It’s the time of year when many fantasy baseball managers wish they had spent more time selecting closers and less time selecting home run hitters. If you are trailing in the key saves category, here’s a few National League closers that may be available on your waiver wire.
Drew Storen, Nationals — We profiled Drew Storen just a few days ago. There’s no doubt about this guy’s talent and that he is clearly the Nationals’ closer of the future. But, not too soon. The Stanford grad with the impressive stats (1.08 ERA in the minors this year) is behind Matt Capps who is doing a good job in Washington. Then, there’s Tyler Clippard, the set up man with 7 wins already this year. Storen is a future closer and a great one at that, but he won’t help your saves this season.
Evan Meek, Pirates — Meek is just waiting for an opportunity and with a Pittsburgh team that is floundering, he won’t have to wait much longer. Octavio Dotel has 9 saves thus far, but he’s also been roughed up to the tune of a 6.23 ERA. Expect Meek to earn the closer role soon.
Jose Contreras, Phillies — With Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson on the DL, Charlie Manuel has turned to the Cuban as his closer. Contreras has done a stellar job; he’s 2-1 with a 0.63 ERA and 2 saves thus far. He’ll be assisted by southpaw J.C. Romero who will also get some save opportunities until Lidge returns. As for Lidge, who knows when he’ll be back; we seem to get a different story every day. Doesn’t sound good.
Manny Corpas, Rockies — Corpas has converted 2 of 3 saves thus far. The Rockies were counting on Huston Street as its closer, but that hasn’t happened. In a rehab appearance last week for the Tulsa Driller, Street struck out one batter on three straight pitches, then threw two more and motioned to the dugout that he wanted to come out. Corpas will earn some more saves in his continued absence.