Pick a pitcher 25yo or younger to build ur team around
Alot of names obviously come to mind....Dontrelle,Harden,Carlos Zambrano,Felix Hernandez,Bonderman,Sabathia,Papelbon,BEckett,Gavi n FLoyd,Scott Kazmir,Prior,PEavy,Liriano,Duke,Brett Myers,Oliver PErez,Verlander,Zumaya
My homer pick is Papelbon but i still have a strong feeling that Prior is gonna go on a 6+ year tear ala PEdro circa 1997-2003 when he gets it together.
But all in all i would build my team around Jake Peavy
I would build my team around Chad Cordero. Starting pitching talent comes and goes, but a great closer is few and far between.
Oh dear lord. You did not just write this. Let's start from the start--Chad Cordero is not a great closer. He is a very good closer, but he is not a great closer. Wagner, Rivera, Lidge, Gagne... those guys are great. Cordero isn't in their tier.
Second, a great closer IS NOT more valuable than a great starter, so there is no reason to have a great closer over a great starter. Maybe back in the 70s, when guys like Mike Marshall were pitching 100+ innings in relief, you could make a case. But in this age of the 70 IP closer, the closer is the single most overrated "position" in baseball.
Having a great closer doesn't mean **** if you can't get to the ninth without the lead.
It'll probably be Felix...but as a Pirate fan I'm very happy with Duke.
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