As the fantasy baseball season was approaching this off-season, several teams had serious battles going on for the closer role. It happens every year and often frustrates many fantasy owners on draft day.
One closer’s job that was supposedly safe was Jim Henderson of the Milwaukee Brewers.
The reliever won the closer role from John Axford late last season and Henderson ended up saving 28 games down the stretch. He struck out 75 batters in only 60 innings, while posting a sizzling 2.70 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. The veteran became a reliable second fantasy reliever last season and earned the respect of the fantasy community.
Shockingly, though, manager Ron Roenicke named Francisco Rodriguez as the closer to start the fantasy season. Rodriguez received the first save opportunity for the Brew Crew and has now racked up two saves this far into the young season. Needless to say, K-Rod has become a very hot commodity on the waiver wire.
Luckily for Henderson owners, Milwaukee won’t be giving K-Rod too much slack this time around. After all, the aging closer has been rather inconsistent in recent seasons and has blown 58 games throughout his career. Just because Rodriguez has the job now, doesn’t mean that he will have the job in a couple weeks from now.
Henderson will still be worth owning in deeper formats regardless of the pride-swallowing demotion. He will remain as the team’s setup man in the short-term, and even better, he will be a couple poor K-Rod outings away from reclaiming the closer gig. So if you drafted Henderson to be your full-time fantasy closer, simply remain patient with him and hope that K-Rod’s ERA starts to climb.