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|2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)||Is the truth out there or is it hiding beneath Jason Motte's beard? Also, will Soriano be a bust or boom for the Northsiders? |
(Agent Mulder from DC)
|It's buried under The Field Museum.
Bust in terms of not being a shutdown closer. Fine in terms of providing OK relief innings. (Mike Gianella)
|2014-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Sam, Which non-closers should I pick up now on the chance they will close in 2015?|
(Cal Guy from Cal)
|Wade Davis, Ken Giles, Kevin Jepsen, Bruce Rondon... though not necessarily closing in April 2005. Trying to figure out who is going to close for the Giants next year. Who's going to close for the Giants next year? I'll say Jason Motte is going to close for the Giants next year. Enjoy this prediction, Giants fans and fantasy owners, I wrote it just for you! (Sam Miller)|
|2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Bret - Any guys that are not closers this year that could have the inside track to be closer next year? Thanks.|
(Dave from Boston)
|Cody Allen and Jason Motte. (Bret Sayre)|
|2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)||Some non-closer this year that are good bets to earn 20+ saves next year are _____?|
(Joanah from Redwood)
No non-closer is ever a good bet to earn 20+ saves. If you had Kevin Gregg with 30 saves this year, raise your hand. Not so fast, every single one of you.
But if you're asking for names, I like Cody Allen in Cleveland, Ryan Cook in Oakland, and Trevor Rosenthal in St. Louis if he stays in the bullpen. All three are risks, but that's the nature of a question like this; these are all guesses at this point. I think the Indians will non-tender Perez, but maybe they sign him for $9-10 million. Grant Balfour probably leaves for free agency, but maybe he doesn't. Edward Mujica probably leaves, but maybe the Cardinals keep him or maybe Jason Motte is healthy and gets the role back. I used to shy away from the skills over roles thing, but now I believe it. If you grabbed Rosenthal in your fantasy league this year, you probably were very satisfied with the overall numbers (and especially the strikeouts) even though he never wound up closing. (Mike Gianella)
|2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||1) Will my beard ever be as epic as Jason Motte's?
2) Is there a better time to sell high on me?|
(R.A. Dickey from Growing a Manly Beard)
|1 & 2) Probably not. (Paul Sporer)|
|2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||With SP being so deep this year, would you risk parting with a stud closer (Jason Motte) for a 2/3sp like Jordan Zimmerman?|
(bateman19 from Boston, MA)
|I would, yes. Motte is my #2 closer, but Zimm is a favorite. I think he's fantastic. (Paul Sporer)|
|2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Standard 5x5 keeper league. Is David Freese a drastic overpay for Jason Motte? (Both players have the same salaries for this year, next year, etc.) I'm concerned Freese can't stay healthy enough to play more than 100 games.|
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
|I've talked with BP's in-house injury expert, Corey Dawkins, about Freese in the past, and he doesn't believe that Freese is that typical injury-prone sort--just unlucky. That said, it really depends on who your other 3B options are and how badly you need a closer. Are there a lot of other closers out there to be drafted this year? Motte is talented, but closers are largely interchangeable, so while I'm not in love with Freese, I wouldn't pay him if you can get someone comparable without giving him up. In a vacuum, in a 12-team mixed league, I'll take Motte based purely on value. (Derek Carty)|
|2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)||Cory,
Do you think there's fewer top tier closers this year. I drink the 411 Kool-Aid but I'm hoping to pick up 2 of the top 12 closers a little later than normal. Do you agree? And who do you think might have value as a #2 closer.
(Neil from London, England)
|It does seem that way. The top 5 this year is probably Kimbrel, Mariano, Papelbon, Axford and Wilson, or maybe Storen, but that doesn't seem as strong as two years ago when Bell was in that mix. I'm looking closely at Jason Motte for my targeted #2 this year; I picked him up several times last year in NFBC while their closer carousel was spinning, but of course by the time he actually got the job I was out of FAAB money! Figures. (Cory Schwartz)|
|2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)||Standard 5x5 keeper league. Is David Freese a drastic overpay for Jason Motte? (Both players have the same salaries for this year, next year, etc.) I'm a Cardinal fan and I just don't see Freese healthy enough to play more than 100 games. |
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
|Last one... and thanks to everyone for the great questions. My fingers hurt from typing!
At the same salary, I'd take Motte. As mentioned earlier I think he'll be a very solid #2 closer this year, with strong strikeout numbers and ratios, as he's developed his pitch repertoire a little bit over the years. Freese is a solid hitter, and while I'm not worried too much about the injuries, I just don't see enough power upside to make him untradable. Do the deal. (Cory Schwartz)
|2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who are some breakout closers you have in mind for 2012? Not just save collectors, guys that could be elite. Kimbrel was a a draft day jewel for lots of people last year, no doubt. |
(froston from Canada!)
|Rafael Betancourt, Jason Motte, Addison Reed, Grant Balfour. Betancourt and Motte have already shown elite skills and will likely start the year with the jobs. Reed's riskier but could be elite too (also might not get the job), Balfour's a tier below but still good (and too might not get the job). (Derek Carty)|
|2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)||The right side of the Cardinals' bullpen is brutal...can any of Sanchez/Salas/Samuel contribute this year?|
(Andrew from Chicago )
|I could see Sanchez getting there at some point. I'm not sure he's going to help a ton this year though. Jason Motte sure can throw those upper 90s fastballs up and straight as an arrow, can't he? (Kevin Goldstein)|
|2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Do the Cardinals have what it takes to get Halladay? I've got to think Brett Wallace is expendable, but while guys like Jason Motte and Jess Todd are nice pieces, I get the feeling they don't have the kind of starting pitching required to get the deal done. Am I wrong about that?|
(David Vines from NYC)
|Tons of Halladay-trade scenarios in here.
Two Sundays ago I was on Ken Broo's fine sports show on WLW in Cincinnati -- Ken is a BP fan who knows his stuff -- and Halladay came up. I opined that the Cardinals were a possible destination for him, and that if that happened,it almost ensured the division. While teams like the Indians, Astros and Bruce-less Reds, are better served looking to the future, St. Louis may seriously want to consider such a deal. Wallace has a damn bright future, though. (David Laurila)
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