Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Saves

Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Saves

By Rob Steingall
CSNChicago.com

Brandon League, Mariners: It appears League is climbing his way out of manager Eric Wedge's doghouse, as the manager said recently that he'd be putting his former closer back in the roll sooner than later. Those words should have you immediately rushing to your league waiver wire, especially if you're in the hunt for saves.

Jose Valverde, Tigers: The Tigers closer simply hasn't been very good this year after posting an epic '11 campaign. The good news here is that he's locked down his last three saves without giving up a run, so things could be turning around. He may be doctoring the baseball http:mlb.sbnation.com20126113078206jose-valverde-spitball-detroit-tigers..., but why should we care? He's on the discount shelf right now, so buy if the price is right.  

Huston Street, Padres: He was pitching well before his injury, and has picked right up after returning from the disabled list, collecting a save and win in his first two appearances. His job is safe as long as he's healthy, which seems to always been the problem. Street is a high riskhigh reward option moving forward, but one stock I'd be happy to own.

Ryan Cook, Athletics: When Brian Fuentes is your closer, you'd better be all over the next in line when the inevitable implosion occurs, and Cook looks like that guy. While Grant Balfour also lurks, the A's would be better served to have a cheap young option in the ninth, making Cook the obvious candidate moving forward.
Jason Motte, Cardinals: He's been shaky the past few weeks (6.75 ERA), and his most recent performance (1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) could have fantasy owners looking to dump him. Motte stills plays on a very good Cardinals team and has plenty of job security, so capitalize on the opportunity to grab him on the cheap.

Preview: Cubs try for two in a row at Reds tonight on CSN

Preview: Cubs try for two in a row at Reds tonight on CSN

The Cubs take on the Reds on Tuesday night, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 6 p.m.

Catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Jon Lester (9-3, 2.10 ERA) vs. John Lamb (1-4, 4.78)

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Preview: White Sox­-Twins tonight on CSN+

Preview: White Sox­-Twins tonight on CSN+

The White Sox take on the Twins on Tuesday night, and you can catch all the action on CSN+. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.

Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.04 ERA) vs. Kyle Gibson (0-5, 6.05 ERA).

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What's the next move for the Blackhawks?

What's the next move for the Blackhawks?

When the Blackhawks traded Andrew Shaw it meant the team gave up a key player, but also got essential breathing room under the NHL's hard salary cap.

While losing Shaw is a blow, the team netted draft picks and salary cap relief. The move came just after Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen were traded for a pair of draft picks.

CSN Chicago's Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers went on SportsTalk Live to talk about the Blackhawks' recent moves and what's ahead in the video above.

The question now becomes what's next? The Blackhawks have holes to fill heading into the season and now do have some room under the salary cap.

Myers said adding a veteran defenseman is arguably the top priority and Brian Campbell and Andrew Ladd are mentioned as possibilities.

How the Blackhawks will replace Shaw specifically will be tough. Recently signed prospects Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz could help to add some depth, but it's hard to rely on those players right away.

Watch the video above to see the full discussion of what the Blackhawks can and should still do in the rest of the offseason.