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Braden Looper for the pen?

Possible Interest In Braden Looper

By Ben Nicholson-Smith [April 16 at 4:43pm CST]

Braden Looper's numbers aren't eye-catching, but the free agent righty remains useful. The 35-year-old made at least 30 starts for the third consecutive season last year, logging 194.2 innings. He pitched to a 5.22 ERA with 4.6 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9. Those numbers suggest that Looper isn't going to dominate, but could help teams win.


MLBTR was discussing Looper, who I had forgotten existed. While he was never very good as a starter, he did have a lot of success as a reliever for several years before making the conversion. I recall him saying he would like to play for the Cubs in the offseason. If he would be willing to accept something like a mil for the remainder of the season as a set up man, would he be worth it? It would be better than giving up any solid prospects for someone like Scott Downs when we really need a righty anyway.

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Braden Looper was mediocrity defined as a reliever. 4 years ago. If they got him he wouldn't crack the Top 10 of best options to be in the pen.
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I wouldn't mind giving him a shot, but why in God's name would you want him to be the setup man over Marshall?


I wouldnt. Sadly, Lou would probably use Chad Tracy as a set up man over Marshall, but Looper would probably be better than any of the other.


No, he really wouldn't be.

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