Given this year's market the Marlins are considering making one of the young starters the closer.
Interesting to say the least. Beinfest added this:
"It's a very real possibility, and we may have some internal options that at the end of the day we may say, `These are really good arms, let's give them a chance' given what our other opportunities were and what it may cost us," Beinfest said. "We're working on a bunch of different ideas."
Breaking up the starting five would, of course, come with a cost but it is possible that it could pay dividends. Nolasco was decent out of the pen last season and so it is conceivable he could work out in that role. If the Marlins don't make any moves to acquire a closer, the team will just have to go to spring training and see who pans out. Be it Gregg, Tankersley, Owens, Lindstrom, Nolasco or someone else. The Marlins have enough live arms that they should be able to find someone with a closer's mentality who also possess the stuff to get it done. It is not the dream situation but it may work out.