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Drew Silva highlights just how good Red Sox closer Matt Barnes has been this season and how he's obliterating his ADP right now.
DREW SILVA: In this modern era of baseball, a closer would usually rank low down the list of players who deserve, and receive credit, for a team's hot start, but it is absolutely undeniable that Matt Barnes has played a significant role in this early season surge for a Red Sox team that most evaluators projected to finish fourth in the American League East.
As of mid-May, the long time Boston reliever has pitched to a 2.0 ERA, 0.50 whip, and 30 strikeouts through 18 innings the season, while racking up 8 saves. He's given up just six hits and three walks among the 62 batters he's faced, showing both improved command and just flat out overall dominance.
As the ninth inning man on a Sox club that has a terrific offense, but not the most reliable starting pitching. That roster build, at least theoretically, would lead to a lot of close games and a good number of save opportunities, now and moving forward. Barnes is set to become a free agent this winter. So if the Red Sox begin to fade, he could become a trade candidate. That is something to think about.
For now though, he's delivering incredible fantasy value for a guy who went 202nd overall in the average Yahoo draft this spring. Barnes, on most sites, was the 32nd reliever eligible pitcher off the board.