A starts. Ragans is a speculative add in deep-league formats.

    Aug 4 · Source via Rangers Dennis Santana closers
  • Jorge Alcala Undergoes Season-Ending Elbow Surgery

    Twins reliever Jorge Alcalá has undergone arthroscopic debridement surgery on his throwing elbow, the club announced (relayed by Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune). He’s done for the season, but the Twins anticipate he’ll be ready for Spring Training next year. Aclalá made just two appearances in 2022, with elbow issues virtually wiping out the year.…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Twins Jorge Alcala closers
  • Drew VerHagen To Have Season-Ending Hip Surgery

    St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Drew VerHagen (hip) will have season-ending hip surgery shortly, according to a team official. VerHagen injured his hip in April and won't make it back for the rest of the 2022 season. The 31-year-old had signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal with St. Louis in free agency. He'll end the season with just 21 2/3 innings under his belt in 19 relief outings, posting a 6.65 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, 18 strikeouts and 14 walks for the Red Birds. VerHagen wasn't on the fantasy radar to begin with.

    Aug 4 · Source via Cardinals Drew VerHagen closers
  • Jorge Lopez Closes Out First Game With Twins

    Minnesota Twins reliever Jorge Lopez recorded his 20th save of the season Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers and his first since being traded from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. The first-time All-Star is having a career year after switching to the bullpen this season and owns a 1.64 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with 55 strikeouts over 49.1 innings. The save signals that Lopez will maintain his closer role, leaving the rest of the high-leverage arms in the Twins bullpen, including Jhoan Duran, in a setup role.

    Aug 3 · Source via Twins Jorge Lopez closers
  • David Robertson Records Save On Wednesday

    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher David Robertson was asked to take the ball in the ninth inning on Wednesday. The veteran right-hander was acquired by the Phillies through a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Manager Rob Thompson mentioned that Robertson might not get save chances right away in Philly. Well, that was not the case as Robertson came out for the save during Wednesday's contest. He struck out two batters and earned himself his 15th save of the season. The expectation is that Robertson will continue to get save chances in Philly going forward.

    Aug 3 · Source via Phillies David Robertson closers
  • David Bednar Placed On Injured List

    The Pittsburgh Pirates placed closer David Bednar (back) on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday and recalled right-hander Yohan Ramirez from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. The team also recalled infielder Tucupita Marcano from Indianapolis and designated infielder Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment. Bednar was unavailable for a save chance on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, and as a result, Wil Crowe came on for his third save of the year. Yerry De Los Santos could see a save chance or two while Bednar is sidelined as well, but Crowe should be the target for those chasing saves. Bednar deserves to be stashed in all fantasy formats while he's on the shelf, as he's recorded 17 saves to go along with a 2.70 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 63:14 K:BB in 46 2/3 innings for the Bucs in 2022.

    Aug 3 · Source via Pirates David Bednar closers
  • Dinelson Lamet Designated For Assignment

    The Milwaukee Brewers designated right-hander Dinelson Lamet and catcher Pedro Severino for assignment on Wednesday. Lamet was just acquired by the Brewers in the trade that sent left-handed closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres on Monday. Milwaukee likes Lamet, but their bullpen is extremely crowded at the major league level, even after trading Hader away. The Brew Crew also traded for veteran relievers Matt Bush and Trevor Rosenthal in recent days. If Lamet goes unclaimed on waivers, the Brewers will be able to keep him in the organization at Triple-A Nashville. Moved to the bullpen because of injuries by the Padres the last two years, Lamet allowed 13 earned runs on 16 hits in just 12 1/3 relief innings for the Friars this year before being traded to Milwaukee.

    Aug 3 · Source via Brewers Dinelson Lamet closers
  • Tanner Rainey Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Rainey (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. We already knew there was a pretty good chance that Rainey would miss the rest of the season with a UCL injury to his right elbow, but now it's official after the surgery. The 29-year-old will now miss the majority of the 2023 season as well as he recovers from elbow reconstruction. Rainey was solid for the Nats in 29 relief appearances in 2022 before his injury, posting a 3.30 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 12 saves and 36 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched. Kyle Finnegan is now the team's primary closer, but he's a low-end fantasy closing option on the worst team in baseball, especially after they just traded away superstar outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell on Tuesday.

    Aug 3 · Source via Nationals Tanner Rainey closers
  • Kenley Jansen Will Remain Braves' Primary Closer

    Atlanta Braves skipper Brian Snitker said that relief pitcher Kenley Jansen will continue to serve as the team's primary closer, but the newly acquired Raisel Iglesias is the secondary closer. Jansen is only on a one-year deal with Atlanta, while Iglesias is signed through the 2025 season. Jansen's fantasy managers were likely very uneasy when the Braves made the move to acquire Iglesias from the Los Angeles Angels at Tuesday's trade deadline, but for now, Jansen will remain the team's primary fireman. The 34-year-old right-hander has struggled at times this year, but he's been better of late and has a 3.43 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 54 strikeouts and a healthy 24 saves in 39 1/3 innings in 2022. Iglesias might pick up a save chance here or there if Jansen needs a break, but it looks like his fantasy value will take a hit with the move to Atlanta the rest of this season.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Andres Munoz Escapes With Second Save Of Season Tuesday

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Andres Munoz didn't make things easy but did pick up his second save of the season in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Yankees. Munoz entered to pitch the ninth inning up by two. He got the first two hitters out on strikeouts, but then allowed a single and back-to-back walks before striking out the final hitter with the bases loaded. Paul Sewald has served as the primary closer this season for the Mariners, but he pitched the seventh inning of this game, likely because of the close score. Munoz does have a 3.02 ERA with a 13.39 K/9 rate and 13 holds through 41 2/3 innings pitched this season, but Sewald is the clear arm to roster for fantasy purposes.

    Aug 3 · Source via Mariners Andres Munoz closers
  • Ian Kennedy Earns Fifth Save Of Season Tuesday

    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Ian Kennedy picked up his fifth save of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Guardians. Kennedy came in to pitch the ninth inning with a 3-run lead and struck out the side to end the game. Mark Melancon has served as the team's primary closer this season, but he pitched 1 2/3 innings in Monday's game. Kennedy has pitched better than Melancon but has had his own struggles, converting only five of eight save opportunities with a 3.15 ERA. Kennedy is worth a look in deeper roto leagues, but it seems that Melancon is still the arm to roster in fantasy for managers chasing saves at this time.

    Aug 3 · Source via Diamondbacks Ian Kennedy closers
  • Jordan Romano Allows Homer But Earns Save Tuesday

    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano did not have the cleanest outing but did pick up his 25th save of the season in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Rays. Romano entered to pitch the ninth inning with a three-run lead. He allowed a leadoff solo home run to Taylor Walls but then got the next three hitters out on a groundout, strikeout, and flyout. Romano has been excellent overall this season, converting all but three save opportunities with a 2.50 ERA.

    Aug 3 · Source via Blue Jays Jordan Romano closers
  • Gregory Soto Notches 20th Save Of Season Tuesday

    Detroit Tigers closer Gregory Soto picked up his 20th save of the season in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Twins. Soto came in to end the game with a two-run lead and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with no strikeouts. The 27-year-old has been solid all season, converting all but two save opportunities with a 2.19 ERA, 9.24 K/9 rate, and 3.89 BB/9 rate. Fantasy managers should feel comfortable having Soto in their lineups at all times.

    Aug 3 · Source via Tigers Gregory Soto closers
  • Jose Quijada Earns Save For Angels Tuesday

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Quijada got the first shot at a save after the team traded away closer Raisel Iglesias in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Athletics. Quijada came in to pitch the ninth inning with a two-run lead and turned in a 1-2-3 outing with no strikeouts, picking up his second save of the season. With Iglesias gone, it remains to be seen how the Angels will approach save situations for the rest of the season, although they may not see that many. Quijada has a solid 3.15 ERA with a 10.80 K/9 rate through 20 innings pitched this season, but he also has a high 5.40 BB/9 rate. With several other veteran relievers in the bullpen, fantasy managers should wait to see what approach the Angels take. That said, Ryan Tepera or Archie Bradley seem like better speculative adds, as both have had past closing experience.

    Aug 3 · Source via Angels Jose Quijada closers
  • Tanner Houck Notches Eighth Save Of Season Tuesday

    Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Tanner Houck picked up his eighth save of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Astros. Houck came on to end the game with a one-run lead and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with no strikeouts. It was his second consecutive save and he now has a 3.15 ERA with just one blown save this season. The Red Sox have used a number of relief pitchers in save situations this season, but Houck appears to be the arm to roster in fantasy for the time being.

    Aug 3 · Source via Red Sox Tanner Houck closers
  • David Bednar Bothered By Lower Back Tuesday

    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Tuesday that closer David Bednar (back) was bothered by his lower back, which was why he was not available in a 5-3 win over the Brewers. Wil Crowe instead came in to convert his third save of the season. Shelton said that the team will use the next couple of days to determine if Bednar will need a stint on the injured list. It would be a shame for the Pirates and fantasy managers if Bednar were to miss any time, as he has converted 17 of 21 save opportunities this season with a 2.70 ERA. Fantasy managers in need of saves could look to Crowe if Bednar misses time, as he has seen the second most save opportunities for the Pirates.

    Aug 3 · Source via Pirates David Bednar closers
  • Michael Fulmer Moved To Twins

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Michael Fulmer has been traded to the Minnesota Twins. This adds on to the already big day for the Twins. The Tigers will receive right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long in exchange for Fulmer. This season, Fulmer has a 3.20 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 39/20 K/BB ratio through 39.3 innings of work. The additions of Fulmer and Jorge Lopez should hopefully be a significant upgrade to Minnesota's bullpen. As for Detroit, they receive a fairly decent arm in Gipson-Long. He has pitched well in High-A and will hopefully move quickly through the minor league system.

    Aug 2 · Source via Tigers Twins Michael Fulmer closers
  • Mychal Givens Gets Traded To Mets

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Mychal Givens is headed to the New York Mets. The two sides have agreed on a trade that will send Givens to New York and pitcher Saul Gonzalez to the Cubs. Givens is posting a 2.66 ERA with two saves and 51/19 K/BB ratio through 40.7 innings in Chicago. This move helps bolster the Mets bullpen as they continue to fight for a playoff spot. He should continue to work in high leverage spots, but his fantasy value isn't expected to change. Gonzalez has pitched well in St. Lucie this season, but isn't someone who is near MLB ready. These deadline moves for Chicago leaves Rowan Wick as the favorite for saves through the rest of the season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Mets Mychal Givens closers
  • Raisel Iglesias Moved To Braves

    Los Angeles Angels closer Raisel Iglesias has been traded to the Atlanta Braves. This is another last minute trade deadline move as the Braves look to bolster their bullpen. In exchange for Iglesias, the Angels will receive pitchers Jesse Chavez and Tucker Davidson. This season, Iglesias holds a 4.04 ERA with 48/9 K/BB ratio and 16 saves through 35.7 innings. This move will most likely hurt Iglesias considering he won't be the closer in Atlanta. He'll likely still pitch in high leverage spots, but it might not always be the ninth inning. As for the Angels, they get two MLB arms to immediately help their roster. Chavez has a 2.66 ERA through 44 games and Davidson has struggled this season, but shown flashes during his career. The expectation is that both of them will be on the Angels roster right away.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Braves Raisel Iglesias closers
  • Blue Jays Acquire Mitch White From Dodgers

    The Blue Jays and Dodgers have agreed to a trade sending righty Mitch White from Los Angeles to Toronto in exchange for minor league pitchers, tweets FanSided’s Robert Murray. The teams have since announced the trade, with White and minor league infielder Alex De Jesus headed to Toronto in exchange for minor league righty Nick…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Dodgers Blue Jays Alex De Jesus Nick Frasso Mitch White closers
  • Phillies Acquire David Robertson From Cubs

    The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-handed reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, according to sources. It's unclear who the Phillies will send to the Cubs in return, but Robertson will be returning to the Phil after spending the 2019 season with them. The 37-year-old was the Cubbies closer before the trade, posting a strong 2.23 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 14 saves and 51 strikeouts in his 40 1/3 innings of work. In Philadelphia, Seranthony Dominguez and lefty Brad Hand have been sharing closing duties, but it remains to be seen if Robertson will be given the majority of save chances in his new home or if he'll be part of an ongoing committee for saves. His fantasy outlook for the rest of the season could receive a boost on a contending team.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Phillies David Robertson closers
  • Blue Jays Discussing Noah Syndergaard, Raisel Iglesias

    The Toronto Blue Jays are talking to the Los Angeles Angels about starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard and closer Raisel Iglesias with the trade deadline approaching on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Phillies have also been linked to Syndergaard, but general manager Dave Dombrowski isn't often a buyer of rental players like Thor. Syndergaard has been solid in his first year with the Angels, posting a 3.83 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP with a 64:22 K:BB in 80 innings over his 15 starts, but he has struggled to get run support from the lowly Angels offense. That probably wouldn't be as much of a problem in Toronto. Iglesias has a 4.04 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 16 saves and 48 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings as the Halos closer, but he'd become a top-end setup arm in Toronto in front of closer Jordan Roman if he was dealt to the Jays.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Blue Jays Noah Syndergaard Raisel Iglesias closers
  • Anthony Bass, Zach Pop Dealt To Blue Jays

    The Toronto Blue Jays are acquiring relief pitcher Anthony Bass, right-hander Zach Pop and a smaller unnamed piece on Tuesday in exchange for infield prospect Jordan Groshans. The Blue Jays had been looking to upgrade their bullpen for a run at a postseason spot, so Bass and Pop will be inserted as late-inning setup men in Toronto in front of closer Jordan Romano. Bass has been excellent this year, posting a 1.41 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 45:10 K:BB in 44 2/3 innings, but his fantasy value won't change all that much in a setup role in Toronto. Pop has been solid but not spectacular, going 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 20 relief innings for the Fish.

    Aug 2 · Source via Marlins Blue Jays Anthony Bass Zach Pop closers
  • Twins Acquiring Jorge Lopez From Orioles

    The Minnesota Twins are finalizing a deal to acquire closer Jorge Lopez from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday in exchange for left-hander Cade Povich, right-handed reliever Yennier Cano and more prospects from the Complex League, according to sources. The Twins had been using a committee approach to the ninth inning this year, but Lopez will presumably step right in as the club's new closer after the trade. The 29-year-old right-hander was excellent with Baltimore this year, posting a 1.68 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP with 19 saves, 54 strikeouts and only 17 walks in 48 1/3 innings. Lopez's fantasy value increases with the deal to the first-place Twins. Back in Baltimore, Felix Bautista should be first in line for save chances with Lopez no longer around.

    Aug 2 · Source via Orioles Jorge Lopez closers
  • Cardinals Acquire Chris Stratton

    The St. Louis Cardinals acquired right-hander Chris Stratton and left-hander Jose Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night in exchange for right-hander Johan Oviedo and minor league infielder Malcom Nunez. The main piece of this trade was the veteran Quintana going to St. Louis to bolster their banged-up rotation as they make a run for a playoff spot. Stratton has had a rough year in Pittsburgh with a 5.09 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, two saves, 37 strikeouts and 13 walks in 40 2/3 innings over 40 appearances (one start). The 31-year-old should give St. Louis some more bullpen depth the rest of the way in 2022.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cardinals Chris Stratton closers
  • Giants Designate Kervin Castro For Assignment

    The Giants announced tonight they’ve designated reliever Kervin Castro for assignment. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for minor league catcher Ford Proctor, who was acquired in a trade with the Rays. Castro, 23, has reached the majors in each of the past two seasons. He made ten appearances with the big league club last year…

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Kervin Castro closers
  • Matt Bush Heading To Milwaukee

    The Milwaukee Brewers continued to shake up their bullpen Monday by acquiring relief pitcher Matt Bush from the Texas Rangers, per Rangers beat writer Evan Grant. The Rangers' return was not reported. The veteran will bolster the Brewers' bullpen, as he has logged a 2.95 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 29.8% strikeout rate in 36 2/3 inning pitched this season. Bush will not likely see save opportunities, making his fantasy value virtually non-existent.

    Aug 2 · Source via Rangers Matt Bush closers
  • William Smith Headed To Houston

    The Houston Astros acquired relief pitcher William Smith from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi Monday amidst a number of moves, per Fox 26's Mark Berman. Smith was serving the role of late-inning pitcher behind Kenley Jansen and will now fall into that same role behind Ryan Pressly. The veteran has had a lackluster season to this point, compiling a 4.38 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with five of eight save opportunities converted. That being said, Smith has been a reliable late-innings pitcher throughout his career and should bolster the Astros' bullpen. In terms of fantasy, Smith's value will remain relatively low, as he will not see consistent save opportunities unless injuries occur.

    Aug 2 · Source via Braves Astros Will Smith closers
  • Cardinals Acquire Jose Quintana, Chris Stratton From Pirates

    The Cardinals added a needed arm to the rotation and picked up a veteran reliever Monday evening, announcing an intra-division trade that will net them lefty Jose Quintana and righty Chris Stratton from the Pirates. In return, the Pirates are receiving righty Johan Oviedo and minor league third baseman Malcolm Nunez. Quintana was an obvious…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Pirates Malcom Nunez Johan Oviedo Jose Quintana Chris Stratton closers
  • Brewers Acquire Matt Bush From Rangers For Mark Mathias, Antoine Kelly

    The Brewers added to their bullpen late Monday night, announcing a deal with the Rangers to bring in Matt Bush. Texas receives infielder Mark Mathias and minor league pitcher Antoine Kelly in the deal. Bush has had a strong season out of the Texas bullpen. The 36-year-old hurler made the Opening Day roster and has tossed 36 2/3 innings…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Rangers Matt Bush Mark Mathias closers
  • Jake Diekman Headed To White Sox

    The Chicago White Sox are acquiring left-hander Jake Diekman from the Boston Red Sox. Diekman will head to Chicago to help solidify the bullpen while the White Sox send catcher Reese McGuire to Boston in exchange. The 35-year-old Diekman has been solid out of the pen for the Red Sox in 2022, posting a 5-1 record, 4.23 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, one save, 12 holds, and 51 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings of work. Look for him to settle into a setup role with his new team.

    Aug 1 · Source via Red Sox Jake Diekman closers
  • White Sox, Red Sox Swap Reese McGuire For Jake Diekman

    6:40pm: The White Sox announced the trade, adding that they’re also sending a player to be named later or cash to the Red Sox as part of the swap. 6:11pm: The White Sox are trading catcher Reese McGuire to the Red Sox, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN. Robert Murray of FanSided reports that veteran left-handed…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors White Sox Red Sox Jake Diekman Reese McGuire closers
  • Yankees Transfer Luis Severino, Miguel Castro To 60-Day IL, Sign Carlos Espinal

    The Yankees announced a series of roster moves prior to tonight’s game, with righties Luis Severino and Miguel Castro being transferred to the 60-day injured list. Righty Clarke Schmidt was optioned to Triple-A, while another righty, Carlos Espinal, was signed to a major league contract and selected to the active roster. Severino, 28, was placed…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Yankees Miguel Castro Clarke Schmidt Luis Severino closers
  • A's Acquire Prospects Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina

    The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Ken Waldichuk, right-hander Luis Medina, left-hander JP Sears and second baseman Cooper Bowman from the New York Yankees on Monday in exchange for starting pitcher Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino, according to a source. It's a nice prospect haul for the A's, as MLB Pipeline had Waldichuk ranked as the Yankees' No. 5 prospect, with Medina at No. 10, Sears at No. 20 and Bowman at No. 21. Waldichuk stands at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds and has a 3.59 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings over 11 starts at Triple-A in 2022. Medina has elite raw stuff on the mound, but his command has been lacking, and he's likely to surface as a reliever in the big leagues. Sears is more of a control artist and has a 2.05 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 15 K's in 22 innings in the majors this year. Bowman is best known for his speed.

    Aug 1 · Source via Yankees Athletics Luis Medina Frankie Montas JP Sears Lou Trivino closers prospects
  • Yankees Acquire Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino From A's

    The New York Yankees acquired starting pitcher Frankie Montas and relief pitcher Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are sending left-hander Ken Waldichuk (their No. 5 prospect), right-hander Luis Medina (No. 10), left-hander JP Sears (No. 20) and second baseman Cooper Bowman (No. 21) to the A's. Montas became the Yankees' top trade target after the Seattle Mariners landed right-hander Luis Castillo from the Reds last weekend. The 29-year-old's fantasy stock will only rise with the move to the first-place Yankees. He is currently 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 109 strikeouts and 28 walks in 104 2/3 innings over 19 starts. Trivino, who has a 6.47 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and 10 saves for the A's in 32 innings, is unlikely to see many save chances in a bullpen that includes Clay Holmes as the primary ninth-inning option.

    Aug 1 · Source via Athletics Frankie Montas Lou Trivino closers
  • Mets, White Sox Looking At Andrew Chafin

    The New York Mets and Chicago White Sox are among the teams looking to add a left-handed reliever at the trade deadline, and Detroit Tigers left-hander Andrew Chafin is of interest to both teams, according to sources. He's owed the rest of his $6 million salary this year and $7 million in 2023. The 32-year-old veteran southpaw has been very solid for the Tigers in relief this year, posting a 2.53 ERA and 1.06 WHIP while striking out 39 and walking just 10 hitters in 32 innings of work out of Detroit's bullpen. Chafin has also recorded one save, although he wouldn't be in line for ninth-inning duties with either the Mets or White Sox.

    Aug 1 · Source via Tigers Andrew Chafin closers
  • Taylor Rogers, Others Traded To Brewers

    According to a tweet from ESPN's Jeff Passan on Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly acquiring relief pitcher Taylor Rogers along with fellow reliever Dinelson Lamet, pitching prospect Robert Gasser and outfield prospect Esteury Ruiz in exchange for relief pitcher Josh Hader. Rogers has converted 28 saves for the Padres this season, but has struggled as of late, giving up 20 hits, 11 earned runs, and a pair of walks in his last 11.1 innings of work. Devin Williams, who has pitched to a 1.59 ERA, a 1.31 FIP, 66 strikeouts and 19 walks in 39.2 innings this season, would appear to be a better choice to take over at closer.

    Aug 1 · Source via Padres Brewers Taylor Rogers Esteury Ruiz closers prospects
  • Padres Acquire Josh Hader From Brewers

    According to a tweet from ESPN's Jeff Passan, the San Diego Padres have reportedly acquired relief pitcher Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers for left-handed reliever Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet, pitching prospect Robert Gasser, and outfield prospect Esteury Ruiz. Hader has thrown 34 innings for the Brewers this season, pitching to a 4.24 ERA and a 3.47 FIP while registering 59 strikeouts and 12 walks. He's also converted 29 of 31 saves so far. The 28-year-old should continue to be one of fantasy baseball's best closers with the Padres.

    Aug 1 · Source via Brewers Padres Josh Hader closers
  • Phillies Designate Ryan Sherriff For Assignment

    The Phillies announced Monday that left-hander Ryan Sherriff has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list and been designated for assignment. Sherriff, 32, joined the Phillies on a waiver claim over the winter. He’s yet to pitch at the big league level for the Phillies due to a shoulder strain that’s sidelined him for nearly…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Ryan Sherriff closers
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