Baker facing difficult decision
While the Cubs' rotation ranks among the best in the game, Dusty Baker's ninth-inning plans remain a work in progress.
Baker had Rod Beck as a reliable closer for years in San Francisco and rode Robb Nen's 43 saves to a World Series appearance in 2002. But that comfort level no longer exists in Chicago. While the Cubs' rotation ranks among the best in the game, Baker's ninth-inning plans remain a work in progress.
It'll be Ryan Dempster, Joe Borowski or LaTroy Hawkins, and you're not going to pry the answer out of the manager. Two weeks into spring training, Baker refuses to anoint someone as "the man,'' under the theory that the less he says now, the less he'll have to backtrack later.
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