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Bullpen Report: Jul 30, 2013

• “I wish they all could be California girls beards.” The Beard returns, this time to LA as Brian Wilson signed with the Dodgers today. The deal is worth $1 million with incentives. Wilson will start in the minors but should be in LA by mid-August, at which point he should be used as a righty in late innings, setting the table for Kenley Jansen. I’m not sure what to expect from Wilson but the Dodgers weren’t the only interested team, so he certainly showed something enticing during his throwing sessions. We’ll have to see how Wilson looks like before making any conclusions but Wilson certainly has a good chance of pitching in big spots in LA and should be monitored by those in hold leagues. And if it doesn’t work out, I guess Wilson just wasn’t meant for these times.

• Colin had mentioned John Axford‘s recent struggles the other day and those continued today as Axford gave up two runs and four hits, relieving Yovani Gallardo in the fifth inning. The Brewers came back against the Cubs for the lead and Jim Henderson recorded the save, his 13th of the year. With Henderson seeing the ninth and Axford seeing the fifth, I’m going to say Henderson’s hold on the ninth is pretty secure. As a wise man once said, it’s not that easy being green, but let’s see what Henderson has to say about that on the closer grid.

• It’s not a major move but the Indians have acquired Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals. Scrabble’s ERA (7.84) in the majors this year is a little rough on the eyes but also a little misleading as he he’s pitched to a 3.96 xFIP in just 10.1 innings. As Jeff Sullivan pointed out earlier, Rzepczynski can’t get righties out and has started to do worse against lefties as well. That’s why he was in the minors for the Cardinals and why he was acquired on the cheap, but it’s low risk move that could pay off against a tough lefty for the Indians stretch run. This move shouldn’t affect many fantasy teams but if it does, I’m curious to hear about your league in the comments section.

Steve Cishek blew his third save of the year (for his sixth loss), against the Mets tonight on his second inning of work. Steve Cishek has been pitching well of late and on the season supports a solid 3.36 xFIP. Numbers like that would make Cishek attractive to a competing team, especially against righties but the latest is still thatMarlins are happy to hold to him as he still years of team control. So, unless something suddenly changes, expect Cishek to continue to blow his saves while on the Marlins this season.

•  Chris Perez (15), Bobby Parnell (22) and Jim Johnson (36) all recorded saves tonight. Kevin Gregg blew the save in the second game of a double header against the Brewers, killing his trade value in the process. The Cubs may take any warm body for Gregg at this point but in his last 18 appearances Gregg has allowed 13 runs which is more Gregg than his first mirage. If Gregg isn’t moved it will be the best case scenario for his fantasy value as he’d get more saves on Chicago than anywhere else.

Closer Grid:


Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Brad Ziegler J.J. Putz David Hernandez
Atlanta Craig Kimbrel Jordan Walden Scott Downs
Baltimore Jim Johnson Francisco Rodriguez Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Craig Breslow Andrew Bailey
CHI (NL) Kevin Gregg Pedro Strop Blake Parker
CHI (AL) Addison Reed Nate Jones Matt Lindstrom
Cincy Aroldis Chapman J.J. Hoover Sam LeCure Sean Marshall
Cleveland Chris Perez Joe Smith Vinnie Pestano
Colorado Rex Brothers Matt Belisle Mitchell Boggs Rafael Betancourt
Detroit Joaquin Benoit Jose Veras Drew Smyly
Houston Jose Cisnero Wesley Wright Josh Zeid
KC Greg Holland Aaron Crow Kelvin Herrera
LAA Ernesto Frieri Kevin Jepsen Dane de la Rosa Ryan Madson
LAD Kenley Jansen Ronald Belisario Paco Rodriguez Brian Wilson
Miami Steve Cishek Mike Dunn Chad Qualls
Milwaukee Jim Henderson John Axford Michael Gonzalez
Minnesota Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
NY (NL) Bobby Parnell LaTroy Hawkins David Aardsma Frank Francisco
NY (AL) Mariano Rivera David Robertson Joba Chamberlain
Oakland Grant Balfour Ryan Cook Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Justin De Fratus Mike Adams
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Justin Wilson Tony Watson Jason Grilli
St. Louis Edward Mujica Trevor Rosenthal Fernando Salas Jason Motte
SD Huston Street Luke Gregerson Dale Thayer
SF Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt Santiago Casilla
Seattle Tom Wilhelmsen Oliver Perez Yoervis Medina Carter Capps
TB Fernando Rodney Joel Peralta Jake McGee Jesse Crain
Texas Joe Nathan Tanner Scheppers Jason Frasor
Toronto Casey Janssen Steve Delabar Brett Cecil Sergio Santos
Wash. Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Craig Stammen Drew Storen

[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]