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Postby Pogotheostrich » Thu Dec 16, 2004 12:57 pm

With Kolb and Vizcaino both gone who closes?
Capellan has a great arm but isn't he projected to be a starter?
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Postby stevethumb » Thu Dec 16, 2004 1:16 pm

mike adams is the only guy on their 40 man roster who looks like a candidate and who could do the job...since last year's all-star break i have been touting filling up your roster w/brewers middle relievers..some owner will hava bargain on his hands
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Postby Dawgpound 1613 » Thu Dec 16, 2004 1:47 pm

They've said they'll start Capellan in the rotation. I agree that Mike Adams of their current pitchers has the most "closer-worthy" stuff. One name I read a while back (before his injury) was Ben Diggins - taking a path similar to Gagne - crappy starter turned (possibly) dominant closer. Don't think there's anyone else in the minors that could do the job.
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Postby stumpak » Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:07 pm

Wouldn't you have to assume that Lehr has a solid shot and could even be judged to be the favorite? It seems likely that threy traded for him to replace Kolb and he has two successful AAA years of closing under his belt. I don't think it was a case of Oakland giving up on him; he was just not the closer of the future with Street around.
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Postby Dawgpound 1613 » Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:53 pm

stumpak wrote:Wouldn't you have to assume that Lehr has a solid shot and could even be judged to be the favorite? It seems likely that threy traded for him to replace Kolb and he has two successful AAA years of closing under his belt. I don't think it was a case of Oakland giving up on him; he was just not the closer of the future with Street around.


At this point, he's got as good a shot as anyone. I will say that a 27 y.o. who's part of a package to get an average, at best, 2B doesn't seem to have the highest upside, especially when the other player in the trade is 24 and went .326 with 26 homers, 100 RBIs and 16 steals combined in high-A, AA and AAA last year. A 16/14 K/BB ratio in 33 IP also doesn't inspire (but didn't stop Kolb), so who knows.
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Postby Tony Clark is my son » Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:23 pm

There was all this hype that the Brewers were making moves of contenders by acquiring Carlos Lee and what have you, but this move just doesn't register with me. Why would they trade their All-Star closer who makes so little money? If he were a FA, he's easily makes twice, if not more, than what he makes now. Kolb was a rare find that the Brewers squandered.
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Postby Dark Knight » Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:33 pm

Adams all the way, unless the aquire a veteran closer down the road.
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