Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Rays front office creates a stockpile in the bullpen

Just when you think they had enough pitchers, the Rays claim RHP Dewon Day off waivers from Boston. Day has been pitching for the Blue Jays and White Sox organizations for six years after being drafted by the Jays in 2002. He got his ''cup of coffee'' with the White Sox pitching 13 games in 2007, but was lit up with a 11.23 ERA. Draysbay does mention his great strikeout and groundball rate making him an pitcher with potential.

The Rays front office are trying to acquire as many arms as possible, maybe in preparation of Troy Percival missing some time, a pitcher being moved for salary reasons(Chad Bradford), a poor performance, or a simple injury would cause the Rays to use this stockpile of pitchers. Here is a list of the stockpiled pitchers.

Dewon Day Needs more time in Triple-A until he gets a look.
Dale Thayer Also needs a little more time, but is very close to being ready
Juan Salas May not be with the Rays long staying in Durham
Jae Kuk Ryu Has no options left
Derek Rodriguez A rule 5 pick, has the best chance to make the club because of his ability and is options
Julio DePaula A better Dewon Day acquisition, minor league FA
Randy Choate The lone lefty in the bunch, is competing to be the second lefty in the pen. minor league FA
Jason Childers Career minor leaguer, lowest chance to make it, minor league FA
Mitch Talbot A long reliever, will be used as a starter in Durham

That's all till Monday, Happy Football watching!

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