From Robin To Rickie

March 26, 2006

Cheap Bullpen?

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Schmid @ 11:02 am
  • After yesterday's ball game, the Brewers demoted 9 guys to the minors. Our friend Jeff at Brew Crew Ball has a good post
    this morning on each of the players. While none of them was a true surprise, there is still a battle for a couple bullpen spots.
  • It looks like Jared Fernandez has made the club. He is a 34-year-old
    non-roster invitee who has some major league experience. Being a knuckleball pitcher, Ned Yost states that he likes having a durable pitcher who can pitch multiple days in a row. Obviously, Fernandez is just a stop-gap option until other issues with the pitching staff can be ironed out.
    Also, I don't know about you, but if Fernandez is pitching multiple
    days in a row, there are other problems with the pitching staff that need to be
    addressed. Do you want a knuckleballer to stop the bleeding?
  • Doug Melvin proves year-after-year that you can have a decent
    bullpen without breaking the bank. You don't need multi-million dollar
    closers and setup men. This year, our highest paid relief pitcher will probably be
    Dan Kolb. Last year, the bullpen as a whole only made a few million
    dollars. The highest was Ricky Bottalico, who was cut pretty quickly when it was
    apparent he couldn't get guys out anymore. In fact, Wes Helms made more than the entire bullpen. Now, this year, the cost of the bullpen will be greater with the
    contracts of Kolb and Wise. Plus, the Brewers are trying to sign Turnbow to a
    multi-year deal. However, I will speculate that it is still going to be cheaper and more effective than most other teams.
  • Just a reminder: The Brewers will be facing the Colorado Rockies on
    Fox Sports North Monday night at 7:00 P.M. There is also a season
    preview show prior to the game at 6:30 P.M.
  • UPDATE: Jared Fernandez will be starting tomorrow night's
    game.  Us here in the frozen north will be able to see how he's
    secured a roster spot.

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