Q wrote:Ryan Wagner should be the closer by the end of the year and for the future.
Huston Street will probably get the closer job for good when Dotel is traded.
Ryan Dempster will lose the job to Joe Borowski when he becomes ineffective.
Urbina will give the job back to Percival when he is back but could be traded.
Agree on Wagner and Urbina.
Disagree on Street and Dempster:
The A's have said they don't like Street in the closer role this year, so my opinion is that they will take it easy with the young kid. He's closing now because Dotel and company are all hurt. Dotel will come back from injury and will probably regain the role... Not to mention the other bullpen personel when they return. But do keep on eye on Street: He might excel even at his young age, and the A's might keep him there... But he will have to be lights out in his little test run for them to keep him in the closer role. And they will have to trade Dotel. Street closing this year is a long shot, IMO. Maybe they'll let him close September as a trial run when the year is over...
Dempster has earned some job security and has been told by the Cubs he is their man for the year. Barring a meltdown, I would heed this and assume it's Dempster's job as long as he is decent. The Cubs seem to have little faith in Borowski for that role and with good reason: Borowski is an arm surgery and a year and half removed from being a decent closer. His velocity is down even further and it's doubtable he'll be an effective closer, let alone a solid setup man. Borowski homers need to go home.