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Jun 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher John Axford (59) delivers a pitch in the tenth inning against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field. The Brewers won 1-0 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

#7. Who is the closer?

John Axford was brought in to be the closer, at least that is the prevailing sentiment among those who follow this team. Given his track record in Milwaukee, it stands to reason that he should be the favorite to land the role once camp breaks in April. However, that’s not to say there are no other eligible candidates for the job. Cody Allen has the stuff to be a closer. Could he steal the job? What about a healthy Vinnie Pestano? Everyone assumed he would be the next in line once the Indians rid themselves of Chris Perez. Could he step in and fill the role of closer if he is fully recovered from last season’s lingering elbow issues? Maybe there is someone else we aren’t even considering that land the closer’s role. For now, assume it’s Axford’s job to lose, but don’t be surprised by the end result.