- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Don't feel badly for Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford now that manager Ken Macha has announced he'll give the resilient Trevor Hoffman some save opportunities down the stretch, but the fact is Axford has proven himself as well. He's the No. 3 closer on the ESPN Fantasy Player Rater over the past 30 days, and far more likely to figure into the organization's plans -- and that of fantasy owners as well -- for 2011. Loyalty should work both ways, no? Macha is simply honoring a future Hall of Famer, and it happens to affect fantasy owners. Here's what Macha said.
- "The thing with Hoffman is he's earned his way back to saving games. If you're going to stay with the premise that the players write the lineup and things like that, he's put his name back in there. That's not to eliminate Axford from doing things, too, because he's done nothing to write his name out."
Eric Karabell looks at a number of closer issues around the league, leading with the Brewers giving Trevor Hoffman saves chances once again.