Originally Posted by JB98
It's just funny to me. When Addison Reed was here, few trusted him. He made people "nervous." Some wanted Jones to be the closer. Now that he's been dealt, we "wasted his trade value."
IMO, closers are vastly overrated in terms of their importance by fans and media alike. If you can get a potential everyday solution at a position of need in exchange for your closer, you make that trade every single time.
I hope people know Nate Jones is going to suck in the closer's role. Don't be surprised the first time he walks the bases loaded and gives up a grand slam. It will happen There are going to be some spectacular implosions if he is named closer. The good news is it really doesn't matter. This is a rebuilding year anyway, and Jones is just going to be a ninth inning placeholder until Webb matures into the role.
Agreed entirely. Addison Reed was a run-of-the-mill closer and Jones will probably also be a run-of-the-mill closer at best. Put a decent bullpen guy in the 9th inning every game you have a lead, and he'll likely end up with 30-40 saves. There have been so many of these guys throughout history on almost every team including ours (Bob James, Bobby Thigpen, Matt Karchner, Roberto Hernandez, etc.). Unless you are holding an Eckersley or Mariano, if you have a chance to get someone who could even just possibly be a long term solution to one of your holes, you do it. Every time.