The Soria trade opens the door for another former All-Star fireman.
Feliz saved 72 games for the Rangers in 2010-11.
By John Halpin
Wednesday's big baseball news was the trade that saw the Rangers send Joakim Soria to the Tigers for RP Corey Knebel and pitching prospect Jake Thompson. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said after the deal Joe Nathan would still serve as his team's closer, meaning that Soria's fantasy value takes a huge hit with his move to a setup role. Yes, Nathan has been shaky, so Soria might get saves for the Tigers at some point. But with nine-and-a-half weeks remaining in the season, do you really want to wait? I see no problem waiving Soria in 12-team mixed leagues; you can hold him in deeper formats if you don't see much help on the wire, or if you have bench space.
If you need to replace Soria's saves - or anyone else's, for that matter - run to your free-agent pool to pick up Neftali Feliz, who is owned in 2.8 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. Feliz will take over the closer's role in Texas, and even though he's just been OK since getting called up from the minors earlier this month, a closer is a closer if the manager says he is. The Rangers will give Feliz every chance to prove himself in the role, since it's not like they're playing for anything meaningful at this point.
Wednesday's studs & duds
Stud: A's OF Yoenis Cespedeshit two home runs and knocked in five runs before leaving the game with a sprained right thumb. We should know more today about Cespedes' prognosis.
Hanley Ramirez (hand) was out of the Dodgers' lineup again on Wednesday, and is still day to day. Yasiel Puig appeared as a pinch hitter and played the outfield, which suggests that he'll be back in the lineup on Friday.
Mike Leakegot knocked around by the Brewers, so we're down to 58-42 for the season. Today's pick is Blue Jays' rookie Marcus Stroman (14.2 percent owned) versus the Red Sox, and Friday's selection is Pittsburgh's underrated Charlie Morton (19.9 percent owned) at Colorado. Morton's not bad, and he's pretty much the only reasonable streaming option for the day.