With the season about to get underway on American soil, it seemed like a good time to make a few late-spring tweaks to the closer grid so that you have a legitimate tool for potential save-chasing here in the early part of the season. If you’re in a league with a deep bench and you aren’t dealing with a bunch of position players moving to the 15-day DL, then it may be wise to invest in a few of the “next-in-line” guys and hope they see some early opportunities. Managers always err on the side of caution in April so if they throw a closer twice early on, they may just opt to hand the ball off if their set-up corps hasn’t been run ragged. Here are a few names I have on my own watch-list and then we’ll hit the grid.

Brian Matusz, BAL – As a starter he’s been nothing short of disappointing, but he’s served the Orioles well as a lefty out of the pen recently. With Tommy Hunter’s struggles against left-handed hitters, there’s a good chance that Buck Showalter plays some early...

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