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July 18, 2013

Bullpen Report

Trade Winds Blowing

by Mike Gianella


Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third-tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week this factors into the ranking as well.

Tier 1 – Money in the Bank

Papelbon finally moves back into the first tier after a couple of weeks among the non-elite. He hasn’t been stellar of late, but he has been solid and—as I have said before—the sizeable contract gives him oodles of job security and pushes him into the top tier.

I have waffled about putting Balfour at the top as the performance indicators haven’t been spectacular, but we’re here for the saves, and Balfour just keeps gobbling them up every chance he gets. He moves into the top tier.

Tier 2 – Solid and Reliable

I must be feeling optimistic this week, because, so far, everyone is moving up. Benoit has been spectacular and an argument could be made for the first tier if not for the slight fear that the Tigers acquire a bigger name at the deadline and Benoit moves back into a set-up role.

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