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Frank Francisco favored to emerge as Blue Jays’ closer

Feb 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel, Jon Rauch, and Jason Frasor are all candidates to close in Toronto, but new manager John Farrell told Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Star that he’ll settle on one guy rather than go by a committee approach because “it not only serves that individual but it serves the rest of the bullpen well that they know what their role is once the season starts.”

Fidlin writes that Farrell “pointed a finger at Francisco” when told “he had to make a bet on which of the candidates will eventually get the job.”

Acquired from Texas in the Mike Napoli swap last month, Francisco lost the Rangers’ closer job to Neftali Feliz early last season. After the demotion he posted a 2.84 ERA, .220 opponents’ batting average, and 57/16 K/BB ratio in 51 innings and also had a 3.43 ERA, .206 opponents’ batting average, and 140/41 K/BB ratio in 113 innings during the previous two seasons.

  1. newpairofsox - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I’m very eager to see how Farrell does this year, and how Francona does without him.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    The Jays have a lot of experience in the pen this year. A couple of good pitchers will not make the cut.

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