Fantasy Baseball Bullpen Report: July 4
Steve Pimental goes around the league, highlighting bullpens of note and potential closers to add to your fantasy baseball rosters.
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...