News Friday that the nagging discomfort Brad Boxberger felt in his core area resulted in surgery to repair a muscle tear means the bullpen will be without its only experienced closer for at least the first six weeks of the season, and potentially into early June.
Which means to say hello to Alex Colome or Danny Farquhar or Steve Geltz or someone else who hasn’t done it much trying to protect ninth-inning leads for a team expecting to compete in the American League East.
It will be interesting to see who picks up the Saves in Tampa. In shallow leagues, I may stay away from the situation, but in deeper leagues where every Save is huge, I would take a chance on Colome.
With the Grapefruit League season nearing its conclusion and April 5 approaching, the next logical question is whether it’s possible Martinez won’t be healthy enough to be on the Tigers’ Opening Day roster.
“Is there any possibility? Of course there is,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, before turning on a sarcastic tone. “There’s a possibility that everyone in camp might not be ready. I wouldn’t say it’s trending that way.”
When pressed further about Martinez not being ready for the season, Ausmus said: “It’s a possibility.”
Martinez has been undergoing treatment and taking part in workouts, but he has yet to swing a bat.
V-Mart was a player I was targeting late in drafts. He could put together another season like 2014 or it could stink. By not investing much in him means he can be released back into the waiver wire pull with little to no regret.
Players on the 2016 DL
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Players possibly on the DL in 2016
Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.