Despite sending a bounty to the New York Yankees for All-Star reliever Andrew Miller back in July, the Cleveland Indians will not roll with him as their closer this season. Instead, that honor will go to fellow dominating reliever Cody Allen.
It's a pretty surprising move for an Indians team that's coming off a World Series appearance and is expected to be among the game's best teams again in 2017.
It also has some wide-ranging fantasy ramifications.
Allen posted a 2.51 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP while striking out 11.5 batters per nine and accumulating 32 saves a season ago. Meanwhile, Miller was fantastic after coming over from New York, posting a 4-0 record with a 1.55 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP in 26 appearances.
These two will form one of the best back-end tandems in MLB this upcoming season. It should help the likes of Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer remain fantasy relevant.