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Will De Los Santos be the new closer?

Last season, the Oakland A's entered spring training with a veteran-laden bullpen that was built to help lead the team to the playoffs. The 2011 A's fell well short of that playoff goal. This year, the A's will be fielding a much younger, different-looking bullpen. Who will be the A's new closer and who will fill out the middle-inning roles?

A Look Back At 2011 Bailey's early season injury impacted the entire bullpen. Before the 2011 season began, the Oakland A's had designs on a post-season run. One of the areas they focused much of their off-season maneuvering on was their bullpen, adding veterans Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes to an already talented group. Both Balfour and Fuentes were signed to lucrative, multi-year deals and...

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