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|Job security (JS) score
||1 (unstable) to 5 (untouchable)
|Health (H) score
||1 (injury-prone) to 5 (durable)
Closer: Steve Cishek, Heath Bell
Understudy/Fill-in: Juan Oviedo R, Randy Choate
In case you missed it, the Miami Marlins are going to a closer committee. Cishek will likely get the first chance to take the majority chair. Choate might see some lefty-on-lefty action, but that's not something mixed leaguers should aggressively chase. Oviedo is working his way back and could enter the fray soon.
Bell, the big signing whose struggles prompted this arrangement, will be used in earlier innings to prove he's worth reconsidering. He admitted being bothered the last two weeks by what he calls a tight calf. As a result, he cut down on his workouts. No fat guy jokes here; he could've legitimately been out of shape.
Bell said he thinks "there's more to" his problems than vacillating stuff, per a report from The Miami Herald. Is he talking about pitch sequence? Catcher John Buck addressed that possibility by saying he's open to Bell shaking off the signs he puts down if Bell isn't trusting his arsenal.
Maybe they need to improve their communication, too. Bell has had more than a hint of discord with Ozzie Guillen, thanks to the stopper's hittable stuff and faulty communication between the two. Skip has banished and relented on Bell at the back end a few times this season, but this might mark a longer breakup.
Though Oviedo might be the best option in the long run, Cishek has the speculative reins for the immediate future. Sometimes, if an arm gets his foot in the door and proves competent, the job becomes his. Can you land both?
Job security score: 1
Health score: 5
The blister that has bothered the San Francisco Giants' Santiago Casilla has improved. The rest at the break has done its job, apparently, and he should be ready for work Friday. Sergio Romo shouldn't leave your radar or deep-league squad, though, just in case.
The Minnesota Twins will ease Matt Capps into closing, considering he just came off the disabled list. Glen Perkins and Jared Burton should continue carrying the load until Capps is ready - and if the Twinkies ship out the polarizing right-hander.
Confirming what Nick mentioned in the first-half roundup, the Houston Astros are making Brett Myers and Brandon Lyon available in trade talks before the upcoming July 31 deadline. Lyon is worth tucking away in the event he stays and Myers goes, but don't give up anything of value for him; there's an equally good chance he remains in a setup gig with a different uni.
Wilton Lopez might wind up as the stopper if Myers and Lyon go, making him a stash candidate, as well.
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