With all the talk here lately about closers and what strategy to take, I wanted to pass along news as two teams seem to have settled their closers roles, at least temporarily:
- According to Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune (click here to view the article), the Cubs have named Kevin Gregg the team’s closer, over Carlos Marmol. I’m shocked, though I can’t see this sticking for very long. The Cubs are a team looking to compete this season and Gregg blew 9 saves last season in a situation that carried very little stress. That’s not going to be the case in Chicago and once he blows a few saves I think the team will make a change. If you have Marmol, I’d just stash him away for now. If you are in need of saves and Gregg went undrafted, he’ll help for now.
- Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times (click here for the post) is reporting that Brandon Morrow told reporters that he would be moved to the bullpen, and not just temporarily. His starting days are apparently over, instead he will be the teams closer moving forward. I doubt that he went undrafted in your league, but if you had picked one of the borderline options, you can safely move on. Morrow has the chance to be one of the elite closers in the game, even pitching for a sub par team, and obviously should be owned in all formats.
What do you think of these two decisions? Do you think Gregg will hold the role? Do you see Morrow as a potentially elite closer?