Re: The 2013 Red Sox Bullpen
posted at 2/13/2013 4:26 AM EST
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I thought I would start with one of our brightest outlook spots.
Assuming our starting rotation remains healthy (a huge assumption), our swingmen (or fill-in starter) will be Morales and maybe Mortensen or Tazawa or even de la Rosa later in the year.
A big decision will have to be made on Tazawa. He may be one of our best pitchers, but since he has options, he may end up in AAA to start the season if everyone is healthy. I am going to assume this is the case.
Assuming Tazawa starts in AAA, that leaves Mortensen out in the cold, unless someone is hurt or we get creative with the DL or rehab assignments. A 2 for 1 trade might be called for to make room for a better player somewhere. That leaves this for our 7 man pen:
Set-up: Bailey (back-up closer)
Set-up: Uehara (7th/8th inning)
(Others: Mortensen, Tazawa, Bard, Carpenter, Wilson, Beato, de la Torre)
Bullpens are hard to project, but this one looks pretty good on paper.
I listened to JF tonight and I agree that, although cliche, things should work themselves out.
Doubie already has a weak arm as well as Breslow. Morales could start the year in the rotation and Breslow on the DL. That frees up 2 bullpen spots. I dont think so, but maybe Buch still has a hammy too...A lot can happen in 4-6 weeks.
I think once mid-March approaches then we can start thinking about who goes where.
We know a couple guys have options, but Tazawa is way too improtand to start the year in AAA.
Its a great problem to have though and the bullpen is clearly this teams strong point.