Fantasy baseball Closer Rankings: Huston Street, Joakim Soria, other closers on the trading block
The trade deadline is just three weeks away, and that means it's time to start speculating in the saves market. A number of closers (hey, Huston Street. Looking at you, Chad Qualls) could be dealt by July 31. While a guy like Street would almost certainly remain a closer with his new team, a lesser option like Qualls would probably go back to being a setup man. Fantasy owners need to be considering the implications of potential trades right now.
Of course, if a sitting closer is traded, that creates a void on his current team. If Street is pitching for someone other than the Padres on August 1, Joaquin Benoit would likely take over as the closer. However, the Padres are also getting calls on the veteran setup man. Should be have new homes in the near future, it would likely be Dale Thayer taking over the ninth-inning duties in San Diego.
With the Rangers looking like potential sellers, GM Jon Daniels is likely to receive offers for Joakim Soria. That makes Neftali Feliz a strong target for save-needy fantasy owners. Tony Sipp, Jose Veras or Josh Fields could become the closer in Houston if the Astros find a taker for Qualls.
The trade season is just beginning, and relief pitchers are certain to be in play. Now is the time for savvy fantasy owners to start taking some chances on potential closers.