Closer Report: Deep sleepers for saves
Seattle Mariners: Starting at the bottom of the division, it's pretty clear David Aardsma (hip surgery) will not be ready to pitch in a big league game by the start of April, and it has been assumed that Brandon League will replace him. It's not a bad assumption, but keep an eye on former Baltimore Orioles closer Chris Ray, who agreed to a minor league contract with the last-place team in January. Ray has saved 51 games in his career, and while his walk rate in 2010 with the two World Series teams was subpar, League's numbers are a bit misleading, as well. He has allowed 15 home runs over the past two seasons, and his K/9 rate slipped mightily in 2010. I think League wins the job, and even holds on to it when Aardsma returns, but I also could see Ray involved in the saves picture at some point.
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