Re: Any concerns about our bullpen ?
posted at 11/24/2012 12:57 AM EST
In response to parhunter55's comment:
More detailed answer?
The Sox have more decent arms than they can use at any one time, and probably should trade some off if they can get value in return. Anyone who does not think the Sox need to find a closer AND at least one dependable set-up man (whether that is done in ST with the arms and talent available, or through trade and/or FA signing) wasn't paying attention last season. As moon, said...quality over quantity.
Last season Aceves, in the role of closer, lost 10 games and blew 8 saves. Turn just half of those into wins and the Sox are pretty much a .500 club. Add in the 4 losses and 8 blown saves that Bailey, Melancon and Padilla contributed, and turn half of those into wins; now the Sox are better than .500 on the season without improving their rotation at all.
They need to improve their bullpen.
Our pen was not our biggest weakness last year, although our back-up closers did poorly.
Bailey has a pretty good record when healthy, and I just don't see us making the closer position a high enough priority to warrant a move. Like it or not, Bailey is the man. Personally, I think Bailey will do much better than Aceves did in 2012. There aren't many steady closers available anyways- ones with a better record over the past 3-4 years as Bailey.
I hope that moving Bard and Aceves from their comfort roles hasn't ruined them forever, but those two were two of the best set-up men in MLB in 2011.
I think Ben will see that 10 relievers fighting for 7 slots is enough. If he trades 2 or 3 of them to upgrade at other positions, then perhaps Ben will sign a FA set-up man to bolster the quality, but I wouldn't count on it.