By Tom Verducci
October 12, 2013

Seven of the eight LCS teams wound up in the postseason with a different closer than they planned on, and in most cases with a very modest financial stake. In some cases, such as with St. Louis and Boston this year, very good teams changed closers multiple times and still are one series away from the World Series. Think closers are hard to find? Over the past five seasons 49 different pitchers have saved 30 games or more. Over the past 10 seasons you find 80 different pitchers with at least one 30-save season. Now go ask the Phillies what they get from paying Jonathan Papelbon $12.5 million a year and the Nationals what they get from paying Rafael Soriano $14 million a year.

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