The hot stove has been bubbling this winter, mostly thanks to Jerry Dipoto. Bullpen arms tend not to rank all that high in offseason coverage, so I cobbled together the notable moves for your reading pleasure. I know, I know, you’re thinking seriously ‘Wan, I’m not anywhere near the state of mind you need to think about the saves chase. There’s no rest for the closing wicked when it comes to the bullpen landscape, I’m afraid.

Bullpen additions:

  • Cody Allen inked a one year deal with the Angels. Presumably, he intends to show he can still close effectively and cash in next winter. It’s a decent landing spot for him.
  • Edwin Diaz moves to Citifield, and that does nothing to change his outlook as the RP1.
  • One confusing spot for me is Andrew Miller signing with the Cardinals. They were in clear need of a go-to option in the ninth, but they’ve also employed plenty of closer-by-committee this past season. Miller’s value as a fireman muddy’s the water as to how he’ll be used.
  • The Phillies become an even harder bullpen to project with the addition of David Robertson. He profiles as a closer, but he’s been willing to pitch anywhere in the back end of games. Gabe Kapler is the new Mike Scioscia.
  • Seattle has continued their makeover with a trade for Anthony Swarzak and then signing Hunter Strickland. My gut says the free agent Strickland is their guy for the ninth.
  • The White Sox have added two veteran relievers because they’re that close… Kelvin Herrera has the better stuff, but his health is a question mark sometimes. Alex Colome is stuck in column B until that time.
  • The Yankees signed both Zach Britton and Adam Ottavino. It’s only fitting that they continue to undermine our hopes of Dellin Betances being a clear go to for the period of time Aroldis Chapman has a sore shoulder.
  • Joe Kelly brings his psycho ass to the Dodgers. He needs to be on your radar as Kenley Jansen has to show the heart issue is under control and that he hasn’t lost any more velo.
  • The Nationals scooped up a couple flamethrowers with closing experience in Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough. The Bearclaw intrigues me. The Marlins frequently overtaxed him with back to back to back usage. I’m curious if he can be a lights out setup man with less strain.
  • Brad Brach goes to the Cubs in a move that rates meh on the interest meter. He can close in a pinch and they have a murky back end. His underlying numbers got shaky towards the end of last season, though.

Two non-transaction notes:

  • The Rangers haven’t added any arms to the pen, much to the relief of my fellow Jose Leclerc fanboys. That bodes well for his upside in 2019.
  • Who knows what the hell Cleveland is doing? Actual question. Does anyone know? They’re moving young guys, old guys, not signing any needs. Sure they have one of the leagues best rotations and two of the most dynamic infielders playings the game, but you don’t want it to look like you’re trying too hard to win.
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Smokey
3 years ago

Hmmmmm

Florida Cracker
Florida Cracker
3 years ago

Many of us chase holds as well. Hoping to read updates and rankings for those too.

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  Florida Cracker
3 years ago

@Florida Cracker: The schedule is to alternate closers and general bullpen report every other week.

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

Hey RotoWan,

any thought on AJ “fresh” Minter?

Nick

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  Nick
3 years ago

@Nick: He should rise to the top in that bullpen, but it could require patience. Vizcaino is an ideal setup man for me, but that might not happen with an injury to ease the transition.

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
3 years ago

Roto-Wan!

Great BP report, keep ’em coming.

a. 100% agree with you on the CLE BP situ. What the hell did they do? Who is closing for CLE? Do they know something that we don’t know?

b. LeClerc!

Cheers,
Ante

Roto-Wan
Roto-Wan
Reply to  Ante Galic
3 years ago

@Ante Galic: Hand is fine to close, but they’re just losing so much talent everywhere.

Cablejacks
Cablejacks
3 years ago

I think I’m better at fantasy football than fantasy baseball ………I’ll be looking for advice

Florida Cracker
Florida Cracker
3 years ago

I’ll be following your words of wisdom. Keep them coming.

Apeman
Apeman
3 years ago

Is this a stupid idea. RB sends a text message when a closer loses his job or blows a big save. Us east coast folks would love it.

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
3 years ago

Gabe Kapler is the new Mike Scioscia…….. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! :(

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

What do you think of the Twins pen as of the moment. I’d really like to see Trevor May get a shot, but I really doubt he will.

Grey
Admin
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 years ago

I like Blake Parker

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

Agreed, I’m thinking Blake Parker

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

Welcome. Are you the new closer guy here?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Smokey became a Jedi?

nmdunkel
nmdunkel
Reply to  The Great Knoche
3 years ago

@The Great Knoche:

Yes. If you had read his goodbye post, you’d have known that.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Roto-Wan
3 years ago

@Roto-Wan:

Cool. I’m a closer chaser so I’ll be around

knucks
knucks
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Okay this is the room I will back you into a corner in, OTS.

I threw out a few names a week or three back, when you were mentioning a closer you are on for this year. And you confirmed it was one of them.

Leclerc?