Machi, Not Kelly Or Tazawa, To Be New Red Sox Closer
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Newly-acquired Jean Machi—who has a grand total of three career saves—has been named Boston's new closer by manager John Farrell. So far for the Red Sox, Machi has an underwhelming 7.36 ERA in 3.2 innings of work. Sounds like a closer to us! Junichi Tazawa, who (until very recently) has been effective as an 8th-inning "set-up" guy will stay in that role. In our view, Joe Kelly should be the new closer—he has velocity, stuff and a goofy attitude (all three important attributes for the role). Moving just-acquired Rich Hill into the rotation would free up Kelly for ninth-inning duties—but hey, what do we know? All we manage are (under-performing) fantasy teams.