MLB Fantasy Fare: No closing time for The Bartender Tom Wilhelmsen

Despite blowing only five of 29 saves this year, Tom Wilhelmsen went from Mariners closer to...

Despite blowing only five of 29 saves this year, Tom Wilhelmsen went from Mariners closer to triple-A in just two days this past week. (Reuters)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:55 PM ET

It’s not as if Tom Wilhelmsen owners weren’t given any warning signs. Though the deposed (for a second time since m

It’s not as if Tom Wilhelmsen owners weren’t given any warning signs.

Though the deposed (for a second time since mid-June) and subsequently demoted Mariners closer converted 24 of 29 save opps this season -- and 53 of 63 since taking over the role early last year -- his 4.36 ERA, dreadful K-BB rate (35-26 over 47 innings) and .237 BABIP suggested rough times were ahead for the former Tucson bartender.

In the meantime, setup guys the likes of Carter Capps, Stephen Pryor, Charlie Furbush and Yoervis Medina were being snapped up as possible replacements. And while the Seattle ninth inning following Wilhelmsen’s demotion to triple-A a week ago screamed committee, out of it emerged little-known Danny Farquhar with back-to-back saves in impressive fashion, then a third on Wednesday.


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