Well, I'm not the fastest guy on the waiver wire, but I grabbed Madson and Melancon after they 'won' the jobs.
League is VERY stratified with respect to saves (66, 55, 36, 35, 29, 20, 20, 15, 14, 14, 14 8) (I'm the bolded 36); two guys each have 5 closers, and when Bailey comes back, I do too. Guy I'm dealing with has 20 saves, so I'd be giving him a couple points in saves, but I'm going to lose at most 2 most likely. And given my track record on jumping on replacements, I'm not afraid of losing out if, for example, Uehara wins the job, etc.
Bailey's coming back Friday, and the job is his to lose, and the Astros and Phillies' managers have claimed that Melancon and Madson are current 'the closer's.
I agree that Hamels > Carpenter, especially since I really need Ks. I'll see if I can't finagle an extra player on my end, or Rajai Davis dropped from his end, in order to facilitate the difference.