Red Sox going with the closer-by-committee approach

In a break from the norm, the Red Sox are planning on going into the '03 season without a traditional closer.

Originally Published: January 8, 2003
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

It's an old idea made new. It's considered an experiment even though it's been tried plenty before. It's innovative, but somewhat retro, too.

It's a bullpen led by committee rather than achored by a single closer, and the Boston Red Sox are going to give it a try.

Deeming Ugueth Urbina too expensive for their budget, the Red Sox waved goodbye to Ubrina's 40 saves and have reconstructed their bullpen, aiming for quanity, and they hope, quality.

Instead of Urbina being designated ...

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