Fantasy Baseball Draft: Closer Status for 2015
MAR 20, 7:30a ET | Adam Meyer
Rotowire: Mar 7 / 8:05p ET
News: Brothers has yet to make his Cactus League debut, as he continues to work with the coaching staff on addressing some mechanical issues, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Brothers has been limited to throwing side sessions so far this spring while the coaching looks to identify any underlying issues with his approach that might have contributed to his inexplicable implosion in 2014. At this point a year ago, there was a strong belief Brothers would quickly wrest the closer's role away from LaTroy Hawkins, but the lefty's struggles from April on quashed those plans. Any hope that Brothers will bounce back and become a serviceable setup man again will hinge on his ability to trim his walk rate, which ballooned to 6.2 BB/9 last season.
Rotowire: Jan 16 / 3:52p ET
News: Brothers agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Rockies on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Brothers was a popular speculative target last spring, with many assuming it would only be a matter of time before he supplanted LaTroy Hawkins in the closer role, but the left-hander disappointed from start to finish. In the end, Brothers had a 5.59 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in 56.1 innings. He'll need to correct his issues against left-handed batters (.908 opponents' OPS last season) in order to turn things back around in 2015.