Twins manager Ron Gardenhire named Jon Rauch closer on Friday. That means the the dreaded committee is out the window for now.
Not so sure Rauch will remain closer for the entire season — Matt Guerrier gets a chance later? For now Guerrier, Jose Mijares and Jesse Crain will be the main setup men for Rauch, who gets an instant bump on his statistics.
Joe Nathan has had 41 or more save attempts in five of the last six seasons, so there will be opportunities for Rauch. I’d say he’s a lock for 20 saves. If he can hold onto the job long enough, don’t be surprised if he gets 30-35.
Elsewhere around fantasy baseball on Friday:
Mike Jacobs — Yesterday, Jacobs just missed the cut. He’ll be in a platoon with Fernando Tatis at first for now. He’ll bat cleanup on Opening Day.
Josh Reddick — Red Sox sent OF Reddick, one of their top prospects, down to triple A. He hit .404 with 10 RBIs this spring.
Felix Pie — Hobbled off the field Friday with an ankle injury. X-rays were negative.
Reid Brignac — Hank Blalock’s going to try to find work elsewhere, after Brignac, one of the Rays top prospects took the last roster spot from him. Brignac wasn’t dominant in the spring, but the shortstop’s progress should be monitored. Sean Rodriguez also earned a spot on the Major League roster.
Buster Posey — The Giants’ top prospect is starting the season in Triple-A.
Aroldis Chapman — Reds fireballer will start season in Triple-A. He’ll be up before long.
Jenrry Mejia — A day after reader Mistere inquires about him in the potential closers post and boom, Mejia makes the Mets’ 25-man roster. Smart readers here at Chinstrap Ninjas.
Corey Hart — Nationals are interested in acquiring the faltering Brewers outfielder. Hart lost his starting job to Jim Edmonds this spring. At this point, a trade might be the best thing to resurrect Hart’s career.
What did we miss from Friday? Let us know in the comments.