Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:44:04 -0700
Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson has thrown six scoreless innings in his recent outings, and it has manager Bob Melvin once again considering him for the ninth-inning role. "It has certainly elevated the potential for him to close. … He's pitching really well," Melvin said. Melvin will continue to go with a bullpen-by-committee approach, however. One scout is surprised Johnson isn't back in there already, especially because of the way RPs Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle have struggled in the role. The scout is also very impressed with Johnson's sinker of late.
Fantasy Tip: Melvin could go back to Johnson any day now. If Johnson's still out there on your waiver wire, grab him now at a cheap cost. Once he's secured the role again, he'll cost you a pretty penny.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:01:24 -0700
Oakland Athletics RP Luke Gregerson blew his third save Tuesday, April 22.
Fantasy Tip: This could be the nail in the coffin for Gregerson. Could the team go back to Jim Johnson or shift towards Ryan Cook? Stay tuned.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:24:59 -0700
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed that the team will continue to use a closer-by-committee approach for save situations for the foreseeable future.
Fantasy Tip: If you're desperate for saves, RPs Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle appear to be the best bets to close games for the A's.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:27:10 -0700
Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson came on in the eighth inning down 2-1 Monday, April 14. He threw a scoreless frame and ended up getting the win. RP Luke Gregerson threw a scoreless ninth inning for the save.
Fantasy Tip: Gregerson is the one to have right now. However, we're very skeptical because of Johnson's large salary on a miniscule payroll. We could see him getting the job back.
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:26:49 -0700
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the team's closer-by-committee approach will depend greatly on the matchups in the ninth inning. RP Sean Doolittle likely will be used against left-handed hitters while RP Luke Gregerson will be used against right-handed batters.
Fantasy Tip: Owners should look to add one of these relief pitchers if they are available in their leagues and are looking for saves. Doolittle and Gregerson likely will not give owners full value since they will be sharing the closer duties.
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:36:35 -0700
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the team will give RP Jim Johnson a break from closing games out in the ninth. RPs Sean Doolittle, Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook and Dan Otero are all options for save opportunities.
Fantasy Tip: Johnson's struggles may be rooted in mechanical issues, mainly an inconsistent release point. Bench him until he gets back on track; he could still be useful in setup situations if he corrects his flaws. And remember, there's always the chance that Johnson gets his job back to himself before long.
Gregerson and Doolittle are probably your best targets initially for save opps, with Melvin using them based on matchups, but this situation could be frustrating for fantasy owners. Cook is a nice long-term candidate for the role. Otero isn't very intriguing and would probably only see a save chance if others were unavailable.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:52:51 -0700
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin didn't have much to say regarding a potential change in the ninth innings after RP Jim Johnson blew his second save of the season Wednesday, April 9. "I really don't know yet. And I don't know that there are potential options. I'm just saying that I'm not saying anything," Melvin said.
Johnson said he doesn't think he has any mechanical problems right now, but a scout at the game thinks Johnson has an inconsistent release point and is rushing his delivery. C Derek Norris said Johnson just needs to get ahead of hitters.
Fantasy Tip: Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle are the main candidates to take the job away from Johnson if Melvin elects to go that route. It's unclear if that's a possible right now, but the fact that Melvin didn't shoot it down may mean he's considering it. Grab Gregerson first if you're speculating.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:57:46 -0700
Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson blew his second save of the season against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, April 9. He now has two losses, two blown saves and a save in his first five outings for the team, plus an ERA of 18.90. RPs Sean Doolittle and Luke Gregerson are options to handle ninth-inning duties if the team decides to go elsewhere.
Fantasy Tip: If you're speculating or own Johnson, Gregerson should be your first target.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:30:07 -0700
Oakland Athletics RPs Jim Johnson, Luke Gregerson, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero are each considered locks for the bullpen for manager Bob Melvin. Left-handed RP Fernando Abad is also expected to get one of the vacant bullpen spot, with RP Evan Scribner looking like a good bet for another spot as a long reliever. That likely leaves on spot from a group of Ps Drew Pomeranz, Josh Lindblom, Joe Savery and Arnold Leon. Lindblom is believed to have the edge in the battle.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:25:35 -0800
The Oakland Athletics avoided arbitration with RP Luke Gregerson Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.065 million deal.