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36 minutes ago, wahoos1 said:

Anyone following White Sox situation? Does Herrera still have a shot or is it Colombe to start the year?

pretty sure I read it was the colome show

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1 hour ago, wahoos1 said:

Anyone following White Sox situation? Does Herrera still have a shot or is it Colombe to start the year?

I'd say 67% Colome, 33% Herrera, going off what the player notes on Yahoo say.  

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Closer monkey is back in business updated yesterday.

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Counsell on record that Hader is moving “back a bit”

 

Hader was already being over drafted but this perhaps makes his current adp now actually worth it.

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39 minutes ago, AlexxelA said:

I'd say 67% Colome, 33% Herrera, going off what the player notes on Yahoo say.  

 

According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, "most signs" point to Alex Colome beginning the year as the White Sox's closer.

Kelvin Herrera is the other main candidate, though he's behind schedule after missing time with a minor foot injury. Manager Rick Renteria hasn't tipped his hand yet, but Colome, who said he prefers pitching the ninth, appears to be the odds-on favorite to close games on the South Side. The former All-Star sports a mediocre 4.76 ERA for the spring, though obviously fantasy owners shouldn't put much stock in those numbers.

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Just my opinion on unsettled closer situations.
 
Boston:  Giving Barnes the nod because he's further along.  
 
Tampa:  Everyone has anointed Alvarez, and he's the best bet, but don't be surprised if the Rays get cute and have multiple pitchers close games.
 
Baltimore:  Givens has been absolutely terrible this spring.  Given how few win the Orioles are expected to have this season, it may take a little while to figure out who is next in line.  
 
White Sox:  Colome is the favorite here, but it wouldn't surprise me if Herrera gets 25-33% of the save opps.  There was a question whether or not he'd even be ready for OD, but he's done well. Colome will have a short leash.
 
Minnesota:  Sounds like a Parker/May committee, but I would lean May.  If you have one, wouldn't hurt to handcuff with the other.  
 
Kansas City:  Peralta will close.  Boxberger has looked terrible this spring.  Have also read about Peralta developing a "closers mentality".   KC has a few good young options coming down the pipeline.  
 
Arizona:  Holland looked done.  Bradley has the goods to close, but ff the Diamondbacks decide to keep him in the fireman role, Hirano will close.  
 
Atlanta:  Vizcaino but the Braves are going to work Minter in as soon as he's healthy.  
 
Chicago Cubs:   Sounds like Strop will begin the season as closer, but may be spelled by Cishek.  Nobody has any confidence in Morrow staying healthy for an extended period of time.   
 
Milwaukee:  Kimbrel landing spot?  If not, Hader will likely split duties with someone else.  
 
Philadelphia:  Don't see any reason why Kapler won't have multiple pitchers closing games again.  
 
Giants:  I don't see how the Giants can have Melancon pitch in high leverage with how he's looked this spring.  
 
St. Louis:  I'd lean Hicks with Miller receiving some chances if he can stay healthy.  Neither have looked outstanding this spring.  

 

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I think Winkler (ATL) could get a chance for some darkhorse saves. I think he has some platoon split issues though.

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21 minutes ago, kidtwentytwo said:
Just my opinion on unsettled closer situations.
 
Boston:  Giving Barnes the nod because he's further along.  
 
Tampa:  Everyone has anointed Alvarez, and he's the best bet, but don't be surprised if the Rays get cute and have multiple pitchers close games.
 
Baltimore:  Givens has been absolutely terrible this spring.  Given how few win the Orioles are expected to have this season, it may take a little while to figure out who is next in line.  
 
White Sox:  Colome is the favorite here, but it wouldn't surprise me if Herrera gets 25-33% of the save opps.  There was a question whether or not he'd even be ready for OD, but he's done well. Colome will have a short leash.
 
Minnesota:  Sounds like a Parker/May committee, but I would lean May.  If you have one, wouldn't hurt to handcuff with the other.  
 
Kansas City:  Peralta will close.  Boxberger has looked terrible this spring.  Have also read about Peralta developing a "closers mentality".   KC has a few good young options coming down the pipeline.  
 
Arizona:  Holland looked done.  Bradley has the goods to close, but ff the Diamondbacks decide to keep him in the fireman role, Hirano will close.  
 
Atlanta:  Vizcaino but the Braves are going to work Minter in as soon as he's healthy.  
 
Chicago Cubs:   Sounds like Strop will begin the season as closer, but may be spelled by Cishek.  Nobody has any confidence in Morrow staying healthy for an extended period of time.   
 
Milwaukee:  Kimbrel landing spot?  If not, Hader will likely split duties with someone else.  
 
Philadelphia:  Don't see any reason why Kapler won't have multiple pitchers closing games again.  
 
Giants:  I don't see how the Giants can have Melancon pitch in high leverage with how he's looked this spring.  
 
St. Louis:  I'd lean Hicks with Miller receiving some chances if he can stay healthy.  Neither have looked outstanding this spring.  

 

You mean Alvarado for Tampa right?

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And Miami...

 

i think romo closes.  Miami can build up his value.  Steckinrider hasn’t been able to get anyone out this spring.  Conley looks good but no reason for the cheap marlins to have him close yet

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9 minutes ago, kidtwentytwo said:

And Miami...

 

i think romo closes.  Miami can build up his value.  Steckinrider hasn’t been able to get anyone out this spring.  Conley looks good but no reason for the cheap marlins to have him close yet

I know this is an ongoing debate but the justification to hold someone down to save money is kind of offset by putting them in the role to increase their trade value.

I still think it's going to be Conley (or at least a share). His fastball looks better and better each time.

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Corey Knebel (elbow) will seek multiple opinions from specialists and the Brewers don't expect to have a plan for him for another week or so.
Knebel has been pitching with a slight tear in his right elbow for four years and will be checked out to see how much more damage he's done. He's not dealing with a complete tear, so it's possible he could choose the rest and rehab route. However, he's going to be sidelined for a while even in a best-case scenario and Tommy John surgery is possible.

SOURCE: Adam McCalvy on Twitter

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Brewers signed....Alex Wilson.  The Kimbrel wait continues.

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Even if he rehabs, how long could we expect Knebel to be out? Or better yet, when will they place him on IL? 

 

 

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The Alex Colome officially named closer blurb:

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White Sox manager Rick Renteria has named Alex Colome his closer.

It's been looking like Colome's job for a while. The 30-year-old had an up-and-down 2018 campaign with the Rays and Mariners but finished strong in Seattle. Kelvin Herrera will be next in line should Colome falter.

Source: Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter               Mar 22, 2019, 1:49 PM

 

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30 minutes ago, mtblock said:

Even if he rehabs, how long could we expect Knebel to be out? Or better yet, when will they place him on IL? 

 

 

 

Going to be on the shelf awhile regardless. 

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13 minutes ago, chud12 said:

 

Going to be on the shelf awhile regardless. 

Agreed. Trying to decide if it is worth the drop since it is taking them awhile to put on the IL. Some guys I want to pick up, but not sure if it is worth the gamble. 

Trying to stay non-BC here. 

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11 minutes ago, mtblock said:

Agreed. Trying to decide if it is worth the drop since it is taking them awhile to put on the IL. Some guys I want to pick up, but not sure if it is worth the gamble. 

Trying to stay non-BC here. 

 

I mean it’s your team and you know your needs etc so u only really can evalauate that.  I would atlest wait for a timetable is established before you make your decision. 

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4 minutes ago, mtblock said:

Agreed. Trying to decide if it is worth the drop since it is taking them awhile to put on the IL. Some guys I want to pick up, but not sure if it is worth the gamble. 

Trying to stay non-BC here. 

He won't be put on the IL until around about Opening Day.  That is unless they put him on the 60-Day in which case they might do that right away.

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The Knebel situation doesn't look good.  Let's say in best case scenario he rehabs well and comes back feeling fine.  Well:

- MIL may have signed Kimbrel so no closing for Knebel.

- Jeffress will have had ample time to establish himself as the closer.

- Hader will likely remain in fireman role, but MIL could go to a Hader/Jeffress closer/fireman duo.

There are just too many question marks here, and that's best case.  Worst case the injury requires TJ.  Second worst case it's harder to rehab than expected.  Etc. etc.

 

So if I had the DL space I'd certainly stash him until further notice, but if there's a guy on the WW that I want I would feel confident dropping Knebel outright.

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Obviously as long as Strop is healthy he will be the closer to start for the Cubs I'm assuming, but is the current thinking that he will move back to setup if/when Morrow gets back? Hopefully this won't be another committee bullpen which is becoming annoyingly more common. I'd rather use the roster spot to stash Morrow if he will close, but from what I'm reading that's not a given?

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