I think if he gets moved some where that he can close or Percy goes down with an injury... he would move into the mid-teir level of closers...I think that he will be moved though at some point this season...and the Mets and Cubbies are the two most talked about...
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What is considered a top closer? 40-45 saves? 2.00 ERA Urbina given the chance will notch 30-35 saves 3.00 ERA and be half the price of Foulke or Rivera. If you are in an auction league I would take him over the other two and spend your savings on of spots.I'll take numbers like that and be competitive in the saves catagory. We can't have superstars at all posisitions unless you are ina 8-10 team league.Most of us are in 12 teams or more.
It blows my mind that the Cubs have so much talent invested in that starting rotation and they refuse to bring in a competent closer. They should already have Urbina or Percival or Benitez on their roster.
I'm not sure why the Cubs didn't go after Benitez harder. That one still puzzles me. But Detroit doesn't need to trade Urbina and they are currently overvaluing him so I don't blame Chicago for holding out. They can get by until mid-season if need be then if everything is going well and they're in contention they can overpay for bullpen help to make a run. No need to do it now IMO.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey
I have a feeling he will go to the Cubs and post 35 saves this year...obviously a tremendous value pick. If he goes to the Mets he will start as a set-up and end up in the closer role with about 25 saves.