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Postby grammysboy » Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:46 pm

DieHardCubbie wrote:
MLB.com wrote:Arthur Rhodes, LHP

Dec. 19 -- All that remains for Oakland to sign the left-hander is his passing a physical, according to A's general manager Billy Beane. Beane all but announced Rhodes as the club's closer at a fan event Thursday night in Oakland. Beane said he expected the signing to occur before the weekend.


Looks like this should be done very soon..... :-)


Isn't a left-handed closer a little unusual? Seems the White Sox could have used Marte last season if there isn't some kind of reason most closers are RH. I'm sure Billy Beane has done the research to back-up the decision to go with Rhodes. Just curious.
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Postby ramble2 » Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:51 pm

grammysboy wrote:
DieHardCubbie wrote:
MLB.com wrote:Arthur Rhodes, LHP

Dec. 19 -- All that remains for Oakland to sign the left-hander is his passing a physical, according to A's general manager Billy Beane. Beane all but announced Rhodes as the club's closer at a fan event Thursday night in Oakland. Beane said he expected the signing to occur before the weekend.


Looks like this should be done very soon..... :-)


Isn't a left-handed closer a little unusual? Seems the White Sox could have used Marte last season if there isn't some kind of reason most closers are RH. I'm sure Billy Beane has done the research to back-up the decision to go with Rhodes. Just curious.


They are unusual because managers tend to like to keep their left-handers available for special situations in middle- to late- innings. That's why Jeff Nelson closed in Seattle last year - so that there would be a leftie available in the bullpen.

The A's already have two other lefties in the bullpen - Rincon and Hammond. This makes me happy. Almost happy enough to pretend like the A's have an offense.
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Postby grammysboy » Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:59 pm

ramble2 wrote:
grammysboy wrote:
DieHardCubbie wrote:
MLB.com wrote:Arthur Rhodes, LHP

Dec. 19 -- All that remains for Oakland to sign the left-hander is his passing a physical, according to A's general manager Billy Beane. Beane all but announced Rhodes as the club's closer at a fan event Thursday night in Oakland. Beane said he expected the signing to occur before the weekend.


Looks like this should be done very soon..... :-)


Isn't a left-handed closer a little unusual? Seems the White Sox could have used Marte last season if there isn't some kind of reason most closers are RH. I'm sure Billy Beane has done the research to back-up the decision to go with Rhodes. Just curious.


They are unusual because managers tend to like to keep their left-handers available for special situations in middle- to late- innings. That's why Jeff Nelson closed in Seattle last year - so that there would be a leftie available in the bullpen.

The A's already have two other lefties in the bullpen - Rincon and Hammond. This makes me happy. Almost happy enough to pretend like the A's have an offense.


Thanks. ;-D You know, a reasonably intelligent person should have been able to figure that out on his own. That also explains why Marte was such a situaional type pitcher, but still got a few saves. It's amazing what you can learn here if you ask the right questions! ;-)
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Postby Madison » Sat Dec 20, 2003 2:09 pm

grammysboy wrote:It's amazing what you can learn here if you ask the right questions! ;-)


Yes it is, and the thanks go out to all our knowledgeable members for sharing the information. ;-D
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Postby Guest » Sat Dec 20, 2003 3:33 pm

I like Riske's chances of being the Indian's closer as well.
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Postby Walden warriors » Sat Dec 20, 2003 6:31 pm

I've said this before, but I really think that fantasy baseball's dependence on the closer position is a weakness of the game. Saves are without question the most overrated concept in all of sports, and bullpens are a way bigger part of the game than are closers.
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Postby Madison » Sun Dec 21, 2003 3:02 am

Walden warriors wrote:I've said this before, but I really think that fantasy baseball's dependence on the closer position is a weakness of the game. Saves are without question the most overrated concept in all of sports, and bullpens are a way bigger part of the game than are closers.


As long as saves are a scoring catagory, then the guys getting them will be people I pay attention to. ;-)
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Postby Rage » Sun Dec 21, 2003 5:50 pm

Good stuff!

Joe Nathan could be a great late draft pick if he does, if fact, close for Minny.

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Postby Rage » Sun Dec 21, 2003 5:52 pm

Excellent point, Madison.

Don't forget, with a closer usually comes other cats like wins, WHIP, some K's, and ERA.
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Postby KPucks » Sun Dec 21, 2003 8:33 pm

I read somewhere that Joe Nathan was going to get a shot ot start in Minnesota.
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