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  1. I was thinking recently the same thing about Chan Ho Park, he really seemed outstanding out of the bull pen last year…

    Comment by bobo — February 17, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

  2. Chan Ho’s problem is that he wants a SP job, and most teams out there aren’t willing to commit to giving him that. I think if he was willing to accept a bullpen role, he would’ve been signed a while ago.

    Comment by bsizzle — February 17, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

  3. Honestly, having seen Park pitch last year, and also from his stats, I could think of at least a few teams that could do worse than roll the dice on him. I mean, Jason Marquis got a job with worse FIP over the last couple of years. While Park did poorly as a starter last year, he did well the year prior and it was a small sample size in 2009. Plus if you take him as a starter, he’ll probably sign for almost nothing. Less than he would to sign as a reliever even. And if he doesn’t pitch well, guess what? You have a reliever at a discount. Or you cut him, because his salary is insignificant.

    So then, if he wants a starter’s job- why not give him one? The Nats, Dodgers, and Mets all seem likely to have messy 5th starter issues (and for some of them, 4rth starter issues as well). Picking up a veteran starter on a 1 year deal, for less than a reliever costs? Who has proven he can be a good reliever if he flounders? That sounds like a great deal. I don’t get why teams aren’t jumping on that.

    Comment by B N — February 17, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

  4. It almost seems like another issue is the fact that Calero relies on his slider so much, and he has poor velocity on his fastball. Perhaps the frequency of his slider usage is a concern for causing more arm problems in the future.

    FB: 41.3 %, 88.3 MPH
    SL: 54.4 %, 79.8 MPH

    However, despite a wFB/C of 1.22 in 2009, his fastball has typically been below average. You would think that some teams would be willing to give him at least a minor league contract, though.

    Comment by Bryz — February 17, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

  5. So is taking a chance with a young reliever or something better than spending a tine bit on someone like Calero? I mean, yeah, there are some concerns, but it’s highly likely this guy could help any bullpen in the majors next season. Even if he gets injured or something it’s not like you’re losing much by signing him, is it? At this point he can’t be asking for too much, can he?

    Comment by Samuel Lingle — February 18, 2010 @ 12:05 am

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