The closer position has become one of the best places to look for fantasy baseball sleepers every year. There is a constant turnover in each team’s bullpen and it tends to be maddening for fantasy owners. However, it does produce a steady supply over unknown stars.
One of these underrated closers to look for this spring is Danny Farquhar of the Seattle Mariners.
Tom Wilhelmsen won the job last year and saved 53 games between 2012-2013, but three blown saves and a 10.97 ERA in June quickly forced him out of the closer role. Farquhar inherited the job from Wilhelmsen and ended up saving 16 games with a 2.38 ERA in the final two months of the season.
Seattle did of course sign former Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney this off-season and he will start the year as Seattle’s closer. He has racked up 85 saves over the last two seasons alone, but the veteran has been rather unpredictable lately. The aging reliever blew eight saves last year alone and the fact that he will be turning 37 before the season doesn’t bode well for his long-term value.
The team will have a very short leash on Rodney and Farquhar is only a couple blown saves away from taking back the job. Farquhar has been a closer at the minor league level. The right-hander recorded 39 saves between 2009-10 in the MiLB and has all the skills to shine in the ninth inning.
Fantasy baseball dynasty leagues are all about trying to predict the future, and as of right now, Farquhar seems destined to be a big league closer very soon. He is only 27 years old, and even if he has to sit behind Rodney for a year or two, the youngster’s value will skyrocket once he finally steps into the closer role. So if you can get your hands on Farquhar this season in your dynasty league, lock him up now while he is still relatively cheap.