Um, be wary of annointing Putz at this point. He was Melvin's guy last year, and succeeded beyond anyone's expectations when thrown into the closer's job late in the year.
However, Hargrove does not seem as enamored. Putz started as a set-up guy this spring, but was clearly demoted after several consecutive rocky outings. While he's pitched cleanly his last couple appearances, he hasn't been thrown out there with the game on the line.
He could still play his way back into position to close, but it's far from a sure thing. And I'd be leery of Soriano fresh back from Tommy John work, even if he is ahead of schedule (could be available right after the break, best-case). I like him for '06, however.
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