Re: Poll: Your solution to the closer problem
posted at 6/22/2013 10:06 AM EDT
Crain is good, but might cost a bit more because there figures to be significant interest.
Gregg is haing a career year, but has a long, long history of being a questionable reliever.
Marmol is flat out awful. He has actually managed to be a disgrace to the Cubs uniform this year. And it is saying something when you can bring disgrace to a team that has not won a title since William McKinley was president and the flag had 46 stars.
I figure the Sox to exhaust internal options before looking outside, but two "outside the box" candidates with ZERO closer experience that actually have some of the better traits for short relief are Blake Beavan and Kevin Slowey.
Beavan is having a HORRIBLE year as a starter. He has the control and would increase velocity moving to a relief role. The bigg issue is his slow windup (the dude is what? 6'8"?) and he would have to settle for the stretch more often.
Slowey is not overpowering but finds the plate alot, and is having a weak BABIP season tht should regress to better numbers. He can be had for pocket change, unless he manages to excel in his new role.
For another slightly pricier OSTB name, Luke Hochevar is having an outstanding season as a reliever, makes $4.5mill and is arb eligible for 2 more seasons. But he may have found his niche this year. KC has had high asking prices in the past, but might be more amenable to a reasonable one since that clearly did not work out. Brentz for Hochevar? Sign me up!
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