Chasing saves is fun!
Every year around the trading deadline there is one deal that comes out of the blue and shocks everyone, and while this may not be a blockbuster, today’s trade of Jon Rauch from the Nationals to the Diamondbacks has to be viewed as a surprise. With so many other contenders apparently needing bullpen help, the Snakes more or less snaked Rauch right out from underneath them in exchange for a so-so (in my opinion) prospect.
Regardless of what you think of Emilio Bonifacio though, the real question is, who closes now for the Nationals? My immediate guess would be Joel Hanrahan (right), thanks to his superior strikeout numbers and reasonable home run rate so far this season. I picked up Hanrahan already in the 411 listener league and will bid on him in NFBC.
However, there are plenty of other candidates — Luis Ayala, Saul Rivera, Jesus Colome, even Steve Shell — and none have pitched so well that you’re going to want to pick the wrong guy… even worse, this could even end up as the dreaded Committee. Anyway, here’s a comparison of how Nationals relievers have done so far this year.
Good luck picking the right guy, if there even is one!