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The Tampa Bay Rays acquired RHP Danny Farquhar, 1B/OF Logan Morrison, and SS Brad Miller from the Mariners in exchange for SP Nate Karns, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, and OF Boog Powell
It was just two years ago in 2013 that Danny Farquhar was a solid closer for fantasy teams, amassing 16 saves and demonstrating his best strikeout rate in the majors. Since then it's been a bit of a bumpier road. His strikeout, flyball, ground ball, HR/FB, and contact rates have all trended downward. He's also losing velocity and dropping in swinging-strike rate which is a precursor to injury. Hopefully the Rays can turn things around for the talented 28 year old like they have other pitchers in the past, ala Fernando Rodney.
Farquhar came in and pitched a perfect 8th inning, striking out one and throwing only nine pitches.
Last season, Farquhar was a consistent setup man, but this year his effectiveness has cratered. If he can pitch more effectively the rest of the season, Farquhar may establish himself as Carson Smith's setup man and a spot closer going into the 2016 season.
Danny Farquhar pitched the ninth inning in four pitches, not allowing a baserunner in the Mariners 11-4 loss to the Astros,
Farquhar has notched out a nice role in the Mariners bullpen, but with a 4.05 ERA and a lack of opportunities for saves, his fantasy value is relatively non-existent.
Danny Farquhar entered in the seventh inning with the game tied 5-5. He pitched 1.2 innings allowing three hits and two earned runs to take the loss in the 7-5 game against Houston.
This was Farquhar's seventh appearance of the season and the first time he allowed a home run, which he gave up the winning dinger to Houston's Luis Valbuena in the eighth inning. Unless your league focuses on middle relievers, Farquhar does not hold much fantasy value unless roles change inside the Mariners bullpen.