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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bud Norris to sign with the Nationals

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Washington Nationals are in agreement with reliever Bud Norris. The deal is pending a physical.

Norris, 34, posted 3.59 ERA with 28 saves and a 67/21 K/BB ratio over 57.3 innings with the Cardinals. He started spring training with the Blue Jays, injured his forearm and was released.

And now, the snapping-up of players in response to injuries begins….

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bud norris, nationals, relievers

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dombrowski: Red Sox don’t plan to sign any more relievers

As they have a number of times earlier this winter and now into spring training, the Red Sox have again closed the door on the return of former closer Craig Kimbrel. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters in Bradenton, Fla., on Monday that the team doesn’t plan on signing any more relievers.

“As far as signings are concerned I would say we’re through at this point,” Dombrowski told reporters, including WEEI’s Rob Bradford, before the Sox’ Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. “That doesn’t mean that won’t be a priority just because of how we shape up. It’s something to kind of follow in spring training as you follow other things, I can’t rule that out. We don’t have anything going outside the organization. We stay in contact with people and see if there is anything that becomes a situation that makes sense.”

Dombrowski didn’t mention Kimbrel by name, but when asked specifically about relievers, he said he didn’t expect any additions to the roster.

That’s what they say, and then the parade of relievers develops during the season anyway….

 

QLE Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:41 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox, relievers

Monday, February 11, 2019

Nationals Sean Doolittle named MLB Network’s second best reliever

Sean Doolittle, who the Nationals acquired in summer 20187, has been named to the MLB Network’s list of Top 10 Relievers.

And the 32-year-old comes in at No. 2 on the list, right behind Craig Kimbrel of the Boston Red Sox.

I was hoping that this would mean that the MLB Network was about to pull Chris Russo from the mound, but we’re never that lucky, are we?

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:42 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb_network, relievers, sean doolittle

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Can the Red Sox Survive Without Craig Kimbrel? They Seem to Think So

LAS VEGAS — The winter meetings press conference to mark Nate Eovaldi’s return to Boston may be the last major news the Red Sox make this winter. Coming off a 108-win season and a World Series title, the defending champions seem poised to have a mellow offseason. So far, Dave Dombrowski’s front office has brought back Eovaldi and World Series MVP Steve Pearce, but beyond that, it’s been all quiet on the AL East front.

One notable casualty of that approach: Craig Kimbrel. The All-Star closer looks like he’s fallen out of Boston’s plans, if Dombrowski’s comments during Monday’s press conference carry any weight. “We’ll see about the financial aspect of it,” he told reporters when asked about reuniting with Kimbrel. “Our payroll is significant at this point. So we’ll see what takes place.”

Translation: The 2019 season will probably feature a new closer for the Red Sox for the first time since ’16, Kimbrel’s first in Boston. Whether that end-of-game reliever ends up being an internal option—Dombrowski mentioned setup men Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes as possibilities to close, and that the Sox may go into spring training without a set decision there—or a cheaper, shorter-term signing than Kimbrel, who is reportedly seeking a six-year deal, remains to be seen.

The vast majority of relievers are essentially expendable? Who knew, except all of us?

QLE Posted: December 11, 2018 at 04:42 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, red sox, relievers

Sunday, October 28, 2018

MLB awards: Brewers’ Josh Hader, Mariners’ Edwin Diaz win Reliever of the Year Awards

Any thoughts as to the merits of these awards?

QLE Posted: October 28, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, josh hader, relievers

 

 

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