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Converting to Closer

Many of the most successful closers in baseball history were failed starters, converted there for their team, or to prevent injury. So, how would these 11 pitchers fair if they were converted to closer due to need, room, ineffectiveness, or injury prevention? Rank and please give some insight. Thanks.

Humberto Sanchez (NYY - RHP)
Bryan Bullington (Pit - RHP)
John Van Benschoten (Pit - RHP)
Mark Rogers (Mil - RHP)
Richie Gardner (Cin - RHP)
Ubaldo Jimenez (Col - RHP)
Scott Mathieson (Phi - RHP)
Edinson Volquez (Tex - RHP)
Jonathan Sanchez (SF - LHP)
Greg Miller (LAD - LHP)
Sean Burnett (Pit - LHP)

-Rivera is a pending-FA and is quite old while Sanchez has had trouble staying healthy starting and he'll likely pitch in the pen for 2007.

-Torres is not having a good spring and Capps is probably not ready. Maybe Burnett, Van Benschoten, or Bullington could be options since they can't stay healthy and were such high draft picks (hopefully not Chacon).

-CoCordero is a pending-FA and will likely be too expensive for Mil to keep. It would be nice if the Brewers get soemthing out of Rogers when he gets back from shoulder surgery.

-The Reds have no placeholder at closer right now and converted a failed starter (with good control, 96+ MPH fastball, and a slider) that can't stay healthy while starting might be a good idea.

-Jimenez has some big tome control issues but has a great power arm. BA has him as the Rockies COTF.

-Mathieson will miss most of 2007 and will likely only be option in the bullpen thereafter. He had great stuff and BA also has him as the Phillies COTF. Gordon is old.

-Volquez has great stuff but has been ineffective thus fas a major leaguer while Gagne is not a sure thing and Otsuka will be 36 (2X in the AL).

-There are still rumors Benitez will be traded and while Wilson looks like the likely replacement, Sanchez does have a power arm and might not find a rotation spot with RUSS ORTIZ!:-(

-Greg Miller is probably going to try starting again but he was great pitching in relief last year.

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