You don’t need to be Coy, Roy,
just listen to me.
Hop on the bus, Gus.
You don’t need to discuss much.
Just drop off the key, Lee
and get yourself free.
Well, I guess that could be meant for Stan Kasten, but I’m sure Stan has a few plans of his own (“what should I do with this Ned guy? Timmons says Logan White should be GM. Should I listen to this Timmons guy?“) This is a new ERA in Dodger baseball and I will only mention Frank McCourts name one more time. I have one final article planned. That’s for another day.
Here the new plan, Stan:
I have always thought that Aaron Harang would make a great closer. He is struggling as a starter – not horrible, but not good! He throws 92-94 MPH as a starter, but as a reliever, I think he would hit 95-97 MPH and his “out-pitch” is a slider. He’s a pro – he’s been around – he won’t be fazed being a closer, and it gives others a chance to blossom. He’s only making $3 Mil this year – that’s chump change for a closer. Seriously, the Dodgers should try this!
So here’s the whole plan:
- Aaron Harang is anointed as closer.
- Jansen and Guerra are the prime set up men.
- Wright, Lindblom and Coffey are middlemen.
- Nate Eovaldi returns to the rotation.
- Mike MacDougal is DFA’ed.
Make it so!
UPDATE: Jae mentioned one other thing: Aaron Harang is big, ugly and imposing on the mound and he suggested that he get a Mad Hungarian Persona. I like that idea. Unlike critics of the idea, living in Indiana, near Cincinnati, I have watched Aaron Harang for years and there is no question in my mind that he could be an excellent closer. He has the pitches and the power to do it.