Three of last year's best closers--the Indians' Bob Wickman (45 saves, second in the majors), the Padres' Trevor Hoffman (43, fourth) and the Phillies' Billy Wagner (38, 12th)--are free agents, as are lesser lights such as Baltimore's B.J. Ryan and Pittsburgh's Jose Mesa. Hoffman made $5 million this year, and San Diego, under new CEO Sandy Alderson, may economize and replace the 38-year-old with setup men Scott Linebrink and Aki Otsuka. Wagner has told Philadelphia that he'll shop around. Closers are as replaceable as anyone else, even through the draft, as Washington's Chad Cordero and Oakland's Huston Street have shown, but that won't stop teams from handing out huge deals. PREDICTION: Hoffman, an icon in San Diego, stays put. Wagner signs with the Mets. Wickman, who'll be 37 in February, retires.