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Postby jeffwarsh » Wed Jun 15, 2005 12:22 pm

With the possibility of Guardado being traded to a contender and with Soriano gearing up for a return, is he worth keeping an eye on as a potential closer? Obviously this kid has the stuff so I think it would make sense for Seattle to give him a shot.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Jun 15, 2005 12:27 pm

If you have room you could pick him up...i haven't heard much rumour wise about him or guardado being traded though
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Postby nikku88 » Wed Jun 15, 2005 12:57 pm

I'd wait to see if he's healthy first. I read that he still has a bit of pain with his slider.
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Postby AKhomebrewer » Wed Jun 15, 2005 1:37 pm

From today's Seattle Times:
• Reliever Rafael Soriano, out since last May with an elbow injury that required tendon replacement surgery, will pitch a simulated game this week. He will also throw two more bullpen sessions and expects to go on a rehab option next week.

There's no mention of pain and, indeed, he seems well ahead of schedule.
That said, I'm not sure Hargrove would toss him right into the fire as closer should Guardado depart.

As to Guardado trade rumors: there's nothing coming out of Seattle to this effect. What you've got is the annual musings of the punditry as we move within six weeks of the trade deadline. What they're doing is projecting closers whose teams seemed destined to fall out of contention (Guardado, Wickman, Baez, Mesa) and then pointing out which contending teams appear in the market for bullpen depth (Atlanta, Mets, Fla, et al).

Bottom line: I don't see Soriano carrying a high probability of closing this season, and I always give a long look before grabbing guys fresh back from TJ. However in keeper leagues, especially those with minor-league or 'taxi squad' type slots, he has plenty of value.
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Postby amich1 » Wed Jun 15, 2005 1:42 pm

honestly, i think guardado is more likely to go on the dl than get traded.
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Postby dkakridas » Wed Jun 15, 2005 4:36 pm

IMO, Putz will get the first crack. I think Soriano might get some chances though.
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Postby tiger spit » Wed Jun 15, 2005 4:57 pm

soriano will get his shot at one point.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Wed Jun 15, 2005 5:32 pm

He's got the stuff to be a closer. I'd be surprised if he pitches in the bigs before September, though. I can't see them rushing him at all.
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