Bad ERAs won't hurt some closers

Lidge, Capps, Fuentes should still pile up saves despite shaky peripheral stats

Updated: July 29, 2009, 5:39 PM ET
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com

Fantasy owners often draft and trade for their closers on the basis not of saves, but on how the peripheral numbers are going to look in conjunction with that in-demand statistic. Regular readers know I put some, but not a ton of, stock in a closer's ERA, because my main goal is simply to accrue the saves at the cheapest possible price. Then again, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying what David Aardsma, Ryan Franklin and Trevor Hoffman are doing for some of my fantasy teams. I recognize ...

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