For the Rays in 2019, Emilio Pagán was solid, and fantasy owners didn’t have much to complain about either. He logged 70 innings pitched, posting a 12.34 K/9 with a 1.67 BB/9 mark. Furthermore, he posted a solid 2.31 ERA and his 20 saves certainly helped fantasy owners who scooped him up off the waiver wire. He was just a few strikeouts away from reaching 100 on the year, and looked destined to anchor the Tampa Bay bullpen again in 2020. However, the Rays shipped him off to San Diego, and it devastated his fantasy value. He went from the likely closer in Tampa Bay, or at least one of them, to the primary set-up man to Kirby Yates . Pagan had a really good 2019, and we shouldn’t underestimate that, but I wouldn’t be chomping at the bit to make him the first non-closing reliever off the board.

Let’s start with the strikeout rate. Where the hell did this come from? His 36-percent strikeout rate was well above his 28.6-percent and 24.1-percent marks he posted in 2017 and 2018...