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Addison Reed no longer full-time closer

Chip Hale gave it a day. Then another day. And he came to the same conclusion. Addison Reed will not be the Arizona closer for a while.

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This was mentioned in the preview, but I think, given the two thousand words I wrote on the topic yesterday, this piece of news deserves its own post!

However, it does not appear this necessarily means we will see someone else in save situation, with Steve Gilbert reporting, "Chip Hale says he will play match ups in 9th inning rather than strictly Addison Reed." Nick Piecoro concurs: "Ziegler could be an option for the ninth inning but [Hale] plans to keep his options open in case Ziegler is needed earlier." It does appear that Reed has been having "mechanical issues", and we'll be going with the "closer by committee" approach until these have been ironed out. Reed sounded... almost relieved at news of the change

And I can't help but feel for the guy. No-one likes to fail at their job. Least of all, in front of tens of thousands of people, and many more than that with access to social media and an irritable nature. It's going to be interesting to see how this change works out: I get the feeling we will probably see Ziegler as the main closer, but I look forward to seeing how Hale handles the options. The idea of playing match-ups in the ninth was suggested as the first comment in our thread, and if properly used - and if the players are able to adapt to more flexible roles - it could be quite effective, given the various "looks" available out of our pen.