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Shuffle Up and Deal: Calling the bullpen

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It's time to take another look at the save-chasers. Dig in, and let's have some intelligent disagreement in the comments.

The usual rules apply: I'm ranking the players from today-on, the results to this point are merely an audition; assume a 5x5 scoring format; players at the same price are considered even. Thursday we'll look at the outfielders.

$22 Jonathan Papelbon(notes)
$22 Joe Nathan(notes)
$21 Francisco Rodriguez(notes)
$21 Jonathan Broxton(notes)
$21 Mariano Rivera(notes)
$20 Heath Bell(notes)
$19 Brian Fuentes(notes)
$19 Francisco Cordero(notes)
$19 Joakim Soria(notes)

Don't hold San Diego's record against Bell; he's a glittering 23-for-24 on the year, and when the Padres win a game, it's usually a low-scoring, tight affair. … Broxton's strikeout grab gives him a chance to be the best in the fantasy game, but let's see how he holds up to the workload as we slog through the dog days of summer. … Soria has posted 17 strikeouts against one walk over the past four weeks. He's back in form.

$18 Huston Street(notes)
$17 Trevor Hoffman(notes)
$17 Brad Lidge(notes)
$17 Bobby Jenks(notes)
$17 Brian Wilson(notes)
$17 Ryan Franklin(notes)
$16 Andrew Bailey(notes)
$16 David Aardsma(notes)
$16 Jose Valverde(notes)
$16 J.P. Howell(notes)
$15 Scott Downs(notes)
$15 Matt Capps(notes)
$15 Kevin Gregg(notes)
$15 Chad Qualls(notes)
$14 Frank Francisco(notes)
$14 Kerry Wood(notes)
$14 George Sherrill(notes)

Aardsma didn't have a thing Wednesday and had a back problem last week, so keep an eye out here. … Howell's definitely the stopper in Tampa's bullpen, but Joe Maddon won't always use him in a traditional closing role (to Maddon's credit). … There's nothing wrong with Sherrill's resume to this point, but he'll be shopped all through July and it's doubtful he'd close for a contender. … I'm glad Lidge isn't on any of my clubs, I don't need the extra stress.

$12 Fernando Rodney(notes)
$12 Rafael Soriano(notes)
$11 Mike MacDougal(notes)
$9 Matt Lindstrom(notes)
$9 Mike Gonzalez(notes)
$7 LaTroy Hawkins(notes)
$7 Ryan Madson(notes)
$6 C.J. Wilson(notes)
$5 Dan Wheeler(notes)
$5 Dan Meyer(notes)
$5 Phil Hughes(notes)

Bobby Cox likes to play the matchups in the ninth, but recent patterns point to Soriano at least being at the front of the committee. Soriano grabbed his fourth save of the month Wednesday. … Lindstrom hasn't pitched well enough to have any job security, but Fredi Gonzalez might be willing to stand by his man when the right-hander returns. … Wilson's made a quick and impressive return from elbow surgery, though his best work is coming against left-handed batters, as you'd expect. A healthy Frank Francisco doesn't need to worry about his job, methinks.

$4 Carlos Marmol(notes)
$4 Jason Frasor(notes)
$4 Joel Zumaya(notes)
$4 Ramon Troncoso(notes)
$3 Brad Ziegler(notes)
$3 Matt Guerrier(notes)
$3 John Grabow(notes)
$3 Leo Nunez(notes)
$3 Mark Lowe(notes)

Marmol's buzz in March exploded the price, but he's struggled most of the year while Kevin Gregg, ordinary as he may be, has managed to keep control of the ninth. There's a lesson in all this. … Troncoso is the caddy in LA and Joe Torre will put him in positions to get wins and saves. … Keep an eye on Lowe if anything long-term turns out to be wrong with Aardsma. While Lowe has too many walks on the resume and a bloated WHIP (1.41), he's clearly the next in line.

$2 Guillermo Mota(notes)
$2 Matt Thornton(notes)
$2 Michael Wuertz(notes)
$2 Justin Speier(notes)
$2 Takashi Saito(notes)
$2 Grant Balfour(notes)
$2 Jason Bulger(notes)
$2 Jeff Fulchino(notes)
$2 Mitch Stetter(notes)
$2 Todd Coffey(notes)
$2 Joe Nelson(notes)
$2 Clay Zavada(notes)
$2 Jim Johnson(notes)
$2 Edward Mujica(notes)
$2 Chris Perez(notes)

Also receiving votes: Brandon Lyon(notes), Joel Hanrahan(notes), Juan Cruz(notes), Jason Motte(notes), Manuel Corpas(notes), Santiago Casilla(notes), Octavio Dotel(notes), Hideki Okajima(notes), Phil Coke(notes), Brent Leach(notes), Sergio Romo(notes), David Robertson(notes), Sean Green(notes), Scott Linebrink(notes), Sean Burnett(notes), Manny Delcarmen(notes).

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