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2013 CLOSERS THREAD

Postby Havok1517 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:19 pm

Rock Solid ;-D
Solid :-)
Safe :-°
Shaky :-o
Volatile :-t
Current Closer
Sleeper :-L
Top Closer Prospect B-)
Destined for Rotation :-B
Trade Candidate :-?
Looking over his shoulder 8-o
Injured/Disabled :~(

Note: This pre-season closers list is subject to quick changes and all assignments are tentative until jobs become more clear.

Note: The purpose of this thread is to denote job security and identify an alternate closer when the regular closer cannot close.

NL EAST
Image ATLANTA BRAVES – C. Kimbrel RHP :-), J. Walden RHP, J. Venters LHP :~(, J. Graham RHP B-)
Image MIAMI MARLINS – S. Cishek RHP, M. Dunn LHP, R. Webb RHP, G. Dayton LHP B-)
Image NEW YORK METS – B. Parnell RHP :-°, F. Francisco RHP :~(, D. Aardsma RHP, M. Koch RHP B-)
Image PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES – J. Papelbon RHP ;-D, A. Bastardo RHP, J. De Fratus RHP, E. Martin RHP B-)
Image WASHINGTON NATIONALS – R. Soriano RHP :-°, D. Storen RHP :-L, T. Clippard RHP :-L, S. Solis LHP B-)

NL CENTRAL
Image CHICAGO CUBS – K. Gregg RHP, P. Strop RHP, H. Rodriguez RHP, A. Vizcaino RHP B-)
Image CINCINNATI REDS – A. Chapman LHP ;-D, J. Broxton RHP :~(, S. Marshall LHP :~(, A. Simon RHP, Kyle Lotzkar RHP B-)
Image MILWAUKEE BREWERS – J. Henderson RHP, J. Axford RHP, M. Gonzalez LHP, J. Hellweg RHP B-)
Image PITTSBURGH PIRATES – J. Grilli RHP :-), M. Meloncon RHP :-L, J. Wilson LHP, V. Black RHP B-)
Image SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS – E. Mujica RHP, T. Rosenthal RHP, F. Salas RHP, T. Jenkins RHP B-)

NL WEST
Image ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS – J. Putz RHP :-°, H. Bell RHP, D. Hernandez RHP, J. Barrett RHP B-)
Image COLORADO ROCKIES – R. Betancourt RHP :~(, R. Brothers LHP :-L, W. Lopez RHP, C. Bettis RHP B-)
Image LOS ANGELES DODGERS – K. Jansen RHP :-°, B. League RHP :-L, P. Rodriguez LHP, O. Garcia RHP B-)
Image SAN DIEGO PADRES – H. Street RHP :-°, L. Gregerson RHP, D. Thayer RHP, B. Boxberger RHP B-)
Image SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS – S. Romo RHP :-°, J. Affeldt LHP :~(, S. Casilla RHP, H. Hembree RHP B-)

AL EAST
Image BALTIMORE ORIOLES – J. Johnson RHP :-), F. Rodriguez RHP, T. Hunter RHP, M. Price RHP B-)
Image BOSTON RED SOX – K. Uehara RHP :-°, J. Tazawa RHP, M. Thornton LHP, R. de la Rosa RHP B-)
Image NEW YORK YANKEES – M. Rivera RHP :-), D. Robertson RHP :-L, J. Chamberlain RHP, M. Montgomery RHP B-)
Image TAMPA BAY RAYS – F. Rodney RHP :-°, J. Crain RHP :~(, J. McGee LHP :-L, A. Colome LHP B-)
Image TORONTO BLUE JAYS – C. Janssen RHP :-°, S. Santos RHP :~(, S. Delabar RHP, M. Stroman RHP B-)

AL CENTRAL
Image CLEVELAND INDIANS – C. Perez RHP :-), V. Pastano RHP, B. Shaw RHP, N. Hagadone LHP B-)
Image CHICAGO WHITE SOX – A. Reed RHP :-), M. Lindstrom RHP, N. Jones RHP, N. Molina RHP B-)
Image DETROIT TIGERS – J. Benoit RHP :-o, J. Veras RHP, D. Smyley RHP, B. Rondon RHP B-)
Image KANSAS CITY ROYALS – G. Holland RHP :-o, L. Hochevar RHP, A. Crow RHP :-L, Y. Ventura RHP B-)
Image MINNESOTA TWINS – G. Perkins LHP :-°, J. Roenicke RHP, A. Swarzak RHP, L. Bard RHP B-)

AL WEST
Image HOUSTON ASTROS – J. Fields RHP, W. Wright RHP, H. Ambriz RHP, , L. McCullers RHP B-)
Image LOS ANGELES ANGELS – E. Frieri RHP, K. Jepsen RHP, De La Rosa RHP, A. Wood RHP B-)
Image OAKLAND ATHLETICS – G. Balfour RHP :-°, R. Cook RHP, S. Doolittle LHP, S. Gray RHP B-)
Image SEATTLE MARINERS – D. Farquhar RHP, Y. Medina RHP, O. Perez LHP, C. Ruffin B-)
Image TEXAS RANGERS – J. Nathan RHP :-), J. Soria RHP :~(, T. Sheppers RHP :-L, N. Ramirez RHP B-)

Reportedly Out for the Year :~(
A. Bailey (Bos - RP)
J. Hanrahan (Bos - RHP)
K. Fujikawa (ChC - RHP)
J. Motte (Stl - RHP)
A. Vizcaino (ChC - RHP)

Unsigned Relievers of Interest
B. Wilson (RHP)

Possible Future Foreign Imports
Image Chiba Lotte Marines - Yasuhiko Yabuta (RHP)
Image Chunichi Dragons - Hitoki Iwase (LHP)
Image Fukuoka Softbank Hawks - Morifuku Masahiko (LHP), Brian Falkenborg (RHP)
Image Hanshin Tigers - Shinobu Fukuhara (RHP)
Image Hiroshima Toyo Carp - Kam Mickolio (RHP)
Image Nippon-Ham Fighters - Hisashi Takeda (RHP)
Image Orix Buffaloes - Mamoru Kishida (RHP)
Image Rakuten Golden Eagles - Koji Aoyama (RHP)
Image Seibu Lions - Hideaki Wakui (RHP)
Image Yakult Swallows - Tony Barnette (LHP)
Image Yokohama BayStars - Shun Yamaguchi (RHP)
Image Yomiuri Giants - Kentaro Nishimura (RHP)
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Re: 2013 CLOSERS THREAD (PRE-SEASON)

Postby Havok1517 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:19 pm

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Re: 2013 CLOSERS THREAD (PRE-SEASON)

Postby GiantsFan14 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:25 pm

Kimbrel should get three thumbs up.

Thanks for doing this again Havok, one of the better resources on the cafe.
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Re: 2013 CLOSERS THREAD (PRE-SEASON)

Postby BigLebowski » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:50 pm

From the might Rotoworld.

Bobby Parnell - R - Mets

Mets manager Terry Collins said on WFAN on Tuesday that he wants Bobby Parnell to be the team's closer.
Collins admitted that he hasn't even spoken to Parnell about the situation, but that's the way he plans to go now that Frank Francisco has been shut down due to elbow inflammation. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Collins is looking at Parnell as a contingency plan, so it's possible that Francisco will get the role back if he makes progress. Parnell has struggled in sporadic save opportunities in the past, but he has a 2.98 ERA, 8.7 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 over the past three seasons. He could emerge as a nice late-round sleeper in mixed fantasy leagues.

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Re: 2013 CLOSERS THREAD (PRE-SEASON)

Postby SpecialFNK » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:52 pm

Frank Francisco is injured.
Frank Francisco is currently shut down due to inflammation in his right elbow.
Francisco had surgery in December to remove a bone spur from his right elbow and isn't back to 100 percent. In fact, when asked Tuesday how close he was to 100 percent, Francisco playfully responded with "zero," since he's not currently throwing. This situation should be monitored carefully this spring, as either Bobby Parnell or Brandon Lyon could emerge as an alternative in the closer role.


Parnell could fill in.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on WFAN on Tuesday that he wants Bobby Parnell to be the team's closer.
Collins admitted that he hasn't even spoken to Parnell about the situation, but that's the way he plans to go now that Frank Francisco has been shut down due to elbow inflammation. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Collins is looking at Parnell as a contingency plan, so it's possible that Francisco will get the role back if he makes progress. Parnell has struggled in sporadic save opportunities in the past, but he has a 2.98 ERA, 8.7 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 over the past three seasons. He could emerge as a nice late-round sleeper in mixed fantasy leagues.
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Re: 2013 CLOSERS THREAD (PRE-SEASON)

Postby Element » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:24 pm

Over/Under on Fujikawa closing games in Chicago.

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Re: 2013 CLOSERS THREAD (PRE-SEASON)

Postby Havok1517 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:50 pm

BigLebowski wrote:From the might Rotoworld.

Bobby Parnell - R - Mets

Mets manager Terry Collins said on WFAN on Tuesday that he wants Bobby Parnell to be the team's closer.
Collins admitted that he hasn't even spoken to Parnell about the situation, but that's the way he plans to go now that Frank Francisco has been shut down due to elbow inflammation. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Collins is looking at Parnell as a contingency plan, so it's possible that Francisco will get the role back if he makes progress. Parnell has struggled in sporadic save opportunities in the past, but he has a 2.98 ERA, 8.7 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 over the past three seasons. He could emerge as a nice late-round sleeper in mixed fantasy leagues.

Does this change you predictions?


Well, I think we have some time before situations clear up which is a danger of posting this now. Francisco had a elbow surgery, Dec. 18th, to remove some bone spurs. So, I don't think it is out of whack that he might still be sore some due that procedure. I personally do not think Francisco, Parnell, and certainly not Lyon will provide All-Star caliber stats. I think Parnell is probably the most talented of the three but as we all know the best pitcher doesn't always close. Now, if Familia gets a shot...they might have something.
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Re: 2013 CLOSERS THREAD (PRE-SEASON)

Postby Y`s Guy » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:22 am

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Re: 2013 CLOSERS THREAD (PRE-SEASON)

Postby ensanimal » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:24 am

Thanks as always for posting this! ;-D

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Re: 2013 CLOSERS THREAD (PRE-SEASON)

Postby ayebatter » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:51 am

Thumbs up for your usual stellar thread ;-D


BTW tossed a sticky on this and took the sticky off of the 2012 thread.
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