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D'Backs Closer Situation

I wanted some insight on Arizona's save situation, so I went to a man who would know: beat writer Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.  I asked:

Fantasy leaguers are treating it as a foregone conclusion that Tony Pena is second in line for saves if Brandon Lyon falters.  Do you see Pena ahead of Chad Qualls for save chances?  I figured the veteran might get extra consideration.

Piecoro's response:

It was definitely between Lyon and Pena in the offseason.  But from seeing the way Qualls has thrown through spring and his first couple of appearances, I wouldn't be surprised if he ultimately puts himself in the discussion.  Pena hasn't been particularly sharp in his first two appearances (hard hit balls, if not hits allowed) and wasn't exactly lights out in the spring, either.  Qualls has looked fantastic.  I guess if something were to happen today, it's very probably Pena's job if only because of the hierarchy (he's the eighth inning guy).  But i wouldn't rule out Qualls passing him at some point.


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