Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Saves

Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Saves

By Rob Steingall
CSNChicago.com Contributor

Bobby Parnell, Mets: Frank Francisco called the Yankees chickens, and immediately landed on the disabled list following his adventurous save against them on Friday night. Parnell has always had the power arsenal to be a dominant closer, and he'll once again get a chance while Francisco is on the mend. He's a must add in all mixed formats.

Glen Perkins, Twins: Matt Capps is scheduled for an MRI on his ailing shoulder, and there is a very good chance he lands on the disabled list due to the injury. Perkins is next in line for saves, and has already proved his worth, closing out the last two games in Capps' absence. He'll pitch the ninth for at least the next two weeks, and possibly longer, allowing him to collect a small handful of saves.

Tom Wilhelmsen, Mariners: Brandon League still looks far too hittable, thus the reason he's yet to reclaim the ninth inning in Seattle. Wilhelmsen has been solid in June, collecting five saves and two wins during the month, while collecting strikeouts in bunches. He's making a good case for keeping the job permanently.

Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers: John Axford has made plenty of messes in June, and already has three blown saves this month. While he still has the ninth inning gig, there is nothing wrong with making a speculation play on Rodriguez, who has been a pretty good closer throughout his entire career. If you're chasing saves, he's worth taking a gamble on.

Casey Janssen, Blue Jays: His 44 ownership levels are far too low, as he's been highly effective as a closer this season (7-for-8 in saves). With only five walks in 27.2 innings, he's doing a great job of limiting base runners and maintaining efficiency. At this point, Sergio Santos looks like a lost cause for '12, so trust in Janssen moving forward.

From World Series to World Baseball Classic: Javier Baez to play for Puerto Rico

From World Series to World Baseball Classic: Javier Baez to play for Puerto Rico

Javier Baez will try to make it two championships in the span of just a few months.

After winning a World Series with the Cubs last month, Javier Baez will play for Puerto Rico in next year's World Baseball Classic.

Major League Baseball announced an initial list of 30 players who will compete in the event. Baez was the lone Cub on that list, though the remaining roster spots for all 16 squads will be announced as the tournament gets closer.

Baez was one of five players on baseball's list confirmed to suit up for Puerto Rico, joined by Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros, Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Baez batted .273 with a .314 on-base percentage, 14 home runs, 59 RBIs, 19 doubles and 12 stolen bases in 142 regular-season games, all the while playing highlight-reel defense.

He was named the co-MVP of the NLCS, picking up seven hits — four of them doubles — driving in five runs and stealing two bases.

Jose Quintana to play for Colombia in 2017 World Baseball Classic

Jose Quintana to play for Colombia in 2017 World Baseball Classic

White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana will represent his native Colombia in next year's World Baseball Classic.

Major League Baseball announced Monday a list of 30 players who are already confirmed for the 2017 edition of the event, and Quintana was among the 24 All Stars on that list.

Quintana joins fellow Colombian Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves on that country's squad. The rest of the rosters will be officially announced as the tournament gets closer.

Quintana was named to his first All-Star team this past season. He finished the 2016 campaign with career bests in wins (13), ERA (3.20), innings (208) and strikeouts (181)