Fantasy baseball closer update: Roberto Osuna beats out Drew Storen for the closing job with the Toronto Blue Jays. Manager John Gibbons cites familiarity as the main factor.
By Dustin Shull
The Toronto Blue Jays have decided to go with young Roberto Osuna as their closer while Drew Storen, who was acquired from the Washington Nationals in a trade over the winter, will assume the setup role.
Ultimately the decision came down to the team’s familiarity with Osuna, who had a really nice season after taking over for Brett Cecil in the 2015 season. He had 20 saves and 75 strikeouts in 69.2 innings, while accumulating a 1-6 record.
Storen has had a nice spring training, pitching six innings and has given up one earned run, but his strikeout rate is at just 3.0 per nine innings. Osuna misses bats more often with a strikeout rate of 7.5 per nine. He’s young, talented, and gained valuable postseason experience that should help with handling nerves in the big moment.
For now Osuna is definitely the closer for fantasy baseball owners to target out of the Blue Jays bullpen, but Storen will most certainly be waiting in the wings to take over if Osuna does not hold on to the job.