2019 MLB Draft Guide: Closers -- Investing vs Chasing Saves
Greg Jewett dives into the bullpens and looks at whether it's best for fantasy baseball owners to invest in closers on draft day or to chase saves on the waiver wire all year.
Past experiences suggest there’s two schools of thought in how to approach saves. Some target the category early in drafts for the security aspect due to the given volatility of saves in baseball. On the other hand, many prefer to roster more predictable hitters or starting pitchers when the first tier of closers will be taken and take chances late on relievers with skill upside along with a chance to close in the future. There’s advantages to both techniques.
However, with all the recent revelations about the growing scarcity of stolen bases, could saves be next? Darwinism suggests evolution can be necessary for future success and survival. Fantasy owners face a potential dilemma with how bullpens seem to be changing, and not necessarily for the better in regards to the limited number of closers available compared to output.
Plus, with the growing knowledge of games needing to be decided in high leverage innings leading up to the ninth inning rather than exclusively...