Dave Dombrowski and His Reputation With Closers
The below commentary about Dave Dombrowski's Tiger history with closers is interesting. Just to add, if a general manager has any significant history with closer, I'd prefer they take their talents elsewhere. This is not to diminish the value of relief pitchers. In fact, relief pitchers are a much more affordable way to prevent runs, which is why I'm surprised more small market teams don't switch to a four man rotation. Closers, however, are an overvalued commodity based on a useless statistic, saves. Perhaps saves and wins will be exiled at some point, but until then, teams to steer clear of the likes of Dave Dombrowski. As the Red Sox have proven in the past, however, money outweighs bad decisions. So even in the shadow of JD Drew, the Red Sox can still remain competitive.
The 2015 Detroit Tigers season can be considered a fluke. On paper in spring training, the Tigers had all of the pieces necessary to be a playoff-contending team. They had the best hitter on the planet, one of the toughest closers, a remarkable designated hitter, a shortstop that could fly, and unstoppable corner outfielders…
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