For many of you, the season officially began with Truck Day. For others, it was the day that pitchers and catchers reported.
But for an overwhelming majority of MLB fans, baseball isn't really on the radar until the first installment of Closing Thoughts hits newsstands. Today is that day, gamers. Of course CT No. 1 usually sells out quickly, so you should probably just read it online. The only features from the print version that you won't find here are the Wickman pictorial and the Urbina fan fiction.
Below you'll find a snapshot of every team's closing situation, with a few additional names of interest for those who need to draft holds or speculate on future saves. Please keep in mind that this is just an initial sweep. A few of the players listed here – like Phil Hughes(notes) and Sean Marshall(notes) – could very well pitch their way into starting rotations. It's spring. Many things remain unsettled.
For example, we don't yet know who would close for the Twins in Joe Nathan's(notes) absence, but we're giving a slight edge here to Jon Rauch(notes). In Houston, Matt Lindstrom(notes) may get the first blown save if Brandon Lyon(notes) (shoulder) isn't ready. Brad Lidge(notes) (elbow, knee) could miss the first week or two for the Phillies. Mike Gonzalez(notes) and Kerry Wood(notes) have sore backs, Octavio Dotel(notes) has an oblique issue, Huston Street(notes) has dealt with shoulder inflammation, and Matt Capps(notes) can't seem to get anyone out. And the Jays could re-think this Kevin Gregg(notes) madness at any time.
So there are a few issues. If we've somehow disrespected your preferred RP, you may file a complaint in comments. Otherwise, please declare your favorite Nasty Boy…
(Note: Per our usual, ADP data is via Mock Draft Central).
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