2014 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Three Underrated Closers
The closer position was an utter mess throughout the 2013 fantasy baseball season. It saw more and more closers lose their jobs and the constant turnover at the position ruined the plans of many fantasy owners. It will be just as important to know which closers to target for the upcoming season, because like last year, there will once again be several job changes within the position. To help you identify a couple closers to target this fantasy season, here are three of the best sleepers at the position.
RP Addison Reed, Arizona Diamondbacks – The trade of Reed to the Diamondbacks instantly makes the closer a more valuable fantasy option. The right-hander moves from a Chicago White Sox team that finished 63-99 last year to an Arizona squad that finished 81-81, and as a result, Reed will receive more chances to rack up saves. Addy recorded 40 saves with an 1.11 WHIP in 2013, but he could actually better those numbers in 2014. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Reed finish with 45 or more saves in the upcoming fantasy season.
RP Huston Street, San Diego Padres – Street had another respectable fantasy season last year. He once again missed time with minor injuries, but he still recorded 33 saves, a 1.02 WHIP, and a 2.70 ERA. He will be worth grabbing after the top-10 guys come off the board and will be good for another 30-plus saves next season.
RP Steve Cishek, Miami Marlins – Now the Marlins don’t exactly win many games, as they have averaged just 94.3 wins over the past three seasons. However, the team is not afraid to trot their closer out to the mound to get him some work. Despite playing on the worst team in baseball, Cishek still racked up 34 saves last season to go along with an impressive 2.33 ERA and 1.08 WHIP through 69.2 innings of work. He will be a decent second closer to look for this spring, and even better, the closer’s value could skyrocket if the team decides to trade him at the deadline in another classic Miami deal.