2013 Fantasy Baseball: Add Closer Mitchell Boggs Off Waivers

By Adam McGill
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The closer that was added to the most teams during the first week of the fantasy baseball season has been St. Louis Cardinals RP Mitchell Boggs.

Boggs gained control of the ninth inning when it came out that former closer, Jason Motte, would be shutdown for a couple weeks. Motte was placed on the 15-day Disabled List with a strained elbow on his throwing arm. Motte will not be re-evaluated until next week at the earliest, so it definitely gives Boggs more than enough opportunities to close out some games for fantasy owners.

In 2012, Boggs was one of the best middle relievers in the game, so it is not a surprise to see the team move the righty into the closer role. He shutdown the opposition last year with a 2.21 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 73 innings of work.

Boggs has allowed one run through three innings this year, while striking out three batters. He has not earned a save opportunity yet this year, but considering all the fire power in St. Louis, he will sooner rather than later. The Birds will easily be a playoff team in 2013 and whoever their closer is will get a healthy dose of saves.

Boggs will be a mid-level closer to utilize in the early part of the season and could become a permanent solution if Motte suffers anymore set backs. Add Boggs if you are desperate closer, and even if you have a closer, add him anyway for the depth.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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