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Old 12-17-2013, 12:10 PM
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Default Who is the closer for '14?

Matt Lindstrom? I liked the trade of Reed but do we have anybody to step into the role of closer? Closer by committee until somebody emerges? Make another trader or sign a closer?
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:19 PM
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Lindstrom, Jones, and Webb appear to be the in-house front-runners, though there's a couple of intriguing guys still available in FA with closer experience.

So, it's December and probably a bit too early to speculate.
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:19 PM
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Matt Lindstrom? I liked the trade of Reed but do we have anybody to step into the role of closer? Closer by committee until somebody emerges? Make another trader or sign a closer?
There will be no trade or signing, just an internal competition among Jones, Lindstrom and perhaps Webb.

IMO, whatever dollars they have left to spend on the bullpen will be used to acquire some left-handed help.
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:29 PM
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Probably Jones. I don't see them spending big money on a proven closer. Bullpen has some good arms; one of them will emerge
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:43 PM
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I vote Jones for first chance.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:04 PM
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Ill say Lindstrom. If he does well he will have worth at the trade dead line. I really dont think Lindstrom fits in the Sox long term plans.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:18 PM
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Ill say Lindstrom. If he does well he will have worth at the trade dead line. I really dont think Lindstrom fits in the Sox long term plans.
Bingo. Get his stock up and move him in July.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:27 PM
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Revolving door, IMO.

To start, whoever takes it in spring.

Closer really shouldn't be much of a concern for this team.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:41 PM
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I'm gonna go with Chris Perez.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:43 PM
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Revolving door, IMO.

To start, whoever takes it in spring.

Closer really shouldn't be much of a concern for this team.

"Closer" shouldn't really be a concern for any team, IMO. But I suppose I digress.
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:01 PM
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I'm gonna go with Chris Perez.
I would like that. Then flip him at the deadline.
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:52 PM
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Jesse Crain is also an intriguing option out there. He could potentially sign for low money if the Sox promise him a chance to close and prove he is healthy again. I know he has always wanted the opportunity and had it not been for Spring Training injuries, might have been the Sox first closer option in 2012. Jesse could be spun for a prospect at the deadline if the Sox fall out of contention.
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Old 12-17-2013, 04:18 PM
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Whoever they pick, I hope they're willing to flip him come deadline time (unless they're miraculously competing).
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Old 12-17-2013, 04:30 PM
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Lindstrom seems like a good choice.
Save Jones and Webb for higher leverage situations.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:45 PM
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Default If our closer blows it

If our closer blows a couple of Chris Sale's gem, will you still be saying that it doesn't matter who closes for this team. lol.

Closer has become an important role. It is very demoralizing to lose leads in the ninth inning. I wouldn't mind signing another guy to compete in the bullpen. We have the money especially with Dunn coming off the books next year.
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