I just returned from Wrigley Field, where the Pirates defeated the Cubs in a wild game that seemed to drag on for at least 14 hours. In the ninth inning, Geovany Soto smoked a line drive off the arm of Matt Capps, sending Capps tumbling toward the dugout in pain. I hate to speculate before the results of his X-Ray are known, but I assume we will be without Capps for a while. That means we need a new closer.
The easy choice, and the player I expect to receive the opportunity, is John Grabow. He is easily the most established pitcher in the bullpen, and it would not hurt to build up his trade value with some greater exposure. While that line of thinking probably makes sense, particularly with the trade deadline on the horizon, I think the Pirates might want to look for a closer of the ...
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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.