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The Toronto Blue Jays have made a change at substitute closer. John Farrell plans to hand the ball to Casey Janssen with a lead in the ninth until Sergio Santos (right shoulder inflammation) returns from the DL. Francisco Cordero has been pissing in the Jays' Coco with his two losses, three blown saves and 9.53 ERA.
Saves chasers, at least in deep leagues, can add Janssen, even though it may come with a little reservation. He doesn't have the hard-throwing profile of the stereotypical closer and has a 5.23 ERA in his 10 1/3 frames of 2012.
However, Janssen has struck out 11 and walked only one, and the long ball (three of them, actually) has been the only thing to fuel damage against him. All three came against the Baltimore Orioles in a two-week span in April. The right-hander isn't an exciting hurler, but he's been a steady presence and has improved his K/9 significantly since moving to the bullpen permanently.
Don't rule out the participation of others, like veteran lefty Darren Oliver, in save situations, however. Toronto likely just hopes to secure wins by any means necessary until Santos returns.
Santos owners concerned about his job security once he was healthy should recognize that they have little to worry about. He showed some good signs before the shoulder issues, and the Blue Jays probably don't have a better option. Guesstimate: He's ready in two to three weeks, maybe a bit longer.
Rotisserie players should feel no loyalty to Cordero, whose physical ability has been on the decline for a couple of years, at least. Perhaps the Jays will give him a time machine for his birthday on Friday, when he turns 37. The righty's heater still gets up there in the low 90s, but his location has been horrific, which he can't afford. He may correct it, but his only fantasy hope would still involve dominoes falling again.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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