2022 Fantasy Baseball Cheap Saves

by Nate Miller
2022 Fantasy Baseball Cheap Saves

Are you planning to wait on saves in your fantasy baseball draft(s)? Do you just not believe it is worth the opportunity cost to take a closer early when impact bats and starting pitchers are readily available? Perhaps, you are considering the problematic strategy of punting the category altogether.

This is the article for you.

The following group of late-inning hurlers will not cost much on draft day, but they can help set a baseline in the saves department. They are anything but set in the role for their respective clubs long-term and none of them are likely to approach 30, or maybe even 20, saves.

Depending on the preferred format, the goal here is to avoid simply accepting losses each week or finishing at the bottom of the column come season’s end.

*** Each player below is currently outside the Top-200 overall in FantasyPros ADP Composite ***

2022 Fantasy Baseball Cheap Saves

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Lou Trivino, Oakland Athletics

The A’s have entered a total rebuild. They are not going to win many games. Those they do win are likely to be low-scoring and close. That presents the opportunity for Trivino.

As things sit, Trivino is the only member of the Oakland bullpen with any big-league closing experience. The majority of that experience came last year, as he nailed down 22-of-26 save chances for the A’s. The big right-hander worked 73.2 innings overall in 2021, posting a nice 3.18 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 21.6 K%.

Trivino is not especially dominant and needs to cut back on the walks (career 10.9 BB%). He does, however, induce a good amount of groundballs (career 46.1 GB%) and gave up only five long balls in 2021. A trade away from Oakland and out of a closer gig could be in his future. Until then, Trivino should be well worth a late-round selection.

David Bednar, Pittsburgh Pirates

Like Trivino, Bednar is on a rebuilding club that is unlikely to win many games. Unlike Trivino, Bednar has a good chance to be a part of his team’s plans for the future.

After going to Pittsburgh as part of the trade that sent Joe Musgrove to San Diego in January of last year, Bednar enjoyed an excellent rookie campaign out of the Pirates pen. The young fireballer cruised his way to a 2.23 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 77-to-19 K/BB across 60.2 innings.

Bednar got a taste of ninth-inning work down the stretch of the 2021 season, as he notched three saves over his final 10 appearances. The tools are there for him to become an elite-level closer. Veteran Chris Stratton is also in the saves mix for the Pirates but look for Bednar to seize the role and run with it.

Dylan Floro, Miami Marlins

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A world champion with the Dodgers in 2020, Floro was traded to Miami last February. The veteran righty really flourished for the Fish, particularly after he was handed the reigns in the ninth following a late-July trade that sent Yimi Garcia out of south Florida.

Over the final couple months of last season, Floro converted 13-of-15 save opportunities while posting a 3.13 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 23-to-7 K/BB in 23.0 innings. He ended the season with a career-best 23.0 K% and surrendered only two home runs across 64.0 total frames.

Many believed the Marlins to be in the market for a closer this offseason, but that has yet to come to fruition. The team seems content to stick with Floro headed into Opening Day. He has earned the shot.

Andrew Kittredge, Tampa Bay Rays

It is well known that the Rays employ a unique “mix-&-match” approach with their bullpen. The team won 100 games last year and no reliever had more than 14 saves. Things could well go that way again, but Kittredge, coming off an outstanding season, is sure to at least be part of the committee.

During his breakout 2021, Kittredge turned in a stellar 1.88 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 27.3 K% over 71.2 innings while locking down eight saves in nine chances. In addition, he sported a great 5.3 BB% and 53.5 GB%.

Though Manager Kevin Cash may decide against giving the closer role to one specific guy, Kittredge could still easily come up with double-digit saves while contributing strong ratios and strikeouts for fantasy owners.

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