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Jean Machi (RP, BOS) - Closer Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Saves Leagues

OWNED IN: 3% of Fleaflicker Leagues

ANALYSIS: Earlier today, it was announced that Boston's current closer Koji Uehara will be placed on the DL, and miss the remainder of the season with a broken wrist. That leaves the open question of who will take over as the new closer for the Red Sox, and be the new provider of saves for fantasy baseball owners.

Junichi Tazawa has been operating as the setup man for most of the season, so logically it would seem that he would be next in line. But according to an article in the Boston Globe, Machi is expected to step in as the new closer.

"On Sunday, manager John Farrell indicated that newly acquired Jean Machi would work as the closer in Uehara’s absence." Interesting.

If I'm chasing saves right now, Machi is the guy to add off the waiver wire. It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out over the next few days, but this is what we have to work with right now. Pickup Machi if you have someone to drop, but it may be best to keep expectations tempered for now.

You can see our full MLB closers & saves depth charts updated here, and follow further updates and waiver wire pickups/stashes as we continue through the home stretch of the fantasy baseball season.


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