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Postby Sunspot » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:17 pm

Once Wagner is traded, who will close?
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Postby Big Pimpin » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:20 pm

Urbina. Unless he gets dealt, too.
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Postby silverZ » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:40 pm

The phills are only 3 games back for the wildcard. saying "when" wagner gets traded is premature.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:23 pm

if wagner gets moved before july 31,,, i dont see any reason why UU would not be the closer for the phillies.....
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Postby Niffoc4 » Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:24 pm

except the fact that he's sucked since the Phils got him...
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Postby bigh0rt » Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:28 pm

Niffoc4 wrote:except the fact that he's sucked since the Phils got him...


And their alternative(s)?

I'm all but certain Urbina would be put in the role to start, at the very least.
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Postby Music2004Man » Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:34 pm

Urbina has the most experience closing but he has struggled lately. Maybe Madsen would close? I don't see them making a move if they are still hanging around by the end of the month.
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Postby buffalobillsrul2002 » Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:44 pm

IF Wags gets traded, I see Madson getting the job simply because he's younger and is a KEY prospect to the Phils. However, I am almost 90% sure he won't get traded.
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Postby dannyolbb » Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:02 pm

I think it's safe to assume that Wagner will be traded soon and Urbina will close. I don't see how Philly can keep Billy after some of his comments this season. He's clearly not happy, he's not helping the team, they have a suitable replacement, and if they trade him they'll get something pretty good in return.

If I'm Ed Wade, I'd trade him in an instant. Of course, if I'm Ed Wade, I've probably had a lobotomy, so there's no telling what I'd do.

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Postby Bukoski77 » Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:57 am

Its Urbina easily. He has experience closing. Has Urbina ever bombed as the closer? I know he has had his rough stretches in middle relief but I remember him excelling as the closer for Baltimore, Boston, Montreal, and Texas.

I believe the Phillies like Madson for his ability to eat up innings in middle relief too much to consider using him as the closer. Someone has to eat up those long relief innings and Madson does a fine job of it.
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