- Tier 1 is basically interchangeable and really comes down to personal preference at this point. Dellin Betances could be back next week and can be the true difference maker of the group if healthy and commanding his fastball. It’s still early in the season and we’re still trying to get a gauge of pitcher usage, so it may take a while to nail down this top tier.
- I think it’s inevitable that A.J. Minter will be the Braves’ closer for much of the season, leading Arodys Vizcaino to join this list. As a setup man with a wonky shoulder, he’s a clear cut second tier option for me.
- The Nationals are trying to fix their bullpen issues by signing Bud Norris, who likely isn’t the answer to their problems. However, with everyone else struggling in front of Sean Doolittle there, he could move up the pecking order rather quickly and gain some value in holds leagues. EDIT: The Norris deal fell through so he was removed from the list.