Hernandez, a power lefty, is just what the Dbacks need coming out of the ‘pen. At first I was shocked when I heard Reynolds was leaving, but now I am kind of relieved. Next year will not be amazing for the Diamondbacks, but it won’t be a total loss either. It was embarrassing watching the bullpen blow every game last year. Hopefully, this adds some legitimacy.
Comment by www.StartWedman.com — December 7, 2010 @ 11:03 am
Sorry to damper your optimism, but while hernandez does throw mid to high 90s, he’s a right-hander, not some variation of aroldis chapman
Hopefully this is one of those deals that can help both teams. Only time will tell. But Towers is certainly backing up what he said at his press conference. Like the assertiveness.
Comment by tonysoprano — December 7, 2010 @ 11:23 am
the Os have tons of pitching. They have a lot of starters that are relieving because there simply is no more room for starters at ML, AAA or AA level. They needs a 1B or a 3B and so they dealt from pitching depth for an infielder with high upside. Kevin Towers gets to build his bullpen and the Os get a starting 3B.
Comment by phoenix2042 — December 7, 2010 @ 11:47 am
I live in the town Clay Zavada is from. He graduated HS the year before I started coaching pitchers (lucky for him). Translation: I follow the DBacks Bullpen quite a bit (like daily).
They basically traded/released everyone 2 years ago and then wondered why they sucked last year. Tony Pena, Schlereth, Qualls, Slaten, Schoenweiss (family death), Rauch, etc. Zavada was effective in 09, TJ surgery in 10.
Part of the situation was that the SP’s did not go enough innings and just drained the bullpen.
But, at this point, isn’t Arizona having a great bullpen kinda like the dude that tries to corner to “kicker market” in fantasy football?
They traded the two SP’s that actually could rack up 200 IP, so whatever quality they get from the bullpen is going to drained out of them with overuse … and in non-winning games.
I think some teams have made some decent moves in an isolated sense, but the timing of the moves doesn’t make sense. In other words, decent moves as a “final piece” of being competitive, but the teams that are making them need much more than a “final piece”.
The one thing you know about being in the DBacks Pen … you are going to get to pitch, and likely get 3rd, 4th, and 5th chances to succeed.
There’s only so much value in having the “6th man” in the league.
Okay, enough analogies outta me.
Comment by CircleChange11 — December 7, 2010 @ 11:55 am
“While some analysts were worried about Hernandez’s ability to strikeout batters at the major league level, he quelled those concerns last season, raising his K/9 by two full strikeouts.”
When he transitioned from starting in 2009 to being a full-time reliever in 2010, Hernandez’s K/9 rate rose by over 5. In the rotation in 2009, he was K’ing 5.84 per 9, but that rose to 10.95 per 9 as a reliever in 2010.
It would have been a stretch to keep the bullpen from ’07-’08 intact.
Valverde got expensive, and no trade means no Qualls.
No Pena trade means no Brandon Allen. Schlereth was part of what brought Ian Kennedy and from the EJ trade Daniel Hudson.
Juan Cruz was less effective in KC and was shut down early last year.
Keeping Slaten around probably means less shuffling around for a LHP, but again, is that really the straw that broke the camel’s back?
Rauch for whatever reason struggled in AZ.
Hernandez is intriguing but I’m not sure about giving up a guy who put up 2.4 WAR despite multiple injuries (including a concussion). Especially since some combination of Mora, Blum etc. probably is not going to be close and isn’t that much cheaper.
Comment by kokushishin — December 10, 2010 @ 1:37 am
Hernandez is filthy out of the pen.
Career (as a reliever):
I for one, doubt Putz’s ability to stay healthy. Hernandez is a future closer in my opinion.