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September 12, 2013

Bullpen Report

Looking Ahead

by Mike Gianella


With the season winding down, instead of going through the usual exercise of rating relievers by tiers, I thought I would take a look at all 30 closers in Major League Baseball through the lens of their contract statuses. This exercise isn’t intended to offer any predictions on what each team might do this winter, but rather is presented to offer information to keeper league owners who are looking ahead to next year.

The contract information below has been culled from Baseball Prospectus’ contracts database.

Retiring

Technically, Rivera is a free agent, but since he announced his retirement and has emphasized that he’s not coming back even if Joe Girardi asks nicely, he gets his own category. David Robertson is Mo’s likely replacement, although it’s not out of the question that the Yankees could bring someone else in this winter.

Free Agents

It seems unlikely that any of these pitchers will be brought back by their respective clubs, although if that’s the case, it’s possible that we see a buyer’s market this winter that keeps reliever prices reasonable (relatively speaking). History and financial resources suggest that the Tigers and Cardinals are the most likely teams to spend money on a closer, but both teams invented closers in both Benoit and Mujica this season and could do the same again next year. This is especially true in St. Louis’ case; the team has a deep stable of young arms, and could give a stud like Trevor Rosenthal or Carlos Martinez a year in the pen in a high-leverage role before moving them to the rotation in the future.

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