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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Brad Hand Note
Brad Hand photo 8. Brad Hand
Hand joins the Nationals on a one-year deal after Cleveland declined his option. His velocity declined a bit last season, but the league's collective lack of interest in Hand is surprising, given that he's coming off one of the best seasons of his career, led the league in saves, has been a top-10 reliever over the last five seasons, and is a lefty. Dave Martinez wants Hand to be the Nationals' closer based on his comments, but it's unclear whether he'll be the sole option. The Nationals barely have another lefty reliever in their bullpen, let alone a reliable one, so chances are that Hand will be deployed earlier in the game if the opposing team has multiple left-handed hitters due up. All that to say that Hand is a reliable reliever who you should draft for his overall numbers, but he may provide fewer saves than most traditional closers.
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Jordan Romano Note
Jordan Romano photo 17. Jordan Romano
Romano is poised to serve as the Blue Jays' closer after Kirby Yates suffered an elbow injury which will cost him the season. Romano's stuff isn't special, but he had a very solid 2020 campaign, and should see plenty of save chances with Toronto, assuming he's officially named the closer. The relief pitcher landscape for fantasy gets cloudy quickly, so despite the lack of certainty, Romano makes a decent option for your second reliever. Bump him higher if he's officially named the closer before the season.
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Joakim Soria Note
Joakim Soria photo 35. Joakim Soria
The Diamondbacks gave Soria a one-year, $3.5 million deal after his successful stint with the A's. Soria fixed his home run problem from 2019, which was an outlier for his career anyway, and his 2020 numbers looked much more in line with his typical output. Soria hasn't been named the closer, but given that he has totaled at least 16 saves in eight separate seasons, it's a strong bet that he'll begin the year in the ninth inning. The Diamondbacks aren't expected to be competitive, so if you do draft him, bank on him being traded to another team, and into another role, by mid-season.
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Rafael Dolis Note
Rafael Dolis photo 70. Rafael Dolis
Ross Stripling Note
Ross Stripling photo 85. Ross Stripling
David Phelps Note
David Phelps photo 153. David Phelps
Tyler Chatwood Note
Tyler Chatwood photo 196. Tyler Chatwood
Trevor Richards Note
Trevor Richards photo 219. Trevor Richards
Carl Edwards Jr. Note
Carl Edwards Jr. photo 229. Carl Edwards Jr.
Julian Merryweather Note
Julian Merryweather photo 256. Julian Merryweather
Tom Hatch Note
Tom Hatch photo 276. Tom Hatch
Jacob Barnes Note
Jacob Barnes photo 287. Jacob Barnes
Ryan Borucki Note
Ryan Borucki photo 297. Ryan Borucki
Adam Cimber Note
Adam Cimber photo 311. Adam Cimber
Tommy Milone Note
Tommy Milone photo 323. Tommy Milone
Anthony Kay Note
Anthony Kay photo 334. Anthony Kay
Travis Bergen Note
Travis Bergen photo 345. Travis Bergen
Tim Mayza Note
Tim Mayza photo 383. Tim Mayza
Patrick Murphy Note
Patrick Murphy photo 385. Patrick Murphy
Jeremy Beasley Note
Jeremy Beasley photo 465. Jeremy Beasley
A.J. Cole Note
A.J. Cole photo 471. A.J. Cole
Dany Jimenez Note
Dany Jimenez photo 473. Dany Jimenez
Anthony Castro Note
Anthony Castro photo 496. Anthony Castro
Jacob Waguespack Note
Jacob Waguespack photo 539. Jacob Waguespack