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Cotton could be the closer

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After a stellar year out of the bullpen in 2012, Chris Cotton has emerged as one of the candidates for the closer spot. But he's also in the mix to start. Which one suits the soft-throwing lefty best?

Paul Mainieri laid out three characteristics he wanted in a closing pitcher — poise, deception and an ability to throw strikes. On paper, that sounds like Chris Cotton, the soft-throwing lefty who excelled out of the bullpen in 2012. Cotton doesn't light up the guns, rarely — if ever — cracking 90 m.p.h., but he has the kind of stuff that's created enough confidence in the coaching staff to make... Recommended Stories

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