Although baseball continues evolving in terms of bullpen usage patterns, saves remain tethered with chaos. “Never pay for saves” has been shouted from the mountaintops by many fantasy pundits while others insist fantasy players draft skills over roles. But the term, “closer” gets forced into many team constructs which do not rely on one reliever working exclusively in the ninth inning. But it’s still associated with the pitcher we think should receive the bulk of save chances. 


There are many reasons why using a team’s best reliever in the highest leveraged moment makes sense, but for those taking someone for saves, it can be a source of frustration. Because fluid situations contribute to the delicate nature of closing out a...

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