- Joe Jiménez is working his way back from minor back surgery this spring, and so far the results have been shaky, including an appearance against the Dominican Republic WBC team in which he allowed two home runs, a single, and a walk while getting just one out. I’m not overly concerned as he’s likely just working off some rust, but he gets bumped down a bit with some safer options moving up.
- Brusdar Graterol may not have the strikeout rate you want in a late-inning reliever, but the guy is a groundball machine and a reliable out-getter. With Daniel Hudson missing the start of the season, Graterol should be in line for even more high-leverage work and he’s ratio and SV+HLD work should be able to make up for the lack of strikeouts (although PLV seems to suggest there’s some upside there).
- I wasn’t sure if we’d even be talking about Aroldis Chapman this season, but here we are as the 35-year-old apparently was hitting 102 MPH on the gun in his most recent spring training game. There are still plenty of issues here as the walk rate was abysmal last year and he’s frequently injured, but perhaps there’s still something left in the tank here.
- I’m fully on board for a full season of Hunter Harvey (please let it happen) and he may even be in the mix for some saves. He needs to stay on the field but the fastball plays in the late innings, and if he can figure out a secondary offering to back it up (the splitter was serviceable, but has promise), he should be closing out games come the middle of the season.
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