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Red Sox closer job up in air

Andrew Bailey has filled role well, but that doesn't mean he'll stay there

Updated: April 25, 2013, 8:47 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

I think both sides of the debate missed a big issue. The general public and traditional media thought we were trying to do a "bullpen by committee," a revolutionary idea. They decided to just blame the whole thing on Bill James, and got it all wrong. On the other side, the new-school guys like you thought, great, they're not going to overpay for saves, and they're going to try to apply what Bill wrote about the ace reliever and unconventional usage to create the "optimal bullpen." The truth was ...

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