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Postby no tengo uno » Thu May 15, 2003 6:41 pm

Lance Carter, Mike DeJean, Branden Looper and Kelvim Escobar are all on waivers, and I'd like to pick one of them up. Which would you recommend? I'm leaning towards Escobar, but he's been horrible this year with 15 ER in 15.1 innings. Could someone give me some insight here? It would be greatly appreciated.
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Postby bleach168 » Thu May 15, 2003 6:44 pm

Escobar is no longer a closer.

I would go with DeJean.
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Postby DGroundhog » Thu May 15, 2003 6:45 pm

What are you looking for out of a closer? Holds?

Escobar is the only one that isn't getting the saves, and he is being considered for a starters spot.

Why do you want him?
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Postby jdh » Thu May 15, 2003 6:48 pm

First of all, Escobar is no longer the Blue Jays closer; Cliff Politte is. Escobar has been moved to the starting rotation.

Out of the other three, Mike DeJean would be my first choice. He did pick up 27 saves last year with a fairly decent ERA and WHIP. He'll get you 25 saves or so, even with the Brewers. Normally, I'd say take Looper over DeJean, but with the management change in Florida, Jack MacKeon is rumoured to be an advocate of closer committees, meaning that Looper might not get as many save chances.

Carter would be the last choice of the three because he has no closing experience before this year and because the DRays are just as bad as the Brewers and Marlins, if not worse. Also, if John Rocker ever gets his form back, he might well wind up as their closer.
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Postby no tengo uno » Thu May 15, 2003 9:56 pm

thanks a lot for the insight guys, I had no idea Escobar was taken out of that role.
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