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Brandon Maurer
Birthdate: 7/3/1990 (26 y, 8 m, 24 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-5/200     Position: P
Drafted: 2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 23, Pick: 20, Overall: 702, Team: Seattle Mariners
Contract: $1.9M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Maurer threw a perfect inning in Wednesday's spring training loss to the Royals. (3/23/2017)
Profiles:  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Gone is the high-spin curveball -- it turns out it's not so high-spin when measured with better tracking technology, and he never really had a ton of success with it -- and probably with it the chance that Maurer will be a starter again. The good news is that the 95 mph fastball, the average slider, and the changeup that plays plus in shorter stints adds up to a package that put together just enough strikeouts to work in the closer role. He *probably* won't be an elite closer, but he's better suited to the role than most of the guys currently in the Padres bullpen, especially considering that Brad Hand and Ryan Buchter are lefties without the gas that managers prefer in the ninth. Maurer should even have better results once his strand rate evens out. But Padres closers since Trevor Hoffman get traded as often as the Padres themselves change uniforms, so it's folly to expect Maurer to last as long as the classic mustard and brown kits. Pay little for your saves, get a half season of decent closer work, and then move on when he's traded -- that sounds like a decent plan. (Eno Sarris)

The Quick Opinion: Don't expect a full season of saves, as the rebuilding Padres use the San Diego port to ship out relievers on a yearly basis. But Maurer looks like the closer to open the season at least, and his bad luck numbers from last year should make him a cheap closer. Why not, at that price?

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