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Bullpen Report: Dissecting the Dodgers

Updated: February 25, 2013, 4:47 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
There's an odd sentiment in the baseball world, both real-life and fantasy, that Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is nuts to have already proclaimed relatively ordinary right-hander Brandon League as his closer, while strikeout machine Kenley Jansen, clearly his superior statistically, settles for the eighth-inning work. Well, those in the fantasy baseball world really desire the saves, so by that measure, one would think League would end up more in demand … but that's not likely to be the case.

In fact, check the ESPN Fantasy rankings and you will see Jansen has considerably better placement. I've participated in numerous drafts already, and Jansen is consistently being selected earlier, while League actually went undrafted once! I can't make any reasonable case that League is the better pitcher, but which one is more likely to get 30 saves? I think it's League, and that's why I'll be drafting him earlier.

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