March 30, 2010

Thoughts on final bullpen spot

The final spot in the bullpen might be the only thing up for debate at this point in the spring. The discussion is whether to keep a second lefty (Boone Logan or Royce Ring) or a long reliever (Sergio Mitre, Alfredo Aceves). The four pitchers are battling for two spots.

Bullpen guarantees
Mariano Rivera
Joba Chamberlain
Damaso Marte
David Robertson
Chan Ho Park

I think Aceves has earned one of the spots because of his excellent past two seasons with the Yankees, but Mitre is the only one who can’t be sent to the minors. Mitre has had the better spring and Aceves is currently dealing with a minor back injury. If both are healthy, the Yankees should reward Aceves for his history with the team.

As for the final spot, Logan, Ring and Mitre have had great springs. But I think a long reliever would be more valuable to the team to eat up innings. Perhaps a second lefty at the end of the season and postseason would be worth it since they are used a lot more often in important situations.

If I had to pick between Logan and Ring, I’d go with Ring because he has more experience.

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