Chacon doesn't seem like a bad option after I read this piece:
No one expected new closer Shawn Chacon to go through the spring perfect. He gave up his first run on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly on Wednesday.
Chacon gave up no hits but walked three in his inning. It was raining at the time, but Chacon didn't blame that. He said the problem was a lack of focus. It's understandable because it was not a save situation, but Chacon said that's not acceptable.
He said Goose Gossage, a former relief star, warned him about situations when relievers lose focus.
"I don't make an excuse for anything," he said. "I don't care if there's 10 feet of snow on the ground. Everybody else has got to pitch and play out there, too. In a game situation, if I lose focus like I did today, that's what's going to happen.
"Goose told me he'd come in during the eighth inning, bases loaded and get out of it, then go out for the ninth and the next thing you know he'd have the bases loaded because he lost focus, that fire. That's one thing I still need to work on. It's good that it happened today."
After pitching coach Bob Apodaca came to the mound and told Chacon what he was doing wrong, he pitched better.
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It's good to hear he's taking his new role pretty seriously and that he's working pretty diligently with the coaches.
Given the choice of a full-time closer (Chacon) and a part-time close (Valverde), I'm leaning towards the former.
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