Im all for building a pen of youth and i think we got some good ones.for that ,next season when some ppl are screaming for hanrahan or marmol im gonna stick to my guns and say no....
parnel? meiija? familiia? who do we have in the pen can we audition for that role after francisco exits via trade,or just audition while hes still here.any thoughts?
as far as starters, i love our young pitchers and expect great things out of em. but with guys like johnson (with a return to form ofcourse) or lincecum (not for no grienke money though) possibly available (next year,or at the deadline) theyd be worth a talk.even matt garza might be worth a look.thoughts on that aswell?
As far as closers go I've only seen one guy sometimes rise to the occasion and thats Parnell, of course he has also failed miserably at times.
Can't speak for Mejia or Familia. I'm not high on them in their standard roles as starting pitchers, so it would be dishonest of me to say I could see them doing it.
I think for the most part pens are sort of a build-em-on-the-fly and see what you got type of project, with the one exception of closer (and sometimes holder). Thats something that is worth spending a bit of money on.
<Well yeah, obviously the Mets thought Parnell wasn't up for the job this year. That decission was made from the start of the season,so thats why they brought in F.F.
If you want to explore a closer just for the sake of throwing crap to the wall to see what sticks, know that you will throw a lot of games doing it. And you also have to let a guy stay in for a least 4-5 opportunities.
Its easy to say yea lets explore what we got just to save some money (which granted can be a lot) but you also kill your team morale and momentum when you are throwing games left and right in the 9th inning day in and day out just to see "what you have".