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I have to dump Baez or Mantei? Which one do I axe?

Postby kcs261 » Sun Mar 23, 2003 2:32 pm

I need to dump one of these guys prior to the start of the season to make room for a starting catcher. Between the two, which one should get the axe?

The way I see it, Baez has great stuff, but won't get many save opps on a bad Cleveland team. It will also be his first full year as a closer. So who knows for sure how he'll perform.

On the other hand, Mantei should get a lot of save opps playing on a good Arizona team, and that's really the only real reason I like the guy. But the injury risk & the chance that Kim could be moved back to the closer's role at some point makes Mantei a big risk.

Thanks for your help.
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Postby Payne Dailey » Sun Mar 23, 2003 2:49 pm

I think Baez will prob put up better numbers over the season .
I think Mantei has too much downside between the two.
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Sun Mar 23, 2003 2:50 pm

I don't think that Cleveland will be as bad as you think -- I'd go w/ Baez. Or I'd try to package them and trade them to somebody for one slightly less questionable closer, opening up a spot.
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Postby HOOTIE » Sun Mar 23, 2003 5:09 pm

I would take Baez. Hes this years surprise closer gem imo. I dont put much stock in save chances, you cant really predict that. Anyways, Curt and RJ sometimes never leave the game.
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Postby kcs261 » Sun Mar 23, 2003 5:38 pm

Thanks for the input! I was leaning towards dumping Mantei anyway. But I wanted some other opinions... It looks like keeping Baez is universal!
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