For better, for worse: Closing jobs with the potential for change
So many of the league's top closers have earned their reputations by featuring blazing fastballs, knee-buckling curveballs, all while exhibiting astonishing mound antics and intimidating sneers. These are the things of closer lore. Demeanor, almost as much as pure stuff, can steer a middle reliever straight to the fame and fortune of the back end of the bullpen.
At some point (typically many points) during the season, more than a few closers will lose their jobs. Some have lost their jobs already, and their replacements have enjoyed varying degrees of success. And, as Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline approaches, the rumor mill reminds fantasy owners that still others may soon be losing their jobs because of the imminent effect of free market enterprise.
While some names are as safe as our collective memories of 1950s middle-America (think