Sunday, March 23, 2008

Bullpen decisions

Sean McAdam offers wisdom on the Sox' bullpen situation:

Putting Timlin on the DL will allow the Sox more time in determining how to handle their numerous bullpen candidates. If the Sox attempted to get their many relievers through waivers without options this week, they would run a greater risk of losing them to a claim by another team.

If the team waits until next week, when teams have already established their 25-man rosters, there's less of a chance that teams will claim them, since they'll have no available roster spots.

Among the Sox' relievers out of options: Javier Lopez, Bryan Corey, David Aardsma and Craig Breslow.

Increasingly, it seems like Corey, who has spent parts of 10 seasons in the minor leagues, will claim the final spot in the bullpen, joining Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima, Julian Tavarez, Kyle Snyder and, eventually, Timlin.

I like this. No need for Lopez. Corey can get people out while pitching right handed, Lopez can get people out with less efficiency while pitching left handed. This is the difference between the two. As I've said before, I'm not concerned about losing Lopez because he isn't even that great against lefties. Plus, you gotta pull for the 10-year minor league veteran.

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