5 Burning Questions to be Resolved
Braves bullpen during spring training at Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Q4: Who’s in the Bullpen?
SUB-QUESTION: WHY IS LUIS AVILAN STILL THERE?
For all of the concerns/complaints/criticisms that we have levied on Avilan, he’s still been there – and still has a lefty arm that Fredi calls upon for 60-75 appearances each season (2013-2014). But as we review the list… there are too many names on it.
So barring injury, who are the candidates right now?
- Craig Kimbrel
- Jason Grilli
- Jim Johnson
- James Russell
- Shae Simmons
- Arodys Vizcaino
- David Hale… maybe.
- Josh Outman
- Luis Avilan
- Juan Jaime (who is out of options)
- Ian Thomas
There are some viable candidates in the minors (Ryne Harper, Gus Schlosser, et al) if necessary. Additionally, relievers tend to be available here and there, so no worries at this point in terms of filling those chairs. If the Braves want to move Avlian, then – it’s possible without a large burden.
Other bullpen questions:
- Can Jim Johnson reclaim the stuff that got him 50+ saves in 2012 and 2013?
- Can Vizcaino shake off a 3 year setback and make the club?
Those answers will have to wait until March.
The final big question… NEXT >>>