I have always found it a particularly effective strategy to try and find saves on the waiver wire instead of wasting valuable draft picks on them.
Closers come and go as frequently as the weather changes and if you work the waiver wire properly, you can find yourself plenty of saves throughout the season.
With that in mind, I would consider picking up Baltimore Orioles’ reliever Zach Britton right now.
You knew coming into the season that Tommy Hunter wouldn’t hold down the Baltimore closer’s job all season and with Hunter struggling, the Orioles have other options in their bullpen.
One of those is Britton.
Britton pitched a perfect ninth inning on Thursday to pick up his first career save.
Even though Hunter warmed in the pen, Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter let Britton finish the game against two right-handed batters, a significant sign that Britton may have seized the closer’s job.
Britton’s line shows that he may have been a bit lucky so far this season, with a .81 ERA/3.07 xFIP. But he has induced plenty of weak contact with an incredible 83.9 percent groundball rate and an outstanding 10 percent line drive rate.
He has an 18 percent K-rate and Britton’s fastball averages 94 MPH, so he has the stuff to keep the job.
If you own Hunter I would hold onto him for a bit longer until Showalter formally announces a decision, but Britton is a guy that should be added in all formats.