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    Donnelly could be mystery reliever

    By Dejan Kovacevic | 10:40 a.m. Saturday

    Hearing that Brendan Donnelly is the free-agent right-handed mystery reliever the Pirates have been working to sign.

    Trying to confirm.

    Donnelly, 38, had a 1.78 ERA in 30 appearances for the Marlins after they signed him out of Houston's system in early July. He struck out 25, walked nine, and opponents batted .239 off him. His career numbers, through 348 appearances with the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians: 3.02 ERA and a .228 opponents' batting average.
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    Default Re: Brendan Donnelly could be mystery reliever

    Sounds good to me.

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    Wow. Neil is bringing in some solid relief on the cheap. Very good numbers for Donnelly last year and they are in line with his career stats.

    Javier Lopez is signed and Dotel is on the way and D.J. Carrasco and Brian Bass finished first and second in the AL in innings pitched for relievers last season. Carrasco and Bass posted decent ERA's last season as well. Bass may not even make the team.

    The only flaw here is that Lopez is the only lefty. I am still thinking that Moskos will have a permanent slot in the bullpen by July even after another mediocre half-season in Indy just b/c he's a lefty.

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    Default Re: Brendan Donnelly could be mystery reliever

    Even if we assume 13 pitchers are on the roster...that leaves 8 bullpen slots:
    1. Meek
    2. Hanrahan
    3. Dotel--we'll say
    4. Mystery guy--Donnelly
    5. Carrasco
    6. Lopez
    7.
    8.

    Not alot of spots left open for guys. But it could be a pretty OK pen.
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    Even if we assume 13 pitchers are on the roster...that leaves 8 bullpen slots:
    1. Meek
    2. Hanrahan
    3. Dotel--we'll say
    4. Mystery guy--Donnelly
    5. Carrasco
    6. Lopez
    7.
    8.

    Not alot of spots left open for guys. But it could be a pretty OK pen.
    They won't go with a 13 man staff. That'd leave a 4 man bench. 12 would have to be the max. I'd like to see 11.

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    Even if we assume 13 pitchers are on the roster...that leaves 8 bullpen slots:
    1. Meek
    2. Hanrahan
    3. Dotel--we'll say
    4. Mystery guy--Donnelly
    5. Carrasco
    6. Lopez
    7.
    8.

    Not alot of spots left open for guys. But it could be a pretty OK pen.
    Brian Bass his pitched 175.2 innings in the majors over the last two seasons with Minnesota and Baltimore. I think we could pencil him in for a bullpen spot as well.

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    Default Re: Brendan Donnelly could be mystery reliever

    The Matt Capps release seems less and less mysterious to me... no team would have given up anything of even marginal value for him with all this cheap relief on the market

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    Brian Bass his pitched 175.2 innings in the majors over the last two seasons with Minnesota and Baltimore. I think we could pencil him in for a bullpen spot as well.
    Yeah...but...what about Karstens? And others...I think that Indy might be right and we only go with a 12 man staff...which would only leave ONE spot...
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    The Matt Capps release seems less and less mysterious to me... no team would have given up anything of even marginal value for him with all this cheap relief on the market
    Shush up! The Pirates are cheap and stupid for not giving him 3.5 million a year. At least.

    I guess NH is a tad bit smarter than some of his detractors. I can't blame them though-it's been such a long time since the Pirates have had decent GM there's a whole generation of fans that don't know what one looks like. The older boo-birds are senile and think the team ought to dump Roy Hamey and bring in that Branch Rickey guy.
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    They won't go with a 13 man staff. That'd leave a 4 man bench. 12 would have to be the max. I'd like to see 11.
    I agree...with Vazquez (should be gone I think but oh well), Crosby, Jaramillo, and Church the 4 bench players are already there and we will still likely keep a 5th. I think they will probably go with at least a 12 man group though. That leaves only ONE bullpen spot realistically available.
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    Default Re: Brendan Donnelly could be mystery reliever

    1. Hanrahan
    2. Meek
    3. Hart/McCutchen
    4. Lopez
    5. Carrasco *
    6. Donnelly *
    7. Dotel *

    There's your bullpen. We'll likely stick with a 12 man pitching staff, if we goto 13, consider Steven Jackson

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    1. Hanrahan
    2. Meek
    3. Hart/McCutchen
    4. Lopez
    5. Carrasco *
    6. Donnelly *
    7. Dotel *

    There's your bullpen. We'll likely stick with a 12 man pitching staff, if we goto 13, consider Steven Jackson
    I think I agree...but I would wonder who has options in the pen who could be sent down. Does Hart or McCutchen? What about Karstens?
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    1. Hanrahan
    2. Meek
    3. Hart/McCutchen
    4. Lopez
    5. Carrasco *
    6. Donnelly *
    7. Dotel *

    There's your bullpen. We'll likely stick with a 12 man pitching staff, if we goto 13, consider Steven Jackson
    I'm not buyin' Hart/McCutchen in the bullpen. The loser of the fifth starter battle will be a starter in Indy, IMO. The Pirates will need at least 6 and probably 7 starters of the course of the year. They need to keep Hart/McCutchen arms "stretched out" and ready for spot starting duty for the Pirates when the need arises. Hart/McCutchen and Lincoln will be the "sixth" and "seventh" starters IMO.

    Jackson and Bass seem to be the front runners for the last spot.

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    I like Donnelly. He struggled in 2008 to get into the majors coming off of Tommy John surgery and had to take a minor league deal in 2009. For some reason the Astros left him in the minors forever despite him dominating and the team carrying a few fairly useless players in the bullpen. He had to exercise his opt out clause and signed with the Marlins and put up great numbers. A major league deal is probably enough to lure him to your team.

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    Default Re: Brendan Donnelly could be mystery reliever

    Karstans is signed to a minor league deal, so he is clearly going to be in Indy, probably starting, just in case there's a need, as well as Virgil Vasquez.

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