On the eve of Opening Day, there’s a little bit of closers news worth noting:
- According to Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times (click here for the post), Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu has named Brandon Morrow the team’s closer from the outset of the season. If you were holding onto a few of those relief pitchers in hopes of stealing a few saves over the first week or two, it is safe to move on. Morrow has the potential to be among the elite closers in the game.
- According to mlb.com, the A’s have placed Joey Devine on the 60-day DL, with a visit to Dr. James Andrews scheduled on Wednesday. Obviously, the team is not expecting very good news, leaving Brad Ziegler as the team’s closer from the outset. Ziegler is obviously unlikely to repeat last seasons remarkable performance, but is obviously usable in all formats now that he should have the closers job to himself early on.
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