-- The second major problem with paying for saves (the first problem is that they can be had for free with if you monitor games regularly and have sound draft strategy), is that it's pretty tough to do it effectively. How would drafting J.J. Putz, Rafael Soriano, and Manny Corpas have worked out? Not so good. This is what I think of paying for saves:
If you're desperate, speculate on Taylor Buchhhhhhhh(this guy's name annoys me), grab Putz's backup (I think he's hurt), and see if Mike Gonzalez and Zumaya were overlooked in your league. It's all about finding bubble closers and handcuffing them.
No, not this.
-- Nick Swisher has replaced Mike Jacobs in all leagues in which Swisher had been abandoned. I don't know why Jacobs missed the last few days, but frankly, I've had enough of his "can't stay healthy" bullshit. I'm still high on the guy, but I'm tired of waking up twice a week and discovering that for no apparent reason he's taking the day off.
-- Aaron Harang ... it's going from bad to worse.
-- Not so for Rich Harden, who had an immaculate inning yesterday. (He struck out three batters on nine pitches in the first inning.) I don't know which is more amazing -- that he threw an immaculate inning or that he's been healthy for six straight starts. I'm going to go with the health.
-- Luis Castillo has been an excellent source of runs lately and swiped a bag for the second consecutive day steals. I recommend giving him a looksie in deep leagues.
-- If you're going to sell high on Chase Utley, now's the time to do it. I'd ask for B.J. Upton or Brandon Phillips and a very good CI or OF.
-- Chipper has a torn quadriceps. Please explain to me how he's supposed to return in a few days. Look, everyone knows Chipper is awesome (this year: really awesome), and everyone knows he's going to play 120-140 games. Don't think you're buying low at the moment because he may be DL bound for a good long while. On the other hand, if he misses a bunch of time, he may actually have a shot at .400. On second thought, probably not.
-- Milton Bradley with two stolen bases. As though his value wasn't high enough.