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Adam Miller: Closer?

Unread postby swerb » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:26 pm

Gammons just brought up the possibility of it happening on Baseball Tonight.

Can we win a championship with Borowski, Oldberto, and Betancourt as our three hammers in the bullie? If not, considering it's nearly impossible to add MLB level back end guys in trades, don't you have to consider this?

And had Carmona not self-imploded last year, wouldn't we have already been discussing this?
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Unread postby consigliere » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:35 pm

If Miller was not coming off a scare with the elbow, maybe. But, considering Adam Miller has never pitched out of the bullpen, I'm not about to make the same mistake twice and throw Miller to the wolves like we did Carmona. How about DEVELOPING a closer. Define guys earlier, let them learn routine and situations, etc.
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Unread postby Jumbo » Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:11 am

I'd consider it, if I knew that Miller wouldn't get hurt and that he'd return to starting after this season. Since I don't know that, I don't want him closing.

Think of it this way: if he does well (has a season much like Jon Papelbon, for example) then I'd be worried that the Indians would be pressured to do much like what the Red Sox have done this spring, and shift him back into the bullpen even after the reason he was going to go into the rotation was because of a health risk.(*) If he doesn't start off well (and remember: Papelbon was 25 last year) then it'll be just like last year with Fausto. I don't think Miller's confidence will be hurt necessarily, but he'll probably have to go back into AAA and get conditioned for starting again.

Finally, in a worst case scenario, I don't know who else would start if the Indians suffered two injuries to the rotation. I think they still could compete with Carmona/Miller. Jason Davis? Eh.

Speaking of Gammons on BBTN, he was receiving accolades for his preseason pimping of Grady for MVP. Nice.

(*) That's not to say that Papelbon to closer is necessarily a bad idea. But, the teams are in different spots: their middle relief is actually weaker than the Tribe's, I think.
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