Bullpens are settling in as we near the All-Star break. We’ll run through some of the major issues this week and some quick notes at the end as usual. I’ll try to put a trade preview piece together for next week’s column unless we see some major movement.
J.J. Putz was back and then he wasn’t. He was pulled from his role as closer to build arm strength (isn’t that what the rehab stint was for?). Putz is still the closer when he’s deemed healthy, but it’s unclear when that will be.
Heath Bell is back in the role and still giving up home runs. In his last five save opportunities, he’s saved three, blown two and given up three home runs. His ERA is back over 4.50 (FIP 4.93, xFIP 3.29) for the season. He’s shown he’s not going to be the elite closer he was and more and more it’s looking like he may not even be a mildly effective pitcher going forward. He’s the pitcher to own for now because there really isn’t anyone else in the pen.
David Hernandez has an equally fan