Every year, it’s the same story: Fantasy baseball teams scramble in the first week to pick up that hot rookie or replace dud closer who has already gotten the hook from the manager.
The Padres are receiving the most trade inquiries on back-end bullpen stalwarts Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit, which should come as no surprise considering the seasons they are having and the needs of contenders.
If fans did not like the Doug Fister trade initially, many can lament it now more than ever.
Dombrowski shot down reports of getting guys like Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran and made it very clear that the Tigers will not be players in the free agent market for the rest of the offseason.
Just as they did during this season, the Detroit Tigers are trying to build a better bullpen.
The Detroit Tigers passed up the chance to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to their seven free agents, letting Monday’s deadline pass without making any moves.
The Detroit Tigers bullpen looks a bit like Jekyll and Hyde – perfectly capable and normal one day, downright frightening the next.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland said he should have told Benoit that they did not want Ortiz to beat them.
Coke said the big change since then has been a renewed ability to locate his pitches.
The Detroit Tigers worked hard during the season to shore up their vulnerable bullpen, and despite those efforts, a lack of dependable relief arms took a dramatic toll Sunday.