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Contenders And Lefty Relievers

Athletics lefty reliever Jerry Blevins has been designated for assignment and is presumably available, leaving me to wonder which contenders have a need.  For now I'll define a contender as any team five games out in the division or wild card at worst.  That generously leaves 24 teams to consider.  Note that I haven't included minor league southpaw starters who could be promoted to the big league pen, like Charlie Furbush was with the Tigers.  The lefties on each team's active or Triple-A roster or DL list:

AL East

  • Yankees (1): Boone Logan.  Pedro Feliciano aiming for July return.  Randy Flores and Andrew Sisco at Triple-A.
  • Rays (2): J.P. Howell, Cesar Ramos.  Jake McGee and R.J. Swindle at Triple-A.
  • Red Sox (2): Rich Hill, Franklin Morales.  Felix Doubront is on the DL but will be used as a starter.  Hideki Okajima could remain in the organization if he clears waivers.  Also have Andrew Miller, Randy Williams, and Tommy Hottovy at Triple-A.
  • Blue Jays (2): Luis Perez, Marc Rzepczynski.  Willie Collazo, Sean Henn, Wil Ledezma, and Rommie Lewis at Triple-A.
  • Orioles (2): Mike Gonzalez, Clay Rapada.  Alberto Castillo, Mark Hendrickson, Chris George at Triple-A.

AL Central

AL West

NL East

NL Central

  • Cardinals (2): Trever Miller, Brian TalletRich Rundles, Raul Valdes at Triple-A.
  • Reds (1): Bill Bray.  Aroldis Chapman on DL with shoulder inflammation.  Tom Cochran, Jeremy Horst, Joseph Krebs, Dontrelle Willis at Triple-A.
  • Brewers (0): None, though Danny Ray Herrera could join the active roster soon.  Zach Braddock, Manny Parra, Mitch Stetter on DL.  Sam Narron, Chase Wright at Triple-A.
  • Pirates (1): Joe Beimel.  Dan Meyer, Daniel Moskos, Garrett Olson, Justin Thomas, Tony Watson at Triple-A.

NL West

The Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, Tigers, Royals, Brewers, Mets, and Diamondbacks strike me as a few clubs looking light on lefty reliever depth, though unproven or journeyman pitchers step up every year.  Plus, some teams are comfortable with their right-handers' abilities to retire left-handed hitters.


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