Re: Tandem Closers
posted at 10/11/2011 12:51 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Tandem Closers
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Tandem Closers : You called it right last year - Putz was the guy to get. Terrific year for AZ. I think somebody signs Papelbon long-term, but it's a bit of a bad year for him. The two 'big-market' teams with the biggest needs that might otherwise go for him (LAD & NYM) are in financial turmoil. Maybe the Twins or Cubs bite, but it's a lot of money to spend on one need, when they obviously have multiple others to address. The one bullpen arm I might sign in FA is Joel Perralta - terrific year, and would not cost much.
Posted by slomag[/QUOTE]
Several of us wanted Putz, but the reports at the time was that he wanted to be a closer, not set-up, but I guess money talks. We may have been able to offer more and get him here. We also could have traded Paps and saved millions with Putz as our closer.
Sidenote: remember, the Silly Clown also wanted Wheeler ($3M/1 and Oki $1.75M/1 = $4.75M/1) for about the yearly cost of Putz, Downs, Crain, Guerrier, or Fuentes.
Other top choices were more realistic "gets", since they did not insist on a closer role were Crain, Guerrier, and Downs. It was not sure if Fuentes would accept a non-closer role or not, but I did mention him as well.
Putz 0.914/2.17 (58) $10M/2 including 3rd year buyout or $15M/3
My perhaps more "realistic" choices:
1) Jesse Crain 1.240 / 2.62 (65 IP) $13M/3
2) Scott Downs 1.006 / 1.34 (54 IP) (LHP) $15M/3
3) M. Guerrier 1.266 / 4.07 (66 IP) $12M/3
4) B. Fuentes 1.234 / 3.70 (58 IP) $10.5M/2