Could Chris Perez Become the Full-Time Closer?

Chris Perez, RP, Cleveland Indians. Many are unaware that Perez has just one fewer save (7) than the Indians' illustrious team leader, Kerry Wood. While his 0.85 K/IP doesn't do much to instill closer confidence, Perez has shown the ability to record outs and work through difficulties, something the rest of the Cleveland pen has struggled with for two years running. His 2.62 ERA and 1.25 WHIP are useful enough (especially relative to the competition) that fantasy owners have had no choice but to take notice. He's been handed the job in a temporary capacity in the past, and it could be just a short time before a more permanent change works out in his favor.

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