The Cleveland Indians signed Japanese closer Masahide Kobayashi on Tuesday. At first glimpse, this would appear to help Doug Melvin in his quest to re-sign Brewers' closer Francisco Cordero, as there is one fewer team in the market for a closer (two if you believe the rumors that Mariano Rivera will re-sign with the Yankees). But, in this crazy world of "supply and demand," there are still teams that need a closer, including the Braves and Astros. Meanwhile, MLBTradeRumors.com is reporting that Jason Kendall is very close to becoming a Brewer. I've got very mixed feelings about signing Kendall--on one hand, he's an upgrade over Damian Miller, at least as far as baserunning and, they say, pitch calling. But my fear is that the $2 million plus we pay for a back-up catcher takes cash away from signing other free agents...or gets Johnny Estrada mad enough to cause him to bolt in '09 (which he'll consider anyway).