The loss of White Sox right-hander Jesse Crain to a shoulder strain was widely perceived as a blow to the bullpen market -- and it was.
Crain, though, was hardly the only quality reliever available. Bullpen arms are always in plentiful supply before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, and this season is no different.
For the sake of organization, I'll list them according to their teams. All starts are through Wednesday's play.
PHILLIES Jonathan Papelbon : It's still unclear whether the Phillies will even trade Pap, but might a team that acquires him be making a mistake?
Papelbon's 1.99 ERA and .565 opponents' OPS are impressive. But his trends aren't necessarily good, considering that he is earning $13 million per season through 2015, with a $13 million vesting option for '16.
Papelbon, after averaging 11.15 strikeouts per nine innings from 2007 to '12, is down to 7.67 per nine this season, and his swing-and-miss percentage is at a career-low level.
His ERA on May 28 was 0.92. Si...