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The O-Zone: Julian Tavarez?
Posted by Joe Oberkrieser at 3/21/2007 2:09:00 PM
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So Julian Tavarez is the front-runner to be the Red Sox closer.

Julian Tavarez.

Wow.

As I shake my head and mutter to myself, letís look at this from a fantasy perspective first. Even if Tavarez is officially named Bostonís closer, heís still not worth more than a buck or two, and he shouldnít be taken until the final rounds of a straight draft.

Thereís so much not to like here. Tavarez doesnít have the dominance a big-league closer needs. Heck, his 5.11 K/9 last year wasnít even league-average, much less closer-worthy. Tavarezí control isnít exactly impeccable, either. He walked 44 in 98 2/3 innings last season. Thatís obviously way too many for a ninth-inning pitcher.

As for mental makeup -- the ďguileĒ Ron Shandler speaks of -- well, thatís a laugh. Tavarezí mercurial moodiness is not a good trait for a closer to have. Ice water doesnít run through his veins -- more like Tabasco sauce. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

Saves are saves, but donít expect Tavarez to get many of them. He wonít last long as a closer.

From a real-life perspective, making Tavarez the closer is even more exasperating. The Sox spend $140 million, and they canít find a stud to nail down the ninth inning? The Sox can spend $50 million just to talk to someone, but they canít afford a quality closer?


Comments....

When all is said and done Papelbon will close for the RedSox.
Posted by bigboybundle at 3/21/2007 4:54:00 PM
 
If they have to turn back to Papelbon, that would be very bad news for Boston.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 3/21/2007 6:18:00 PM
 
Not necessarily - if Lester can come up by May or June, they'll still have five viable starters plus a rehabbing Clement.
Posted by Erickson at 3/21/2007 9:52:00 PM
 
Papelbon was named the closer. Seems like a waste of talent. I'd rather get six strong innings from him than one only when the team is winning.
Posted by jarnold at 3/22/2007 11:03:00 AM
 

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