Jason Motte, closer of the St. Louis Cardinals, will have to undergo another MRI on his right elbow Tuesday to see how he has progressed since being shut down in late March.
Doing muscle strengthening exercises, Motte has started the season on the 15-day disabled list and is definitely missed at the back-end of the Cardinals bullpen.
In Motte’s absence, Mitchell Boggs has been named the closer with Trevor Rosenthal pushing for a chance at the job. While the Cardinals prefer Motte over these two, if he finds himself stuck on the disabled list for an extended period of time, Boggs or Rosenthal are the most likely candidates to be allowed to close games.
Unfortunately there is no definitive answer to any of these questions, making it tough for Motte owners in fantasy baseball leagues to get a good grip on which direction they should lean. If you are in dire need of a closer though, a few week rental on one of these two could pay decent dividends.
The question though is which one you should own. At the moment I suggest going for the sure bet and grabbing Boggs. At least he will still be closing until he does/does not lose his place at the backend of the bullpen. Once Motte returns though, he will regain the closers role. Check to the fantasy baseball experts in our FFLockerRoom forum for answers to any of your fantasy related questions.