Baltimore Orioles: Top 5 Candidates to Close in 2012

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Baltimore Orioles: Top 5 Candidates to Close in 2012
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The Orioles didn't win a lot of games in 2011, but they lost more than they should thanks to blown saves and trouble with the back end of the bullpen.

Andy MacPhail added closers through free agency to finish games, but none seemed to shut it down. The Orioles have seen Michael Gonzalez, Alfredo Simon, Jim Johnson, Kevin Gregg, Koji Uehara and others try to close over the last two years. In 2011, Gregg began the year as the closer, but Jim Johnson finished the year in the role.

Dan Duquette has made a lot of changes to the pitching staff to build depth and closer may be his next area of focus. Otherwise, there are some pretty good candidates already on the team that could fill the role.

Here are the top five candidates to close for the Orioles in 2012.

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