Fallout of potential closer trades

Predicting who's next in line is no sure thing

Updated: July 21, 2011, 12:55 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Saves, you fickle, fickle market, you.

It's bad enough that closers, just on performance, can so quickly and unexpectedly lose their jobs. Look at Carlos Marmol. From June 8 to July 7, he enjoyed a 13-game stretch during which he was 8-for-9 converting saves, had 13 2/3 scoreless innings and held opponents to a .188 batting average. Then in a matter of three games, during which time he threw only 52.0 percent of his pitches for strikes, blew two of three save chances and allowed seven ...

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