NZ Eff wrote:Gregg will close to start the season but I see him struggling in Chicago in that role. Marmol will take over at some point but both Gregg and Marmol will be over valued come draft day. I would stay away from both in standard leagues unless you get them in the later rounds.
NZ Eff wrote:Really? Not saying the Cubs aren't foolish but the Cubs got Gregg to close. He will be the closer on opening day barring injury.
I'm very curious at to where you're getting your information. The Cubs got Gregg to close? Is that a fact? He'll start the season as the closer? You must have Jim Hendry/Lou Piniella on speed dial.
It is my feeling, and the predominant feeling among other Cubs' fans I know, that this closer "competition" is a sham. Marmol is going to be the guy. He has the best stuff of anyone in that bullpen and he's going to be the closer. My opinion, of course, but I do follow the Cubs closely and this is the conclusion I've come to from reading between the lines.
I believe Gregg was brought in for a variety of reasons and one of them, IMO, is as a backup plan
for closer if Marmol fails or gets hurt. On a day to day basis, though, I see him sliding into Marmol's setup role or possibly Bob Howry/Jeff Samardzija's 7th inning role (supposedly Samardzija is being given an opportunity to compete for the 5th starter spot and may go down to the minors to work as a starter if he doesn't win the job).
I can understand why anyone would shy away from Marmol or Gregg in a fantasy draft, but I'll draft Marmol with confidence as my closer, just like I did last year with Kerry Wood. I think it will pay off at least as well, if not better.