Jose Alvarado role more defined, 'not a typical closer'

by Garett Thomas | Rays Correspondent | Tue, Apr 2nd 9:09am EDT

Jose Alvarado's manager, Kevin Cash, insisted that Alvarado will not be named the closer because the flame thrower will be used in the most pivotal situations. Taking a page from sabermetrics, Cash will get full use of Alvarado, but it will likely prevent him from being a consistent save candidate. Undeniably, Jose Alvarado will be the Rays' best option out of the bullpen. (Tampa Bay Times: Marc Topkin)

Fantasy Impact:

Fantasy owners will hang their heads a little knowing that Alvarado will be used in crucial situations, rather than being used exclusively for save opportunities. There are still points up for grabs for Tampa Bay's relief pitcher, so it does not completely eliminate his use in deep leagues. Further, Alvarado is a great fantasy pickup for leagues that credit relievers with holds. While this is the role for Alvarado, it does not mean that this will list the whole year.

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