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April 22, 2014

Closer Report

Week Four

by Mauricio Rubio


New York Mets
We’re all guilty of trying to hold on for too long at some point in our lives. Maybe it was a relationship that should have ended but instead lingered—even though we knew the process and personnel would yield obvious and painful results.

Enter the Mets and Jose Valverde, who finally lost his job after a particularly bad series of meltdowns that led Terry Collins to go in a different direction. I picked up Valverde in a few leagues, so I know the pain some of you are feeling. If we’re being honest, however, we all knew this was coming.

Valverde’s pitch usage was noticeably different from his heyday as a valuable reliever with annoying histrionics. The splitter stopped splitting, the fastball remained straight and true, and opposing hitters just destroyed him over the past two years.

Who knows what Kyle Farnsworth will bring to the table for the Mets. I know that I was willing to bid $30 worth of FAAB on him, and I think he has a decent chance at sticking around for a while. Recently, a Twitter user asked me if I would take the over or under on Farnsworth closing for a month.

I took the over, but my confidence in that bet is shaky at best.

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swarmee

Argh; the only guys I had coming out of my 4x4 NL only auction were Bobby Parnell, Jim Henderson, Valverde, and Jason Motte. No waivers in the league. Guess it's time to send out some trade offers.

Apr 22, 2014 04:48 AM
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danteswitness

Could be worse, I only came out with JJ Hoover and Jose Veras.

Apr 22, 2014 07:21 AM
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ddufourlogger

I got Veras, but missed on Pedro Strop. Arrrrgh.

Apr 22, 2014 10:37 AM
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Shawnykid23

If Kimbrel needed a DL stint who would you grab 1st out of Walden or Carpenter?

Apr 22, 2014 09:43 AM
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jfranco77

My vote is Walden. When Carpenter got the save the other day, Walden had pitched a bunch of days in a row. Walden is more closer-y and Fredi is pretty traditional.

Apr 22, 2014 10:00 AM
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BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
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I think Walden since it's Fredi's style. Still a big if though.

Apr 22, 2014 21:47 PM
 
noone99

How quick you see crain getting the job after he comes back? Broxton like?

Apr 22, 2014 14:08 PM
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BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
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I think they might give him a warm up appearance but it's gotta be his very soon.

Apr 22, 2014 21:46 PM
 
bevoka

Who is going to be Frieri's replacement?

Apr 23, 2014 19:28 PM
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