Wednesday, March 26, 2008

3 More Bullpen Cuts

Three more pitchers were told today that they would not be on the Opening Day roster. Non-roster invitees Arthur Rhodes, Chris Reitsma and Roy Corcoran will not be in Seattle on March 31st, according to Geoff Baker's blog.

The bullpen now looks to include J.J. Putz, Brandon Morrow, Mark Lowe, Sean Green, Eric O'Flaherty, Ryan Rowland-Smith and R.A. Dickey, assuming that manager John McLaren goes with the 7-man bullpen after all. This matches my guess from Friday, though there is still one more pitcher left in camp. Cha-Seung Baek is hanging around and appears to be the odd man out. My guess is that he's insurance in case Morrow isn't fully healed and ready to go on Opening Day. Seattle may be inclined to try and carry Baek for a few extra days anyway while they try and work a trade for him.

Speaking of that, don't count on the Ray Durham trade happening now that the Giants have lost infielder Kevin Frandsen to a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Arthur Rhodes will continue on his throwing program in an attempt to be ready after the season starts. Chris Reitsma left camp to ponder his future. Earlier in camp he had hinted that this would be the last time he would try and come back from elbow surgery, though he may try and latch on to another big league club.


Brandon said...

I think they should start the year with baek instead of lowe...just until we can make a trade of some sort. Baek is a solid pitcher and it'd be dumb to let him go for nothing.

Jon Shields said...

Churchill is saying that Seattle probably would take Baek over Dickey if it came down to it, which would be a shocker considering how everyone is calling Dickey a lock. This was my thought process early in spring trainging. I figured Seattle would rather go with the guy that they've invested more time and money into. They both impressed, the media fell in love with the knuckleball and may have overstated the likelyhood of Dickey making the team.

I don't totally believe Churchill's latest blurb. Dickey's "rubber arm" does make sense to have around while the rest of the 'pen is getting healthy. This one is coming down to March 31st..