The Island Of Misfit Closers

Just. You. Wait. (via)

Just. You. Wait. (via)

We all know the Dodgers need another reliever and possibly two or three. Maybe that’s Jamey Wright. At least one of those figures to be a lefty, and it seems likely that J.P. Howell is holding things up there, because he’d be a nice fit. (Why have we heard nothing about Oliver Perez? He’d be fun.)

There’s so many free agent relievers out there that it’s somewhat difficult to profile them all, but maybe we can narrow things down a little further based on this quote from Mark Saxon today:

The other figures to be a higher-profile move as the Dodgers have their sights set on landing another pitcher with closing experience.

With the usual caveat of “just because they want someone doesn’t mean they’ll get him,” who fits that description? Using the FanGraphs free agent leaderboards, we can see who is out there that has “closing experience”. It’s almost certainly going to be a righty, because over the last three years, only Scott Downs has even 10 saves total among lefties, and he’s hardly “high profile” these days.

Among righties, there’s 19 different guys with at least 10 saves over the last three years… sort of. Joe Nathan, LaTroy Hawkins, and Edward Mujica have already signed, and Mariano Rivera clearly isn’t an option. Ryan Madson, Rafael Betancourt, Andrew Bailey (not included) and Joel Hanrahan aren’t healthy. Jose Valverde‘s career is probably over. We’ve been down the Carlos Marmol path already. Casey Janssen seems to be mistakenly included on that list, probably because his option hadn’t been technically picked up when it was generated, but we can replace him with Chris Perez, who was released afterwards (John Axford, too). Jon Rauch, Brett Myers, Frank Francisco, and Kyle Farnsworth don’t seem to fit the criteria.

That’s 13 guys gone, so we’re left with 7, with the obvious point being that list may not be 100% complete:

John Axford
Fernando Rodney
Grant Balfour
Chris Perez
Kevin Gregg
Joaquin Benoit
Jose Veras

Balfour, Benoit, and Rodney have been the hottest names today. Three teams reportedly have offers out to Balfour, with only Baltimore known, and while there’s been no link between him and the Dodgers, maybe it’s not the worst idea in the world to replace Peter Moylan with another Australian for the trip down under. Benoit sounds like he’s headed to Cleveland or San Diego; Rodney is reportedly holding out for $10m annually. I wonder if Gregg left camp last year with a bad taste in his mouth, so who knows about that. The declining Perez terrifies me in every way, while Axford is much more appealing.

There’s also the possibility that the target is a trade acquisition who we’re not thinking about, like a Steve Cishek or Glen Perkins, though that seems less likely. But from what we know today, it certainly seems like one of these guys is going to be a Dodger next year. Unsurprisingly, that’s more scary than exciting. Saves!

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steelmohawk
steelmohawk

I don't know whether it is hulu or roku, but it seems to freeze up everytime there is a DRAMATIC






Pause.  which is fun because I sit there looking like an idiot waiting for something to happen.

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

For awhile I was kinda hoping that Uribe would sign elsewhere just to make the offseason interesting...


I REPENT, I REPENT

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Go see the Hobbit. Brace yourself for 2.6 hrs of stuff that really should only be 1.5 hrs tops

deBlueProgeny
deBlueProgeny

VND. I was thinking. 

I have read before that in tree populations, a root rot disease might enter from the west of the forest, but soon the trees to the east have formed a resistance to the disease...suggesting a sharing of information about the disease through the root system to effect the trees' immune systems.

The common cold virus is so integral to the human condition one wonders whether there is a co-adaptive evolutionary processes occurring. If so, co-adaption would have obvious benefits to the virus (provision of a host), but what might it benefit the host? 

Well, one naive hypothesis that I have rolling around my head is that the common cold virus provides a sort of information service to the host's immune system. That is, I wonder whether the common cold virus can transmit information about about other viruses or pathogens (e.g. flu) occurring within the host population to form an early warning/immunization network.

I do not know much about the structure of viruses and so on, so I wanted to know. as far as you know, is there any mechanism that might allow the cold virus to do this? Totally left field, I know.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I've put up my etsy store in Apple stores before.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

@EephusBlue the first one was terrible, it was a cross between a video game and a tom and jerry episode.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@EephusBlue It's almost like making one book into three movies was a bad idea.

deBlueProgeny
deBlueProgeny

Oh yes, this is the latest undies craze, the c-string

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@deBlue i mean, viruses are so complex that i cannot go into it without brushing up on my knowledge. viruses are just so incredible in how they replicate and adapt. theres just no way im going to sound intelligent if i carry on this conversation

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@deBlue sigh. youre talking to an anesthesiologist about infectious disease. also, im really tired. by 10PM i usually clock the hell out

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman I'm just not tired for the first time in weeks, it's weird. I was getting really sick of getting up before the sun did

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

@Catfishin @DBrim When I was first on here I misread your name the first time, and glossed over it for a few weeks so never realized my mistake.  However, occasionally I will still misread it as Catfistin.  GSSM

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman Thanks, me too! Originally I delayed it because she was so out of it all day after being knocked out for the xrays, I worried how she'd react to even more sedation for the surgery. Plus, any time an older dog can avoid surgery, I definitely approve 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman My dad strongly suggested we delay it, so I did. Her limp went away, so it was hard to argue 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman She seems to still be doing way better. I gave her the last of the pills tonight, so the next few days will really determine if she's actually healing or it was all the meds numbing her. 

I was actually falling asleep by 9 a lot of nights, very strange for me. I'm good with my sleep schedule of 12-8, I hope it sticks. I've been really stressing and that messes with everything

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@deBlue @The Notorious VND yeah, i was gonna ask WHAT SPOT ON THE WALL? and i figured you were looking at the old victorian walls - which are a total bitch to keep clean. but yeah. was moving a lot of stuff around that sunday. 

deBlueProgeny
deBlueProgeny

@The Notorious VND @deBlue Oh well. I was going to totally rag on your ladder and turned up rug, not to mention the spot on the wall, but hey.


oh wait. thats not a spot. My screen is dirty.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@deBlue @The Notorious VND i know my rug was coming up and my ladder is in the way. it was a really rough sunday. but it was cute cuz he was in his shirt for the game... even tho he didnt watch

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@deBlue @The Notorious VND engaging me at midnight for this kinda talk is.. just gonna make me post gifs about dogs or something. the secret to longevity in medicine is balance. gotta cut the cord at some point