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Are you the type of fantasy baseball player that doesn’t worry much about closers, figuring if you’re aggressive on the waiver wire you can get your share of saves? After all, John Axford had 24 saves last year, Chris Perez had 23, Alfredo Simon had 17, Juan Gutierrez had 15, and the list goes on.
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If you are the type that employs this strategy, don’t overlook Jon Rauch as he’s the first temporary closer that can get you short-term saves. You remember him as the 6’11″ tattooed relief pitcher that saved 21 games for the Twins last year. He is with Toronto now, and thanks to injuries to Frank Francisco (pectoral) and Octavio Dotel (hamstring) he could start the season as the Blue Jays closer. Neither injury is considered serious so don’t expect a ton of saves from Rauch, bu the could be a nice late round addition that can give you a good short-term saves boost. If you have already drafted, he’s worth adding off the waiver wire.
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Mike Napoli Traded to Texas

25 January 2011


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I hope you didn’t run out and buy a Mike Napoli Blue Jays jersey as he was already shipped off to Texas in exchange for Frank Francisco.
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Napoli should be penciled into the Rangers’ lineups a great deal playing catcher, first base, and designated hitter for the defending American League champions. With his power, that lineup, and that ballpark I bumped him up to six in my catcher rankings.
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Francisco, who lost the closer role to Neftali Feliz, will likely close for the Jays and should be on fantasy radars.

MLB Injury Update

16 May 2009

The Rangers placed Closer Frank Francisco on the 15-day DL because of biceps tendinitis.  The move was made retroactive to May 7th.  Francisco has been one of the best Closers this year with nine Saves in nine Save Opportunities.  His ERA is 0.00 and his WHIP is 0.75.  C.J. Wilson, who has one Save, a 4.11 ERA, and 1.63 WHIP, will hold down the fort.

The Nationals put Catcher Jesus Flores on the 15-day DL (shoulder) retroactive to May 10th.  Flores was hitting .311 with 4 HRs and 15 RBIs.  Wil Nieves will take over Catching duties for Flores.  Nieves is hitting .294, but lacks Flores’ power.  His slugging percentage is nearly 200 points lower.

Finally, the Mets placed Carlos Delgado on the 15-day DL (hip) as well.  The move is also retroactive to May 10th.  Delgado was hittin g.298 with 4 HRs and 23 RBIs.  Fernando Tatis, who loves to hit Grand Slams, will take over.  He is hitting .323 with 2 HRs and 8 RBIs.


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