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Mashug wrote:It depends on what you mean by "the best closer" For fantasy baseball I'd have to say Nathan. He's been ridiculous but never gets the rocognition he deserves. I traded Ziot and Coffey for him earlier and got critisized for it. A typical line for him this year is 1.0 innings, 2Ks, 1 hit and a save.
In reality I'd go with Rivera. He's the best post season closer in history and along with Hoffman has been dominant longer than anyone. He's still the guy I'd want if I needed to hold a lead for any one game.
K-Rod, Wagner, Ryan, Hoffman are the 2nd tier. Putz, Papelbon, and Jenks are next becasue they don't have enough of a history to judge them by yet. Same goes for Saito and Otsuka. Then I'd group Chad Cordero, Izzy, Fuentes and Gordon together
Francisco Cordero and Eddie G are waiting are on the bubble
bleach168 wrote:Havok1517 wrote:teddy ballgame wrote:Another name that I think should be thrown in the mix is Putz. He's only 29, and even though this is his first year of closing, 72 K's in 55 IP is pretty damn good, along with only 9 walks.
For some reason I think Putz and Otsuka are going to get hit really hard next year. Neither 1 has dominating stuff but get the job done. I think guys will start to figure them out.
Agree with Otsuka, disagree with Putz. I think Putz does have dominating stuff.
Back on topic, I would take Papelbon. I love that he isn't strictly a 3-out closer. He is like his own setup man.
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