Written by Brian Popkin (Contact & Archive) on May 14, 2007
Here are my recommendations for some closers in the common format of making stock picks:
Guys to Sell:
Borowski - Hard Sell. I watched him against the Yankees get blown up like that fat fish in Finding Nemo. I also had him 3 years ago when his final season stats were a 8.02 ERA and a 1.99 WHIP. His closing days are on borrowed time.
Torres has not been good. Todd Jones has too few Ks. A. Reyes, sell high unless you really need the saves. Isringhausen was so bad last year that I don’t trust him. BJ Ryan and Gagne are too injured to count on.
It is very easy to trade closers. In most leagues saves are hard to find. The other week I traded Torres for Cain and Borrowski for Randy Johnson. (Johnson hit 97 the other day on the Arizona radar gun and is bringing the Ks. If he can lay off his weak offspeed pitches he’ll be fine.)
Guys to Hold:
I’d hold on to Lidge and Dotel. I don’t think they are finished getting saves yet. Rodney and Zumaya, should be held too. I’m also holding Myers and Hennessey. I’m just not sure of those two.
Guys to Buy:
I’m buying Accardo and Downs for Toronto. Buy them both because one of them should be getting Toronto saves soon. I’m also buying R. Soriano instead of Gonzalez for Atlanta saves. I’m buying Otsuka too.
If these guys can be picked up for very cheap, I’m buying. Betancourt will be very good this year. Lyon might get a shot in Zona. Bill Bray is on a hunch. Geary is a good backup to Myers in Philly.
Heath Bell should be a big help for San Diego. (Years ago, I saw Bell look great pitching for the Mets against the Yankees. He has a deceptive delivery and his fastball has a lot of movement similar to Mariano Rivera. I always thought he had better stuff than his results.)