Olney On The Bullpen Market

Teams like the Yankees and White Sox are already encountering bullpen problems and it won’t be long before other clubs are looking for relief help as well. The Yankees aren’t optimistic about the current relief market, while Chicago’s search for an effective closer has manager Ozzie Guillen dreaming of Bobby Thigpen. As one GM points out to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, lots of teams will be looking for bullpen help this summer and lots of effective pitchers should eventually become available.

Unless Heath Bell takes a massive discount to stay in San Diego, Olney suggests the Padres will deal him. The White Sox should be considered the early favorites to land Bell, Olney says.

Jonathan Broxton, Francisco Rodriguez and the Blue Jays and Rays relievers could also become available this summer. Jose Valverde will probably stay in Detroit unless the Tigers fall far out of the race, but Michael Wuertz (now on the disabled list) could be on the block even if Oakland contends.

32 Responses to Olney On The Bullpen Market Leave a Reply

  1. Boy the Sox could really use Bobby Jenks.
    The Yanks could really use Alfredo Aceves.

    • MB923 4 years ago

      Yankees need a lefty reliever. Aceves was good but I don’t think he’s the type of guy they need right now.

      • “but I don’t think he’s the type of guy they need right now.”

        I’ll let you think long and hard about that one before I respond.

    • the_show 4 years ago

      Jenks was terrible for us, no we can’t really use him

  2. Jacob Slonim 4 years ago

    The yanks should have not traded aceves

  3. Jacob Slonim 4 years ago

    Jenks is terrible

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      at dieting maybe. good pitcher though

      • WhiteSoxHomer 4 years ago

        He is going downhill fast. Maybe a new park will allow him to regain his form, I hope so.

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          by what measure is he going downhill fast?

          • WhiteSoxHomer 4 years ago

            He is getting injured on a more and more frequent basis, He is less effective in important situations, He is getting back his attitude problems, partly the fault of Oney, there is no doubt that he is not a bad pitcher but looking at him and his numbers as a whole you see him declining.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            no idea about the seriousness of the other stuff, but the numbers seem more than fine to my eye. marginal increases in BB/9, significant increases in K/9. high BABIP and low strand-rate last year

            jenks by FIP

            2007: 2.56
            2008: 3.41
            2009: 4.47 (17% HR/FB – 3.58 xFIP)
            2010: 2.59

          • WhiteSoxHomer 4 years ago

            Then Ill amend what I said, Jenks is declining as a closer. He is blowing more saves in less Save Opportunities. He goes out some nights and shuts down peoples, three strike outs in a row, then will go out and have a week of just mediocre work. He is becoming a guy that you cant count on, I think due to health, to keep a lead in a 1-0 game. if you look at his xFIP you will notice a negative trend except last year where it improved. xfip, starting in 2005 sequential order. 2.75, 3.08, 3.19, 3.89, 3.58, 2.54. FIP starting in 2005 sequential order 2.69, 3.20, 2.56, 3.41, 4.47, 2.59. Not startling but does seem to show a decline and added with health and attitude are signs of concern. All that being said I would take him on the White Sox just not with the salary he wanted/arb would have given him.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            looking at data from 5 and 6 seasons ago doesn’t make a lot of sense to me when it comes to predicting the future. from what i’ve read, the highest predictive value results from 3 or 4

            being a cws fan you’re presumably a lot more familiar with the guy than i am, so i’m happy to defer to you on off-the-field stuff. but i just don’t see anything in the numbers i posted or the numbers you posted that’s concerning. you said he was blowing more saves in fewer opportunities, but:

            save % since 2007: 87 88 83 87

            dunno, maybe i’m missing something. 2010 jenks looks good to me. and even if it is true that he’s been declining as a closer, he isn’t a closer anymore. i imagine that will help

          • $5427573 4 years ago

            by rolling?

  4. Alex Gomez 4 years ago

    Since I don’t expect big things from the Dodgers this year….they should trade J. Broxton for some prospects.

  5. evenyoudorn 4 years ago

    Maybe the Padres want Dexter Carter again…? Eh?

    In a perfect world, the White Sox could slightly overpay in prospects (for Bell) in exchange for the Padres taking Ohman’s (or Pena’s or Teahen’s) contract. But in the real world… the Sox don’t really have any prospects to begin with.

    • Well the Padres do need a filler first baseman.

      • marinest21 4 years ago

        I don’t think they’ll give up Bell for a guy that will be a temporary plug-in until Rizzo arrives. Hoyer’s gonna ask for prospects who have the chance to fit in long-term. Pitching, catching, and middle infield would be my guesses.

  6. andrewyf 4 years ago

    The Yankees’ bullpen has been their saving grace this season with an ERA of 3.61. Is it possible the lack of a go-to LOOGY has allowed better pitchers to pitch in those situations, leading to better results?

    I’m thinking yes.

    • Girardi has a horrible habit of trying to over-manage his bullpen. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

      Someone have stats for how the Yankees bullpen has done against left-handed hitters this year?

  7. $5427573 4 years ago

    Sure glad AA was thinking 2 steps ahead of everyone else in buying up 3 of the available closers over the offseason for the Blue Jays. Might be able to turn one of them around for some pretty good prospects pretty soon.

    • j6takish 4 years ago

      They all have club options too so he can technically ask for more. I thought the exact same thing when he signed Jon Rauch “Welp! He’ll be gone by July!”

  8. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    Looks like AA will be in the middle of things (again) at trade deadline. I wonder if Yankees regret not trading Brett Gardner & Joba Chamberlain for Jose Bautista at last year’s trade deadline?

  9. Gumby65 4 years ago

    If there is a reason the Dodgers make Broxton available, it would be because nobody would want him.

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