The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 479 – Closing Time & Deadline Talk


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Leading Off: Question of the Day

  • Brewers interested in Justin Verlander: does he get traded by the deadline? (4:45)

Notable Transactions/Rumors/Articles/Game Play

  • Todd Frazier trade (12:25)
  • J.D. Martinez trade (17:10)
  • David Phelps trade (21:15)
  • Tommy Pham rules (24:00)
    • (I said on the show he got his eyes fixed… that’s technically not true because it’s a degenerative disease, but the new solution has improved his eyesight)

Strategy Section: Closing Time

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Approximately 74 minutes of joyous analysis.

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Dave McDonald

Here’s how I rank the speculative saves guys:
Keone Kela – Good skills, would have been closer already if he didn’t go on DL and he’s back now
Trevor Rosenthal – Blew his shot today but I think he’s the best reliever they have and he’ll get another shot
Sean Doolittle – Best reliever they have – gave up a run but I expect him to grab the job
Tyler Clippard – He’s supposedly the guy but I think Swarzak takes the job from him unless he’s traded
Paul Sewald – Virtual unknown, but with Reed all but guaranteed to be traded, he’s the clear-cut next in line to close. I’m skeptical Familia will be both back AND effective this season
Arodys Vizcaino – Johnson’s velocity is down lately which means he’s not going to be as effective…he could also be traded
Kyle Barraclough – Phelps was traded and Ramos is all but assured of being traded with the Marlins selling off everyone
Anthony Swarzak – Could take over for Clippard if he stays in Chicago
Ryan Madson – Things are still up in the air in Washington and Doolittle gave up a run in his first shot to close; hold for now
Phil Maton – Hand is all but guaranteed to be traded and Maurer could also be traded which would likely result in Maton closing. Good skills
Shane Greene – Wilson is another guy who is very likely to be traded, and Greene looks like the guy most likely to take over there
Jeurys Familia – As I said, I’m skeptical he’ll be back and effective, and I think Sewald is a better hold, but he’s a possible closer option
Brett Cecil – With Rosenthal blowing his shot today Cecil could get another crack at closing
Blake Treinen – He’s got great stuff and is now next in line behind Casilla now. Casilla is not very good and could also be traded
Brad Boxberger – Looking spectacular since coming back while Colome is struggling but they might trade for a closer too
Archie Bradley – He’s behind Fernando Rodney, who has actually been very good since May, but he’s still Fernando Rodney
Cam Bedrosian – Still the best reliever the Angels have though they seem to be sold on Bud Norris for now
Jose Leclerc – If Kela struggles or isn’t healthy yet, Leclerc is probably the next best bet to get a shot

Turd Furgeson
Turd Furgeson

nice most crap published at yahoo over past wk. I like it except id move doolittle down as I expect wash. to add someone more proven.also have trenien higher bc im expecting casilla to be put on waivers after deadline.

Dave McDonald

Thanks, I appreciate that. I do closer work for RotoSaurus..I would have posted a link but some people on here get snippy and vote down a response if it has a link… as if FanGraphs is the ONLY site you are ever allowed to get info from so then they don’t even bother reading what I have to say. Anyways…

Good points… I also think WAS could easily add another closer, but they could just as easily add another non-closer reliever and he’s getting shots now, whereas we don’t know exactly which guys will get moved and which won’t. You can easily make the argument that Clippard, Sewald, Vizcaino, and Barraclough could be moved ahead of him… I base it on who I think it most likely to be traded and who actually has the skills to keep the job if given the opportunity.

Treinen had struggles in the NL, I want to see how he looks in a few appearances in the AL before moving him up any further, but I agree it’s easy to see Casilla getting traded (if anyone will take him) or released.

Turd Furgeson
Turd Furgeson

any thoughts on capps in sd or expect maton would get 1st dibbs – hand & maurer? I read hes been good over last 13 appearances & could be up soon.

Dave McDonald

yeah so he just came back from an ankle injury but he’s been doing very well for awhile… he could actually get some opps but there’s also Maton there…I expect Hand to be dealt but Mauerer is unlikely to go anywhere in my opinion. I expect him to hold the job unless he blows up. Capps is a solid deep league stash when he gets called back up but I’m not looking at that situation as one that will open up a closer spot soon