I’ve never really been a big fan of Joakim Soria and even though he was having a good year, he was basically only getting a chance to close a game once every two weeks…if that.
For JD to be able to get 2 of Detroit’s top 5 prospects shows that maybe he’s not as incompetent as he’s seemed over the last couple of seasons. In fairness, he’s always been very good at working with the scouting department to find good quality young prospects. Where he gets in trouble (in my mind) is when he’s trading AWAY (or waiting too long to trade away) prospects to get an established big leaguer or when he’s fishing for Free Agents.
Don’t get me wrong, I still think JD is a good GM, but I just think he’s better at rebuilding vs. maintaining a franchise. There is a time and a place for each approach and if there is one good thing about the Rangers struggles this season, it’s that it allows JD to do what he does best…rebuild by trading FOR prospects instead of trying to trade AWAY our prospects in hopes of getting another Cliff Lee deal to work out.
With Soria gone, JD has already stated that Neftali Feliz will get his chance to close games. This marks a critical time in the career of Neftali Feliz. He’s either going to re-establish himself as a dominant closer, or he’s going to fizzle out and fade away. I personally believe that Feliz is best suited for short relief appearances. I have doubts about his work ethic but I think getting the closer job back may be just the shot in the arm he needs. He’s basically got a two month head start on potential closers for next season. Let’s see what he can do with it.