For Better, For Worse
The save. It's one of the least valuable statistics in real baseball. Look at the careers of
Unlike oil, the sources for saves will change over the course of the season as guys get hurt and traded. It's like opening up ANWR for drilling and shutting down Iran. Speculators in the oil market bet on the future value of oil going up or down. Fantasy owners can do a little speculating of their own, as the major league trade deadline draws near. Relievers will change teams, losing their closer status and creating save opportunities for others.
A recent example is can be found in Washington. When the Nationals traded
Another example of the closer churn is Pittsburgh's
For the price of a free agent or waiver pickup you could strike oil. If the trade deadline passes, and your reliever is still a setup man, then just cut him. All you would lose is a roster spot for a couple of days. Let's look at some of the closers and the setup men that would be impacted by potential deals.