Found May 07, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
Closer controversies can full of intrigue, like the Reds' decision to return Aroldis Chapman to closing duties. They can also be stupid and kind of sad, like the mess at the end of the Milwaukee bullpen right now. And then there are closer controversies that are just the worst, which is in the case in Boston. As the owners of the best record in baseball, the Red Sox don't have a lot of problems, but their closer position is a problem and it is a doozy. Ironically, the Boston front office has gone out of the way to try and make their closer situation a strength but instead it has ended up becoming both a weakness and a constant concern. Before 2012, they traded for Andrew Bailey who is an All-Star when healthy. Well, he wasn't healthy and barely pitched for the Red Sox at all in 2012. Recognizing the error of their ways, the Sox once again took to the trade market and acquired an All-Star closer in the form of Joel Hanrahan. Hanrahan was seen as a hedge against Ba...
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