Are there ways and specific stats to look at when projecting a starter as a potential closer?
I was thinking about it a second ago when I was looking at Bedard's last three years. This is a guy, to me, who would be a top five pitcher year in and year out if it weren't for injuries. He's a FA this year and I think he'll be vastly underpaid, and his injury problems make me believe that maybe he'd be best suited as a closer.
The last three years, in limited time, the guy's average BABIP is around .290. He's good for a K-Rate over 9 per 9 IP and has some control issues but nothing ridiculous.
Thoughts on this proposal?