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Ranking AL East Bullpens and Benches

Our week long series continues with ranking the AL East Bullpens and Benches.

Bullpens

1. Yankees

2. Blue Jays

3. Red Sox

4. Rays

5. Orioles

The Yankees have the best bullpen in the AL East by a good margin led by Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, and Cory Wade.  Rivera, even at age 42, is one of the best closers in MLB and the most trustworthy in a big spot. Robertson had a breakout season by posting a 1.08 ERA and striking out a staggering 13.5 batters per 9 innings. Soriano came on at the end of last season and is a tremendous talent to have as a 7th inning guy ,when on pretty much any other team he would be closing or be in the 8th inning. The Red Sox and Blue Jays both have completely revamped bullpens and it was a close race for 2nd. The Blue Jays picked up Sergio Santos and Francisco Cordero this offseason while the Red Sox picked up Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon. Bailey is the best of the 4 when healthy, but he has rarely been able to stay healthy so I gave the edge to Toronto. Toronto also has better depth than the Red Sox behind their 2 new additions in Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver, whom they also signed this offseason. Cordero had 37 saves for the Reds last year, while pitching to a 2.43 ERA and Santos had 30 saves for the White Sox, while striking out an amazing 13.1 batters per 9 innings. That is almost as much as David Robertson. So that is a very good combo for the Blue Jays for the backend of their bullpen. The Red Sox lost Jonathan Papelbon and replaced him with Bailey. Bailey has been one of the best closers in MLB when healthy. He made the All- Star team his first 2 seasons and won rookie of the year. Ex Yankee farmhand Mark Melancon will replace Daniel Bard as the setup man. Melancon saved 20 games for the Houston Astros last season. The Rays bullpen had a surprisingly good season last year after loosing virtually everybody who contributed to it in 2010. Kyle Farnsowrth had a good year last year closing, but it is still Kyle Farnsworth and he is tough to trust. Jim Johnson, Matt Lindstrom, and Kevin Gregg will battle for the closers job in Baltimore.   Read the rest of this entry

Open Thread

Good evening everybody.

Let’s recap today’s events:

— The Yankees and Brett Gardner avoided arbitration and settled on a $2.8MM salary in 2012 – the mid-point between his asking price and the Yankees’ offer.

— Via Mark Hale, Jorge Posada will announce his retirement at a press conference on Tuesday of next week.

— The Yanks lost a very plausible DH option in Carlos Peña today, as the slugging lefty signed with the Rays for 1 year at $7.25MM.

Although it would have been nice for the Yankees to sign Peña, he may have taken a bit of a discount to return to the Rays organization. I don’t really think that the Yankees would have been willing to spend much closer to the $10MM mark. There are still options though, as players like Wilson Betemit and Johnny Damon are free agent possibilities.

Here’s your open thread. Enjoy the night.

Checking on players recently traded by Yanks

With the trade deadline looming, I thought it would be interesting to check in on some ex-Yankees. I found a lot of the pitchers recently included in deals are performing well.  This bodes well for the team in future trade negotiations as it shows that the Yanks are developing good players and that Cashman gives good value in deals.

There are a lot of ex-Yankee pitchers doing well . Off the top of my head, Ian Kennedy, Tyler Clippard, Micheal Dunn, Daniel McCutcheon, Jose Veras, Mark Melancon & Jeff Karstens are all having very good years.

Karsten surprised me the most….he’s 8-5 with a 2.28 ERA which is 2nd in the NL. However, he seems to be having excellent luck with a 4.41 FIP and only a 4.8 k/9. Then, how does he do it? Well, he limits walks with a 1.49 bb rate which is 2nd in the NL and he’s pitched awesome with runners on base. He has a MLB-leading 86.6% Left on Base % and is 2nd in the NL with a minute .227 BABIP, which means he is due for a serious regression. But good for Jeff and the Pirates. there are a lot of former Yanks on the upstart Pirates.

Here are some numbers for some recent ex-Yanks:

Pitchers

 

W-L

 

ERA

 

FIP

 

K/9

 

BB/9

 

 

Ian Kennedy

 

11-3

 

3.22

 

3.56

 

7.5

 

2.5

 

 

Jeff Karstens

 

8-5

 

2.28

 

4.41

 

4.8

 

1.5

 

 

Tyler Clippard

 

1-0

 

1.73

 

3.32

 

11.3

 

3.1

 

25 Holds

 

Mark Melancon

 

5-3

 

2.91

 

3.34

 

7.4

 

3.3

 

8 saves

 

Jose Veras

 

2-3

 

3.48

 

3.66

 

9.2

 

4.7

 

19 Holds

 

Dan McCutcheon

 

3-1

 

2.13

 

3.86

 

4.6

 

2.5

 

8 Holds

 

Michael Dunn

 

5-5

 

3.49

 

4.39

 

9.9

 

5.1

 

10 Holds

 

Phil Coke

 

1-8

 

4.68

 

3.81

 

4.5

 

3.4

 

3 Holds

 

Hitters

 

AVG

 

HR

 

RBI

 

SB

 

OPS

 

WAR

 

Melky Cabrera

 

.294

 

12

 

57

 

14

 

.785

 

3.2

 

Austin Jackson

 

.243

 

4

 

23

 

16

 

.668

 

0.9

 

Wilson Betemit

 

.278

 

3

 

27

 

3

 

.737

 

0.3

 

Jose Tabata

 

.265

 

3

 

15

 

14

 

.705

 

1.2