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stumpak wrote:I disagree with this. Valerde developed some serious mechanical issues that needed to be worked out outside of the major league level. He has had substantial prior success as a closer and set-up guy. He clearly is their most talented reliever and is lights out when he is on, which has been his whole career save the issues he had in May.
If indeed the club asseses that he is straightened out, why not make your best guy the closer?
That said, I own McClung in a deep league, and I am not dropping him for Valverde. I also see no reason to assert that McClung is "crap". Sure he may not succeed as a closer - most guys don't. But just because he failed as an SP does not mean he will make a bad closer. By this logic, a person would have assessed Isringhausen, Gagne and Nathan as crap when they first started out as closers, and clearly this is not the case. He has also put up some pretty nice numbers in AAA out of the pen.
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