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2008 Closers Thread

Who would be the best closer going forward?

Masa Kobayashi - Cle
32
19%
Damaso Marte - Pit
33
19%
Grant Balfour - TB
19
11%
Dan Wheeler - TB
22
13%
Jason Isringhausen - Stl
16
9%
Joel Zumaya - Det
27
16%
Eric Gagne - Mil
3
2%
Taylor Tankersley - Fla
18
11%
 
Total votes : 170

Re: 2008 Closers Thread

Postby newskin0927 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:44 am

redstorm41 wrote:
OneLoveBoomer wrote:
Havok1517 wrote:Orioles president Andy MacPhail has indicated that Greg Aquino is an in-house option at closer if the team can’t sign a veteran replacement for Chris Ray.

Aquino has a career ERA of 4.88 in the NL and he's battled elbow problems each of the three years. If he enters camp as the favorite for saves in Baltimore, it will say an awful lot about the team's chances this year.
Source: Baltimore Sun


FYI, don't get too excited. Everyone in the Baltimore pen is an in-house option for the Baltimore closer position.



Yeah I had heard that he's penciled in as of now.


Well, then what happened with Walker, Cabrera, and even Hoey that Aquino leaped over them for the spot?


Jim Hoey's minor league numbers are absolutely filthy. Then again - So were Fernando Cabrera's while in Cleveland, so they do not always pan out. I've got to assume this job ends up with Hoey by season end. Let's not forget George Sherrill now, he appears to be coming to the O's in the Bedard to Seattle trade. I'd be stunned if a single Oriole ends up with more than 20 saves.
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Re: 2008 Closers Thread

Postby MrE » Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:59 pm

If Sherril is acquired by the O's, does he become the closer?
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Re: 2008 Closers Thread

Postby Havok1517 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:09 pm

MrE wrote:If Sherril is acquired by the O's, does he become the closer?


Some think he could become the favorite but he's not a slam dunk. He's never had the role and his stuff is just ok.
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Re: 2008 Closers Thread

Postby Bwanna » Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:32 pm

Havok, thanks for the work you put in to starting this post.

(thinly disguised post to get this thread to show up under my posts... :-/ ... but I really do appreciate the effort. ;-D )
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Re: 2008 Closers Thread

Postby Bwanna » Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:21 am

Havok1517 wrote:
MrE wrote:If Sherril is acquired by the O's, does he become the closer?


Some think he could become the favorite but he's not a slam dunk. He's never had the role and his stuff is just ok.


Tim Dierkes wrote:Sherrill Likely To Close For Orioles
I am working on a post that will become a running list of all 30 closer situations. But let's take a moment to talk about George Sherrill.

He's heavily rumored as part of Baltimore's return for Erik Bedard. In my opinion, he'd probably close for Baltimore over Greg Aquino, Jamie Walker, and Chad Bradford. The O's like Walker and Bradford in setup roles, and Aquino has no business closing AL East games.

Sherrill is a southpaw, but I still think he gets the gig. He wasn't bad against righties in '07. Plus, installing him as the Orioles' new closer and seeing him have moderate success right away would be a solid PR move for Baltimore. They'll be reeling if they trade away most of their stars, and Aquino blowing saves wouldn't help.
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Re: 2008 Closers Thread

Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:33 am

He probably would for this year, or at least get a shot at it, and depending upon how effective he is, I think Ray is still liable to be penciled in as the 2009 closer.
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Re: 2008 Closers Thread

Postby Havok1517 » Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:42 pm

CLOSING-IN WEEKLY
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Chicago's Carlos Marmol came on very strong last year and the 25 year old proved to be a strikeout machine with 96Ks in 69.3IP. Marmol is armed with a 97 mph downward moving fastball and a killer slider. With Ryan Dempster offically out of the closers role as of right now, the position is wide open but Marmol is the favorite. Marmol even got an MVP vote last year. There has been talk that Kerry Wood, after being an RP all year, was re-signed with the possibilty of making him a closer since he signed a contract with almost $4 million worth of closer incentives. But counting on Wood has been a mistake in the past. Bobby Howry's value is in MR but could be moved to closer if nobody makes a good showing. Angel Guzman has an electric arm but was hurt for much of the year and would have to really impress to get the spot and may be better suited in the rotation. Still, it looks like Marmol is the guy to beat.
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Re: 2008 Closers Thread

Postby Bwanna » Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:14 am

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Re: 2008 Closers Thread

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Re: 2008 Closers Thread

Postby Another Blown Save » Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:38 pm

Lyon's your closer

Manager Bob Melvin announced a little bit ago that Brandon Lyon is his new closer. I like it.

Besides all the reasons why it makes baseball sense, Lyon was the eighth-inning guy, the veteran in the bullpen, and he probably deserves first crack at it just from a seniority perspective.

More news from Melvin:

*Randy Johnson threw off a mound yesterday for the first time since his most recent back surgery. He was at his trainer’s facility, throwing 25 pitches (all fastballs).

“From what I heard, it went well,” Melvin said.

Melvin said Johnson is still on schedule to have a full spring training.

A lot of other pitchers have begun to throw, too. Melvin mentioned Doug Davis, Micah Owings, Doug Slaten, Max Scherzer and Bill Murphy among those who have been to the park to get in bullpen sessions.

*Melvin thinks Slaten, who had microfracture knee surgery at the end of the season, could be ready by Opening Day. “I’m pretty encouraged,” Melvin said. “There’s a good chance he’s going to start the season.”

*As for infielder Chad Tracy, Melvin, who spent the early part of this week in the Dominican Republic to visit the club’s academy and see the Caribbean World Series, hadn’t gotten a recent update. He said Tracy, who also had a microfracture, hasn’t begun running yet, but that he looks good hitting and has been taking ground balls.

I’m hearing the club probably won’t sign another hitter at this point. There are a handful of reasons: The team is relatively encouraged by Tracy’s progress – if he’s not back by Opening Day, he is expected back soon thereafter.

The in-house options aren’t bad if Tracy’s return is delayed. If it’s Robby Hammock, he would add some flexibility. Granted, Hammock isn't left-handed, but his presence would allow Melvin to use Miguel Montero as a pinch hitter early in games. It would also give Chris Burke a chance to get involved more from the outset.

Plus, the idea of having to sign a guy and then potentially release him three weeks into the season when Tracy is ready wasn’t an appealing one, especially if it was a guaranteed contract.

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