Fantasy Baseball Draft: Closer Status for 2015
MAR 20, 7:30a ET | Adam Meyer
Rotowire: Mar 24 / 8:43a ET
News: Loup is likely to slot into the setup man role with Brett Cecil named as the closer and Aaron Sanchez likely to move into the starting rotation.
Impact: Loup is having a pretty solid spring, giving up two earned runs across five innings. He had a strong year last season, pitching 68.2 innings with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP while striking out 56. With low strikeout totals, Loup's fantasy value is tied to whether or not he gets a chance to close, which as of the start of the season doesn't look like it will happen. In deeper leagues, he may be worth stashing in case Cecil runs into trouble as a closer.
Rotowire: Feb 16 / 10:22a ET
News: Loup is among the candidates to close for the Jays if Aaron Sanchez is used as a starter to begin the season, the Blue Jays' official site reports.
Impact: Most likely, Brett Cecil will close if the Jays don't bring in a veteran option, while Loup would take on a more prominent setup role. Still, the job is relatively wide open depending on the decision regarding how Sanchez will be used. Loup's walk rate spiked last season (from 4.6% in 2013 to 10.6%), and he may be better suited as a setup option anyway given his sub-20.0% strikeout rate (career 6.9 K/9).