The Blue Jays are not in need of a new closer with Roberto Osuna coming off a strong 2016 season where he saved 36 games so it's a bit interesting to see that they are looking into acquiring David Robertson who has saved no less than 34 games over the last three years.
With the deal being official, Holland gets a guaranteed $7 million with the Rockies. The deal also includes non-closing incentives which make the total $10 million. Holland is coming off of Tommy John surgery and if he isn't ready by the start of the season then expect Adam Ottavino to close comes until Holland is ready to return.
Cishek is still a ways away from being able to appear in a game, so he is best forgotten at this point. He is still a speculative add down the line in case Edwin Diaz stumbles in the closer role. Cishek himself has had his struggles in the same role as well, so keep expectations in check.
Cleveland is looking for another arm to bolster a Cody Allen-Andrew Miller led bullpen. Blanton went 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 1.01 WHIP for the Dodgers last season, so if the Indians bring him on board, they would be hoping for a replication of last year's numbers. He wouldn't be viable in fantasy formats, unless he locked down a 7th inning gig ahead of Allen and Miller.
Smith didn't particularly excel in any major statistical category last season, but he did record six saves, and the Twins could be looking for extra closer experience. Brandon Kintzler is decent, but showed some weaknesses, while Glen Perkins can't stay healthy. Smith would be a logical signing for the team, but he isn't a logical signing for your fantasy team.
Colome had a very good year in 2016 as the team's closer, posting 37 saves, a 1.91 ERA and striking out 71 batters in 56.2 innings. Assuming he doesn't get traded, he'll be opening the year as the team's closer and will be a useful fantasy asset. You can get him likely after 12 closers go off the board.
Feliz signed with the Brewers just a few days ago and it was no secret that he would likely be the closer heading in to 2017. The bullpen was a big area of need for Milwaukee heading in to the offseason and they certainly needed a closer. Feliz could be a very good value at the RP position in fantasy baseball if you don't draft a stud closer early on.
He was a solid closer for the first five months of last season, before losing the job when he faltered in September. He did rack up 37 saves but his ERA blew up by nearly two runs between August 31 (2.97 ERA) and September 29 (4.85 ERA). It should prove to be an intriguing spring training with Gomez and Neris competing for the closer role on the Phillies, but this kind of news makes drafting your fantasy team that more difficult.
After the Yankees filed at $3M, Betances filed at $5M. The two sides are not budging at all which is forcing the two to meet in court. Betances, simply put, has been one of the best relievers in baseball over the past three seasons. He's struck out 126 batters or more while throwing 90 innings or less in three straight seasons. If that's not worth $5M, what really is?
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