Closer Rankings: Street, 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.
Street seems like a lock to be traded by the deadline. Any team that acquires him would likely make him their closer.
Soria is a prime candidate to get dealt with the Rangers inching ever closer to being a seller.
Rodriguez was named to the NL All-Star Team over the weekend. It has been quite the resurgent year for the 32-year-old.
Papelbon would likely be a popular name on the hot stove if he didn't have such a terrible contract.
Reed never makes it easy. Beware the looming Brad Ziegler.
The Astros will have to consider any offers they receive for Qualls, and he'd more than likely move into a setup role if he were traded.
Melancon seemingly solidfied the closer's role when Pittsburgh sent Jason Grilli to the Angels, but he has struggled while Tony Watson has been unhittable.
Casilla was named the official closer by Bruce Bochy last week.
Robin Ventura has held off on anointing Petricka the closer, but he picked up a save over the weekend. He's the White Sox reliever to own.
Chamberlain could get a shot at some saves with Nathan scuffling. More likely, though, the Tigers will make a move for a closer.
Benoit seems like a sure bet to be traded, and the Tigers know him well. Hmm...
If the Rangers swing a Joakim Soria deal, the once-dominant Feliz would likely step back into the closer's role.