Originally Posted by dougdirt
I hope it isn't a trend because it is just a bad idea to limit the impact an elite level arm can have. Elite level bullpen arms can be made from fringy starting pitchers.
I think the idea that top relievers have "limited impact" is being challenged today.
Teams like the Braves and Pirates have successfully put much reliance on their pens and achieved great success so far. The average NL OPS against bullpens is lower than against starters.
So teams are unwilling simply to rely on failed starters or the waiver wire for relievers. It's becoming too important.