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The Billy Wagner trade is also good news for fantasy owners, who will get another closer to pick in 2004 drafts. However, don't assume that setup man Octavio Dotel will automatically assume the closer's role. Dotel was Houston's closer in 2000 when Wagner was injured, and he blew nearly a third of his chances and had an ERA over 4 as a reliever. Brad Lidge, meanwhile, has also been groomed to close games. Until hitting a second-half wall this season, Lidge (above) was nearly as dominant as Dotel - and Wagner. Figure on this being a key position battle, not automatically Dotel's job to lose. As for Wagner, his value doesn't change; he goes from one potential playoff team to another, though Philly must get him setup men - like he had in Houston.
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