JourneyingBraves wrote:Couple of Questions for Next Year..
For the Atlanta braves, John Smoltz is going to become a Starting Pitcher next year, who should i draft in his place? Who do you guys believe is the braves closer for next year?
For The Chicago WhiteSox, Is Takatsu closing next for them, He has been pretty solid while holding the closing duties. 17 - 18 in save opps. Any question of him not closing next year?
For Sanfransico Giants. Will Hermanson be closing next year? He's been solid and i think they've found a good closer at a decent price instead of going out and finding one.
ATL...I really don't know if he'll start. They say he will, but it's no secret that they'd probably prefer to have him closing. Knowing Smoltz as a person, it's completely possible that he takes one for the team. If not, Reitsma, Capellan, Cruz, or more likely, they get somebody to do it. Rotoworld likes Cappy and Cruz to close more than Reitsma, but expects Smoltz to still be closing next season.
CWS...Takatsu's slowing down, but expect him to continue closing (as much as I hate that) and have Marte setting up as the best lefty out of the pen.. Should Takatsu fail, Marte will likely step into the role.
SF...Hermanson is a free agent. This is going to be interesting. I don't really see them relying on him to close. Nen could close if he's FINALLY healthy, but that's probably a longshot. His career is probably over. Inside the organization, they have Aardsma and M. Valdez. The former is an RP prospect, the latter worked out of the pen when called up and may have stuff more fit to close. If not these two, they could very likely sign a big name. I don't see Hermanson retaining the job.
Cubs...I expect Hawkins to return to setting up and them signing a big name. Benitez or Percival anybody? If they don't sign anybody, it'll be Hawk...Farnsworth has dug too much of a hole for himself this season. No CBC.