Drew Silva goes over what fantasy managers can expect should they pick up Oakland A's RP Dany Jimenez and his effectiveness moving forward.
DREW SILVA: A's right-hander Dany Jimenez was not on the fantasy radar at all entering this season, but he certainly is now, after picking up four saves over the final two weeks of April with an ERA of 0.00 that he has since carried into May. Perhaps this sudden emergence wouldn't have happened at all if the COVID-19 pandemic was fully in the rearview. But the virus spread around the Oakland clubhouse in the opening month and forced a COVID IL stint for Lou Trevino, who was the presumed favorite for saves coming out of spring training.
Jimenez, with his seemingly improved control, has done enough four weeks in to remain part of the closer mix whenever Trevino returns to the fold. And with Trevino positioned as a likely trade candidate in the A's ongoing rebuild, Jimenez really could prove to be more than just a flash in the pan waiver wire pickup. Even bad teams win games in baseball, and those wins require effective relievers to work the close-out innings. Jimenez, at least right now, is displaying the necessary effectiveness.