Re: let's keep building the back end of the bullpen
posted at 12/28/2011 1:29 PM EST
Something to keep in mind re. the bullpen and OPTIONS avaiable;
Albers, Atch, Bowden, Doubrount, A. Miller, T. Miller and Morales have "0" options left.
So if the Sox weren't happy with their performances or if they wanted to send them down ---they would have to clear waivers.
I personally think Atch and Bowden have benefitted from being able to come and go to the big club. I think one or both are ready to continue to contribute.
Position players like McDonald and Punto are in the same boat-"0" options.
I may not be interpreting the rules correctly--read more about it.
The options issue could determine who starts on the opening day roster and who starts in AAA.
To me, if healthy and not traded, these are the only 7 pitchers sure to make the cut:
Beckett, Lester, Buch, Bard, Aceves, Melancon, and Jenks.
Here's the rest fighting for 5 slots:
A. Miller (has signed a nonguaranteed deal, so I think he can start in AAA)
Tazawa (only one with options left-2)
I think if Tazawa looks good, he should make the team, so that leaves 6 guys for 4 slots. It appears that perhaps a couple of 2 for 1 trades could and should be made (or a 3 for 1 deal) to improve our pen. I'd like to keep Doubront, Morales, and Taz, but I'm not sure what we could get by trading Albers, Atchison, and Bowden for 1 better arm.
If someone gets hurt, the choices are easier, but I still think a 2 for 1 deal might make sense to improve the bottom of the pen.