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Alburqurque ain't fungible either. In fact, he's the most valuable reliever mentioned in this thread. Any team would love to add a reliever with a career rate of about 14 K/9 (37% of the batters he's ever faced have struck out) and half a hit allowed per inning.
Also, this shows why hyping closers is silly. He had a highly publicized consecutives saves streak two years ago, which was mostly just dumb luck, and now is fighting for a job.
Well, maybe he came out throw 95-96 again. I mean, I agree this reasoning is silly, but not as silly as putting him in the most important relief role on the team over several clearly superior pitchers.
And he even, ummm.... picked up a win last night and now leads the Cubs with 2 W's!
seemed improbable even after the Tigers signed Valverde to a minor-league contract on April 4
Don't closers, over the course of the season, pitch in the highest leverage situations for their respective teams? I'm not sure how else you would identify the most important relief role. The fireman doesn't exist any more.
The Tigers are, on paper, really, really good
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