Scott Boras, on Francisco Rodriguez: “Closers don’t make good setup men. Does anyone want an unhappy setup man in their clubhouse?”
FACT: Rafael Soriano has been a setup man for the overwhelming majority of his career. From 2002-2008, he was on Mariners and Braves teams where there was either a different closer that he set up for (Kaz Sasaki, Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Eddie Guardado, J.J. Putz, Bob Wickman, and Mike Gonzalez). In 2009, he and Gonzalez shared closing duties.
Rafael Soriano has been a “closer” for about six months of his natural life.
Agreed. However, I wholly disagree with the use of “just saying.”
Buster Olney was calling him a closer on Twitter so I mentioned that he has been a set up man the majority of his career and cannot be defined as a closer at this point.
He told me that Soriano led the AL in saves last year.. (obviously…. obviously.. I had no idea..) and because he led the AL in saves there is no way he cannot be defined as a closer.
I guess based on his logic John Smoltz should always be defined as a closer.. right?
Uncharacteristic dumbness from Buster.
The Mets got what they wanted. a big reduction in payroll and out of that stupid 55 game option for big bucks.
We didn’t want that clown K-Rod anyway. But we do need to start dealing or there will be nothing left for us to get.
For sure! What if the trade season ends and we don’t get anybody we don’t want?
I don’t think the problem with Soriano is that he was unhappy in the clubhouse. The problem was his 6.6 BB/9 and his 5.40 ERA.
To be fair, Soriano isn’t really so much unhappy in the clubhouse, he’s unhappy in the trainer’s room and on the Tampa rehab field.
Translation: K-Rod’s doomed.
We need frontline pitching and what we already have to be healthy.
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