What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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I thought I'd look into who the "experienced" closers are that JD could possible acquire to comply with Wash's request. I came up with this spreadsheet.
Out of the experienced closers who could be available, many would likely require a large bounty of prospects. Essentially many of the closers who could be acquired for a reasonable price aren't likely to outperform the candidates currently on the roster.
I would rather roll the dice with the in house options such as Ogando or Strop. Getting a good return on a replaceable bullpen arm is a way that JD has built our system. It would seem counter productive to trade good prospects for a guy who would only be marginally, if any, better than what we already have.
I'm with you LFloyd, there arent many available closers that could be much better than what we already have. The only way I would want to make a deal is if we could get someone by trading some "spare parts". Maybe the Cubs would be interested in a MY, CD, and cash for Marmol and prospect. Marmol's contract is like 3/30, so it would cancel out all but about 6 mil of MY's contract add in about 6 mil, then the Cubs only pay about 12 mil more over 3 years for MY as their 2B
You can do the numbers;confirm or deny my input here, butI think you might find that a 'big closer' vs. 'average closer' dose not show a great deal of difference in won-lost total,or overall strength of a good team. The BIG boys, with moneywill always feel the need to upgrade a closer slot, because they can simply afford doing so. We might have the tools here.
In the same breath, it shows WHY Daniels and other noted GM's, don't spend big moneyon closers. The return is minimal for value,and certainly not worthy of big prospect exchanges to get a 'big closer'.Even Chris Davis would be 'overpay'.
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