Ernesto Frieri returned to the closer's role Friday and earned his fourth save with a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts against the Blue Jays.
Pick up Frieri now if you are lucky enough to find him on your waiver wire and hope that he has corrected his mechanics enough to hold onto the job going forward. He still has stellar strikeout upside, which he has displayed even when he had his struggles closing out games in his first go around as the team's closer.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Javier Baez was in the middle of a nasty collision Friday at second base while trying to turn a double play. It looked bad enough manager Joe Maddon was a bit nervous Baez may have suffered a serious injury.
Baez will be fine, but it was indeed a scary moment for the Cubs. Kole Calhoun took Baez out on a double play, but instead of him sliding into his feet, due to the position that Baez was in, he was drilled in the midsection by Calhoun's elbow. As Maddon accurately put it, he "got smoked." Being Joe Maddon, he of course added in that "I loved it." Initially Maddon feared that Baez was seriously injured as he writhed in pain on the ground, but the former top prospect, who is just 22, will be fine and even singled in singled in a later at bat. He is a risky fantasy proposition, who may not even make the Opening Day squad, but his upside is ridiculous. Analysis: Ben Diamond