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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Even in bullpen age, several teams still built on starters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Forget about this bullpen obsession for a moment. Believe it or not, plenty of big league teams are still anchored by well-armed rotations.

In this age of openers and closers, with relievers starting games and starters rarely finishing them, it might seem starting pitchers have been devalued by executives all over baseball.

Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is a 31-year-old free agent still looking for a job. Same for fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez, a two-time All-Star one season removed from going 15-9 with a 2.96 ERA in 201 innings.

Well, it isn’t really that much a surprise- roster limits being what they are, you’d have to be willing to use individual relievers far more heavily than anyone has been willing to do in many years to be able to completely ignore starters.

QLE Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, pitching, starter usage

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dave Dombrowski “happy” with Red Sox roster despite bullpen concerns

The Boston Red Sox don’t have a closer with spring training about to begin, but the architect of the team’s roster still feels pretty good about where things stand.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski didn’t add any marquee free agents to his roster over the winter, and he has yet to find a replacement for star closer Craig Kimbrel, who remains unsigned on the free agent market. However, Dombrowski is content with the group that will open the 2019 season.

“We are happy with where our roster is,” Dombrowski said Monday on NESN’s “Red Sox From Fort Myers” show. “We’re in a position where, basically, positonal player-wise we have the same club back. Starting pitching-wise we really have everybody back. Bullpen, of course, is the one area which will get a lot of discussion and I’m sure will be focused on by people. But we like a lot of our arms and a lot of our people out there. But basically the club is back—we know we should have a good club unless something happens where you get decimated by injury but you hope that never takes place. We have the foundation of having a good club, and I think they’ll be prepared to come back and battle and see if we can try to repeat.”

Mind you, given the team’s performance last year and given the fact that it feels like one can do rather well with a wandering hobo as a closer (ask the 2010 Giants), it’s hard not to believe that Dombrowski has a point.

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, dave dombrowski, red sox

Friday, November 30, 2018

Angels DFA Blake Parker

He was projected to earn $3.1MM by MLBTR & contributor Matt Swartz.He has worked to a 2.90 ERA in 133 2/3 frames over the past two years with the Halos


 

 

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