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Off-Season Closer Analysis: Toronto Blue Jays

Off-Season Closer Analysis: Toronto Blue Jays

Welcome Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays and they continue their streak of new opening day closers.  Santos was acquired in the off-season in a trade with the White Sox.  The Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos has set up the bullpen for another season of high expectations and disappointing results.  So far in the off-season, the Blue Jays have added with Santos, Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver. Sergio Santos will see plenty of action in the … Read entire article »

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Off-Season Closer Analysis: San Diego Padres

Off-Season Closer Analysis: San Diego Padres

After shedding the weight of Health Bell (all 250 lbs) from their roster with a trade to the Marlins, the Padres added none other than the well-traveled Huston Street.  This was a serious coup for the Padres.  A lot of people out there think that Heath Bell was the greatest closer in the National League and very close to it because of his remarkable numbers over the past three season.  Let us note that Bell very well … Read entire article »

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Off-Season Closer Analysis: Texas Rangers

Off-Season Closer Analysis: Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers made a move we expected them to make last season.  Ron Washington decided to move closer Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation and then they signed veteran closer Joe Nathan.  Nathan is 37 as he enters the 2012 season and enters the 12th season of his career.  He came on strong for Minnesota last season after regaining his closer role and finished with 14 saves and a terrible 4.84 ERA.  The Rangers inked him for two … Read entire article »

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MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Oakland Athletics

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Oakland Athletics

The Oakland A’s and General Manager Billie Bean did their normal off-season sell off to get ready for a championship run in 2012.  Part of that sell off was trading away former ROY closer Andrew Bailey to the Boston Red Sox.  That now leaves the A’s with filling the closer role with someone on their roster or by signing a player. The possible current roster pitchers that could close are: Joey Devine Brian Fuentes Jordan Norberto Neil Wagner Going into spring training … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brian Fuentes, Oakland A's, Pre-season Analysis

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Miami Marlins

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins have changed a lot more than just their name.  The revamped Marlins have added a slew of big name players to debut in their new ballpark this spring.  One of those players is ACE closer Heath Bell.  Bell spent the last three years closing for the Padres and doing it in absolutely dominating fashion. While his WHIP wasn’t the lowest amongst top closers, his 132/144 in save chances and 216 strikeouts over … Read entire article »

Filed under: Heath Bell, Juan Oviedo, Miami Marlins, Pre-season Analysis

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Philadelphia Phillies

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies made one of the biggest off-season acquisitions, signing Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year deal worth $50 million.  That shored up their bullpen, which is facing the losses of Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson.  While Lidge can use a change of scenery, losing Madson will be felt at some point in the season.  Going forward, Papelbon will be the closer for the Phillies with setup man Antonio Bastardo backing him up.  Papelbon was one of the most effective closers … Read entire article »

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MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Boston Red Sox

MLB Off-Season Closer Analysis: Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox have had a busy off-season when it comes to their bullpen.  With the departure of Jonathan Papelbon to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Red Sox pulled two trades and aquried to excellent closers.  The first was Mark Melancon from the Houston Astros.  Yesterday the Red Sox completed another trade, acquiring closer Andrew Bailey from the Oakland Athletics. Andrew Bailey is a perfect addition to the Red Sox.  When healthy, the former Rookie of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Andrew Bailey, Boston Red Sox, Mark Melancon, Pre-season Analysis