2013 Fantasy Baseball: Jason Grilli Becomes Pittsburgh Pirates Closer

By Andy Schmidt
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With the New Year just around the corner, there are many people looking towards fantasy baseball in 2013. Fantasy baseball is one of those things that takes a ton of dedication in following every single move made in Major League Baseball. There is one move that will be important for drafts in the next few months, as Jason Grilli will slide into the closer’s role for the Pittsburgh Pirates with the trade of Joel Hanrahan to the Boston Red Sox.

Grilli has just five saves during his ten-year career but will get pushed into the role in 2013 for Pittsburgh. Grilli should get a ton of chances to close games for the Pirates, with their talented lineup and solid starting rotation that should give Grilli leads to protect late in ball games. The biggest concern with Grilli is that he’s never really closed before, and last three outs are the hardest to get.

I would think Pittsburgh may be looking for another pitcher with closing experience to go with Grilli, like Brian Wilson or Jose Valverde; but for the time being, it is Grilli’s job. In many fantasy leagues, picking a closer isn’t a top priority and most people decide to wait until late in their draft to pick up their closers. I would make sure I have Grilli on my list of closers to pick up in the later rounds though, as he may slip under the radar of a lot of owners. It is still three months until the season but preparation starts now.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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