San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell pumps his fist after getting the last out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Petco Park on June 4, 2011.
In Jon Daniels' end-of-season press conference on Monday, he addressed the Neftali Feliz question.
Does he close in 2012 or finally move to the starting rotation, which has been a hope of the front office for years?
If Feliz does, in fact, move to the starting rotation the Rangers will need to replace the back-end of the bullpen, which could include Alexi Ogando but more likely would have the main in-house candidate being Mike Adams, who was underwhelming since being brought over from San Diego at the trade deadline.
Ogando showed too much as a starter in 2011 to move back to the pen in the regular season.
But fear not, Rangers fans, there are plenty of free agent closers out there to be had, much more than than arms in the starting rotation market, which is led by the Rangers' own C.J. Wilson.
The names start with Jonathan Papelbon, Heath Bell and Ryan Madson, just to name a few.
The most logical guy for the Rangers to go after would be Bell, who they almost acquired at the trade deadline before opting instead for Adams.
The former teammates would be reunited and maybe find the chemistry and mojo they had in San Diego when they were one of the best back-ends in all of baseball before being separated.
So whatever the Rangers decide on Feliz, which will be soon according to Daniels, there will be a fix, but if you're looking simply at what would be the easier role to fill then you'd like to see Feliz moved to the rotation, not to mention the fact that any frontline starter is more valuable than any closer.