2131andBeyond wrote: LukeScottsShotgun wrote:
2131andBeyond wrote:What do you speculate to be the 2011 bullpen?
Technically speaking, the only bullpen piece signed and locked in for next season is Michael Gonzalez. That being said, I do expect David Hernandez, Jason Berken, and Jim Johnson to all sign back on.
Then comes the questionable pieces: Matt Albers, Mark Hendrickson, and Koji Uehara.
We could, per say, sign on all 6 of those guys, and have ourselves a 7 man bullpen right there. Then again, we do not know yet what Buck has in store for guys like VandenHurk and Patton.
I would love to see us shoo away Hendrickson. Those that know me know that he is my least favorite Oriole. His stuff, IMO, is pretty hittable. While some talk about how he eats innings, I look at the fact that he has the extremely high BAA of .313.
Key question: What do you see the Orioles doing with their bullpen for next season? Sign other FAs, or re-sign ones we have now? Who will be the closer, late inning guys, and long relief guy(s)?
Vandenhurk (He just earned his spot solely based on yesterday.)
Jason Berken (Can also be used as an emergency long reliever if a long reliever is needed two games in a row)
Jim Johnson/Gonzalez/Uehara/Lebron. Basically depends on situation.
You are saying to bring Soriano in, but you have to remember this: Angelos still owns this team. He still owes Gonzo big money, and after what Soriano's done this year, he would refuse to come in for less than Gonzo, but probably more.
Also, Lebron is not ready for the bigs, let alone he may not be ready for ST even. Can't rely on him just yet. If they bring Uehara back, that's a sure fire sign that a big name like Soriano wouldn't be coming.
You never said ANYTHING about it being realistic!
Long relief: Vandenhurk
Middle relief: Hernandez (emergency long reliever if the need arises), Berken, Patton (I don't care if we have no idea that he's a nugget, we know Fat Albers and his best friend Fettucine Alfredo aren't nuggets), Gonzalez (wouldn't be shocked if we did a salary dump trade with him though)
Setup: Jim Johnson/Gonzalez (basically whoever the situation calls for, but primarily those two)
Closer: Koji, although we might want to give Gonzo a shot. I would like to have a closer that we know can go more than one inning if the need arises.
Things'll get very interesting if Kam and Lebron pitch well like they are supposed to.