Fantasy Baseball Closer Update - March 25, 2014

There was fairly big news in the fantasy baseball closer market this week.  Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria was announced as the Closer with Alexi Ogando serving in the 8th inning setup role.  Many were betting on Neftali Feliz who could still take the role at some point if Soria were to falter.  White Sox pitcher Nate Jones seems to have earned the closer role in Chicago, and Carlos Martinez has lost the battle for the 5th rotation spot and has landed as the setup man in St. Louis.  Aroldis Chapman was hit in the head by a line drive, opening the way for J.J. Hoover to get first crack at the role while Chapman is out.  The Astros closer situation remains a wait-and-see mystery, with Fields and Qualls battling Albers while Jesse Crain rests his biceps injury.  

Closers currently closest to losing their role (and who might make a good stash):

  1. Latroy Hawkins (Rex Brothers)
  2. Jon Axfrod (Cody Allen)
  3. Rafael Soriano (Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen)
  4. Tommy Hunter (Darren O'Day?)
  5. Fernando Rodney (Danny Farquhar or Tom Wilhelmson)
  6. Huston Street (Injuries? - Joakin Benoit)

Injuries:

  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Jesse Crain
  • Ryan Cook
  • Jordan Walden

 

 

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