osforlife wrote:So...who do you think gets the last spot in the bullpen?
dan72 wrote:I agree that Lindstrom would get the spot if signed. I think it is also worth noting that Matusz is going to have a decision to make very soon. He can either continue his quest to be a starter or embrace the role of lefty specialist. I think he is fighting an uphill battle should he choose to compete for a starting job. So IMO it's either AAA as a starter or stay in the show and pitch from the bull pen. Financially it plays in Matusz's favor to pursue starting. Starters generally make a ton more than bullpen pitchers.
I think we have seen Troy Patton's ceiling, therefore I think it's important that we roll with 2-3 lefties. Both Matusz and Patton could go 2-3 innings if you needed to stretch them. I also feel that Ayala is the week link. Not sure if Wada and Macfarland are big league material. I think they have to prove themselves in Sring Training.
dan72 wrote:I have heard that as well, and I think that is only fair to Brian. Trust me I am a huge Matusz fan, I followed him through the minors where he was absolutely dominant. I can't quite figure out how his dominance at A and AA did not translate to the big leagues, having said that I think the smart move for Brian is to do whatever it takes to stay in the major leagues and help this team.
Perhaps in a hitters park he may have better success and confidence. I honestly get the impression that Buck is frustrated with Brian and would chose to move him if the opportunity was right.
LA Detective wrote:Matusz is my suprise pitcher of the year (if you want to call it a suprise). I really believe he will make that step. If we don't sign a FA then I think he will win the 5th spot.
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