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Great moments in confidence building: Cito Gaston

Feb 3, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

Cito Gaston, on the Blue Jays’ closer situation:

“It’s going to be between [Scott Downs and Jason Frasor] and anybody else that Alex brings into camp.”

I get what he’s saying — the Jays may, for example, bring in Kevin Gregg before the end of the day — but there has to be better way way of saying it than that, because the way Gaston said it makes it sound like he’d rather have any warm body closing than Downs or Frasor.  Seems like the right tack for a manager would be to limit his assessments to the guys who are actually on the team and leave the speculating to the front office people.

That quibble aside, smart guys I know think that Downs is the much smarter play at closer than Frasor due to the fact that (a) he’s a lefty who could be dealt at the deadline if he does well; and (b) he gets more ground balls than Frasor.

  1. Eric - Feb 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Also probably doesn’t help that its Jason Frasor?…

  2. BC - Feb 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Hey, the truth hurts. They’d be better off with Heath Slocumb than with what they have now.

  3. Pete Toms - Feb 3, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Downs gone before trade deadline? How about before the end of spring training?

  4. Curious George - Feb 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Who is Kelly Frasor? There is a Kerry Fraser, who is an NHL ref. Perhaps you had the great white north in your subconscious and your mind went to shinny?

  5. Mark - Feb 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    What are you talking about?
    Downs has been an above average reliever since 2006. He spot started a bit that year which is why he had a 4+ ERA. Exclusively as a RP though, he had a K:BB greater than 2, and a 2.77 ERA. From 07-09 he had a 192 ERA+, 8.1 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9.
    Frasor’s coming off a good season too, thanks to the fact he added a new pitch.
    So I’m not really sure why you’re under the impression that the Jays closer situation is a weakness. They’re going to be an awful team, but closer was not a need for this team. Especially one as bad as Gregg.

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