Re: Some Tough Bullpen Decisions Loom.
Burn up the phone working a deal for Weathers now. Worst case, move him closer to the deadline. I'd do the same with EG. I know a deal with a rehabbing pitcher is likely a non-starter, but Trader-Wayne could at least attempt to package EG with Weathers or push him as "he'll be ready just in time for your strech drive", "he's a bull-dog", "he's got vet-presence", "or he could be the first player/bullpen-coach". Whatever it takes to move the guy for some prospect.
Stanton - DFA
Santos - shop him hard as a "solid" long relife guy (at least while he has that image now). I would have done the same with Sarrloos instead of sending him packing for peanuts.
I'd sit down Bray, Salmon, Cooter, Coffey, Burton, McBeth and some of the more interesting AAA arms in one big "rah-rah" meeting as someone else suggested. Make it clear, in no uncertian terms, that the orginzation has decided they are the core of the bullpen-of-the-future. Pole and Krivsky sit down and craft a plan whereby the roles of the remaining guys are determined. "pitch counts" established. And number of days of rests between uses clearly established. Put this together this "bullpen usage matrix" on a big posterboard in the dougout for Jerry's use. The first time Jerry deviates from it....he's fined $1000 (or some other harsh penalty).
a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.
I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate