New Zealand Fan wrote:I'm loving this no closers till the 8th round business.
That means guys like Rivera, K-Rod, Lidge and a healthy Gagne are not recognised as Top 80 picks by many.
If you honestly believe that then you also don't take SP until to the mid-rounds either.
Sure the top closers have top 80 value. But why take them in the 5th round when you can get slightly lower valued guys, maybe 7th round value, on waivers or the last few picks of the draft (Turnbow, Timlin, Wickman, you name it). In the meantime with those 5-7th round picks you gain much more from filling out your offense or starting pitching than you lose from going from the top tier closers to the next tier.