Originally written January 31, 2013 on The Fantasy Fix:
Photo Credit: BeGreen90 For players in deeper leagues that find it useful to have a reliever with 70+ K upside or a real outside shot at saves, the below represent some of the best options out there. Rhiner Cruz, Houston Astros: To say the Astros’ pen is light on potential is an understatement. There is enough with Jose Veras to see him being a solid or even above average reliever. However, once he shows this ability, he’ll be on the trading block quickly. Some foresee the emergence of Sam Demel, but they might be off target in their dark horse saves candidate. Instead, folks should look and remember the name Rhiner Cruz (who was the first overall selection in the 2011 Rule-5 draft). Since he was required to be with the big league club, Cruz provided some innings for the ‘Stros last season – they were mostly awful though. Still, Cruz is just 26 and posted some real nice K% in the lower minors with the Mets. However, he really had trouble finding the strike zone. While his failure to...
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