SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — And the 2020 Giants closer will be … nobody? That is possible. Manager Gabe Kapler would not commit Friday to naming a single replacement for Will Smith, during a broader conversation about the evolution of roles in baseball. “I think if somebody grabs hold of that position and makes it unequivocally clear that this person is the right player for the role, sure,” Kapler said. “I think there’s some value in naming a closer. We have to be flexible enough to say, ‘You know, right now we don’t have to name somebody the closer.’ “But I think that decision is going to be made for us as we go through camp.” Kapler had set closers during most of his two seasons managing the Phillies. While 16 pitchers earned 80 saves, Hector Neris (39) and Seranthony Dominguez (16) had well more than half of them. The Giants do not have an obvious candidate. They employ a seasoned reliever in Tony Watson who closed with the Pirates after they traded Mark Melancon in 2016. They also have a number of experienced short relievers and younger pitchers who fit the key job description: They throw gas. Related Stories GiantsBy John… Read full this story
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