The idea that the A's ever entered a semi comitee a few weeks ago is untrue. Obviously I live here and follow the A's closely, the only reason why Mecir picked up a save a while back instead of Rhodes was b/c Rhodes needed a couple days off to rest a tiny injury. The A's or Macha have never gone to a commitee this season or even come close. Rhodes is still the guy they will give the ball to in the 9th inning, however as we have seen lately Macha is not against just leavin Hudson, Mulder, Zito, Harden, or Redman in to finish their own game since the bullpen is hardly capable.
The way I see it, Rhodes is horrible and Mecir is even WORSE, there is no way Jim Mecir can close games, every time I hear the rumors that he is next in line I laugh, trust me, Rocky Biddle and Joe Borowski have been 10x better then Mecir this year and in the past.
The 2 best RP the A's have are Bradford & Duscherer. Macha does not trust a submariner in the 9th inning, although Bradford is clearly better then Rhodes and everyone else in that bullpen. Im not sure they would have Duschere close simply b/c he has the ability to pitch a lot off innings, he is a starter but there is no room for him in the A's rotation, he would be in just about every other rotation in the bigs.
I can't see Rhodes holding onto this job too much longer. Either the A's will trade for someone, or they will be forced to make Duscherer into a closer at least for this year.