August 15, 2017
Welcome back to another Closer Report. Although we are into August, we know that doesn’t mean it’s the end of trade season. Generally speaking, closers aren’t the ones dealt at this time of year, but that didn’t hold true this past week as one was traded late Sunday night. Additionally, we lost clarity in some situations and gained some elsewhere, as well as getting some injury news. We’ll cover all that and more, but first a reminder that you can keep up with the changes around the league on the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.
White Sox trade Tyler Clippard just when things were looking clear
After trading David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, Chicago’s bullpen was in a shambles and it was nowhere near clear who would be closing games for the Pale Hose. Finally, Clippard stepped up as the veteran of the group and took hold of the ninth inning. After struggling mightily in New York for most of the year, he had settled down and gotten into a groove. Apparently, that was the worst that could happen for fantasy owners as he was dealt to Houston on Sunday night. This kills any fantasy value Clippard might have had, as he won’t factor into Houston’s closer situation. It also kills anyone trying to figure out who will now close games for Chicago. I have Juan Minaya as the first man up since he had handled the eighth in Clippard’s saves, but that’s far from a guarantee. It’ll probably be based on matchups, with Minaya and lefty Aaron Bummer getting the bulk of the chances. I’d add Minaya and/or Bummer in AL-only leagues, but nowhere else. The White Sox won’t get enough save chances over the next six weeks to justify a roster spot.
Bud Norris out in Los Angeles