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Ah, if only there was a restrospect button to push.
One in which Ben Cherington could say, “Why did I spend all that money and talent to acquire Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan when I had the best closer in baseball for $4.5 million?”
But there’s no such thing. And so teams do the trial and error thing, then sometimes find lightning in a bottle.
That’s what Koji Uehara has been.
At this point, which closer would you rather have right now among the contenders. OK, Mariano Rivera. Anyone else?
Jim Johnson has blown nine saves in Baltimore. Fernando Rodney has blown eight in Tampa Bay. Joe Nathan in Texas? Rather have Koji. Grant Balfour entered Friday 33 for 35 in Oakland in save chances. Pretty good. But right now, the Red Sox have one of the best.