How many appearances should Salomon Torres make in 2007? Should he only be used as a closer?
Matt from Wait 'Til Next Year:
The Pirates need to make sure that Salomon Torres stays among the league leaders in appearances in 2007. There are two reasons for this. First of all, Torres biggest asset is his durability. It seems as if he could pitch every day without a break, and often times he does. Taking away a large portion of his innings by using Torres strictly in traditional closer situations would put a large strain on the Pirates' bullpen, which will include several young, inexperienced players in 2007.
Also, Torres is much more effective when he is used often, which is typical for sinkerball pitchers. The sinker has more break on it when thrown with a tired arm. Torres has a history of starting slowly and improving as the season progresses. Pirates management has stated that they will try to get him some extra work during spring training in an effort to wear his arm...