For the first off-season in years, righthander Bob Howry didn't work for his father's construction company in Phoenix. After becoming Chicago's closer last August when Bill Simas was injured, he didn't need the $IO-an-hour job. The 6'5", 215-pound Howry wound up leading American League rookies with nine saves and was one of six players to earn a $5,000 bonus from owner Jerry Reinsdorf for being "fan friendly." Howry, 25, gives manager Jerry Manuel the luxury of two closers. "If I had to close a game today, I'd probably use Howry," Manuel says. "But if he's closing today, I want Simas closing tomorrow. Bobby's a high-pitch guy. I have to be careful with him."