Thursday, January 6, 2011
The Bullpen of Misfit Arms
By Ian Hunter
Despite their flaws as a group of unwanted and defective toys, the Misfit Toys embraced their deformities and banded together to work cohesively as one unit.
While there were endearing qualities about the Misfit Toys, I’m not sure if I can say the same thing about Alex Anthopoulos’ similar creation, The Bullpen of Misfit Arms.
The latest relief pitcher acquisitions by the Toronto Blue Jays certainly weren’t mean to bowl anybody over by any means, and with a rebuilding team with plenty of young talent in it’s farm system, these moves scream of a band-aid solution.
Remember back in 2007 when J.P. Ricciardi signed the trio of scrap-heap starters John Thomson, Victor Zambrano and Tomo Ohka? Well, these recent relief pitcher signings mirror those moves made back in 2007, except this time it’s with relievers instead of starters.
If 2011 is supposed to be another year of rebuilding anyway, why not hand the reigns over to the young guys like Josh Roenicke, David Purcey and Rommie Lewis and let them get plenty of big league experience?
I really don’t see the downside in keeping those players on the big league roster, other than the fact they’ll log service time. And if they have a poor showing in the first few months of the season, then maybe the team can reevaluate and see if somebody like Chad Cordero or Wil Ledezma should take their place.
Who knows … maybe Octavio Dotel, Chad Cordero and Wil Ledezma will turn out to be great additions to the bullpen. With a combined salary of around $4.6 million, it’s certainly a great price to pay to get three bullpen arms.
However, I’m willing to bet that two of three of these guys won’t even crack the Opening Day roster.