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Shawn Kelley
Birthdate: 4/26/1984 (32 y, 11 m)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/215     Position: P
Drafted: 2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 13, Pick: 11, Overall: 405, Team: Seattle Mariners
Contract: $15M / 3 Years (2016 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Saturday the team has decided on a closer, although he isn't yet willing to make that decision public, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Kelley is one of three candidates for the job, along with Koda Glover and Blake Treinen. (3/26/2017)
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Profile: As of the writing of this blurb, Kelley is likely the Nationals closer and that alone will give him a good amount of fantasy value. He was excellent last year as his walk rate shrunk down to 4.9% while simultaneously netting his highest strikeout rate ever. He certainly passes the smell test when it comes to having the stuff to be a closer. But one of the most important part of drafting relievers is the amount of grace they will given in the ninth. Kelley, despite having a great year last year, does not have a tremendously long leash if he does begin the year as closer. If he struggles, the Nationals could easily add someone new to take over in the ninth and the team could add a closer mid-year anyway even if he is performing. David Robertson has been linked to the Nationals for some time, so be cautious when drafting Kelley not to only be enamoredby the successful season. Unfortunately, there are other factors at play that Kelley nor fantasy owners have control over. 

The Quick Opinion: Kelley is the closer of one of the best teams in baseball as of the start of spring training. Whether that remains the case at the start of the year or even during the season is the difficult part to contemplate. He is a worthy buy as a closer but keep in mind that there is risk beyond just his performance on the mound that has to be factored in.

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2012-08-07SEA@BAL0013.8610000002.1123110210001 
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2012-09-15SEA@TEX00027.0010000100.262220210100 
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2012-07-16SEA@KCR00013.5010000000.242110000000 
2012-07-13SEATEX0000.0010000000.231000000000 
2012-07-08SEA@OAK0000.0010000001.250000000003 
2012-07-06SEA@OAK0000.0010000100.110000000000 
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2012-06-30SEABOS0100.0010000001.030000000002 
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2012-06-06SEA@LAA0100.0010000001.184000000002 
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2012-05-19SEA@COL0000.0010000001.030000000001 
2012-05-16SEA@CLE0000.0010000000.111000000000 
2012-05-14SEA@BOS0004.5010000002.092110110001 
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2012-05-07SEADET0000.0010000000.231000000000