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Rays | Brad Boxberger spins bullpen session

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:10:00 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays RP Brad Boxberger (groin) emerged from a 25-pitch bullpen session feeling well Wednesday, April 27, and he is still eyeing a mid-May return. Boxberger will throw one more bullpen session before facing live hitters during batting practice.

Fantasy Tip: Boxberger should be stashed in all fantasy leagues, as he is approximately three weeks away from returning to the closer role for Tampa Bay. In his absence, Alex Colome has performed admirably with five saves and a 1.08 ERA and 9.7 K/9. Stay tuned for updates as Boxberger works his way back from the groin injury.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roger Mooney

Rays | Brad Boxberger cleared for activities

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:31:00 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays RP Brad Boxberger (groin) has been cleared by a surgeon to start baseball activities. He's already resumed throwing bullpen sessions and is eyeing a mid-May return.

Fantasy Tip: Check again to see if Boxberger is available on your waiver wire. He should be stashed in all leagues since he's expected to immediately return to closing duties when he's ready. Alex Colome (four saves, 1.17 ERA) has performed admirably in the ninth inning in Boxberger's place to start the year.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roger Mooney

Rays | Brad Boxberger could return earlier

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:04:07 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays RP Brad Boxberger (groin) said he's already begun light tossing. He believes he will return within the original eight-week timetable.

Fantasy Tip: That's superb news for Boxberger, who is coming off a very nice first year serving as the team's closer in which he registered 41 saves while racking up 74 strikeouts in 63 innings. He posted a higher ERA (3.71) and WHIP (1.37) than owners would want from a fantasy closer, but the 27-year-old is capable of improving upon both of those marks. In the meantime, Danny Farquhar, Xavier Cedeno or Alex Colome will close out games for the Rays.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roger Mooney

Rays | Brad Boxberger had groin surgery

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:55:24 -0700

Updating an earlier report, Tampa Bay Rays RP Brad Boxberger (groin) had surgery to repair the adductor brevis muscle in his groin.

Fantasy Tip: Boxberger will be out the first six weeks, and it's a common practice to ease relievers back into closing games. If you draft him, it could be June before he's closing games. Even then, it's not a given he'll have the job waiting for him. Danny Farquhar figures to be the front runner, but he had a down year in Seattle in 2015 after two gem seasons. He's an RP3 consideration, with Alex Colome a possible threat to upstage him.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roger Mooney

Rays | Brad Boxberger out two months

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 06:44:43 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays RP Brad Boxberger (abdomen) had surgery to repair a core muscle and will miss eight weeks, according to manager Kevin Cash. The team will fill his role internally, and they won't name an official closer.

Fantasy Tip: Boxberger is likely to miss at least the first six weeks of the season. Danny Farquhar is likely the front runner to capture a good share of the save opportunities. He's now a low-end RP3 consideration. Alex Colome could also figure in and is a fringe consideration. Boxberger is still worth drafting, but he probably falls at the end of the RP3 range.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc Topkin

Rays | Brad Boxberger the sole closer

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:26:28 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays RP Brad Boxberger is now Tampa's sole closer after they traded RP Jake McGee to the Colorado Rockies Thursday, Jan. 28. RPs Xavier Cedeno and Enny Romero are the only left-handers in the bullpen now, alongside right-handed RPs Alex Colome, Steven Geltz, Danny Farquhar and Andrew Bellatti.

Fantasy Tip: Boxberger struggled in the second half last year, but now he has much more leeway and rope as Tampa's ninth-inning closer. The right-hander had a 3.71 ERA last year and a career-high 41 saves.

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Astros | HOU serious about acquiring closer

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:18:26 -0800

The Houston Astros have been described as being "hell-bent to get a closer," according to teams that have had discussions with them this offseason. They have reportedly expressed interest in Cincinnati Reds CL Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees CL Andrew Miller, Philadelphia Phillies CL Ken Giles and Tampa Bay Rays CL Brad Boxberger, in addition to considering several free-agent options.

Fantasy Tip: This appears to be bad news for incumbent Astros CL Luke Gregerson, who would slide back into an eighth-inning role if Houston acquires a closer. Gregerson went 7-3 with a 3.10 ERA and 31 saves in 64 appearances last season but ranked 24th in strikeout ratio among the 33 MLB relievers who saved at least 15 games in 2015, with 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jayson Stark

Rays | Brad Boxberger, Jake McGee drawing interest

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:09:44 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays RPs Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee are drawing interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks, among other teams.

Fantasy Tip: The Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros are also believed to be interested. Boxberger surprisingly led the American League with 41 saves this year. He's expected to remain as their closer if he isn't traded, but a trade could negatively affect both relievers' fantasy value depending on where they land. Stay tuned.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jerry Crasnick

Rays | Jake McGee, Brad Boxberger on trade block

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:40:26 -0800

Tampa Bay Rays RPs Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger are receiving plenty of trade interest from other teams, according to sources.

Fantasy Tip: Both relievers have had peaks and valleys over the past two seasons, including injuries. At this point, they're only viable fantasy options in the majority of formats if receiving ninth-inning duty, so until their roles are solidified with Tampa Bay or another team, view them as cavernous mixed and only-league options.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jerry Crasnick

Rays | Brad Boxberger talks recent slide

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:31:34 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays RP Brad Boxberger has four losses, four blown saves and a 6.92 ERA over his past 15 games and blames his struggles on his usage early in the season. "There's no set 'closer' here, but I don't know of another team that doesn't call it a 'closer' and has 34 saves. So all of the early use in non-closing situations has probably put a toll onto the recent outings."

Fantasy Tip: Seasonal owners need to have a lot of patience with their sources of saves. While his recent run has been tough to roster, as long as Boxberger is manning save situations, he is worth owning in all leagues. At worst, you could consider benching him if you're sitting comfortably in the saves category.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Tampa Bay Times - Marc Topkin