sox 06 wrote:
jh2031 wrote:He'll be moved to the rotation most likely. Maybe some Red Sox fans can help me out but isn't Craig Hansen going to be the closer?
I am a Sox fan and they do eventually want Paps to be a starter but not this year with the whole Foulke deal. yet i have heard nothing of hansen being the closer. they still want to get foulke back into that role but that wont happen this year.
The Red Sox drafted Hansen to be the "heir" to the closer role. Now that Foulke's career is likely over, it could
be a battle between Papelbon and Hansen. One of them will be a starter even if they have to stretch Hansen to become a starter because Hansen hasn't really shown his abillity to pitch and close games. He's got the best arm out of the new Sox pitchers (Pap, Lester, and Hansen) but he just hasn't shown it at the major league level yet. Expect to see Lester start next year because I highly doubt he'll be sent down.
Basically the Sox starting rotation is in danger. If no injuries happen, only 3 positions will fill up (Schilling (what's his contract like and would he retire?), Beckett, and Wakefield (like Schilling, what's his contract and would his age limit him or would he retire?). I will be very pissed if they keep Wells and/or Clement.
Knights wrote:I don't think it matters for you one way or another... don't use up a keeper spot with a closer, especially with only 4 keepers.
Indeed, closer jobs are the easiest to lose. I wouldn't both keeping any closers. Just draft them normally and there are always going to be upcoming closers in the following year much like this year.