Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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Drew Storen‘s 2012 season was another lesson in Why Not to Pay for Saves: 101. On March 28, after almost all fantasy drafts had taken place, it was reported that Storen was feeling a little elbow soreness. He would miss the start of the season, but he was expected to resume closing duties sometime in mid-April. Then on April 3, Storen was place on the 15-day DL only to undergo surgery eight days later to remove bone chips from his elbow. All of a sudden he was expected to miss half the season. Storen returned to action on July 19 and pitched 30.1 innings over the season’s final three months. By the end of the year he had a stellar 2.37 ERA and an even more impressive 0.99 WHIP but despite putting in a half-season’s worth of superb play, Storen’s value in non-holds leagues was shot. He ranked just 374th in large part to his paltry four saves on the year. You see, while Storen was rehabbing, Tyler Clippard was closing. And even when Storen returned, Clippard kept the job. It’s not Sto...
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