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With Alfredo Simon and Michael Gonzalez all on the major league disabled list and Jim Johnson on the minor league one, Orioles manager Dave Trembley will likely go with a closer-by-committee approach. Simon was the only one of the three that had much success, going 6-for-7 in save opportunities. Johnson was 1-or-4 in save opportunities. And Gonzalez, who the Orioles signed to a two-year, $12 million deal this offseason to serve as the closer, went 1-for-3 in save opportunities with an 18.00 ERA before going on the disabled list with shoulder issues. The Orioles' signing of Gonzalez looks increasingly worse by the day as several of their other closer options this offseason are off to pretty good starts with their new clubs. Consider below (all numbers through Tuesday):

Matt Capps, Washington Nationals: 0-1, 2.70 ERA (23 1/3 IP), 16 saves, 1 blown save

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Octavio Dotel, Pittsburgh Pirates: 2-0, 5.59 ERA (19 1/3 IP), 10 saves, 2 blown saves

Kevin Gregg, Toronto Blue Jays: 0-1, 3.54 ERA (20 1/3 IP), 12 saves, 2 blown saves

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*-J.J. Putz, Chicago White Sox: 0-2, 3.68 ERA (14 2/3 IP), 0 saves, 1 blown save

*-Fernando Rodney, Anaheim Angels: 3-0, 3.38 ERA (18 2/3 IP), 5 saves, 1 blown save

Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay Rays: 2-0, 1.40 ERA (19 1/3 IP), 13 saves, 0 blown save

Jose Valverde, Detroit Tigers: 1-1, 0.46 ERA (19 2/3 IP), 11 saves, 1 blown save

Billy Wagner, Atlanta Braves: 4-0, 2.25 ERA (16 IP), 5 saves, 2 blown saves

*- currently a setup man

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