after the Benitez and Percival signings, the only new situations are Mota, K-Rod, and maybe BJ Ryan which we all saw coming anyway. are their any teams left looking for a closer? and who would they go after. only ones i can think of are maybe the Cubs, Braves, and the Rockies unless they throw Tsao out to the wolves.. yikes...
The Cubbies are definitely in need of a top line closer IMO. I'm not sure about that Kolb rumor, but it just doesn't really make much sense to me. I thought they'd take a hard run at Percival then Benitez, but those options are already gone. Don't guess I really answered either question huh?
If any teams needing a closer can get Kolb, that'd be a great addition IMO. He doens't get K's but he has amazing control and doesn't allow HR's. That's exactly what you want in a closer. And from what I've seen closers with good control usually choke less in the playoffs.
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If I were the Cubs, I wouldn't screw around with Kolb. He got lit up pretty solidly after the All-Star break last year (1.43 WHIP) and there are few instances of finess guys like that making truely elite closers. I would give up a little more and try and get Urbina who has a long track record and proven performance in a pennant race.
kentx12 wrote:I believe the Braves will try to sign a closer. From what I hear on local radio reports looks like Smoltz is going to start.
I'm curious - any rumors as to who would close if this did happen? I'd guess it would come out of Reitsma, Cruz or Capellan.
Also, with his $100k/start provision, would they try and renegotiate?
I can't see them using Capellan in his first year (unless he starts out great and is eventually needed to take over). But i just dont see the Braves using him out of ST, it doesnt seem like something they'd do... Cruz did good as an Rp last year (much better then Reitsma), so maybe they'll use him?.. or maybe they'll make a trade.. haven't heard any rumors yet