Bits: Strop, Schierholtz, Martinez 

September, 20, 2013
Saves can normally be found freely on the waiver wire, but the second half of this fine 2013 season hasn't been normal in that respect. We've got nearly three weeks of September action at which to look heading into Friday, and 26 pitchers have three or more saves. We've seen the occasional fill-in save (Luke Gregerson, Javier Lopez) and three-inning version (Brett Anderson, Roberto Hernandez), but basically, if you needed saves this month and couldn't trade for them, you've been out of luck.

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David Banks/USA TODAY SportsCubs reliever Pedro Strop has been an effective setup man, and could be their closer of the future.
One annoying situation is with the Chicago Cubs, where manager Dale Sveum continues to tell reporters he'll give right-hander Pedro Strop a chance to close out a game. On Thursday, he could have easily done so, but he did not. It was again Strop setting up for vagabond closer Kevin Gregg, sure to find his way into saves for another big league team in 2014. I don't get this. I'm not saying that Strop is the next Kenley Jansen, but now we've got only one week left of the season, and Strop has as many saves as I do. What exactly are the 89-loss Cubs waiting for? Will one late-September save even tell us anything at this point?

I added Strop originally back in late July, figuring the Cubs would surely move Gregg to a contender for some low-level prospect. They did not. I have watched since then as Sveum has repeatedly alluded to a potential ninth-inning change, so in a league in which I've needed every last save, and am up against a starts limit, I signed Strop. And still, there's nothing. At this point of the fantasy season, with a week to go, there's not much a fantasy owner can do. Many of you are bemoaning the fact Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan has one save in September, a third of what Houston Astros right-hander Josh Fields (of all people) has, and perhaps it has cost you points. Perhaps Strop gets a chance soon; he's an erratic pitcher at times, but occasionally overpowering as well. Walks always scare me, but Strop has issued only one free pass in his past 12 appearances, so again, why not give him a chance, a mini-audition for the future?