Before the games get going, what is the ideal makeup of the Pirates' bullpen in your eyes?
Wilbur Miller from Pirate Player Profiles:
Carrying seven relievers is written in stone as long as Littlefield is GM, so I dont even think about it any more. The loser of Armas/Chacon shouldnt make the team, because if its Armas itll be because hes hurt, and if its Chacon, because he sucks. They need to get out from under as much as possible of his wildly excessive salary by cutting him in Spring Training. Kolb is a mistake waiting to happen. He sucked the last two years, his K rate has disappeared, he wouldnt listen to Leo Mazzone of all people, and if he isnt given a late-inning role hes going to start complaining. Allan Simpson is much more interesting, as he throws hard, has had a good K rate, and did OK (considering it was in Colorado) in his one real major league trial.
Torres, Capps, Marte and Grabow are locks, after that it should be an open competition between ...
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