Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Rafael Soriano and David Robertson

by Nicholas Minnix on June 1, 2012 @ 12:00:00 PDT's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series gives you no-nonsense ratings of performances, injuries and managerial decisions in MLB bullpens. Get your arm loose: Let's find fantasy baseball players in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league who'll get saves.

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Jon Heyman reports that people familiar with the thought process of the New York Yankees have implied that the club will aim to carry on with Rafael Soriano as closer when David Robertson (strained oblique) returns from the DL.

According to human beings familiar with roto managers' way of thinking, this sounds like news that should please those who've secured the fantasy services of Soriano.

That's the direction in which KFFL leans, per folks who have a feel for the philosophy that the site's staff purports.

And it's not a bad bet. But this tidbit doesn't mean much.

Soriano has gone 6-for-6 in save chances this season and 4-for-4 since Robertson was injured. The right-hander has walked just three batters in his last 14 1/3 frames after issuing six bases on balls in his first four appearances of the campaign (four innings).

But we just heard that D-Rob isn't expected back for another couple of weeks, which means that Soriano has some time to affect the suggestion of anyone who knows anything about the Bronx Bombers' formation of ideas. Not to mention the decision that the Yankees will actually make once they activate Robertson. And assuming the Soriano doesn't stumble a time or three after Robertson is back.

Will Soriano keep the job once Robertson is healthy? We certainly like his chances. Will performance have a little something to do with who does the job for the rest of the season? You bet your arse.

Heyman writes that a scout thought D-Rob didn't look comfortable in the role, which is slightly comforting to Soriano backers. The insider also states that the Pinstripes still view Robertson as their closer of the future, which could make spring training 2013 pretty interesting, too.

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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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