Question of the Day, 5/9 …
Do you see any big changes to fix up the bullpen? Or ride the ship with what they have? — @rud6y
I don’t anticipate any big changes to fix the ‘pen, at least not until we get closer to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, for a few reasons: 1. It’s hard to swing big deals at this point in the year (especially for relief help nobody seems to have) because so many teams still don’t know if they’re competitors or not; 2. You only trade away valuable assets to beef up a bullpen if you know you’re going to compete — and the Angels (14-18) don’t know that themselves yet.
The fact they were able to acquire Ernesto Frieri was a big accomplishment. They’ve also added low-profile guys like David Pauley (recently called up to take LaTroy Hawkins‘ place), Sean White (signed Monday) and Juan Rincon (2.12 ERA in 17 AAA innings) to Minor League deals in hopes some of them work out. My presumption is that’s all you’ll continue to see for the time being. Besides, it’s not the bullpen that’s the biggest area of concern right now. It’s the offense. And that needs to fix itself.