This is the first part of a series we are doing that will “re-rank” the position for trade values. I am setting these ranks for a daily, innings limit league like Yahoo’s Pro Leagues. Therefore, strikeouts are weighed stronger. In a league like this I find middle relievers with good peripherals useful, and that is reflected in my rank. If you are in a weekly league, or a league with unlimited innings, these guys have much less value.
Below is the list:
I use these lists to find buy lows and sell highs. For me this is all about perceived value vs actual value. I look to purchase a player if his actual value exceeds his perceived value and look to sell if the opposite is true.
Buy: Casey Janssen, Jason Grilli, Tom Wilhlemsen
I have read multiple scouting reports raving about Casey Janssen, and his numbers this year are completely backing up those reviews (small sample but still). Grilli is a buy-high candidate; I believe people still perceive the 37 year-old Grilli as a flash in the pan, but his K/9 and peripherals are legit; he could finish a top 5 closer. Wilhelmsen is another sturdy closer who is a safe option you can perhaps deal for. I never advise paying for saves but there is always an occasion where you can swing a closer swap into a deal.
Sell: Fernando Rodney, Jim Johnson, Jonathan Papelbon
I am always in the selling business when it comes to closers. I recently was able to miraculously swap Bobby Parnell for Jeff Samardzija. Never pay for saves, but you can certainly sell saves and scour the waiver wire. I’ve seen Rodney a few times this year and he concerns me; I would sell for 80 cents on the dollar. Peralta and McGee are two solid late innings guys who could take over if Rodney struggles. I have never been a Jim Johnson fan; especially in the format I am ranking these players for, since JJ had more saves than strikeouts. I don’t want my closer ruining my K/9. If I were to own Papelbon I would definitely deal down to one of the Buy candidates, and pick up an OF3 or something useful of that nature. Saves are difficult to predict and it wouldn’t shock me for Casey Janssen or Jason Grilli to have more saves than Papelbon. Never pay for saves, kids.
Players I’m watching: