Saturday, January 15, 2011

Early Closer Report

Here is my take on the current state of closers. I will list Division-Team-Closer-competition, if any. This list will be dynamic throughout the season with updates when changes are necessary.
Yankees - Mariano Rivera  - No competition.
Boston Red Sox - Jonathan Papelbon - No early competition.
Tampa Bay Rays - Completely open at this time. They may sign Brian Fuentes.
Baltimore Orioles - Koji Uehara & Kevin Gregg will battle for the closer spot.
Toronto Blue Jays - Octavio Dotel with Jason Frasor in the mix.
Chicago White Sox - Matt Thornton , but with Ozzie it could be anyone at anytime.
Cleveland Indians - Chris Perez - No competition.
Kansas City Royals - Joakim Soria  – No competition.
Minnesota Twins - Joe Nathan if healthy, Matt Capps if not.
Detroit Tigers - Jos̩ Valverde РNo competition.
Los Angeles Angels - Fernando Rodney  with Scott Downs  lurking.
Oakland A’s - Andrew Bailey – No competition.
Seattle Mariners - David Aardsma - surgery was more extensive than first thought. Brandon League would be 2ND choice.
Texas Rangers - Neftali Feliz forget the rumors he moves to the starting rotation.
Washington Nationals - Drew Storen it’s the 23 year old's job to lose.
Philadelphia Phillies - Brad Lidge – No completion.
New York Mets - Francisco Rodríguez – No completion.
Florida Marlins - Leo Nunez lost it to Clay Hensley late last year, both will compete for it this year.
Atlanta Braves – Open for any of these three to win. Craig Kimbrel , Jonny Venters , George Sherrill
Chicago Cubs - Carlos Marmol – No competition.
Cincinnati Reds - Francisco Cordero  - No competition.
Milwaukee Brewers - John Axford – No competition.
Houston Astros - Brandon Lyon – No competition.
Pittsburgh Pirates - Joel Hanrahan , Evan Meek  coin flip thus far.
St. Louis Cardinals - Ryan Franklin – No competition.
Arizona D’Backs - J.J. Putz – No competition.
Los Angeles Dodgers - Jonathan Broxton or Kenley Jansen
San Francisco Giants - Brian Wilson _ No competition.
San Diego Padres - Heath Bell – No competition.
Colorado Rockies - Huston Street  - No competition.


  1. in Cincinnati I would be aware of Chapman, given the age of Cordero

  2. With the departure or Rhodes I see both Massett and Chapman as two very good set-up men. I look for Msssett in the 7th...Chapman in the 8th ( or any situation where Cinci needs a K)...Cordero closing.

  3. Well, if you think Cordero has a firm grip, I have to disagree. He is a weak closer. Also, Feliz is getting a shot at starting, it is now official. Might wanna update this.

  4. If you have ever followed Dusty before you know he does not like young players. Coredero is and will be the closer. As far as Feliz goes he may get a look in the Spring as a starter only if Webb is not healthy. Until I hear it from the boss Nolan Ryan stay with Feliz as the closer...remember he was the ROY at closer.