Welcome to the June rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed at the position at which they’re most valuable. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen.
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Relief Pitcher Rankings
|2||Craig Kimbrel||Red Sox||7||5|
|6||Roberto Osuna||Blue Jays||11||12|
|13||David Robertson||White Sox||16||16|
|29||Nate Jones||White Sox||27||28|
|37||Bud Norris||Angels||203 SP||37|
|42||Carl Edwards Jr.||Cubs||41||43|
|50||Joe Kelly||Red Sox||43||62|
|71||Tommy Kahnle||White Sox||188||NR|
- Trades still weigh on my thoughts in the closer rankings, but I moved Robertson up a few spots, figuring it’s becoming less likely by the day that he’ll be traded to a team that would use him as a setup man. Herrera is still a bit riskier in that department; I wouldn’t be stunned to see him setting up for the Red Sox or Dodgers in a couple of months. Colome is in between, but he’s not quite as likely to be dealt as the other two.
- Hand and Justin Wilson are getting saves at the moment, but both seem increasingly likely to be traded and it’s doubtful either would close elsewhere. Because Wilson is a goner unless the Tigers step it up, Francisco Rodriguez stays in the top 50 for now. Of course, if Justin Wilson were traded today, it seems more likely that Shane Greene or Alex Wilson would close.
- Even though Glover has been sharp lately, it’s still about as likely as ever that the Nationals will trade for a closer. After all, they don’t have any other glaring needs at the moment. They might get a center fielder, but Michael Taylor is just fine if he’s a team’s weakest regular.
- Daniel Hudson has remained shaky, so it seems increasingly likely that Rivero will get to close if the Pirates trade Watson. I don’t think that’s exactly what they’d prefer; they’d rather not drive up Rivero’s future arbitration salaries by having him close already. He’s more than capable, though, and he could be their bullpen trade bait next summer anyway.