As we enter another fantasy baseball season, once again the most coveted position will be the closer position. Last season saw more of a turnover than ever before, so it is almost a roll of the dice every time you pick a closer.
Amidst all the closer confusion last year, one youngster showed some real promise closing out the ninth inning and it was Chicago White Sox closer Addison Reed.
Reed’s ERA was a rather unimpressive 4.74 and the kid had Chicago fans worried down the stretch, but he really started to settle down as the year moved on. He still managed to save 29 games of his 33 attempts, which ranked him seventh in the American League in saves in 2012. Simply, the more he closed, the more comfortable he became in his new role.
Regardless of Reed ending on a high note, many fantasy baseball owners are still staying away from him this spring. Most think it is only a matter of time until he falters and loses his job, but Reed is one closer that won’t be going anywhere.
Reed has gained complete confidence in manager Robin Ventura and appears to have sole possession of the ninth inning. Former closer, Matt Thornton, is no longer a legitimate threat to take the job and will become just another middle reliever to ignore in fantasy drafts.
Reed may not be a top five closer just yet, but he can have value anywhere after the top seven closers come off the board. The position is a crapshoot more and more each year, so go with youth in 2013.