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Closer Review

All kinds of recent closer movement...

  • Kevin Gregg joined the Cubs, and it seems likely that Carlos Marmol gets first crack at the closer job.  Gregg could still see a few saves, but Marmol is a far superior pitcher.  Gregg's walk problems may catch up to him.  On a related note, it wouldn't be surprising to see Jose Ceda getting saves in Florida within a few years.
  • The Rockies acquired Huston Street, and I believe Manny Corpas loses value with the move.  Corpas was the clear favorite to close there.  Of course, Corpas could still win the job or Street could be traded.  But if Dan O'Dowd wisely hangs on to Street until at least midseason, he'll want to pump up his value with saves.
  • Keep an eye on Jeremy Affeldt.  If he goes somewhere without a firm closer, it'd be a good career move.  He's definitely capable of pitching the ninth inning.  Juan Cruz seems a bit less capable, but he could get a shot.
  • Trevor Hoffman, Kerry Wood, and Brian Fuentes are all free agents unlikely to return to their old teams.  All probably seek closing jobs, and Fuentes is certain to get one.
  • Brandon Lyon, Chad Cordero, Jason Isringhausen, Eddie Guardado, and Eric Gagne may not get another crack at the ninth.
  • Salomon Torres hung 'em up, so Milwaukee has an opening.
  • J.J. Putz and Bobby Jenks could be dealt, but they'd probably both still close.

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