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August 8, 2013

Bullpen Report

Meeting the Criteria

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

I am always reluctant to move non-established closers into the top tier, but Benoit and Henderson have both earned it with their performances. Benoit is in almost no danger of being replaced by Jose Veras or anyone else in the bullpen, and it looks less and less likely that the Tigers would consider a waiver trade. It took a long time, but Henderson picked up right where he left off as closer pre-injury.

Tier 2 – Solid and Reliable

I go back and forth with Balfour nearly every week. His strikeout rates do not inspire confidence, but he gets the saves and the A’s have not considered demoting him once, at least not in 2013.

Rodney tends to live in the third tier when he’s struggling, but resides here when he is going well. For those that doubted Rodney would survive the season as Rays closer, there is a good chance that they are going to be wrong.

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