Assuming Jocketty declines CoCo's option -- he is 37 with a declining k-rate, are we going to be in the market for a big closer?
Here's the list from MLBtraderumors.com:
Heath Bell (34)
Jonathan Broxton (28)
Matt Capps (28)
Frank Francisco (32)
Brad Lidge (35) - $12.5MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
Joe Nathan (37) - $12.5MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Jonathan Papelbon (31)
Jon Rauch (33) - $3.75MM club option with a $250K buyout
Francisco Rodriguez (30)
Rafael Soriano (32) - $11MM player option or a $1.5MM buyout
Jose Valverde (34) - $9MM club option, no buyout
Papelbon and K-Rod jump out but will cost big money. I'm guessing the consesus on here will be to not pay big money for "70 innings". But the consesus seems to also lean to sticking Chapman in the rotation.
Of course there are always ways to get creative, as long as it doesn't involve Masset. Is Lecure a sleeper?