Havok1517 wrote:If Mesa starts blowing any saves I say the soon to be 39 year old is out the door in favor of youngs guns Gonzalez or Snell (minors). Oh, they are fairly deep with lefty bullpen pitching, so that shouldn't be an issue.
I'm not so sure about Mesa blowing it.
As for the lefties in the pen - quantity and quality are 2 different things.
Grabow 5.11 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP Johnston 4.37 ERA and 1.94 WHIP
The only lefty other than Gonz that will make the team is likely Dave Williams. Lefty releivers are very valuable so Gonz is worth a lot to them in the role that he has right now.
I'd like to hear who Jackal's "reliable source" is. In all of the interviews so far McLendon has pretty firmly stated that it's Mesa's job and that both Torres and Gonz are the set up guys.
PIT's closer situation definitely bears watching. I've been under the assumption that Torres will probably get first shot at the Closer role due to Gonzalez's lefty status. I don't have any sources though, just figurin', that's all.
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by JustAnotherYanksFan » Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:49 pm
As Spring Training has progressed, I remembered seeing this topic a little while back, and I decided to resurrect it. It seemed like an interesting topic to me - after all, instead of hoping to be the one to read the news first that such-and-such person is officially the new closer for whatever team, wouldn't it be better to have anticipated it and to already have the guy on your roster?
So, here are some of my picks for likely closer replacement candidates...most (probably all) of them have been said already in this thread, but I thought I'd try to rank them (after all, we only have so many bench spots on which to store these guys).
1. Jose Valverde
2. Luis Ayala
3. Ugueth Urbina (Cubs/Mets?)
4. Justin Speier
5. Rafael Betancourt
6. Mike Gonzalez (or Salomon Torres)
7. Jorge Julio
8. JJ Putz
9. Jesus Colome
Mar 31 The Boston Red Sox have traded Kim to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for veteran catcher Charles Johnson, minor league lefthander Chris Narveson and $2.6 million. Kim, who signed a two-year, $10 million contract prior to the 2004 campaign, went 2-1 with a 6.23 ERA in just seven appearances with the Red Sox last season, including three starts. He spent the majority of the year in the minor leagues.
Advice: With Chin-hui Tsao sidelined with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, Kim likely will begin the season as the Rockies' primary closer. Kim used to throw in the 93-95 MPH range, but has topped out at just 86 this spring. He allowed four runs on six hits over 7.2 innings in six exhibition outings.
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If Kim even gets the Colorado job, he'll lose it quickly. I just saw him pitch in spring training for the Sox and he looked dreadful against the Pirates' minor leaguers. He no longer has any zip on his fastball, which he needs because his location has always been shaky. Kim deserves no fantasy consideration IMO.
I think almost of Kim's problems are mental. He lacks the confidence he once had and is afraid to let loose since Yankees vs 'Zona in the WS. But you do not have to have a great fastball in order to be an effective closer (ie: Trevor Hoffman & Keith Foulke, neither can hit 90mph reguarly, if at all, they just have great off speed stuff that make them great).