The Saber's Edge: Digging for Future Saves Now
The Saber's Edge: Digging for Future Saves Now

This article is part of our The Saber's Edge series.

Some teams are always looking to pick up additional saves to move up the rankings. In most 12-team leagues, seven teams have two closers and five have three (the Reds don't/won't have one). Just picking up a few additional saves could boost an owner's category ranking quite a bit. Additionally, teams in deeper keeper leagues (15-team or more) will find having two closers a luxury and three can mean a top finish. I am going to try to gaze into the future and find those relievers who could be a closer because of a trade and/or the main closer underperforming.

To examine potential future closers, I will group the teams into categories. Some closers are talented and helpful for a postseason run. Others are on faltering potential contenders. Some relievers are the ones faltering on potential contending teams. More are on teams who will be happy to sell any piece for a future asset. After looking through the teams, I came up with a list of non-closers who may see saves later this season. This list will always be in flux (see Texas) but is a nice place to start when looking at future values.

One caveat as I go through the teams: any pitcher has the chance to get hurt any day. I know Kenley Jansen is locked in and will not lose his job over production, but health is always a concern. If the league is deep enough, all backup closers are in play.

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Jeff Zimmerman
Zimmerman writes analytics-focused baseball and football articles for RotoWire. He is a three-time FSWA award winner, including the Football Writer of the Year and Best Football Print Article awards in 2016. The 2017 Tout Wars Mixed Auction champion and 2016 Tout Wars Head-to-Head champ, Zimmerman also contributes to FanGraphs.com, BaseballHQ and Baseball America.
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