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Postby Havok1517 » Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:41 pm

Which of these "almost closers" are the most valuable in the present/future?

J. Cappellan (Closer? Starter? 100MPH! Mil too many Righty RP)
B. Leauge (Power arm, With Ryan there, where now?)
J. Lehr (Another Mil powerarm, wasted talent there)
J. Van Buren (Was Cubs future closer, now Red Sox?)
J. Papelbon (Does he close if Foulke Falters?)
C. Hansen (see above)
J. Crain (Seems like logical choice when Nathan gets expensive)
M. Valdez (He closing or starting with that control?)
F. Cabrera (Wickman will go down or retire eventually)
T. Bowyer (Fla really going to go with him over Borow?)
R. Soriano (Does he still have dominating stuff? Hope So)
A. Sisco (MacDougal???)
A. Burgos (Only 22)
R. Wagner (Best Cincy has, give him the BALL!)
J. Broxton (Heir to Gagne?)
J. Colome (Will he ever harness potential?)
M. Anderson (Old Det closer with 100 MPH is back in Colorado)
U. Urbina (Could be a great signing if he's let go ATL? CIN?)

Talk about some underused power arms, huh? What you guys think?
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Re: "Almost Closers"?

Postby acsguitar » Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:17 pm

J. Papelbon (Does he close if Foulke Falters?)
I think its only a matter of time before offspeed closers get rocked. Papelbon will close by the allstar break

J. Crain (Seems like logical choice when Nathan gets expensive)
If Nathan goes down he is the man

A. Sisco (MacDougal???) The Royals Don't matter
A. Burgos (Only 22) The royals don't matter

R. Wagner (Best Cincy has, give him the BALL!) Geez what to say about him. He goes two weeks striking out everyone then goes 2 games letting up 7 runs without giving up an out. Still I think he needs the ball

M. Anderson (Old Det closer with 100 MPH is back in Colorado) Fuentes has this spot locked up
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Postby giants! » Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:24 pm

Bowyer
Hansen

have the best chance of taking over the closer roles
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:30 pm

C. Hansen is the best choice.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:30 pm

I suspect that Scott Williamson may have some 'come out of nowhere' potential, if Dempster has any 'issues' that materialize, that that that would happen w/ a genius like Dusty running the bullpen for the Cubs... :-o :-o :-o

He was a bit shaky in August but seemed to have gotten the hang of it during September last year.
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Postby Havok1517 » Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:43 pm

Hm, I think Wickman finds a way out of playing and Cabrera steps up.
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Postby Area51's » Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:05 pm

like F. Cabrera best out of that list for saves
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Postby thedude » Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:06 pm

Hansen has the best chance of closing, but not until midseason...if foulke struggles before that the Red Sox won't use Hansen. He would only get his shot if Foulke struggles, then Timlin struggles, then a couple of the new vets struggle. The Red Sox seem to be leaning toward starting him in triple A, unless he is completely lights out in spring training.


Van Buren might not even make the Red Sox bullpen.

Paplebon is probably going to get his chance to compete for a spot in the rotation.
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Postby Havok1517 » Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:32 am

http://www.theinsidepitch.com/closer_watch.html

This list has Devine as Atl closer. Also, anybody have the list that includes future team closers?
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Re: "Almost Closers"?

Postby mcqfesijiba » Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:53 pm

acsguitar wrote:M. Anderson (Old Det closer with 100 MPH is back in Colorado) Fuentes has this spot locked up
There's an old name that brings back memories (mostly bad ones). Does Anderson still throw anywhere near 100 mph and can he actually throw a strike yet?
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