The Red Sox will reportedly use Nathan Eovaldi as their closer when he returns from the 60-day IL. He will reportedly be used as a traditional closer, unlike the closer by committee that has served the Red Sox so ineffectively to this point. Eovaldi is expected to return shortly after the All-Star break, and he probably needs to be owned in all leagues. Eovaldi should have a relatively long leash despite not having recorded a single save at any level since Single-A ball with the Dodgers in 2009.

That being said, there are some legitimate concerns. First of all, Eovaldi is usually a pretty good bet to get hurt, though he could have better health working as a reliever. Secondly, he will likely have to significantly increase his strikeouts and decrease his home runs to be successful as a closer. Both of those are not uncommon for starters converting to relief, but we should not just assume they will happen. Finally, there is still a chance the Red Sox trade for a closer, perhaps...