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  • Brewers’ Abner Uribe To Undergo Knee Surgery

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    Right-hander Abner Uribe was placed on Triple-A Nashville's injured list last week with an unspecified knee problem, and will now undergo surgery to fix a right lateral meniscus tear, Brewers president of baseball operations Matt Arnold told MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.  The severity of the injury won't be fully known until doctors begin the operation, and...

    Jun 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Milwaukee Brewers Abner Uribe
  • Devin Williams Could Return After All-Star Break

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    Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy announced to the media today that star closer Devin Williams "remains on track" to be ready to pitch in the major leagues after the All-Star Break. There is no other specific timeline on it. Murphy stated that Williams would be pitching from a mound soon as he takes the next step in his rehabilitation from a back injury that has kept him on the injured list all season. Williams had eight wins, 36 saves with a 1.53 ERA, a .92 WHIP, and 87 strikeouts in 58 innings in 2023. In his absence, Trevor Megill has 11 saves and has locked down the closer role in Milwaukee. The first-place Brewers would welcome Williams back to highest leverage role in their bullpen.

    Jun 15 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers Devin Williams
  • Ben Joyce To Open On Sunday

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    Los Angeles Angels reliever Ben Joyce will open Sunday's series finale with the San Francisco Giants as the club hopes to get two innings out of the right-hander. Joyce has made just four appearances so far this season for the Angels and also pitched in another 18 contests with Double-A Rocket City, tossing a 12.27 ERA in the majors but also a 4.26 ERA in the minors alongside a 2.32 xFIP that suggests he was far better in the minors than his surface ERA indicates. The flame thrower's 2023 season was cut short due to an elbow injury as he posted a 5.40 ERA in 10 outings a season ago with a four-seam fastball that consistently reached triple digits.

    Jun 15 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Angels Ben Joyce
  • Seranthony Dominguez Notches First Save Friday

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    Philadelphia Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez earned his first save of the season in Friday's 5-3 victory over the Orioles. Dominguez picked this one up in the 11th inning after usual closers Jose Alvarado and Jeff Hoffman had already been used. After starting the season with a 7.71 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over his first 16 appearances, Friday's outing marked the righty's 10th straight scoreless appearance in which he's posted a 0.00 ERA, 0.52 WHIP, and a 2:7 BB:K. Dominguez has been good of late, but don't count on too many more save chances unless something were to happen to Alvarado and Hoffman.

    Jun 15 · Source via Closers Philadelphia Phillies Seranthony Dominguez
  • Raisel Iglesias Collects Save No. 18

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    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias earned Friday's save in the win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, recording the final out of the ballgame in the ninth inning. Iglesias needed just three pitches to put this one away for the Braves on Friday, gaining his 18th save of the campaign. The 34-year-old veteran right-hander remains as reliable as any stopper in the game in 2024, compiling a 2.10 ERA and 0.90 WHIP while fanning 17 batters, walking just five, and converting 18 of his 20 save opportunities over 25 2/3 innings as Atlanta's top ninth-inning arm. Despite a career-low strikeout rate, Iglesias doesn't make a habit of lending free passes, and his microscopic 1.3% barrel rate against means his four-pitch arsenal is still as effective as ever.

    Jun 15 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Raisel Iglesias
  • Chris Martin To Start Rehab Assignment Saturday

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    Boston Red Sox right-handed reliever Chris Martin (anxiety) threw a bullpen session on Thursday and will go on a minor-league rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Worcester. Martin is eligible to return on Monday and has been out since last month while dealing with anxiety. The 38-year-old veteran should return to the big-league bullpen next week, but the Red Sox would be wise to ease him back into high-leverage situations in relief initially. Martin went 4-1 with a miniscule 1.05 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, three saves, 46 strikeouts and only eight walks in 55 relief appearances in Boston last year but had struggled to a 4.22 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 21 1/3 innings this year before taking time away, although he had struck out 24 and walked only two in 21 appearances out of the bullpen.

    Jun 14 · Source via Closers Boston Red Sox Chris Martin
  • The Guardians’ Bullpen Has Been Transformative

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    Coming into 2024, the expectations for the Guardians were modest. They finished 76-86 last year and didn't do much in the offseason. They made a few small trades, and their largest free agent signing was giving catcher Austin Hedges $4MM to be a glove-first backup to Bo Naylor. Many in the baseball world expected the...

    Jun 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Cleveland Guardians Emmanuel Clase Cade Smith Scott Barlow
  • Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies, Orioles Among Teams Interested In Tanner Scott

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    Marlins closer Tanner Scott has already been drawing trade interest for several weeks, and Jon Heyman of the New York Post lists the Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies and Orioles as just some of the many teams showing interest in the hard-throwing lefty. Will Sammon and Katie Woo of The Athletic suggested this morning that Scott could...

    Jun 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Miami Marlins Baltimore Orioles Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies Tanner Scott
  • Jordan Romano Throws From 90 Feet On Friday

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    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano (elbow) threw from 90 feet on Friday before the team's contest against the visiting Cleveland Guardians. Romano is getting stretched out after landing on the 15-day injured list with right-elbow inflammation. It's been an injury-plagued year to this point for Romano, as he's already been on the injured list two separate times. And when he's been healthy, he hasn't been in All-Star form like he was in 2023, going 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA (6.15 FIP), a 1.46 WHIP, eight saves, four walks and 13 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Romano should return to closer duties in Toronto when he comes off the injured list after recording 95 combined saves the previous three seasons. But in the meantime, Yimi Garcia should see most of Toronto's save opportunities. Keep Romano stashed in all fantasy formats.

    Jun 14 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano
  • Edwin Diaz Earns Victory In Return

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    In his first outing since returning from the injured list, New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz earned his second victory of the year. Diaz pitched the top of the ninth inning as the Mets were down 2-1 at the time and recorded a strikeout in what was otherwise a clean frame of work. The veteran would be awarded with the victory when outfielder J.D. Martinez hit a walk-off two-run home run off Tanner Scott in the bottom of the ninth inning. Diaz missed the previous 15 games with a shoulder impingement, but looked like his old self on Thursday. Moving forward, Diaz should remain one of the best closer options in the game.

    Jun 14 · Source via Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Edwin Diaz Officially Reinstated From Injured List

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    The New York Mets officially reinstated right-hander Edwin Diaz (shoulder) from the 15-day injured list on Thursday and optioned left-hander Danny Young to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move after Wednesday night's game. Diaz hasn't been himself this year and was temporarily removed from the closer's role before landing on the injured list. The 30-year-old hard-throwing righty threw two shutout innings for High-A Brooklyn on his minor-league rehab assignment, though, and the Mets said on Wednesday that he would return to the primary closing role now that he's past his right-shoulder impingement. Diaz will return to an unsightly 5.40 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with a 30:7 K:BB in 20 innings. He has converted only five of his nine save opportunities on the year. Don't be surprised if the Mets ease him back into the fold in the ninth inning.

    Jun 13 · Source via Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Giovanny Gallegos To Make Another Rehab Appearance Friday

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    St. Louis Cardinals right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos (shoulder) will throw another inning in a minor-league rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield on Friday, according to manager Oliver Marmol. This will be Gallegos' sixth rehab appearance since going on the 15-day injured list on May 6 with a right-shoulder impingement. In his 5 2/3 innings of work on the farm, the 32-year-old veteran reliever has allowed five earned runs on six hits (three home runs) while walking four and striking out four, so he hasn't been all that effective. However, he hasn't given up any runs his last two times out. In nine relief innings in St. Louis before his injury, Gallegos allowed 12 earned runs on 14 hits (five homers) while walking seven and striking out 13. The Cardinals will be hoping he'll be more effective in a late-inning setup role when he returns from the injured list.

    Jun 13 · Source via Closers St. Louis Cardinals Giovanny Gallegos
  • Orioles Exploring Bullpen Market

    The Orioles are exploring the bullpen market, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Additionally, a right-handed hitting outfielder is a possible pursuit, while the club will wait until closer to the deadline to decide about the rotation. General manager Mike Elias is clearly in a position to look for upgrades between now and the...

    Jun 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Baltimore Orioles
  • DL Hall Starts Rehab Assignment

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    Milwaukee Brewers left-hander DL Hall (knee) was sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Monday. Hall is recovering from a sprained left knee and had a setback in his second rehab appearance on May 23. The 25-year-old southpaw has been cleared to pitch again in games, but he's ultimately expected to need a platelet-rich plasma injection or surgery on his knee down the road. It's nice to see that Hall is back on a rehab assignment, but he's going to need plenty of time to recover after having been on the injured list since April 20. Hall should have a spot in Milwaukee's injury-riddled starting rotation when he's healthy, but that probably won't come until the second half of the season. He struggled in his first four starts this year, posting a 7.71 ERA and 2.26 WHIP with 10 walks and 13 K's in 16 1/3 innings.

    Jun 11 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers DL Hall
  • Trevor Megill Racks Up 10th Save In Win Over Blue Jays

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    Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Megill recorded his 10th save in Monday's 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Megill needed just 11 pitches (eight for strikes) while allowing a hit over one inning and hasn't allowed an earned run in six of his last eight outings while lowering his ERA to 2.00. Megill has struck out 24 batters and walked four while allowing just one home run over 18 innings. Fantasy managers have complete confidence Megill will continue to deliver quality numbers each time the Brewers call on him to close out games, although he'll eventually return to a setup role whenever Devin Williams (back) can make his season debut.

    Jun 11 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers Trevor Megill Devin Williams
  • Hector Neris Grabs Ninth Save

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    Chicago Cubs closer Hector Neris slammed the door on the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, pitching a perfect ninth inning to pick up his ninth save. Neris struck out a pair of Reds and didn't allow a baserunner in this one. Although he's given up his share of baserunners, the 34-year-old has been able to avoid damage for most of the season and has earned saves in 9 of his 11 opportunities. He has also picked up six wins, which may not be sustainable but is nonetheless a huge boon for his fantasy owners. He should maintain his role as the Cubs closer for the foreseeable future.

    Jun 10 · Source via Closers Chicago Cubs Hector Neris
  • Drew Smith Puts Out Fire For Second Save

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    New York Mets reliever Drew Smith came in for the final two outs of Sunday's game in London against the Philadelphia Phillies and earned himself a save in a 6-5 win. Smith came in with two runners on and promptly put himself in a difficult position by allowing a hit and a walk to let a run in and load the bases. The 30-year-old then got Nick Castellanos to hit a weak tapper in front of the plate that catcher Luis Torrens was able to make a terrific play on and turn a double play, ending the game. The Mets bullpen is a mess right now, and with Edwin Diaz coming back next week it isn't worth picking up anyone in it.

    Jun 10 · Source via Closers New York Mets Drew Smith
  • Rays Reinstate Colin Poche, Place Richard Lovelady On 15-Day IL

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    The Rays announced that left-hander Colin Poche has been activated from the 15-day injured list.  Poche will return to take the roster spot of fellow southpaw Richard Lovelady, who is headed to the 15-day IL due to a flexor strain in his left forearm. Poche last pitched on April 23, as he has been recovering...

    Jun 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Tampa Bay Rays Richard Lovelady Colin Poche
  • Rays Reinstate Colin Poche From Injured List

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    The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated left-hander Colin Poche (back) from the 15-day injured list on Saturday and placed left-hander Richard Lovelady (forearm) on the 15-day injured list with a left forearm flexor strain in a corresponding move. Mid-back tightness put Poche on the injured list way back on April 26, but the 30-year-old veteran southpaw is now ready to return to Tampa's bullpen. In three minor-league rehab appearances for Triple-A Durham in the last week, Poche allowed two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out one in 2 2/3 frames. The former 14th-round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016 out of Dallas Baptist had a career-best 2.23 ERA and a save last year but allowed seven earned runs with three walks and six K's in 9 1/3 innings for the Rays this year before going on the shelf.

    Jun 8 · Source via Closers Tampa Bay Rays Colin Poche
  • Edwin Diaz Could Be Back With Mets Next Week

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    New York Mets right-handed reliever Edwin Diaz (shoulder) said the plan is for him to pitch in another minor-league rehab game for High-A Brooklyn on Sunday, and he could come off the 15-day injured list to rejoin the Mets' bullpen on Wednesday or Thursday of next week for a series against the Miami Marlins. Diaz made an appearance with Brooklyn on Thursday, giving up one hit and striking out two in a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance. It sounds like he's only going to need one more rehab outing before rejoining the big-league roster after dealing with a right-shoulder impingement. Although the 30-year-old hard-throwing Puerto Rican closer hasn't been himself in 2024 (5.40 ERA, 1.25 WHIP), he should still be rostered in all fantasy leagues and will eventually get another shot at closing duties in Queens.

    Jun 7 · Source via Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Tyler Kinley Secures Third Save

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    Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Tyler Kinley recorded a one-out save on Thursday to secures the club's 22nd victory versus the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Kinley reliever Jalen Beeks, who had recorded the first two outs of the inning via strikeout and pop-up. Kinley allowed a single to Paul Goldschmidt, but was able to get Nolan Gorman to strikeout to end the inning for his third save of the season. The Rockies bullpen has been a mess this season and with limited wins, weather it is Justin Lawrence, Beeks, Kinley or another option, it is recommended to avoid the situation completely.

    Jun 7 · Source via Closers Colorado Rockies Tyler Kinley
  • Clay Holmes Picks Up 18th Save

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    New York Yankees closer Clay Holmes continued his impressive season on Thursday versus the Minnesota Twins. Holmes tossed a scoreless ninth inning and allowed one hit with one strikeout to record his 18th save on the season. Holmes has been having a dominant season out of the bullpen for the Yankees and has only allowed four earned runs on the season, all coming in one outing. The right-hander remains one of the best closers in the game and the save opportunities should continue to be there with the Yankees having one of the better teams in the league.

    Jun 7 · Source via Closers New York Yankees Clay Holmes
  • Reds Option Graham Ashcraft

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    The Reds announced Thursday that they've optioned struggling right-hander Graham Ashcraft to Triple-A Louisville. His spot on the roster will go to reliever Emilio Pagan, who's being reinstated after a stint on the 15-day injured list due to a triceps injury. It's the first time Ashcraft, 26, has been optioned to the minors since May...

    Jun 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Cincinnati Reds Graham Ashcraft Emilio Pagan
  • JP Sears Generating Trade Interest

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    The Athletics are getting plenty of trade interest in left-hander JP Sears, according to a report from Jeff Passan of ESPN, though Passan adds that the A's are unlikely to move him. It's a similar situation with right-hander Mason Miller, as Passan relays that the A's are willing to listen to offers but don't appear...

    Jun 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Oakland Athletics JP Sears Mason Miller
  • Andres Munoz Exits Tuesday After Home-Plate Collision

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    Seattle Mariners closer Andres Munoz (back) exited Tuesday's 4-3 win against the Athletics early after colliding with Max Schuemann on a play at the plate. Munoz entered the game to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by two. He got the first out on a strikeout, allowed a single, got the second out on a fly-out, allowed another single, and collided with Schuemann on a play at the plate due to a wild pitch. Munoz attempted to throw several warm-up pitches but left the game. The 25-year-old has been dealing with a lower-back strain the past couple of weeks, which may have flared up after the collision. He will get an MRI to determine the severity. Fantasy managers should keep an eye out for more news, but this would be a big loss if Munoz were to miss time, as he has converted 12 of 13 save opportunities with a 1.73 ERA and a 12.46 K/9. Tayler Saucedo picked up a save (his second of the year) in one-third of an inning, and he and Ryne Stanek could be candidates for saves moving forward if Munoz's injury is serious enough to put him on the injured list.

    Jun 5 · Source via Closers Seattle Mariners Andres Munoz Tayler Saucedo
  • Hector Neris Earns Eighth Save Of Season Tuesday

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    Chicago Cubs closer Hector Neris picked up his eighth save of the season in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the White Sox. Neris came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by one. He got the first out on a line-out, walked a batter, allowed a stolen base but then picked the runner off, and ended the game with a pop-out. The 34-year-old veteran did not enter the season as the team's closer but has converted all but two opportunities with a 2.86 ERA, a 7.36 K/9 rate, and a 6.55 BB/9 rate. Neris is worth rostering in all roto leagues at least given his current role, but his strikeouts have taken a dip and his walks have spiked. Fantasy managers should be wary of these trends potentially hurting him at some point, but he is a useful fantasy option for now.

    Jun 5 · Source via Closers Chicago Cubs Hector Neris
  • David Bednar Earns 12th Save Of Season Tuesday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar shut the door for his 12th save in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Dodgers. Bednar came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by one and delivered a 1-2-3 performance with no strikeouts. The 29-year-old has converted 12 of 15 save opportunities this season, but those have come with a 5.92 ERA. Four different relievers have seen a save opportunity for the Pirates in the last seven days, so Bednar's grasp on the role seems to be tenuous. However, he has been a useful fantasy option in each of the last two seasons, so fantasy managers should continue to trust him as long as he can pitch well enough.

    Jun 5 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Emmanuel Clase Locks Down Royals For Save

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    Cleveland Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase pitched a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to pick up his 19th save. The electric righty struck out two while walking one without allowing a hit. The clean inning lowered Clase's ERA to a minuscule 0.30. The walk was his third on the season to go along with 31 strikeouts, raising his WHIP from 0.61 to 0.63. His 19 saves are tied for the most in MLB with Ryan Helsley. Clase is looking like the best closer in baseball and fantasy to start the year, with Robert Suarez of the San Diego Padres being the main pitcher to rival Clase's stats. Even though the 26-year-old's xERA of 2.31 isn't as pretty as his ERA, it's still one of the best in baseball.

    Jun 5 · Source via Closers Cleveland Guardians Emmanuel Clase
  • Edwin Diaz To Begin Rehab Assignment On Thursday

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    New York Mets right-handed reliever Edwin Diaz (shoulder), who is on the injured list with a right-shoulder impingement, threw a 21-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and is scheduled to start a minor-league rehab assignment on Thursday. The Mets still expect to have Diaz back as soon as he's eligible to come off the IL on Tuesday, June 11. As long as he doesn't have any setbacks in minor-league games, the hard-throwing 30-year-old should only require a couple of rehab outings later this week/this weekend before rejoining the Mets' bullpen. Before going on the shelf, Diaz was given a break from the closing role after struggling to a 5.40 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in his 20 appearances out of the bullpen this year. The best version of the Mets bullpen has Diaz serving as a lock-down closer, but until he's over his shoulder injury, expect a committee approach to saves to continue between Reed Garrett, Jake Diekman and Adam Ottavino.

    Jun 4 · Source via Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Carlos Estevez Picks Up Ninth Save On Monday

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    Los Angeles Angels right-hander Carlos Estevez threw a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday. Estevez needed just 10 pitches to send the Padres down in order on the way to earning his ninth save of the season. The 31-year-old has had an up-and-down season as the Angels' closer as he has a 4.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts over 18 innings of work with three blown saves. While his ERA is an eyesore, Estevez is a source for saves and strikeouts and, as such, is worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues moving forward.

    Jun 4 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Angels Carlos Estevez
  • Jake Diekman Earns Two-Out Save Monday

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    New York Mets relief pitcher Jake Diekman immediately bounced back by earning his second save of the season in Monday's 8-7 game against the Nationals. Adam Ottavino started the bottom of the ninth inning with a three-run lead, but he gave way to Diekman after giving up a run and loading the bases while getting just one out. Diekman got the second out on a sacrifice fly and ended the game with a strikeout. The Mets' bullpen has been up in the air since Edwin Diaz (shoulder) was placed on the injured list. Both Ottavino and Diekman have seen save opportunities in the last seven days, but neither has pitched well lately. Ottavino has more closing experience, but Diekman has pitched better overall with a 4.12 ERA, a 12.36 K/9 rate, and a 6.41 BB/9 rate. As such, both players are worth a look in deep roto leagues but neither instills a ton of confidence.

    Jun 4 · Source via Closers New York Mets Jake Diekman
  • Josh Hader Earns Ninth Save Of Season Monday

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    Houston Astros closer Josh Hader picked up his ninth save of the season in Monday's 7-4 win over the Cardinals. Hader came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by three and turned in a 1-2-3 performance with a strikeout. The 30-year-old has been solid this season, converting all but one of his save opportunities. His 14.46 K/9 rate is what fantasy managers have come to expect, although his 3.54 ERA and .302 BABIP are not at the elite level he has shown over his career. The good news is that he has allowed just two runs since the beginning of May and has maintained high strikeout skills, so fantasy managers have nothing to worry about.

    Jun 4 · Source via Closers Houston Astros Josh Hader
  • Colin Poche Has Started Rehab Assignment

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    Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Colin Poche (back) joined Triple-A Durham for a minor-league rehab assignment on Sunday after he felt good during a 15-pitch bullpen session on May 22. Manager Kevin Cash said Poche will likely need a few rehab appearances before he's ready to join the big-league bullpen in Tampa. The left-hander went on the injured list on April 26 (retroactive to April 24) with a mid-back issue that prevented him from feeling fully comfortable on the mound. The 30-year-old received an injection in his back, which came before a few days of rest, and he needed a second cortisone-type injection in early May. Poche had a career-best 2.23 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with a save in 66 relief outings for the Rays in 2023 but had allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits (three homers) in 9 1/3 innings this year before landing on the IL.

    Jun 3 · Source via Closers Tampa Bay Rays Colin Poche
  • Jordan Romano Receives Injection, Will Throw In 3-5 Days

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    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano (elbow) received an anti-inflammatory injection in his injured right elbow on Sunday, according to manager John Schneider. It was a similar injection to the one he received in spring training, and he should be throwing again in three to five days. Romano missed around three weeks when he got his first injection and was forced to start the 2024 regular season on the injured list as a result. The 31-year-old is Toronto's closer when healthy, but this is already his second elbow injury of the year, and there's no current timetable for his return. In the meantime, Yimi Garcia's fantasy stock is up considerably as the Jays' first option for saves with Romano on the shelf. Romano has eight saves this year, but he hasn't been as sharp, either, with a 6.59 ERA and 1.46 WHIP with four walks and 13 K's in 13 2/3 innings pitched.

    Jun 3 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano
  • Yimi Garcia Stakes Claim To Closer Role

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    Toronto Blue Jays reliever Yimi Garcia notched his third save of the season on Sunday, holding on against the Pittsburgh Pirates to secure a 5-4 win. Garcia allowed two hits and a run but finished off the game by striking out the side. Although it wasn't the most convincing save, Garcia was able to get the job done and further cement himself as the team's closer while Jordan Romano is on the IL. Garcia deserves the opportunity, as he is having a career year so far, pitching to a 1.57 ERA and 0.74 WHIP with 29 strikeouts in 23 IP. The ratios will likely come back to earth a bit, but he should be added in all fantasy leagues where saves matter while Romano is out.

    Jun 3 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Yimi Garcia
  • Paul Sewald Picks Up Fifth Save As Diamondbacks Down Mets

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    Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Paul Sewald picked up his fifth save in the team's 5-4 win at the New York Mets on Sunday. Sewald struck out over a scoreless inning to earn the save on Sunday. The 34-year-old threw 18 pitches, landing 11 for strikes. He has a 1.08 ERA, eight strikeouts, and an airtight 0.48 WHIP, as Sewald has allowed one earned run in his first 8 1/3 innings since returning from the injured list with a strained left oblique. Fantasy managers know Sewald will be Arizona's ninth-inning hammer as long as he's healthy.

    Jun 2 · Source via Closers Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Sewald
  • Jake Diekman Blows Save In Loss to Diamondbacks

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    New York Mets reliever Jake Diekman (1-2) was tagged with the loss after he blew his second save opportunity during Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Diekman gave up a 439-foot homer to Ketel Marte in the top of the ninth, giving the Diamondbacks the lead for good. He has a 1-2 record, a 4.26 ERA, and a 1.32 WHIP as the Mets struggle to find a reliable ninth-inning stopper in the wake of Edwin Diaz 's (shoulder) trip to the 15-day injured list. The return of Drew Smith (shoulder) from the injured list on Monday could provide fantasy managers a short-term option should the Mets choose to give Smith an opportunity. The Mets will likely use Reed Garrett or Adam Ottavino as the primary closing option until Diaz can return, making Diekman or Smith mainly options in NL-Only leagues.

    Jun 2 · Source via Closers New York Mets Jake Diekman
  • Raisel Iglesias Records 15th Save In Win Over A's

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    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias needed only nine pitches to record his 15th save of the season in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Oakland A's. Iglesias rebounded after allowing an earned run on Friday, only the third earned run he allowed in May. Though he has just 16 strikeouts in his 22 1/3 innings, Iglesias' 2.42 ERA and 0.99 WHIP assure fantasy owners that he will continue to be a reliable source of saves as the Braves look to chase down the Phillies in the National League East.

    Jun 2 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Raisel Iglesias
  • Kyle Finnegan Works Scoreless Ninth

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    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Finnegan was called upon to close down Sunday's game against the Cleveland Guardians. The right-hander gave up one hit but worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 16th save of the season. There's only three pitchers with more saves than Finnegan this season. He has done a nice job at closing out games for the Nats this season.

    Jun 2 · Source via Closers Washington Nationals Kyle Finnegan
  • Brusdar Graterol Months From A Return

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    As of Saturday, Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed reliever Brusdar Graterol (shoulder) was not playing catch, according to manager Dave Roberts. "In the context of Spring Training, if you're not even playing catch, you're at least a couple months away," said Roberts. Graterol has been on the injured list all year due to right-shoulder inflammation and isn't going to return to the team's bullpen until after the All-Star break at some point. Continued soreness in the 25-year-old's arm caused him to be shut down in the middle of April, so he needs to build his arm all the way back up. The Venezuelan hurler had a career-best 1.20 ERA (3.03 FIP) and 0.96 WHIP with a career-high seven saves, 12 walks and a career-high 48 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings in 2023 and is a late-inning, high-leverage arm for the Dodgers when he's healthy.

    Jun 2 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Dodgers Brusdar Graterol
  • Ben Joyce Promoted To The Major Leagues

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    Los Angeles Angels starting pitching prospect Ben Joyce was promoted to the major leagues in a corresponding move that sent Reid Detmers to Triple-A Salt Lake. Joyce held a 4.26 ERA and 1.16 WHIP across 19 innings at Double-A earlier this season. Joyce made his major league debut last season and logged just ten innings to the tune of a 5.40 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, and a 9:10 BB:K ratio. However, the 23-year-old operated exclusively out of the bullpen last season. Joyce is expected to join the starting rotation for the first time in his major league career and could be worth a speculative add in AL-only leagues.

    Jun 2 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Angels Ben Joyce
  • Dany Jimenez Records First Save of 2024 As A's Hold Off Braves

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    Oakland A's reliever Dany Jimenez pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save of the season in the A's 11-9 win at the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Jimenez allowed one hit and one walk yet provided a save as regular closer Mason Miller, who pitched two innings on Thursday, was given an extra day of rest. Miller remains the clearcut stopper for Oakland, but Jimenez, making his first appearance since his return from Triple-A, offers the A's a veteran option that fantasy users should consider if Miller is out for an extended period. Jimenez is 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP in 16 appearances this season.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers Oakland Athletics Dany Jimenez Mason Miller
  • X-Rays Come Back Negative For Kevin Ginkel

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    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Kevin Ginkel (knee) underwent x-rays on Saturday, which came back negative. Ginkel is considered day-to-day. The 30-year-old was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after being hit in the left leg with a comebacker during Saturday's game against the New York Mets. He picked up the win after throwing a scoreless inning before exiting. The 30-year-old is Arizona's primary setup man after posting a 4.09 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts over 22 innings in 2024. Ginkel has more fantasy value in leagues, counting saves and holds, but is mainly an option in deep-league formats.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers Arizona Diamondbacks Kevin Ginkel
  • Giants, Camilo Doval Discussed Extension Last Year

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    4:40pm: Slusser has since updated her report to note that the previously reported $50MM figure is not accurate. She adds that the offer was "closer to what an extension for a pre-arb reliever would have been," although the specific terms of the offer are not clear. 2:54pm: The Giants and closer Camilo Doval had talks...

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers San Francisco Giants Camilo Doval
  • Kevin Ginkel Exits Early After Being Hit By Comebacker

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    Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Kevin Ginkel exited Saturday's game against the New York Mets early after being hit in the knee by a comebacker off the bat of Brandon Nimmo. Ginkel was able to walk it off but had a noticeable limp. The team should be releasing more information on Ginkel's status later on Saturday, but until then he should be considered day-to-day. The 30-year-old had been having a subpar year after a very solid 2023 but was due for a touch of positive regression (4.29 ERA vs 3.93 xERA). Fantasy managers should keep an eye on his status going forward. In the meantime, Justin Martinez may get a few more innings as a right-handed option out of the pen if Ginkel is to miss some time.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers Arizona Diamondbacks Kevin Ginkel
  • Jordan Romano Placed On The 15-Day Injured List

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    Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Jordan Romano (elbow) was placed on the 15-day injured list with right-elbow inflammation on Saturday, June 1. In a corresponding move, Brendon Little was promoted from Triple-A. The closer has been dealing with soreness in his elbow since Wednesday of this week and will now be sidelined for an extended period. In addition, the 31-year-old battled a similar injury earlier in the spring, which delayed his start to the season. Romano has pitched only 13 innings this season to the tune of a poor 6.59 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 4:13 BB:K ratio. As a result, Yimi Garcia and Chad Green are both candidates to see the majority of save opportunities while Romano remains sidelined.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano Yimi Garcia Chad Green Brendon Little
  • Craig Kimbrel Earns Save On Friday

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    Baltimore Orioles closer Craig Kimbrel tossed a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. Kimbrel struck out two and did not allow a baserunner on the way to securing his 13th save in 16 chances in 2024. The 36-year-old veteran now has a 3.00 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts over 21 innings in his first season with the O's. Kimbrel should continue to see plenty of save chances pitching for the contending Orioles moving forward. That, coupled with his elite strikeout rate, makes him an excellent fantasy closer for fantasy managers this season.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Jordan Romano Experiencing Elbow Soreness

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    Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider says that closer Jordan Romano (elbow) "didn't bounce back" from his last outing on Wednesday, so he wasn't available for Friday's series opener against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Schneider described it as right elbow soreness for Romano, and the club will know more on Saturday. It needs to be noted that Romano's start to the season was delayed due to a bout with inflammation in the same elbow, so it's not what the Jays or fantasy managers want to hear. The hard-throwing 31-year-old right-hander has struggled to a 6.59 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB over 13 2/3 innings this year, so it's fair to wonder if he isn't fully recovered. Yimi Garcia pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a tie ballgame on Friday, and he figures to split save chances with Chad Green if Romano needs to miss additional time. Garcia and Green registered two saves apiece during Romano's absence earlier this year.

    Jun 1 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano
  • Dodgers Designate Elieser Hernandez For Assignment

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    The Dodgers announced they've designated right-hander Elieser Hernández for assignment. They needed to clear an active roster spot for closer Evan Phillips, who is back from the 15-day injured list. The move drops the team's 40-man roster count to 39. Hernández made five appearances for Los Angeles, his first MLB work since 2022. The righty inked a...

    May 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Los Angeles Dodgers Elieser Hernandez Evan Phillips
  • Evan Phillips Returning On Friday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Evan Phillips (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the 15-day injured list ahead of Friday's game. The right-hander is set to make his return after missing time due to a hamstring strain. The expectation is that Phillips is going to slide back into the closer role. Daniel Hudson and Blake Treinen did a solid job covering for Phillips, but they should slide back into set-up roles now. Fantasy managers should make sure to get Phillips off the IL and back in their lineups on Friday.

    May 31 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Dodgers Evan Phillips Daniel Hudson Blake Treinen
  • A's Recall Dany Jimenez

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    The Oakland Athletics officially placed right-hander Lucas Erceg (forearm) on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to May 26) on Friday and recalled right-hander Dany Jimenez and left-hander Brady Basso from Triple-A Las Vegas in corresponding moves. The A's also optioned right-hander Tyler Ferguson to Vegas and outrighted infielder Tyler Nevin to Vegas after he was designated for assignment on Tuesday. Erceg has not pitched for the A's due to right-forearm tightness since May 25 and will now miss at least another couple of weeks. It's a big loss for the A's bullpen, as the 29-year-old had been operating as lockdown closer Mason Miller's primary eighth-inning setup man. Jimenez has recorded 12 saves in the previous two seasons for the A's but will settle in alongside Austin Adams and Scott Alexander as a setup option for the A's with Erceg out.

    May 31 · Source via Closers Oakland Athletics Dany Jimenez
  • Teams Inquiring On Marlins' Tanner Scott

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    The Marlins' awful start to the season and uncommonly early trade of star infielder Luis Arraez served as clear indicators of the direction they'll take as this summer's trade deadline approaches, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports this morning that teams have already been inquiring on closer Tanner Scott. Given the state of the...

    May 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Miami Marlins Tanner Scott
  • Giovanny Gallegos Beginning Rehab Assignment Friday

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    St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Giovanny Gallegos (shoulder) will start a minor-league rehab assignment on Friday with Triple-A Memphis. Gallegos is nearing a return to St. Louis' big-league bullpen after being put on the injured list in early May due to a right-shoulder impingement. If the 32-year-old Mexican reliever can avoid any setbacks on his rehab assignment this weekend, he could return to the Cardinals' bullpen early next week. Gallegos will be hoping to be more effective as a late-inning setup man in front of closer Ryan Helsley when he returns, as he had surrendered 12 earned runs on 14 hits (five home runs) while walking seven and striking out 13 in just nine relief innings for the Red Birds before landing on the shelf. The Cardinals aren't going to rush him back until he's ready.

    May 31 · Source via Closers St. Louis Cardinals Giovanny Gallegos
  • Kyle Finnegan Keeps The Good Times Rolling On Thursday

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    Washington Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan collected his 15th save of the season on Thursday, slamming the door on the Atlanta Braves to secure a 3-1 win. Finnegan allowed just a walk and struck out one in his inning of work. The 32-year-old has been excellent as the Nats closer this year, going 15-for-17 in save opportunities while pitching to a 1.64 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. He is now fifth in the majors in saves and should remain a solid relief pitcher option in fantasy leagues.

    May 31 · Source via Closers Washington Nationals Kyle Finnegan
  • Reed Garrett Picks Up Third Save

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    New York Mets reliever Reed Garrett collected his third save of the season on Thursday, tossing a clean ninth inning in a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Garrett allowed a walk but got through the inning fairly easily otherwise. With Edwin Diaz being placed on the IL and struggling mightily before that, Garrett should be in line for save opportunities for at least a little while. Unfortunately, Garrett has had his own performance issues recently, allowing seven runs (six earned) in his last 2 IP before tonight. That said, it is a good sign that the team is still confident enough in the 31-year-old breakout to give him the opportunity to save this one. He is still a solid add in any leagues where saves matter in the hopes he can bounce back to his early-season self.

    May 31 · Source via Closers New York Mets Reed Garrett
  • Mason Miller Blows First Save On Thursday

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    Oakland Athletics closer Mason Miller is human after all, as he blew his first save of the season on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. He entered the game in the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead, but Jose Siri took him deep for a solo shot to tie the game. Miller was a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities on the season before today. Despite the blemish, there is no denying that the 25-year-old is one of the most dominant relievers in baseball. He is averaging a ludicrous 17.6 K/9 to go along with a 2.08 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. Miller can still be treated as a high-end closer in fantasy.

    May 30 · Source via Closers Oakland Athletics Mason Miller
  • Jordan Romano Logs Eighth Save, Allows Homer

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    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano logged his eighth save of the year with one strikeout in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the hosting Chicago White Sox, but not before he allowed a solo home run in the victory. Romano served up a solo homer to White Sox catcher Korey Lee, but he still locked down the save fairly comfortably on Wednesday. The hard-throwing 31-year-old right-hander has gone 8-for-9 on save chances this season, but fantasy managers will want to see him sharpen up on his 6.59 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB over 13 2/3 innings after the hurler's late start to the campaign due to injury. While Romano is still Toronto's preferred ninth-inning man, he'll need to cut down on the homers if he wants to avoid losing out on save opportunities, as he's already given up four long balls.

    May 30 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Romano
  • Pete Fairbanks Records Win After Walk-Off Hit Wednesday

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    Tampa Bay Rays closer Pete Fairbanks (1-2) picked up the win after the Rays walked it off for a 4-3 victory in the ninth inning Wednesday night. Fairbanks was able to work around a leadoff double to Miguel Andujar to give up no runs and didn't even need a strikeout to do so. Since Fairbanks has returned from the injured list, he's been excellent, with a 0.63 WHIP in eight scoreless innings of work and eight strikeouts. Before his IL stint, the right-hander had allowed seven earned runs in only six innings pitched while blowing multiple saves. It was unclear whether he would return to the closer role upon activation, given how well Jason Adam has performed this season, but Fairbanks seems to have locked down the closer role for himself once again. Fairbanks is worth starting in most leagues, but you can expect manager Kevin Cash to throw Adam into the closer role occasionally.

    May 29 · Source via Closers Tampa Bay Rays Pete Fairbanks Jason Adam
  • Trevor Megill Avoids The Injured List For Now

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    Milwaukee Brewers right-handed reliever Trevor Megill (elbow) might need a few days to let his right elbow calm down after he took a comebacker off of it in his appearance on Tuesday night in the loss to the division-rival Chicago Cubs, but the good news is that he has avoided being placed on the injured list for now. X-rays on the 30-year-old's elbow came back negative for any breaks, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to be available for any save chances for at least a few days. In the meantime, Elvis Peguero, Joel Payamps and Bryan Hudson could all be in the mix to be used if a save situation arises in the next couple of days. With Devin Williams (back) still on the injured list, Megill has emerged as Milwaukee's preferred closing choice and has pitched to a 2.57 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with his first eight saves in 2024.

    May 29 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers Trevor Megill
  • Mets Place Edwin Diaz On Injured List With Shoulder Impingement

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    The New York Mets announced on Wednesday that they have placed right-handed reliever Edwin Diaz (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list with a right-shoulder impingement. In a corresponding move, left-hander Josh Walker was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. In his first year back from a knee injury that caused him to miss all of 2023, Diaz has struggled, posting a 5.40 ERA (4.58 FIP), a 1.25 WHIP, five saves, seven walks and 30 strikeouts in 20 innings out of the bullpen. Before landing on the IL, Diaz was temporarily removed from the closer role after a three-outing stretch in which he gave up seven earned runs on seven hits (two homers) while walking three and blowing two saves. He also blew his fourth save in his last appearance against the Giants. It remains to be seen when he'll be able to return to the Mets, let alone be rewarded with save chances again. In the meantime, Reed Garrett and Adam Ottavino could both factor into ninth-inning duties.

    May 29 · Source via Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Blue Jays Option Erik Swanson

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    Prior to yesterday's game, the Blue Jays announced that they reinstated right-hander Chad Green from the injured list. In a corresponding move, fellow right-hander Erik Swanson was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Swanson getting sent down is something that would have been hard to fathom just a few months ago. The righty made 57 appearances for...

    May 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Toronto Blue Jays Erik Swanson Chad Green
  • Ryne Stanek Picks Up Third Save

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    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Ryne Stanek recorded his third save of the season in Tuesday's victory versus the division rival Houston Astros. Stanek did quick work versus his former with back-to-back strikeouts against Alex Bregman and Jake Meyers before getting Jon Singleton to flyout for the victory. The Mariners primary closer Andres Munoz had pitched the previous two days and got Tuesday off. Stanek has been having a solid season out of the bullpen and appears to be entrenched as the next man up behind Munoz, but Munoz remains one of the best closers in the game and save opportunities will be few and far between for Stanek. Despite the good outing, Stanek can remain on the waiver wire in most formats.

    May 29 · Source via Closers Seattle Mariners Ryne Stanek
  • Kirby Yates Earns Eighth Save Of Season Tuesday

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    Texas Rangers relief pitcher Kirby Yates managed to secure his eighth save of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Yates came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by two. He got the first two outs on a ground-out and strikeout, allowed a walk and a single, and ended the game with another strikeout. The 37-year-old veteran has pitched very well this season, converting all of his save opportunities with a 0.90 ERA, an 11.25 K/9 rate, and a 4.50 BB/9 rate. However, he has only seen one-third of the team's save opportunities in May with three. This is frustrating from a fantasy perspective, as he has clearly been the best performer. Hopefully, this will translate into a more commanding lead over the closer's role.

    May 29 · Source via Closers Texas Rangers Kirby Yates
  • Mason Miller Records Save Tuesday Night

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    Oakland Athletics closer Mason Miller shut the door Tuesday night, recording his 11th save on the season with two strikeouts in a 3-0 shutout win against the Tampa Bay Rays. After retiring the first two batters in the inning via a strikeout and flyout, Miller made things interesting by allowing a single and a walk before closing the night out by striking out Richie Palacios . Despite having a hiccup against the Rockies last week, where he allowed three runs, Miller carries a 1.88 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched. Assuming the young fireballer continues his domination, he has a real shot at winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

    May 29 · Source via Closers Oakland Athletics Mason Miller
  • Raisel Iglesias Notches 13th Save Tuesday

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    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias picked up his 13th save of the season in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Nationals. Iglesias entered the game to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by two and delivered a 1-2-3 performance with two strikeouts. The 34-year-old has been pretty much what fantasy managers were expecting this season, converting all but two save opportunities with a 2.21 ERA in 20 1/3 innings pitched. His 7.08 K/9 rate is a dip from his career average, which may be due to a lack of chases and swings-and-misses. However, fantasy managers will live with that as long as Iglesias continues to anchor the end of games for one of baseball's better teams.

    May 29 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Raisel Iglesias
  • Trevor Megill Leaves After Being Hit By Comebacker

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    Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Trevor Megill (arm) was forced to leave Tuesday's game in the 10th inning against the visiting division-rival Chicago Cubs after he was hit in the right arm by a line drive off the bat of outfielder Mike Tauchman. Megill was hit with the loss, his first of the year, after allowing two runs (one earned) on just one hit to raise his season ERA to 2.57. We should have a better idea of how serious the 30-year-old reliever's injury is later on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning after he likely undergoes some tests. Megill has emerged as Milwaukee's go-to arm for save situations with Devin Williams (back) on the shelf all year. Coming into Tuesday's game, Megill had a sharp 1.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with his first eight career saves. If Megill is forced to miss extended time with his arm injury, Elvis Peguero and Bryan Hudson could be options for save opportunities.UPDATE: Megill did not suffer a fracture, per manager Pat Murphy.

    May 28 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers Trevor Megill
  • Blue Jays Reinstate Chad Green, Option Erik Swanson To Triple-A

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    The Toronto Blue Jays reinstated right-hander Chad Green (shoulder) from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday and optioned right-hander Erik Swanson to Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move. Green will be available out of the bullpen for Toronto for Tuesday night's game in Chicago against the White Sox for the first time since being put on the injured list in mid-April with a right-shoulder strain. The 33-year-old veteran tossed three scoreless innings on a minor-league rehab start with Buffalo and should be ready to immediately jump into his late-inning setup role in front of closer Jordan Romano. Green is valuable in holds leagues and as a handcuff to Romano. Swanson has come apart in 2024 and will look for answers on the farm. The 30-year-old has allowed 14 earned runs on 20 hits (five homers) while walking four and fanning 10 in 13 2/3 relief innings in 2024.

    May 28 · Source via Closers Toronto Blue Jays Chad Green Erik Swanson
  • Evan Phillips Set To Return Friday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Tuesday's series opener against the hosting New York Mets that if all goes well with closer Evan Phillips (hamstring), he will return on Friday for the start of a weekend series against the division-rival Colorado Rockies. Phillips has logged one outing on his minor-league rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as he works his way back from Grade 1 right hamstring strain, and he'll likely make another appearance or two before the Dodgers activate him from the injured list. Over 14 appearances before going down, the 29-year-old right-hander allowed a single run with a 17:4 K:BB and converted each of his eight save chances over 13 2/3 innings of work as LA's established closer. Veteran Daniel Hudson figures to be first in line for save opportunities for the early part of Week 10 of fantasy baseball.

    May 28 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Dodgers Evan Phillips
  • DL Hall Has Knee Evaluated

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    Milwaukee Brewers left-hander DL Hall (knee) had his left knee evaluated in Milwaukee on Monday. "We have no indication that it's worse than (a tweak) right now. But we just want to be conservative. There's no sense in rushing through it or pushing through it at this point," assistant general manager Matt Kleine said. Hall tweaked his knee in his latest minor-league rehab appearance last Thursday with Triple-A Nashville when his cleat got caught on the field. The 25-year-old southpaw initially landed on the 15-day injured list on April 21 with a left-knee sprain and started his rehab assignment with High-A Wisconsin on May 19. It's unclear when his next rehab outing may be or when he might return to Milwaukee. In his four starts for the Brewers before his injury, Hall allowed 14 earned runs on 27 hits (four homers) while walking 10 and fanning 13 in 16 1/3 innings.

    May 28 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers DL Hall
  • Lucas Sims Earns First Save Of Season Monday

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    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Lucas Sims picked up his first save of the season in Monday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals. Sims came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by two and delivered a 1-2-3 outing with a strikeout. Closer Alexis Diaz had pitched the last two days, so Sims got the call to close things out. The 30-year-old has had a middling season, going 1-1 with seven holds as well as a 4.15 ERA, a 9.87 K/9 rate, and a 5.19 BB/9 rate in 17 1/3 IP. He has only seen two save opportunities all season, so his fantasy value is very low except in deeper saves-plus-holds leagues at this time.

    May 28 · Source via Closers Cincinnati Reds Lucas Sims
  • Daniel Bard Planning Comeback In 2025

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    Daniel Bard is losing the entire 2024 season to injury. The Rockies reliever underwent arthroscopic surgery to fix a meniscus tear in his left knee in February. While rehabbing, he went down with a forearm injury and underwent a season-ending flexor tendon repair. At the time of the arm surgery, the 38-year-old righty was noncommittal...

    May 28 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Colorado Rockies Daniel Bard
  • Drew Smith On Track To Return This Weekend

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    New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (shoulder) expects to make two more rehab outings on Wednesday and Friday for Triple-A Syracuse. It puts Smith on track to return from the injured list on Saturday or Sunday during the upcoming weekend series against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks as he enters the final stages of his recovery from soreness in his right shoulder. The hard-throwing 30-year-old right-hander has been limited to 10 innings out of New York's bullpen this season, and while he owns a strong 2.70 ERA, Smith's 1.70 WHIP and 11:7 K:BB isn't the most encouraging combination. Although he'll be a welcome addition to a Mets bullpen with a scuffling Edwin Diaz, Smith doesn't project for much fantasy relevance for the remainder of the campaign outside of leagues that count holds.

    May 27 · Source via Closers New York Mets Drew Smith
  • Jhoan Duran Escapes Jam Vs. Royals To Secure Save No. 7

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    Minnesota Twins closer Jhoan Duran locked down his seventh save of the season on Monday, but things were far from pretty. Duran entered the ninth with a four-run lead, two outs, and runners on second and third. Duran kept the suspense high, allowing three runs to score after hitting a batter, two hits, and a fielding error, but ultimately remained in control, getting Bobby Witt Jr. to ground out to end the game. With a save in each of his last four appearances dating back to May 22, Duran's hold on the closer spot looks firm for the playoff-hopeful Twins.

    May 27 · Source via Closers Minnesota Twins Jhoan Duran
  • Drew Smith Restarts Rehab Assignment

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    New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (shoulder) has restarted his minor-league rehab assignment and threw a scoreless innings for High-A Brooklyn on Sunday. Smith is penciled in for a couple more rehab appearances and is due back in the big leagues in around a week. The 30-year-old reliever is nearing a return after suffering a setback with his right shoulder in early May. The former third-round selection by the Detroit Tigers in the 2015 MLB draft out of Dallas Baptist will return to a prominent late-inning bullpen role for the Mets when he's officially reinstated. Before his injury, he had a 2.70 ERA (3.03 FIP), one save, a 1.70 WHIP, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 10 relief innings. Smith will have some fantasy value in holds leagues.

    May 27 · Source via Closers New York Mets Drew Smith
  • Rockies Put Justin Lawrence On 15-Day Injured List

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    The Colorado Rockies placed right-hander Justin Lawrence (arm) on the 15-day injured list on Monday with a right-shoulder strain. In other moves, the Rockies selected the contract of left-hander Josh Rogers from the minors and recalled right-hander Peter Lambert while designating right-hander John Curtiss for assignment. Lawrence hasn't been very good at all for the Rockies in a high-leverage, late-inning role for the Rockies and is now hurt. Overall, he's gone 1-3 with a 5.91 ERA (4.11 FIP), a 1.83 WHIP, two saves, 15 walks and 20 strikeouts in 21 1/3 relief innings in his fourth big-league season. The walks haven't helped one bit, and Lawrence's recent arm injury could explain why he's been even worse recently. At the moment, Tyler Kinley and Jalen Beeks appear to be the team's top options for saves, with Kinley locking down two of the last three saves.

    May 27 · Source via Closers Colorado Rockies Justin Lawrence Jalen Beeks John Curtiss Tyler Kinley Peter Lambert Josh Rogers
  • Kenley Jansen Knocks Down Ninth Save

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    Boston Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen shut the door on the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, earning his ninth save in a 2-1 win. Jansen made quick work of the Crew in the ninth inning, setting down all three batters he faced on just 10 pitches while striking out a pair. Although he's had some shaky outings, Jansen is now 9-for-10 in save opportunities and has a solid 3.06 ERA and 1.25 WHIP on the season. The 36-year-old remains a viable fantasy option and should be rostered in any league where saves matter.

    May 27 · Source via Closers Boston Red Sox Kenley Jansen
  • Alexis Diaz Picks Up Two-Out Save

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    Cincinnati Reds closer Alexis Diaz picked up his 10th save of the season in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Diaz was called upon for the second day in a row in the ninth and once again made quick work of the Dodgers. This time, he came in with a runner on second and struck out both batters he faced. While the 27-year-old fireballer had some struggles for the first half of May, he appears to have settled back in, allowing zero runs in his last four appearances while picking up three saves. He should remain a solid closing option for fantasy managers.

    May 27 · Source via Closers Cincinnati Reds Alexis Diaz
  • Tyler Kinley Works Perfect Ninth Inning

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    Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Tyler Kinley was tasked with holding a three-run lead versus the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. The right-hander threw a scoreless final frame to earn his second save of the season. He needed only nine pitches to retire the red-hot Phillies lineup. Kinley holds an ugly 7.59 ERA this season but he has looked much better in May. It's worth noting that Jalen Beeks and Justin Lawrence both pitched on Saturday. That being said, both pitchers were probably unavailable which is why Kinley got the save chance. He might be working his way into more save chances, but this situation is a mess right now.

    May 26 · Source via Closers Colorado Rockies Tyler Kinley
  • Craig Kimbrel Tosses Scoreless Ninth

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    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel was tasked with holding a three-run lead against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The 35-year-old was temporarily removed from the closer role due to struggles in early May. The veteran right-hander has reclaimed his role and has three saves this week. This game marked the seven straight scoreless appearance for Kimbrel. Fantasy managers can go back to trusting Kimbrel as an everyday option in fantasy lineups.

    May 26 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Trevor Megill Secures One-Out Save

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    Milwaukee Brewers reliever Trevor Megill recorded a one-out save in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. He allowed one hit and struck out one over a 1/3 of an inning to secure the save. With two outs and the tying run at the plate, Megill was called on to protect the lead. He allowed an RBI single to the first batter he faced but quickly rebounded by striking out Red Sox infielder David Hamilton to end the game. The 30-year-old has converted 8-of-9 saves while owning a 1.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts over 14 innings in 2024. Megill is Milwaukee's primary closer, while Devin Williams (back) is sidelined, and fantasy managers should continue to roll with him in all league formats.

    May 25 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers Trevor Megill
  • Ryan Helsley Shaky In Securing Save On Saturday

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    St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Ryan Helsley allowed two runs on four hits in one inning to earn the save in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Cubs. Helsley entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a three-run lead. The 29-year-old surrendered back-to-back hits before retiring Ian Happ for the first out in the ninth. He later got Seiya Suzuki to fly out but yielded two runs before retiring Christopher Morel for the final out of the game. It was the first earned runs Helsley had allowed since April 8. He owns a 1.96 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts over 23 innings in 2024. Helsley has been one of the top closers in baseball, and fantasy managers should continue to start him in all leagues.

    May 25 · Source via Closers St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Helsley
  • David Bednar Notches 11th Save On Saturday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates reliever David Bednar allowed two hits over a scoreless inning to earn the save during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. Bednar entered the ninth inning to protect a three-run lead. He retired the first two batters he faced before surrendering back-to-back hits. The southpaw got Ronald Acuna Jr. to ground out to earn his 11th save. Bednar owns a 6.75 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts over 21 1/3 innings in 2024. Since May 1, the 29-year-old has racked up five saves while posting a 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and eight strikeouts over 10 1/3 frames. Bednar is Pittsburgh's primary closer, and fantasy managers should continue to roll with him in all leagues.

    May 25 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Mason Miller Muscles A's Past Astros For 10th Save

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    Oakland Athletics closer Mason Miller was back on the mound Saturday, two days after his dust-up against the Colorado Rockies (five runs, three earned runs), which saw his ERA balloon from 0.89 to 2.05. If there were any lingering doubts from that last outing, they were immediately put to rest as Miller secured his 10th save after being handed a two-run lead. Facing the middle of a dangerous Astros offense, Miller made short work of the Houston bats, striking out the side needing only 15 pitches. Miller possesses one of the best young arms in all of baseball. Unfortunately, his upside is limited while closing games in Oakland. If he can keep this up (45 Ks in 23 innings), Miller looks to be one of the more coveted assets potentially available at the trade deadline.

    May 25 · Source via Closers Oakland Athletics Mason Miller
  • Cionel Perez Notches First Save Of The Season

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    Baltimore Orioles reliever Cionel Perez stepped up in a big way on Saturday, securing his first save of the season. Craig Kimbrel took a breather after registering saves in both prior games against the White Sox. This had the Orioles calling upon Prez to protect a two-run lead thanks to a fireworks-filled eighth inning, which saw Baltimore score five runs. Against the bottom third of the lowly Chicago batting order, Prez wasted no time, striking out one and needing only 10 pitches to close out Baltimore's third straight victory. The 28-year-old owns a 5.06 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 9:6 K: BB across 10 2/3 innings in 2024. Fantasy managers searching for saves can add Perez in deep-league formats.

    May 25 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Cionel Perez Craig Kimbrel
  • Brock Stewart Building Up For Rehab Assignment

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    Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Brock Stewart (shoulder) has been working on throwing plyo balls to build up for a potential rehab assignment. Stewart was placed on the IL in early May with right shoulder tendonitis. The 32-year-old had been one of Minnesota's more reliable relievers, sporting a miniscule 0.68 ERA and notching seven holds in 13 appearances. Stewart is unlikely to return to the majors any time soon and will need to start working off a mound before being able to be considered for a rehab assignment. Fantasy managers shouldn't need to worry about having Stewart on their radar for at least another month or so. Once he's able to complete a rehab assignment then he can be targeted on the waiver wire.

    May 25 · Source via Closers Minnesota Twins Brock Stewart
  • Edwin Diaz "One Of Our Options" For Saves

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    When asked if relief pitcher Edwin Diaz could receive a ninth-inning opportunity on Saturday against the visiting San Francisco Giants, New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said, "He's our closer." However, Mendoza also referred to Diaz as "one of our options" and said "we'll piece it together." This comes after the skipper recently said last Sunday that Diaz's bullpen role would be more "fluid" given his recent struggles. The 30-year-old flamethrower allowed a season-high four earned runs on four hits (one homer) in just one-third of an inning last weekend but struck out two in a scoreless inning on Friday against the Giants for his second hold of the year. Diaz has already blown three saves in 2024 and hasn't recorded a save since May 6, but the Mets could work him back into the role if he can settle down and stack a few more good outings together.

    May 25 · Source via Closers New York Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Jason Foley Picks Up A Save On Friday

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    Detroit Tigers right-hander Jason Foley got the final out of a 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to earn the save on Friday. With runners on first and third, Foley needed just three pitches to induce a Danny Jansen groundout to secure the win for his team. The 28-year-old has been steady at the back of the Detroit bullpen this season, posting a 2-1 record, 2.41 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts over 18 2/3 innings of work while converting 11 of his 12 save opportunities. While he doesn't post big strikeout numbers, Foley has fantasy value as Detroit's primary closer moving forward.

    May 25 · Source via Closers Detroit Tigers Jason Foley
  • Jhoan Duran Gets Back On Track With Fifth Save

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    Minnesota Twins closer Jhoan Duran got back on track in Friday's win over the visiting Texas Rangers, earning his fifth save of the year with one strikeout in the ninth inning. Travis Jankowski walked to get the tying run aboard, but Duran got Marcus Semien to ground out to secure the Twins' 3-2 win. Duran needed a bounce-back effort in the worst way after giving up five runs over his past three appearances, and while the 26-year-old fire-balling right-hander's 4.02 ERA through 10 2/3 innings overall out of Minnesota's bullpen in 2024 leaves a lot to be desired, his 1.03 WHIP is more encouraging. Duran has converted each of his five save opportunities for the Twins as well, and he's starting to get more ninth-inning work following a delayed start to the season.

    May 25 · Source via Closers Minnesota Twins Jhoan Duran
  • Camilo Doval Hangs On For Ninth Save

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    San Francisco Giants closer Camilo Doval nearly blew the save in Friday's win on the road over the New York Mets, but he held on to record his ninth save of the year despite a one-run ninth inning. DJ Stewart first doubled to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth, scoring on a Francisco Lindor single. Doval may have been the one to ultimately seal the deal on Friday, but it was Matt Chapman's stunning bare-handed throw to first base to retire Mark Vientos for the final out that completed the adventure. The flame-throwing 26-year-old right-hander features a 3.05 ERA with 27 punchouts through 20 2/3 innings as San Fran's stopper this year, but his 1.50 WHIP is a cause for some concern. Despite the shaky outing, Doval should still be viewed as one of fantasy preeminent closers going forward.

    May 25 · Source via Closers San Francisco Giants Camilo Doval
  • What's Mason Miller Worth On The Trade Market?

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    To say Mason Miller's start to the season has the baseball world buzzing would be an understatement. The second-year A's hurler, whom Oakland selected with the No. 97 overall pick in 2021, has emphatically asserted himself into the conversation for baseball's top reliever. Standing at 6'5" and averaging a comical 101.3 mph on his heater,...

    May 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Oakland Athletics Mason Miller
  • Reds Designate Bubba Thompson For Assignment

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    The Reds announced Thursday that they've designated outfielder Bubba Thompson for assignment in order to create 40-man roster space for righty Brett Kennedy, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Louisville. Kennedy will take the 26-man roster spot of reliever Emilio Pagan, who's being placed on the 15-day injured list due to tightness in his...

    May 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Cincinnati Reds Bubba Thompson Brett Kennedy Emilio Pagan
  • Tigers Option Alex Lange To Triple-A

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    The Detroit Tigers optioned right-hander Alex Lange to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday and recalled right-hander Mason Englert from Toledo in a corresponding move. The move to demote Lange to the minors comes a day after he gave up four earned runs in one inning of work in the team's loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. The 28-year-old opened the year as Detroit's closer but will now try to figure some things out in the minors after going 0-3 so far in 2024 with a career-worst 4.34 ERA (3.94 FIP), a 1.77 WHIP, two saves, 17 walks and 21 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Lange had a career-high 26 saves for the Tigers last year but has fallen on hard times so far this year, mainly for his inability to control the strike zone. He should be back in Detroit eventually, but he's not guaranteed to win the closer role back from Jason Foley.

    May 23 · Source via Closers Detroit Tigers Alex Lange
  • Cubs' Adbert Alzolay Shut Down For At Least Two More Weeks

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    Cubs righty Adbert Alzolay has been on the injured list since May 13 due to a flexor strain, and it seems a return in the near future isn't likely. Manager Craig Counsell told the team's beat yesterday that Alzolay, who recently received a second opinion on the injury, will be shut down entirely for at...

    May 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Chicago Cubs Adbert Alzolay
  • Reds Put Emilio Pagan On Injured List

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    The Cincinnati Reds placed right-hander Emilio Pagan (triceps) on the 15-day injured list on Thursday due to right-triceps tightness. The move comes after Pagan had not appeared out of the Reds' bullpen since Sunday due to the injury. The 33-year-old veteran setup man had an MRI exam come back negative, so there's hope that he can return to the big-league roster when his 15 days are up. Pagan is a key setup man for the Reds in front of closer Alexis Diaz in his first year in Cincinnati and is currently sporting a 2-3 record, 4.19 ERA (4.32 FIP) and 1.34 WHIP with seven walks and 25 strikeouts in 19 1/3 relief innings. With Pagan out of the picture for at least the next two weeks, the Reds will need setup men Fernando Cruz and Lucas Sims to step up in high-leverage roles.

    May 23 · Source via Closers Cincinnati Reds Emilio Pagan
  • Tanner Scott Earns Save No. 6 Wednesday

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    Miami Marlins closer Tanner Scott earned his sixth save of 2024 in Wednesday's win over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, fanning one and allowing one hit before locking down the shutout victory. William Contreras singled to get Christian Yelich to the plate and make things interesting in a one-run ballgame, but Scott got Yelich to ground out to wrap this one up. The 29-year-old left-hander remains manager Skip Schumaker's preferred ninth-inning man despite the return of fellow southpaw A.J. Puk to Miami's bullpen, and he hasn't surrendered an earned run in 14 straight appearances with five saves during this span. Scott owns a dicey 22:18 K:BB through 21 innings overall, however, and he could be on the move at July's trade deadline with many anticipating for the Marlins to host a fire sale later this summer. That makes Scott a sell-high piece in fantasy leagues.

    May 23 · Source via Closers Miami Marlins Tanner Scott
  • Cubs Shut Down Adbert Alzolay For Two Weeks

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    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Adbert Alzolay (forearm) will be shut down from throwing for at least two weeks, manager Craig Counsell said on Wednesday. No surprise here, as Alzolay has gone for a second opinion on his strained right flexor. The Cubs will follow a conservative treatment plan for the 29-year-old right-hander, and while surgery is not off the table, they'll know more after his down time. After posting a poor 4.67 ERA with 13 strikeouts, six walks, and six home runs allowed in 18 games over 17 1/3 innings out of Chicago's bullpen this year and getting removed from the closer's role, Alzolay looks like a drop in shallow fantasy leagues and a weak stash in deeper formats. Hector Neris owns a 2.50 ERA with six saves across 18 frames and is the current favorite for ninth-inning work in the Windy City.

    May 22 · Source via Closers Chicago Cubs Adbert Alzolay
  • Luis Garcia Earns Third Save

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    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Luis Garcia was tasked with holding a one-run lead in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros. The right-hander blew the lead during the seventh inning of Tuesday's game. Despite that, Garcia was given another chance and worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his third save of the season. Garcia has been busy pitching in four of the last five games. The Angels bullpen situation is a little messy with Carlos Estevez as the primary closer, but Adam Cimber and Garcia are in the mix as well.

    May 22 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Angels Luis Garcia
  • Jose Alvarado Earns Ninth Save Of Season Tuesday

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    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jose Alvarado picked up his ninth save of the season in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Rangers. Alvarado came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by three. He got the first out on a ground-out, had a runner reach on a throwing error and allowed a single, and ended the game with back-to-back strikeouts. The 29-year-old has pitched well overall this season, converting all of his save opportunities with a 3.54 ERA, an 8.85 K/9 rate, and a 3.10 BB/9 rate in 22 appearances. However, Jeff Hoffman, who pitched in the eighth inning of this game, has also pitched well and has converted three of six save opportunities. Alvarado appears to have more fantasy value of the two, but his overall value may remain in the mid-tier if Hoffman continues to see somewhat frequent save chances.

    May 22 · Source via Closers Philadelphia Phillies Jose Alvarado
  • Brooks Raley To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

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    Mets reliever Brooks Raley will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, reports Tim Healey of Newsday. That'll end his 2024 season and likely cost him at least the first half of the '25 campaign. It could also mark the end of Raley's time in Queens. The 35-year-old southpaw (36 in June) is set to hit free...

    May 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers New York Mets Brooks Raley
  • Andres Munoz Notches 10th Save Tuesday

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    Seattle Mariners closer Andres Munoz continued his strong season in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Yankees, picking up his 10th save of the season. Munoz came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning up by three. He got the first two outs on ground-outs, allowed a single and a walk, and ended the game with a strikeout. The 25-year-old has been handed the closing reins full-time in 2024 and has not disappointed, converting all but one save opportunity with a 1.69 ERA and a 12.23 K/9 rate. The Mariners have played well this season, generating plenty of opportunities for Munoz to provide fantasy value. He should continue to be a higher-end fantasy option.

    May 22 · Source via Closers Seattle Mariners Andres Munoz
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