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2014 CLOSERS THREAD

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:31 am
by Havok1517
Rock Solid ;-D
Solid :-)
Safe :-°
Shaky :-o
Volatile :-t
Current Closer
Sleeper :-L
Top Closer Prospect B-)
Destined for Rotation :-B
Trade Candidate :-?
Looking over his shoulder 8-o
Injured/Disabled :~(

Note: The purpose of this thread is to denote job security and identify an alternate closer when the regular closer cannot close.

NL EAST
Image ATLANTA BRAVES – C. Kimbrel RHP :-), J. Walden RHP, D. Carpenter RHP, J. Graham RHP B-)
Image MIAMI MARLINS – S. Cishek RHP :-), A. Ramos RHP, M. Dunn LHP, C. Capps RHP B-)
Image NEW YORK METS – J. Mejia RHP :-°, J. Familia RHP, V. Black RHP, M. Koch RHP B-)
Image PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES – J. Papelbon RHP ;-D, A. Bastardo RHP, M. Adams RHP :~(, J. De Fratus RHP B-)
Image WASHINGTON NATIONALS – R. Soriano RHP ;-D, T. Clippard RHP, D. Storen RHP :-L, M. Purke LHP B-)

NL CENTRAL
Image CHICAGO CUBS – H. Rondon LHP :-°, N. Ramirez RHP, P. Strop RHP, A. Vizcaino RHP B-)
Image CINCINNATI REDS – A. Chapman LHP ;-D, J. Broxton RHP, J. Hoover RHP, N. Travieso RHP B-)
Image MILWAUKEE BREWERS – F. Rodriguez RHP ;-D, J. Henderson RHP :~( :~( , W. Smith RHP, J. Hellweg RHP B-)
Image PITTSBURGH PIRATES – M. Meloncon RHP :-), T. Watson LHP, E. Frieri RHP, J. Wilson LHP B-)
Image SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS – T. Rosenthal RHP :-), P. Neshek RHP, J. Motte RHP, K. Siegrist LHP B-)

NL WEST
Image ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS – A. Reed RHP :-), B. Ziegler RHP, O. Perez LHP, J. Barrett RHP B-)
Image COLORADO ROCKIES – L. Hawkins RHP :-o 8-o, R. Brothers LHP :-L, A. Ottavino RHP, C. Bettis RHP B-)
Image LOS ANGELES DODGERS – K. Jansen RHP :-°, C. Perez RHP, B. Wilson RHP, O. Garcia RHP B-)
Image SAN DIEGO PADRES – J. Benoit RHP :-°, D. Thayer RHP, K. Quackenbush RHP, L. Campos RHP B-)
Image SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS – S. Casilla RHP :-°, S. Romo RHP, J. Affeldt LHP, , H. Hembree RHP B-)

AL EAST
Image BALTIMORE ORIOLES – Z. Britton LHP :-°, T. Hunter RHP, R. Webb RHP, M. Price RHP B-)
Image BOSTON RED SOX – K. Uehara RHP ;-D, E. Mujica RHP, J. Tazawa RHP, R. de la Rosa RHP B-)
Image NEW YORK YANKEES – D. Robertson RHP :-), M. Thornton LHP, S. Kelley RHP, D. Betances RHP B-)
Image TAMPA BAY RAYS – J. McGee LHP :-°, G. Balfour RHP, J. Peralta RHP, A. Colome LHP B-)
Image TORONTO BLUE JAYS – C. Janssen RHP ;-D, S. Santos RHP, D. McGowan RHP, M. Stroman RHP B-)

AL CENTRAL
Image CLEVELAND INDIANS – C. Allen RHP :-°, B. Shaw RHP, J. Axford RHP, N. Hagadone LHP B-)
Image CHICAGO WHITE SOX – M. Lindstrom RHP :-o :~(, N. Jones RHP :~(, J. Petricka RHP, Z. Putnam RHP, D. Webb RHP B-)
Image DETROIT TIGERS – J. Nathan RHP, J. Soria RHP, J. Chamberlain RHP, C. Knebel RHP B-)
Image KANSAS CITY ROYALS – G. Holland RHP ;-D, A. Crow RHP :-L, W. Davis RHP, K. Herrea RHP B-)
Image MINNESOTA TWINS – G. Perkins LHP :-), J. Burton RHP, A. Swarzak RHP, L. Bard RHP B-)

AL WEST
Image HOUSTON ASTROS – J. Crain RHP :~(, C. Qualls RHP :-°, J. Veras RHP, L. McCullers RHP B-)
Image LOS ANGELES ANGELS – H. Street RHP :-°, J. Smith RHP, J. Gilli RHP, D. De La Rosa RHP B-)
Image OAKLAND ATHLETICS – S. Doolittle LHP :-), J. Johnson RHP, L. Gregerson RHP, M. Ynoa RHP B-)
Image SEATTLE MARINERS – F. Rodney RHP :-), D. Farquhar RHP, Y. Medina RHP, S. Pryor RHP B-)
Image TEXAS RANGERS – N. Feliz RHP :-°, A. Ogando RHP :~(, N. Cotts LHP, W. Font RHP B-)

Reportedly Out for the Year :~(
L. Hochevar RHP
B. Parnell RHP
B. Rondon RHP

Unsigned Relievers of Interest
H. Bell RHP
R. Madson RHP
J. Putz RHP
J. Valverde RHP

Possible Future Foreign Imports
Image Chiba Lotte Marines - Yasuhiko Yabuta (RHP)
Image Chunichi Dragons - Hitoki Iwase (LHP)
Image Fukuoka Softbank Hawks - Morifuku Masahiko (LHP), Brian Falkenborg (RHP)
Image Hanshin Tigers - Oh Seung-hwan (RHP)
Image Hiroshima Toyo Carp - Kam Mickolio (RHP)
Image Nippon-Ham Fighters - Hisashi Takeda (RHP)
Image Orix Buffaloes - Mamoru Kishida (RHP)
Image Rakuten Golden Eagles - Koji Aoyama (RHP)
Image Seibu Lions - Hideaki Wakui (RHP)
Image Yakult Swallows - Tony Barnette (LHP)
Image Yokohama BayStars - Shun Yamaguchi (RHP)
Image Yomiuri Giants - Kentaro Nishimura (RHP)

Re: 2014 Closers Thread

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:31 am
by Havok1517
Rangers Closer

I'm a little surprised by Soria trade. Not because it happened but when it happened. After Soria, the Rangers best relievers are likely Alexi Ogando and Tanner Scheppers but both are currently on the DL and unable to close with neither having a timetable to return.

Enter the candidates...

Neftali Feliz RHP
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In truth, I'm a Soria owner, and quickly went out and added Neftali Feliz, to my roster in hopes that he would get the closing gig. Since Feliz has been back with the Rangers, he has pitched fairly well and likely holds the most upside and has the most closing experience. He is the hardest thrower active in the pen and at 6'3 225 lbs he has the body you want in a closer as well as the fastball/slider swing and miss combo so coveted in most relievers. He could have his ups and down, but is my personal pick for the job. Likelihood: 75%

Neal Cotts LHP
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Lefty Neal Cotts, at age 34, has provided a veteran presence in a bullpen that has suffered severely from injuries this season. Cotts, is 6'1 200 lbs and has reinvented himself with a cutter since being out of baseball just 2 years ago. He has 1 career save (2006) and has pitched decently since being thrust in regular pen duty with a nice 10.5 K/9 this season. He throws in the low 90's but lacks the upside you might want in a closer. Cotts and Ryan Feierabend are the only lefties in the pen, with Cotts being the only one that has pitched all season so moving him to closer might interfere with situational moves. Most closers aren't lefties which doesn't bode well for this chances. Likelihood: 15%

Shawn Tolleson RHP
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At 26, Shawn Tolleson, a 6'2 210 lbs righty, is being mentioned as another potential closing candidate. While being a righty works in his favor, Tolleson really hasn't pitch all the well with pedestrian 3.28 ERA. Tolleson had a decent July after having a forgettable June where he's had 2 bad tendencies, letting inherited relievers score and giving up the long ball. Tollleson doesn't throw that hard and you gotta think that if the Rangers had healthier options Tolleson might not even be on the roster. He's not the guy I would endorse. Likelihood: 5%

Roman Mendez RHP
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In-house darkhorse candidate Roman Mendez is basically a younger Neftali Feliz. At 6'3 190 lbs, the 23 year old throws serious bullets and has the presence on the mound you want to see. The right hander has the stuff and moxy but has pitched less than 10 innings this season so the high pressure 9th inning might not be his thing right now. The converted starter has also blown out his elbow twice the last two which counts against him as well. He could develop into a nice 1-2 punch with Feliz in the future. Likelihood: 5%

Wilmer Font RHP
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With the recent trade, I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers promote relief prospect Wilmer Font from AA back to the show. Like Feliz and Mendez, Font throws hard and has a interesting fastball/splitter/slider combo. At 24, he is due to be a permanent fixture in the Rangers pen. Font has a durable right handed body at 6'4 265 lbs and could be a factor at some point so a wait and see approach is likely way to go here. Likelihood: 0%

Other possibilities: Phil Klein RHP (AAA)

Re: 2014 CLOSERS THREAD

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:00 am
by ayebatter
You've been stickied ;-D

Re: 2014 CLOSERS THREAD

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:02 am
by GiantsFan14
Is there a reason Kimbrel isn't "rock solid"?

Re: 2014 CLOSERS THREAD

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:23 am
by Havok1517
GiantsFan14 wrote:Is there a reason Kimbrel isn't "rock solid"?


No, he should be.

Re: 2014 CLOSERS THREAD

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:11 pm
by Padsin05
GiantsFan14 wrote:Is there a reason Kimbrel isn't "rock solid"?


cause hes better than "rock solid"?

Re: 2014 CLOSERS THREAD

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:04 pm
by rjforlife
First off, great work on this thread, it is invaluable before and during the season, thanks for the time you put into it.

Secondly, there are a lot of teams that you can already see are going to have multiple closers this season. Now, I just read Schechter's book where he doesn't fully agree to wait on closers, and I think I may become somewhat of a convert. I used to wait wait wait, but there are some guys right now that I would like to have and plug in and not have to worry about my closers as much. I think getting at least one of the elite guys this year may pay huge dividends, assuming you can get a decent price. Then maybe you can play the roulette wheel on a second or third closer, but having all of your closers in flux all season can get tiresome.

Re: 2014 CLOSERS THREAD

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:12 pm
by J35J
rjforlife wrote:First off, great work on this thread, it is invaluable before and during the season, thanks for the time you put into it.

Secondly, there are a lot of teams that you can already see are going to have multiple closers this season. Now, I just read Schechter's book where he doesn't fully agree to wait on closers, and I think I may become somewhat of a convert. I used to wait wait wait, but there are some guys right now that I would like to have and plug in and not have to worry about my closers as much. I think getting at least one of the elite guys this year may pay huge dividends, assuming you can get a decent price. Then maybe you can play the roulette wheel on a second or third closer, but having all of your closers in flux all season can get tiresome.

Yup, I also get set closers...maybe not the top tier guys but even some of the middle guys have no real fear of losing their jobs and that's what I mainly focus on...I rarely need to get into all the hassle of finding saves during the season...I just draft em.

Re: 2014 CLOSERS THREAD

PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:57 am
by Havok1517
I'm reading reports that Suk-Min Yoon is close to signing with the Baltimore Orioles after posting a picture of himself wearing a Orioles cap though Ken Rosenthal says nothing is official right now. Yoon has had some shoulder issues in the past which my push him to the pen in the short-term and possibly to the closer position. It may also push someone else out of the rotation if he does indeed sign. Other than the report, this is purely speculation but he's a name to potentially add to the closer picture. He is not in the Yahoo database at this time fyi.

http://outsidepitchmlb.com/

Re: 2014 CLOSERS THREAD

PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:06 am
by jackie hayes
This thread is always my signal that the season has truly begun. ;-D