Riske Business


As tempting as it might be to release Julio, don’t jump ship
just yet. The Marlins are committed to him as their closer. I know; he seems to
have come down with another case of “Armando Benititis,” a condition of
unpredictable implosion, but wait it out. While his downward slide could
continue, his age (28) and 2006 strikeout rate (12 Ks per 9 IP) suggest he’ll
turn the tables at some point. That narrows it down to Riske and Barfield. The
free-swinging Barfield isn’t as valuable in OPS leagues, but I’m not sure you
want to let that kind of five-tool upside go without getting anything in

Drop Riske. Dotel’s oblique injury isn’t considered serious,
and even if it were, Riske doesn’t have a track record that screams out
successful closer.

— Alex Cushing

1 Comment

Alex & Mike in CT,
Thanks for the advice, I did as you suggested and released Riske. I hope Julio can pull himself together, he is killing me. I am shopping Barfield around and will play Kinsler or Weeks, depending on who has the hot bat. Thanks for the advice and for posting my inquiry as the first “Unread Email of the Day” for the year. Take Care,

TJ in NY

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