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Oddly enough, it turns out "Always Be Closing" is actually very pertinent for the Toronto Blue Jays as their search for a closer continues. Yesterday, Alex Anthopoulos spoke on the Fan 590 about how the team's primary concern is to get a "ninth inning guy".
We've heard about all kinds of closer candidates, from Chad Qualls, to Mike Gonzalez, and even Trevor Hoffman - but the fact remains, the Blue Jays do not have a closer for 2011.
Part of me believes it's all part of "The Plan" as the trend of multi-year deals for relief pitchers continues, yet there are many closers who have yet to sign on the line which is dotted
Understandably, AA didn't want to be the first GM out of the gate because signing a closer at that point would set the precedent for the market. Unless you're an executive gunning for the top free agents like Cliff Lee or Carl Crawford, there's no benefit to inking a player early in the offseason.
After all, the Blue Jays waited until February 15th to sign Kevin Gregg, and he wasn't even handed the closer job off the bat. Only because Jason Frasor faltered in the first few weeks of 2010 was Gregg thrust into the closer's role.
I can just picture Alex Anthopoulos sitting back and waiting for somebody like Jon Rauch or even Brian Fuentes to get anxious near the opening of Spring Training camp to finally sign a contract with the Blue Jays. Come January or February, maybe the price will finally be right.
So let's not panic that the Blue Jays don't have a closer just yet. If coffee is for closers only, the Jays shouldn't have much difficulty finding somebody to step up and pour themselves a cup.