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Can Otsuka be the closer?

Postby BeSquare » Tue Nov 22, 2005 7:58 pm

If the Padres don't re-sign Hoffman, is there any chance A. Otsuka would get the closer role in 2006???
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Postby TheYanks04 » Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:24 pm

Linebrink is in the mix and they could sign someone like a Wickman or Jones on the cheap depending on what happens on the market. There is no way to guess what is going to happen.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:25 pm

TheYanks04 wrote:Linebrink is in the mix and they could sign someone like a Wickman or Jones on the cheap depending on what happens on the market. There is no way to guess what is going to happen.


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Postby Amazinz » Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:28 pm

Linebrink would be my guess if they don't bring in someone from outside the organization. I think Linebrink has publically said he's interested in the position.
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Postby kentx12 » Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:38 pm

I believe Linebrink would be given the cahnce to get the job if they didnt bring someone else in.
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Postby davidmarver » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:59 pm

Bochy lost a lot of trust in Otsuka towards the middle of last season and I doubt Otsuka has earned it back yet. Linebrink, however, has been the Padres best reliever for back-to-back seasons and, as a former starter, has the longevity to pitch more than 1 inning an outing.

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He'd take the closer job if, heaven forbid, Hoffman doesn't return.
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Postby wrveres » Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:32 pm

Towers had said publically he would put Linebrink into that role.

Hoffman is coming back anyways, so no stresses ... ;-D
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Postby bronxxbomber » Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:05 am

I think Linebrink gets first crack at the job if they don't secure a closer this offseason.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:36 am

Are the Pads bringing back Seanez? He did very well last year.
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Postby Mercer Boy » Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:48 am

Yeah, I bet Linebrink would get the call. He had an implosion in the middle of the season, but the first and last two months were very good for him. ;-D
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