Originally Posted by traderumor
Observation: there is a lot of bold talk in December about filling the closer unconventionally or cheaply. That bold talk ends pretty quickly after the first few roller coaster 9ths, blown save or not.
the only guy out there who isn't at risk to blow up is Madson & he will cost $$$.
I don't see how the team can afford him. Madson was a very good setup guy prior to 2011. He ends up as the Phil's closer due to injuries to Lidge & Contreras. Viola! He goes from a $3M/year player to a $10-12M/year player simply because he had success as a closer in 2011.
Cordero may have been a closer in the past but I think he is a huge risk to blow up like Ryan Franklin did in 2011. Lidge has closed in the past but only played a partial season in 2011 due to injury.
I'd be happy with Marshall as the 'closer' to start 2012 as long as the Reds add a quality arm or two to the pen. The team could sign Lidge, Darren Oliver, Luke Scott, a 6th starter like Francis, a couple of guys to minor league deals & still have some change left over for July. Or we could sign Madson.