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  1. No Kyle Farnsworth?

    Yes he IS Kyle Farnsworth, but he’s also been nails so fair this year. (WHIP and ERA under 1, 5/6 in save opps.)

    Comment by eric — May 4, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

  2. My bad, I omitted him by accident. Fixed now.

    Comment by Mike Axisa — May 4, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

  3. Farnsworth has got to be added to the rankings. An oversight

    Comment by Will — May 4, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

  4. My mistake – thanks

    Comment by Will — May 4, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

  5. Rauch is way too high I think. Not sure how much longer that will be his job, his FIP is over 6 and his K/BB is 1.75.

    I mean, would you really consider trading a Putz, Valverde, Axford for a guy with shaky peripherals and a more talented an highly paid player who beat him out for the job in spring training now healthy?

    Comment by AngMohClay — May 4, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

  6. What’s with the hate on leo nunez? He’s done nothing this year but help prove that his performance last year was no fluke. I’d put him no less then 2nd or 3rd in the 3rd tier

    Comment by slash12 — May 4, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

  7. “Tony LaRussa hates fantasy baseball.” That’s ironic considering he’s credited with inventing the version of the closer you’re analyzing here.

    Comment by Kevin — May 4, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

  8. Don’t expect Aardsma to supplant League as closer any time soon. Aardsma is pitching horrible in AAA with a 15+ ERA, and has recently been shut down for arm stiffness, we’ll see how he responds. Meanwhile, League has been money. 8 for 8 in save opportunities, 0.92 WHIP. Even when Aardsma returns, I don’t think Wedge would give him the reigns over League especially if the Ms are playing around .500 ball.

    Comment by Paul — May 4, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

  9. Yeah, considering the team has no financial commitment to either of them past this year, I could easily see that become a Rauch/Francisco type of situation where League keeps the job until he drops a save or two.

    I do realize the irony of citing Rauch as a positive example for closer value after saying he was rated a tier to high a few comments above.

    On the other hand – he really can’t push Aardsma any lower, but League should also be on the list. Probably one spot below Aardsma, because I think I still would prefer Aardsma to League if given the trade offer straight up.

    Comment by AngMohClay — May 4, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

  10. My bad, League is on the list, a few spots higher than Aardsma, which I have no problem with. If only I could attend a “Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.”

    Comment by AngMohClay — May 4, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

  11. Why is Axford moving down?

    Comment by KD — May 4, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

  12. He’s been shaky so far, also has no track record. If he’d pitched well, I’d have moved him up.

    Comment by Mike Axisa — May 4, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

  13. Sources reporting Broxton is shut down with elbow pain.. not good for him.

    Comment by chri521 — May 4, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

  14. don’t you think you are short-changing Valverde quite a bit? I would put him at the back end of Tier 3, he certainly shouldn’t be behind mediocre peripheral fill-ins like Rauch and Fuentes or an unknown only-was-good-one-year guy like Axford.

    Valverde is an established closer, with a long track record of high K’s, good rate stats, etc.

    Comment by batpig — May 4, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

  15. Broxton owner here. In the words of Hawk Harrelson, “He Gone”.
    Storen or Walden? Both are available in my league (points league).

    Comment by RiverAce — May 4, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

  16. Who is likely to take over for Lyon if he loses his job?

    Comment by Bill in Vegas — May 4, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  17. OK I’ll throw out the important factors I identify between Drew Storen and Jordan Walden:

    Team win %: Walden
    Save friendly manager: Walden
    Job security: even
    Raw pitching ability: Storen
    Sabre-stats through May 4: Walden~~ (higher K% but also BB/9, both have low BABIP and LOB%)

    Ok thanks guys :) Maybe I just needed to list things to figure this out – Jordan Walden it is.

    Comment by RiverAce — May 4, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

  18. Yeah – a little help over here please about a possible Lyons replacement?

    Certainly no obvious candidate. Fulchino pitches the 8th but he’s pretty meh. Wilton Lopez is just off the DL this week. Mark Melancon has some folks excited but he’s been more 6th-7th inn. Lopez was the talk at the beginning of the season. Hard to say.

    Comment by syoung — May 4, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

  19. Some of the motivation for making Aardsma the closer will come from that the Mariners want him to be a valuable chip for a contender at the trade deadline. I know it will be hard if he continues to struggle, but just keep that in mind.

    Comment by max — May 4, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

  20. Mike, why isn’t Mo in the top tier?

    Comment by Total Dominication — May 5, 2011 @ 11:02 am

  21. Because he’s 42 years old and has been dealing with nagging injuries the last 2-3 years.

    Comment by Mike Axisa — May 5, 2011 @ 11:08 am

  22. Melancon.

    Comment by Mike Axisa — May 5, 2011 @ 11:08 am

  23. Look for this to end very badly for Broxton.

    Comment by Rick — May 5, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

  24. I don’t think Rauch keeps the job much longer either. In a 13 team league I am in that uses FAAB, I had him and Francisco and decided to drop Rauch now so that someone would overpay to get him. Someone paid $20 so I guess that strategy worked (unless I’m wrong about Rauch).

    Comment by Josh — May 5, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

  25. No love for Brandon League? Tier 5? Really?? Have you seen him THIS year?

    Comment by Shawn384 — May 6, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

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