Los Angeles Dodger closer Jonathan Broxton has been taken out of the closer role for the Dodgers, with Hong-Chih Kuo taking his place for now, reports Dylan Hernandez on Twitter.
The problem here isn’t so much that he has been taken out, rather, he hasn’t really seen consistent action since the beginning of July, so most managers have already become aware of his inactivity.
So what about Chih-Kuo?
Well, here’s the thing kids. Octavio Dotel will more-than-likely be the ninth inning choice for Torre and company unless there is a specific situation that Chih Kuo is better suited for.
Torre knows that their quest for the post season is slipping away, so any loose nuts need to be tightened up now.
Broxton still possesses elite stuff, but his 7.94 ERA and 18/15 K/BB ratio is showing he is going through a major struggle period now, and that won't cut it fantasy baseball.
At this point, dropping him from your roster and replacing him— even a starting pitcher— could be a wise move on your part if you are equipped with another closer that can take his place.
Both Brandon Morrow and Jeremy Hellickson are excellent pickups off the waiver wire, should you chose that strategy.
Morrow is 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA and has 32 strikes in just under 21 innings pitched in his last three starts, while carrying an average ownership of just under 45% in most leagues.
Hellcikson, the Tampa prodigy, is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and has 13 strikes in 14 IP while carrying an average ownership of 30% inmost leagues.
Taking advantage of an open roster spot, can sometimes prevent a horrible fantasy baseball season, so act now while supplies last :)