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Postby mcqfesijiba » Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:20 pm

I'd test the waters and see what I could get. Although, if I couldn't get a stud in return I wouldn't bother. Remember, even though you are punting saves, you can always add dominant setup men to replace them. These guys may help you more in ERA, WHIP, and K's than a mediocre or below average closer ever would. In your case, Guardado (if he can stay healthy) could be a really good closer, Wickman probably won't be too friendly to your WHIP and ERA.

No strategy is perfect, you just have to find out what works best for you. I personally decide as the draft unfolds. If closers are going too early for my tastes, I bolster my offense and starting pitching, and then grab dominant middle relievers late. Works for me, but maybe not for someone else.
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Postby TheYanks04 » Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:25 pm

Assuming his arm does not fall off, Guardado is decent. Wickman is not so great but he is serviceable. I would hold off doing anything. You could squeek by on some weeks with those 2. And you could scrounge a closer off the wire esp. given the mess that is the CHC, Tor, Milw and Rox closer situations. See what happens the first month or two and you will have a better idea of how viable your saves situation is.
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Postby ironman » Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:39 pm

I'm not a fan of spending early draft picks on closers but I always have them on my team, even if it means having Wickman, Adams, and Baez, or something of the sort.
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Postby mikcou » Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:16 pm

I wouldnt punt saves. You can always find closers on the WW during the season
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