Over the first five weeks of the 2015 season, Shawn Tolleson performed reliably in the setup role, so when Neftali Feliz was yanked as the Rangers' closer, he was ready to step in. Tolleson was less effective down the stretch, and manager Jeff Banister did not use him to close out either of the Rangers' two wins in the American League Division Series against the Blue Jays. Whether his absence from those situations reflects the Banister's lack of confidence or more of a committee approach to closing, the signs for Tolleson's Fantasy value in 2016 are not positive ones. He is a No. 2 reliever in mixed leagues, and a shaky one at that.
Tolleson agreed to a one-year, $3.275 million contract with the Rangers on Monday, avoiding arbitration, John Blake of the Texas Rangers reports. Tolleson emerged as the Rangers closer last season after posting a 2.99 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 35 saves in 37 tries. He should remain the Rangers main ninth inning option as long as he stays healthy and effective.
Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson struck out a pair in a perfect ninth inning, as he closed out the 2-1 win over the Angels on Saturday. Tolleson needed 16 pitches to record his 29th save of the year.
Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said Wednesday he will use Keone Kela and Sam Dyson in save situations when closer Shawn Tolleson needs a break, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We can use a different bridge guy now," Banister said. "We can back up those four [Kela, Dyson, Jake Diekman and Sam Freeman]. And give Tolleson a day down, if needed."
Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson didn't become the Rangers closer until late May. But he has certainly made up for lost time. Tolleson snagged his 28th save in just over three months Saturday against Baltimore. He did have to work out of a bit of a jam, but stranded two baserunners in the ninth. The right-hander has surrendered a run in only two August appearances. He has 10 saves in the month.
Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson recorded his 27th save of the season on Friday against the Orioles. Tolleson struck out two batters while giving up just one hit in an inning of work. He has a 2.73 ERA in 59 1/3 innings this season.