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Saves are an important component for many fantasy baseball leagues. Closers are one of the most volatile positions in fantasy baseball, and one of the highest turnover positions in MLB. Each year, closers drop like flies and many MLB teams make in-season changes due to injuries or poor performance. Stay on top of all closer depth... Read More

Finally, a decision has been made: right-handers Andrew Bailey and Ernesto Frieri have been assigned to minor league camp, clearing the way for David Hernandez to be the Phillies' Opening Day closer. Bailey and Frieri are no longer viable for fantasy- if you took a flier on Bailey as the closer, let him go. If... Read More

In the Phillies' final tuneup of spring training, right-handed relievers Ernesto Frieri and Dalier Hinojosa both struggled in their quest to be named the closer to start the season. Frieri only recorded one out, and allowed four runs on two home runs. He will finish camp with an ERA of 11.57. Hinojosa did not fare... Read More

Right-handers Andrew Bailey, Dalier Hinojosa, and Ernestro Frieri each pitched one inning during Saturday's 6-5 loss to Detroit. All three, along with veteran David Hernandez, are in competition to be named Philadelphia's closer. Bailey had the worst outing, allowing a run on two hits while posting his second straight subpar outing. Hinjosa and Frieri each... Read More

While holds are even tougher to predict than saves, the players we’ll highlight today include some elite setup men. The more likely an MLB team is to win, the more likely these pitchers will be eligible to earn the holds that could be the difference between winning or losing in your fantasy league. Based on... Read More

2015 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Closers

It's a love/hate thing. Closers are essential in most fantasy baseball leagues, yet the best closers in the game can go all post-midnight Cinderella in the blink of an eye, while the junky relievers you'd never think of drafting can go from forgotten waiver wire fodder to saves goldmine overnight. This is the position that makes you pull your hair... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Since he came up in 2007, Smith has been a very reliable middle relief option for every team he has played on. In each of his final three seasons in Cleveland before signing with the Angels in 2014, he had a sub-3.00 ERA with 60+ IP. This year, he... Read More

  MLB Prospects Who Got The Call-Up We are getting to the point of the season where teams are calling up MLB prospects from the minors faster than I can include them in my weekly reports.  I’ll start this week with two prospects that are already seeing major league action now.   Kevin Gausman, (SP,... Read More

  Your Latest News from the Back End of the Bullpen We keep a keen on all the bullpens so you can focus on the rest of your team.  Find all the information you need on the back end of bullpens right here at, and be sure to check out our up-to-date MLB fantasy... Read More

  Setup Men For Holds Leagues The holds statistic leaves us guessing who will enter the game in the right situation, and these players here include a couple former closers and stellar setup men. All of these players are capable of being reliable setup men for their respective teams and players worth considering adding if... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Mike Scioscia named Joe Smith the new Angels closer earlier today, making him an immediate waiver wire pickup and one of those short-term sleepers for leagues that value closers and saves. Ernesto Frieri has been removed from the role, after a few disastrous outings and blown saves. He may get... Read More

Is that Old Spice? I sure am glad I didn't draft Michael Pineda in my Fantasy Integrity League. Just a week removed from a pine tar incident while facing the Red Sox, Yankees starter Michael Pineda was tossed from the game Wednesday for having a puddle of pine tar on his neck. Yeah, his neck.... Read More

MLB Closers & Saves: Week 1 Updates Before the season gets into full swing on Monday, I’d like to briefly examine the updated closer news or perhaps give you a closer recap around the league.  There has been a decent amount of news, injuries and updates that need to be mentioned before the season gets... Read More

On Sunday, we discussed Rounds 1-5, and on Tuesday we looked at Roounds 6-10. So for the final part of my three-part mock draft series, we will take a look at how Rounds 11-15 of my first mock draft of the fantasy baseball season went. If you haven't done so already, I recommend going back and... Read More

1. “Elite” Tier, aka the Kate Upton Tier Kate Upton embodies all that is amazing about everything. Like these closers, she is, quite simply, the best, in every way. Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen, Greg Holland, Aroldis Chapman, Joe Nathan In some cases but not all, size does matter and yes when I mean size I mean the large amount... Read More

Today let’s take a look at the possible closers in the American League West.  As of right now I do not see any sleepers or dark horse sleepers in these pens.  This can change over the course of the season and it will most likely happen but for now it’s just a waiting game.  Stay... Read More

The MLB offseason is winding down, which means it’s time to evaluate which teams made the right moves and which ones got caught sleeping. Although there are still some big names out there that could help some teams whose rosters are lacking, let’s take a look at which AL West teams will improve upon their... Read More

2014 Los Angeles Angels - Team Overview The Angels are on a very tight budget these days and have little talent in their farm system available to use as a major trade chip. That said, the Angels have done a solid job filling gaps on their roster. The additions of David Freese, Raul Ibanez, Hector... Read More

The football season is upon us.  Do you know what time it is?  Yup, that’s right, it’s Madden time.  I purchased a copy of Madden 25 on the first day it was available, just like every year.  I am not a huge video game guyer but I do play Madden and The Show.  I was... Read More

Yeoman’s Work Jim Johnson:  Johnson has allowed four runs, 11 hits and two walks over his last 4.2 innings of work.  He continues to struggle and news out of Baltimore indicates it might be time for change in the “Charm City,” at least until Johnson gets back on track.  He will probably finish out the... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Ernesto Frieri has recently been removed from the closer's role for the second time this season. This time around, however, it appears other relievers will get a chance to audition for the the role. Just one day prior to the closer change, De la Rosa notched his first... Read More

This paragraph pains me to type. Josh Reddick, after months of injuries and lackluster fantasy numbers, ended up as a cast-off on my fantasy bench this past week. I traded for him weeks ago hoping he would come alive, and as of last Monday when rosters locked, he had not yet done so, and the... Read More

Ridin' Dirty I would like to first start off by apologizing for my last column, I am sorry if I offended anybody.  After days of hearing about nothing but the Alex Rodriguez saga, I just want PEDs banished forever - but unfortunately that is impossible.  There will always be a few players that will try and beat... Read More

The Vacation Rant Vacation is supposed to be a time we get to spend away from work and stress and the rigors of daily life, right? For some reason we Americans feel the need to work our lives away and leave ourselves with about 30 minutes a day to actually unplug and relax. If we’re... Read More

The first three months of the 2013 fantasy baseball season are in the books, and now we’re really starting to get a feel for the fantasy baseball landscape. RotoBaller will be updating our positional rankings over the next week. Today, we’re revisiting the relief pitcher rankings we initially published in April. All the ranks below are compared to the FantasyPros... Read More

Can’t Stop the Camden Crusher Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis is having a dream season. The realization of power, the sweet stroke, the insane average and the run production keep piling up for Davis with every game. The one-time Texas Rangers prospect whom some tabbed as “quad-A” even before his 26th birthday has found a home... Read More

Stras-tastic! I had the joy of watching Stephen Strasburg square off against division rival Cole Hamels and the Phillies on Sunday at Nationals Park in the Nation’s Capital. What a joy it was. Strasburg was fantastic, capitalizing on a weak lineup, as he struck out nine on a day the Phillies were without Utley and... Read More

The following are the transcripts from the RotoBaller Live Chat that took place on March 18th, 2013.  RotoBaller staff expert Uncle Leo (@Uncle__Leo) talks fantasy baseball, waiver wire, and more with readers. As always, you can get some LIVE quick hit advice in RotoBaller's fantasy baseball advice chat room.  Let's win some leagues!  ... Read More

If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, make sure you click and read those first to catch up! Round 16, #186 Overall: Steve Cishek At this point in the draft, I know I need to collect more speed. But I'm not going to take it earlier than I need to, so I'm essentially playing chicken... Read More