T-Bone Costanza wrote:Is this enough to convince you change Chris Perez's icon from to ?
Chris Perez (shoulder) threw off a mound Monday for the first time since March 11.
Perez deemed himself ready for game action and is hoping to make six spring training appearances before Opening Day. However, while Perez was sidelined Jason Motte emerged as the leading candidate for the saves.
If the purpose of the smiley tool is a handy one-stop reference for all 32 closer jobs to use during a draft, then it failed me last night and I wasted a pick on this guy. In the end it's totally my own fault for not researching the kid better and done a rotoworld lookup on him, but with 1:30 on the clock and you're scrambling at the end, I thought I could count on that page to be more accurate.
The truth of the matter is that most people still think Perez is the arm to have in the Card pen. Whether he starts the season closing or works his way back to to job during the season. Perez is still getting drafted ahead of Motte and Franklin. With as much as LaRussa loves his vets it wouldn't be surprising for him to choose Franklin over both of them. Perez is still the smart pick for the season even if he doesn't start out as the closer. Also, spring stats are just that and the fact that Perez feels ready to pitch again should be a good thing. When it comes down to it, its a crap shoot and one that LaRussa will have control over. Perez has the best arm, Motte is one-sided, and Frankin is the experienced vet. Take your pick.