Re: Closer: Down to Cordero or Madson?
Originally Posted by Will M
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.
Who else out there is there that needs a closer bad enough to pay him $10 mil if the Reds don't give it?
From what I can tell, the market for closers is almost non-existent right now. The Reds might be able to wait this one out and get a bargain.
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