Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
With all Dayton's talk about the 2013-15 plan, I really figured Soria would be in his peak years still at that time.
The idea that closers are overrated is to some degree dispelled every October.
No, not really. Many people rate closers so highly that a .500 team or a losing team is advised by their fans to keep him.
The marginal value of a great closer vs a pretty good or average closer is very, very low. However, if you are at 92 wins and you really need 93 or 94 wins to win your division, and you've pretty much maxed out your lineup and rotation, then and only then, might a closer, maybe, be your only spot remaining to eke out that last 1 or 2 extra wins, and if you really need those 1 or 2 wins, you might be advised to pay dearly for him.