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Yesterday brought some interesting news that should be kept in mind in the event you are looking towards speculating on soon-to-be closers.  The Washington Nationals placed its closer, Chad Cordero, on the bereavement list.  He is expected to miss 3-7 days.  In the meantime, someone is going to get the opportunity to close games in his absence.  That person will be Jon Rauch.  If successful, fantasy players have gained a glimpse of the likely closer if Cordero is dealt later this year.

In Florida, the unthinkable may be about to occur.  Yesterday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Jorge Julio is going to close again - for the Marlins.  This appears to be grossly unfair to Henry Owens (and his fantasy owners who have just seen Owens value plummet to a fraction of his Monday's value.)  If you need saves and can spare a bench spot, Julio is worth a spot.

In the desert, the Diamondbacks rested Jose Valverde following three consecutive games of use and gave the save opportunity to Tony Pena.  This is different that the previous time Valverde rested and Brandon Lyon received the chance.  Keep it in mind if Valverde needs to take a 5th annual sabbatical from the closer's job.

Finally, Ryan Dempster blew his first save of the season.  That is the type of stat that should quell any thoughts that he will relinquish the role any time soon.  However, he has pitched in four of the past five games and may not get the save opportunity if the Cubs have a lead in today's game.  Whoever does get the chance is worth keeping an eye on.