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Jonathan Holder has a realistic shot of making the All-Star team

Middle relievers have only recently started receiving universal recognition for their individual performance in Major League Baseball, due to the new age of numbers in the sport. Saves are no longer the all-telling, ultimate stat about a reliever’s success and WAR, ERA+, and other metrics have opened the eyes of fans on just how valuable it is for a team to have dominant relievers outside of the ninth inning role. Their widely agreed on importance has led to a lot of non-closer relievers making the All-Star team in recent seasons. The American League squad had two of them in 2017 and 2015, and a whopping four in 2016. If this trend continues, the AL should feature at least one or two non-closer relievers, and possibly more, with the scarcity of lockdown closers in the AL in 2018. The Yankees feature a lot of highly talented middle relievers and the pitcher who has surprised everyone the most, Jonathan Holder, has a very realistic shot of cracking the AL All-Star squad.

BBB Podcast #7: Breakdown of the Justin Wilson and Starlin Castro Trades

In the seventh episode of the Bronx Bomber Blog Podcast, Phil Akre, Chad Raines, and Bryan Peng discuss the two most recent trades that occurred during the week at the Winter Meetings. First, we break down the trade that sent Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers and the impact it has on the Yankees bullpen. We conclude with a discussion on the trade that sent Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs to the Yankees. Subscribe for weekly podcasts starring your BBB writers!



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