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Brian Fuentes: Your New, Old Rockies Closer

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Apr 24th 2008 4:18PM by Will Brinson
Well, that didn’t take very long, did it? Manny Corpas is out as closer, according to MLB.com, and Brian Fuentes will replace him. Fuentes, as you likely remember (from a few hours ago), was the closer last year who lost his job immediately after being named to the All Star team. Corpas took over and never let go of the gig, helping to shut down opposing teams in the midst of a ROX-tacular ROX-tober. But, clearly, he has faltered this year, going just four for eight in save opps.
‘I think what you need to do is what’s best for the club and that’s to give the ball to Brian right now, get the heat off Manny and give him an opportunity to work his way out,’ Hurdle said.
While Fuentes had accepted his role as a setup man and not complained, it was no secret that he wanted to close. He has made the All-Star team each of the past three seasons as a closer and was off to a good start last year before his bad run in June eventually led to a stint on the disabled list.

I like this move. A lot actually. As much guff as I gave Hurdle for benching Troy Tulowitzki in what I thought was a premature manner, it’s refreshing to see someone with a quick hook on his closer, and an unwillingness to recognize when someone just isn’t working out. (Pointing fingers all up in your face, Ned Yost.
Fuentes is an immediate add, obviously, given that he will have the opportunity to save games for the Rockies (for the rest of the season, presumably, if he doesn’t screw it up.) I would not drop Corpas in larger leagues just quite yet though — he can be a dominant setup guy who provides nice middle relief K’s and while Hurdle made the switch now, there’s no guarantee it stays like that all season. Smaller leagues can dump Corpas immediately though.

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