kab21 wrote:GotowarMissAgnes wrote:
Since about half of closers in baseball are shaky, that gives you a good 10-15 high upside MRs.
Except that not all of those MR guys are high upside, typically guys that might lose their job don't have a guy with excellent ratios setting him up.
Who's Hanrahan's backup? Or who's the backup (or closer) in Seattle? SD? Tex? If you're grabbing a guy like Motte, Putz, Ray, Kuo or something comparable then yes they have upside (although Kuo and Putz are behind guys with secure jobs) and I don't disagree with that. But picking up Cla Meredith, CJ Wilson, Miguel Batista, and other possible next inline closers won't help your ratios. You need to have both opportunity and skills.
Or Balfour or Saito or Marte or Zumaya or Dotel or Madson or Rafeal Perez...I can easily name 10-15 guys who will either be a good opportunity for vulture saves in uncertain closer situations (if Broxton struggles in his first 2 months, do you really think the Dodgers aren't going to make a switch?) and/or will give a big help to your rate stats.