Update [2007-3-16 10:10:31 by Eric Hz]: Will Carroll's Fantasy Injury Chat is going on right now. Clikc through and catch it while you can. Non-subscribers will not be able to do so once it ends.
I was going to run with the Seattle Times report that JJ Putz's experienced elbow "tightness" shortly after completing his 25-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Then I decided to check the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to see if it reported the same. Here is the ST report:
This is what the SPI blurbed:
Given Putz hadn't thrown in ten days, I am inclined towards the more alarmist ST report. I am also more inclined to believe the worst because I do not own JJ Putz on any of my fantasy teams. Why? I'm not an early closer drafter, and Putz's breakout effort in 2006 pushed him into the top ten rounds. A 2.30 ERA,
0.92 WHIP, a 104 Ks and 36 Saves would do that.
If Putz is seriously hurt, then GM Bill Bavasi's off-season just got considerably worse. After dealing Raphael Soriano for a mediocre Horacio Ramirez, he could only add LHP Arthur Rhodes and RHP Chris Reitsma, two players that have more than a handful of failed closing stints on their combined resume.
Reports of increased efforts to acquire Armando Benitez or Jorge Julio should be expected. Florida would be a good fit for what Seattle has in surplus - cheap CFers. Jeremy Reed for Kevin Gregg? One thing to watch for is intensified efforts by other teams looking for a closer i.e. the aforementioned Marlins, but especially the Red Sox.
The value of Armando Benitez just went up.
Update [2007-3-16 8:20:13 by Eric Hz]: From Ken Rosenthal's FOXSports column:
Update [2007-3-16 10:10:31 by Eric Hz]: From Will Carrol's chat:
Update [2007-3-16 11:45:54 by Eric Hz]:From the SPI: