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Monday, July 22, 2019

Giants’ relievers have fueled playoff push, but also are valuable trade assets

SAN FRANCISCO – The strength of this San Francisco Giants roster that has kept them in the NL wild-card race is also what makes them such an appealing trade partner.

The Giants’ bullpen, anchored by Will Smith, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson, entered Sunday with the second-best ERA in the National League.

That stout collection of relievers has made up for a poor offense and inconsistent starting pitching, and has them within 2 1/2 games of a wild-card spot.

Yet, those three standout relievers represent a chance for the Giants to infuse talent into a system that needs help.

The Giants are about as close to reaching the playoffs as the Red Sox are- but no one will ever run an article suggesting that they should trade Mookie Betts in preparation for their future….


QLE Posted: July 22, 2019 at 04:12 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, relievers, trade talk

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bud Norris to sign with the Nationals

Brittany Ghiroli of 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




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