Monday Morning Manager…The Bullpen
So now…no Joaquin Benoit.
No, he did not have a great 2008 season. But he was pretty good in 2007 and the Rangers could have used him in 2009. Obviously, if Benoit would have been healthy, he would have been the Rangers eighth inning setup reliever behind Frank Francisco and C.J. Wilson.
Now he is gone, along with Eric Hurley.
So that leaves us with:
Closer candidates: C.J. Wilson, Frank Francisco
Setup candidates: Warner Madrigal, Josh Rupe, Derrick Turnbow
Left-handers: Kason Gabbard
Starters-to-reliever possibles: Luis Mendoza, Scott Feldman, Dustin Nippert, Brandon McCarthy.
Long-shots: Brian Gordon, John Bannister, Kazuo Fukumori, Willie Eyre, Thomas Diamond, Guillermo Moscoso
Free agent closers: Chad Cordero, Joe Borowski, Keith Foulke, Eric Gagne, Eddie Guardado, Jason Isringhausen, Tom Gordon
Free agent right-handed setup: Luis Ayala, Juan Cruz, Brendan Donnelly, Rudy Seanz, Julian Tavarez, Al reyes.
Free agent left-handed setup: Joe Beimel, Will Ohman, Dennys Reyes.
1. Who should be the Rangers closer?
2. Do you think Warner Madrigal, Josh Rupe or Derrick Turnbow are ready for 8th innning set-up reliever.
3. Which of the starter candidates to do you feel are best suited for the bullpen
4. Do any of the free agent closers appeal to you.
5. Which of the free agent setup relievers should the Rangers pursue. Obviously they need somebody.