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  • Brightside Brightside Mar 15, 2013 1:32 AM Flag

    Should I trade Mariano Rivera for Mike Napoli???

    Is that a big enough of an upgrade at catcher to let go a top-tier closer? Not sure how good the rest of my 9th inning guys will be.

    My team

    C: AJ Pierzynski
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: Brandon Phillips
    3B: Hanley Ramirez
    SS: Jose Reyes
    OF: Carlos Gonzalez
    OF: Michael Bourn
    OF: Alex Rios
    Util: Freddie Freeman
    Util: Alex Gordon
    Bench: Nick Swisher
    Bench: Josh Willingham

    SP: Madison Bumgarner
    SP: Adam Wainwright
    RP: Mariano Rivera
    RP: Tom Wilhemsen
    P: Glenn Perkins
    P: Casey Janssen
    P: Matt Latos
    P: Yovanni Gallardo
    Bench: Hiroki Kuroda
    Bench: Josh Beckett
    Bench: Trevor Cahill

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    • Double check Napoli's health- he should be OK for 2013, but has a hip condition so he won't be playing catcher (which is probably a good thing as he give you catcher eligibility with less risk of injury). If that checks out, do the deal- you have two other closers to replace Rivera. I don't like AJ this year, you are buying high off a career year with him.

    • Not sure if I'd buy on Napoli... red sox backed off 34MM worth in the deal they made with him, something smells of the John Lackey deal.


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