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Closer Report

I'm not sure if I am going to be able to do the constantly-updated closer report this year.  I may instead just post up new closer info here quickly if possible, and those who get RotoAuthority on RSS can take advantage.  Anyway here is a look at the current closers for each of the 30 teams, with draft round in parentheses.

  • Red Sox - Jonathan Papelbon (5).
  • Phillies - Brad Lidge (6).
  • Mets - Francisco Rodriguez (7).
  • Twins - Joe Nathan (7).
  • Yankees - Mariano Rivera (7).
  • Royals - Joakim Soria (9).
  • White Sox - Bobby Jenks (9).
  • Astros - Jose Valverde (10).
  • Blue Jays - B.J. Ryan (11).
  • Cubs - Carlos Marmol (11).  Kevin Gregg (19) is the backup plan.
  • Dodgers - Jonathan Broxton (11).
  • Angels - Brian Fuentes (11).  Pretty good value at this point in the draft.
  • Reds - Francisco Cordero (13).
  • Indians - Kerry Wood (13).
  • Pirates - Matt Capps (13).  Nice value.
  • Giants - Brian Wilson (14).
  • Braves - Mike Gonzalez (15).  Rafael Soriano (19) is coming back from elbow surgery and may not be ready for Spring Training.
  • Rockies - Huston Street (15), Manny Corpas (20).  Drafters seem to think Street will win this battle.  Troy Renck of the Denver Post tells me Street has a "slight edge," but Corpas could up his stock with a strong WBC performance as Panama's closer.
  • Padres - Heath Bell (16). Excellent value.
  • Athletics - Joey Devine (17), Brad Ziegler (18).  Could be a co-closer situation.
  • Brewers - Trevor Hoffman (18).
  • Diamondbacks - Chad Qualls (18).  Jon Rauch (19) and Tony Pena (35) are also firmly in the mix.
  • Nationals - Joel Hanrahan (18). Doesn't have much competition.
  • Cardinals - Chris Perez (18).  Chris Carpenter (19), Jason Motte (24), Ryan Franklin (22), and Kyle McClellan (undrafted) are in the running as well.
  • Rangers - Frank Francisco (18).  C.J. Wilson (19) is healthy now and could be in the mix.  An acquisition is possible as well.  Derrick Turnbow (undrafted) could be a long shot.  Francisco excelled in the role late last year.
  • Orioles - George Sherrill (19), Chris Ray (19).  Sherrill's shoulder is feeling better.  Ray had Tommy John in August '07 and hopes to be ready for Spring Training.
  • Marlins - Matt Lindstrom (19).  Has a pretty firm hold on the job, so he's a great value at this position.
  • Rays - Troy Percival (20).  Had offseason back surgery and may not be ready at start of season.  Other closing candidates: Dan Wheeler (19), Grant Balfour (19), and Joe Nelson (undrafted).
  • Tigers - Fernando Rodney (23).  Jim Leyland sounded skeptical on the idea of Rodney closing full-time.  The Tigers are likely to acquire someone.  Joel Zumaya (19) may not be ready for Spring Training, but it's possible.
  • Mariners - Aaron Heilman (36), Miguel Batista (undrafted), Tyler Walker (undrafted), Mark Lowe (undrafted), Roy Corcoran (undrafted).  This one looks wide open right now.  Brandon Morrow (17) is preparing as a starter.


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