For deep leagues and keeper leagues looking to next year: Who is the closer of the future in Houston?
I know Houston is very poorly run, and not a place to look for a future closer in a standard mixed league. But in those deep leagues, you have to speculate and be in front of the curve.
The future is cloudy in Houston:
- Valverde is a possible trade candidate for this year, and an FA next so he won't be around next year.
- Hawkins might keep the job this year, but is obviously not a long term solution.
- Sampson is currently next in line, but is no spring chicken with upside. He just turned 31, and gets only about a half a K an inning, not classic closer stuff..
- Havok likes the idea of converting Paulino to a closer (he is listed as a potential closer of the future) While I agree Paulino might be a better than average closer, I'm not convinced Houston is smart enough to make the change. But maybe Paulino will pitch himself out of the rotation and we will see what he has in the pen by default.
Anyone have thoughts about other longer term possibilities in Houston?