2011 Fantasy Baseball Offseason Movement: Relief Pitchers

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Offseason Movement: Relief Pitchers
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For the most part, relief pitchers are a dime a dozen.  A reliever will have an outstanding season of sub 1.00 WHIP, ERA in the twos and a high K/9 rate, only to follow that up with a horrendous season the next year. 

This is why it is very important to lock up a couple of stud closers early on in drafts to ensure you are not left with the up-and-down relievers that fill most major league bullpens. 

Spring training is where every team settles on their bullpen and also where closers and setup men are made.  You can keep track of each and every teams bullpen and get the most in-depth closer report sent directly to your email or smartphone in real time by signing up for the Fantasy Alarm MLB season package

 

PLAYER

AGE

2010 TEAM

NEW TEAM

Jeremy Accardo

29

Toronto

Baltimore

Matt Albers

28

Baltimore

Boston

Grant Balfour

33

Tampa Bay

Oakland

Joaquin Benoit

33

Tampa Bay

Detroit

Taylor Buchholz

29

Boston

NY Mets

D.J. Carrasco

33

Arizona

NY Mets

Randy Choate

35

Tampa Bay

Florida

Jesse Crain

29

Minnesota

Chicago Sox

Octavio Dotel

37

Colorado

Toronto

Scott Downs

34

Toronto

LA Angels

Kyle Farnsworth

34

Atlanta

Tampa Bay

Pedro Feliciano

34

NY Mets

NY Yankees

Frank Francisco

31

Texas

Toronto

Brian Fuentes

35

Minnesota

Oakland

Sean Green

31

NY Mets

Milwaukee

Kevin Gregg

32

Toronto

Baltimore

Matt Guerrier

32

Minnesota

LA Dodgers

David Hernandez

25

Baltimore

Arizona

Bobby Jenks

29

Chicago Sox

Boston

Matt Lindstrom

30

Houston

Colorado

Scott Linebrink

34

Chicago Sox

Atlanta

Kam Mickolio

26

Baltimore

Arizona

Zach Miner

28

Detroit

Kansas City

Will Ohman

33

Florida

Chicago Sox

Joel Peralta

34

Washington

Tampa Bay

J.J. Putz

33

Chicago Sox

Arizona

Chad Qualls

32

Tampa Bay

San Diego

Jon Rauch

32

Minnesota

Toronto

Chris Ray

29

San Francisco

Seattle

Dennys Reyes

33

St. Louis

Philadelphia

Arthur Rhodes

41

Cincinnati

Texas

Takashi Saito

40

Atlanta

Milwaukee

George Sherrill

33

LA Dodgers

Atlanta

Rafael Soriano

31

Tampa Bay

NY Yankees

Jose Veras

30

Detroit

Pittsburgh

Carlos Villaneuva

27

Milwaukee

Toronto

Dan Wheeler

33

Tampa Bay

Boston

Kerry Wood

33

NY Yankees

Chicago Cubs

 

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The Good

Oakland did a real nice job in setting up their bullpen this year behind closer Andrew Bailey.  Grant Balfour and lefty Brian Fuentes have closing experience and will be able to handle tough situation in the seventh and eighth innings, and if Bailey fails, either one can step in and rack up saves. 

If the Redsox do indeed trade Jonathen Papelbon, then Bobby Jenks becomes very significant as a potential high number saves guy.  Several other teams did quite well here in backing up their shaky closers with veterans who have good enough stuff to close out games themselves.  Takashi Saito, Matt Guerrier, Joaquin Benoit and Rafael Soriano are guys who have closed and probably will be at some point this season.

 

The Decent

Octavio Dotel has proven to be one of the more reliable relievers in the game, as long as he’s not closing out big games in the thick of a pennant race.  Lucky for him, he probably won’t be while in Toronto this season, but he just isn’t as reliable in the clutch as most people think. 

J.J. Putz looks like he’ll lock up saves in Arizona, but not so fast.  Putz is always injured and I have more faith in Lindsay Lohan staying sober than I do in Putz staying healthy all season.  I really like Kam Mickolio, the near seven-foot fireballer from the woods in Montana.  If he can ever get his mechanics straightened out for an extended period of time, this kid could be as close to unhittable as there is in the NL. 

 

The Bad

I am not sure how the Blue Jays plan on using Frank Francisco, but I sure as heck do not like him as a viable fantasy closer.  Francisco gives up too many baserunners and that is what ultimately lead to his demotion in Texas and will always kill fantasy owners in ERA and WHIP in Los Angeles. 

I am stunned that a coaching staff like the one in Tampa Bay would have anything to do with the complete nut-job that is Kyle Farnsworth.  Farnsworth doesn’t even have the high ‘90s fastball that he once possessed, never mind anything resembling command or control.  Lastly, I got to see a lot of Scott Linebrink out here with the Whitesox, and he is not the answer in Atlanta.  Even a move back to the NL won’t be enough to make Linebrink’s batting practice repertoire fantasy worthy. 

 

Don’t forget to check out our 2011 fantasy player rankings to see how all of the offseason changes will impact your fantasy baseball draft this year.  Also, before you draft, be sure to view and printout our 2011 real time fantasy baseball cheatsheets.  Take Fantasy Alarm to your draft this year and relax knowing you have all the information you need to draft a winner in 2011. 

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