Whoever started this post was wrong about his age. He is not 36. He will turn 34 November 28th. That is a HUGE discrepancy.
Also lacking formal reports, I am not sure how the experts are saying Nen will come back. But, I can give you the opinion of a die hard Giants fan, who has watched him for years.
Nen was flat out scary to watch in 2001 and 2002. Even though he could make any hitter wiff, his control was constantly in question. In fact, in 2001 most Giants fans would have rather seen Felix Rodriguez closing.
His injuries have been pretty ugly. And the biggest problem I have seen with them is that he rushed himself back last season. Stan Conti (the Giants trainer) is one of the best in the business, but it is tough to deal with anyone who can not properly take care of themself. However, after a full offseason of rehab, I think Nen should be 100% in 2004.
There is no doubt that Nen will be the Giants closer in 2004. His 9 million dollar contract screams, "he is our guy!" And, I would say that a trade is highly unlikely.
All and all I think he will be a top 5 NL closer. He will be healthy all season and the Giants will give him pleanty of save opportunities. He could actually sleep a little, even in Bay Area centered leagues!
Mike Pelfrey > Matt Garza