I don't understand all the consternation about the bullpen while our system has developed practically no starting pitching for over a dozen seasons until Berrios finally emerged.Isn't this a far bigger issue than us not raiding the reliever market this offseason?TO me it is.
We rolled the dice trying to build our bullpen last season and some of the deals looked good at first and they turned out to be crap.Relievers are not a set commodity.THey are so up and freakin down it's ridiculous.See Brad Lidge.Relievers, for the most part, are failed starters.To carry on about getting veteran reliever X and Y seems like a waste of time when we can't develop pitching ourselves.
Maybe I am not on this bandwagon to grouse about adding relievers is that I am not expecting too much out of this team.I want to see certain players develop and then if that happens I would like us to be more aggressive at the trade deadline.I know some posters hate this philosophy, but quite frankly, signing a Boxberger or some other ham and egger reliever isn't going to get me pumped and it won't turn us around.
What is the solution?Dump most of the bullpen and replace them with new guys? I like the idea of Romero starting in the pen.I will hope Hildy and Reed can do better than they did last year.I am not going to go crazy over the pen. In 2002 we had Romero, Hawkins, Fiori (and Santana some of the time) all emerge to make for a solid pen.Very few relievers are to be counted on to perform at a consistent level year after year. I am far more worried about the rotation and everyone else should be as well