Havok1517 wrote:Atlanta has already said the Reitsma will not close and have led me to believe that the candidate is not Devine and resides elsewhere. Possible suspects: I've heard them inquire about Julio (a former Brave), Lidge, Percival (health hazzard), Urbina (if his mess every gets straightened out), Nathan (a FA after this season and Min probably can't resign him), Crain (need something that Min wants (Betemit?), but Nathan may leave), & Dotel (mid-season).
Nathan is signed through 2007 ($5 million per) with a club option for 2008 ($7 million).
The two pitchers the Braves got for Estrada, Aquino and Villareal might be candidates to close. As for the Reds, it seems to me that I read somewhere that they are looking at keeping David Weathers in that role short term.
Havok1517 wrote:I forget where I read this but I read that they are looking for a closer this season outside thier organization. Devine is not ready t close as of yet and Atlanta has some money to spend.
Devine is ready... just give him a chance. His meltdowns were the result of going out for the 2nd inning, and he was pitching hurt after his first inning. If you watched him pitch, you'd know, as his velocity was down, and his slider had less bite. He has ridiculous stuff, great fastball with alotta movement, and a Lidge-like slider. He pitched very well this year, and that HR to Burke was garbage, a result of that joke of a ballpark in Houston. As of right now, Boyer and Devine are the two closer options. However, I'm pretty sure JS wants to go out and get a closer, so the two can develop some more, and not be thrown into the role. Guardado might be a good option, if the M's believe Soriano is ready. Seanez will probably be signed, although hopefully not to close. Lidge would be amazing, but will cost way too much.
rlee wrote:The two pitchers the Braves got for Estrada, Aquino and Villareal might be candidates to close. As for the Reds, it seems to me that I read somewhere that they are looking at keeping David Weathers in that role short term.
...IF they had received gaquino the braves may have considered him in the closer's role but they got lcormier instead
I think that Devine will be given the opportunity to close for the Braves in the future, and like Huston Street in 05 it might come sooner then the Braves think. Right now imo Devine is the best arm in the Braves pen for sure(I just hope that the Burke home run does not turn him into Wohlers).
Plus if Devine can get a save in Chapel Hill verse my beloved TarHeels then I surely believe he can be a closer in the bigs