Mark Melancon is the latest reliever to derail the "Proven Closer" theory. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

This morning Mike Petriello of ESPN Insider wrote an article about how the closer myth is dying. Petriello pointed out that a lot of top teams this year have gone the cheap route with their closers. Atlanta and Los Angeles are using closers brought up through the farm system. Boston, Detroit, and Oakland are using free agent relievers who weren't signed as closers, although Boston definitely tried to add "Proven Closers" in each of the last two years before being forced to make the switch to Koji Uehara. Then there's the Pirates, who currently have Mark Melancon from that trade with Boston over the off-season.

Outside of those six contenders, Petriello notes that three of the 15 pit...

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