The Guys I Am Excited About
Varvaro looked pretty good when I saw him. He just strikes me as a guy who is going to be a steady Eddie. Barnes has opened a lot of eyes dating back to the old “Barnes-days” at the old Sox Therapy. I am not sure why the Sox seem down on Workman, I think he is built to be a reliever.
I droned on and on last year about Mujica but I think he is an underrated guy. I am not expecting him to replicate Koji’s 2013 or anything but I think he will do a Mike Timlin type job of taking the ball and succeeding.
Layne just demolishes left-handed hitters and John Farrell seems comfortable using him that way. I think he is exploitable to righties in a way that Breslow is not but he will be a useful part of the bullpen.
The Guys I Am Not Too Excited About
Watching Koji glide off the mound after strikeouts to clinch the division, win the Division Series, win the LCS and win the World Series will forever be etched in my brain. A 40 year old coming off a year where he was hampered by injury and starting the new year on the DL…pass.
Ross I have no faith in whatsoever. I would not be surprised if the Sox rued the deal for Anthony Ranaudo though in reality it likely is to be meaningless to both teams. I am excited to watch Ogando but I suspect he is just cooked. Breslow, like Koji, has a special place for 2013 (particularly that performance against the Rays in game four) but I am skeptical he is going to rebound. He could be a real difference maker if he does.
Tazawa is a weird one. I am just oddly pessimistic about him. He has had three good years in a row which you would think is a good sign but…I don’t know. Except for the elite relievers are highly variable and I do not think Tazawa belongs in that group. I hope he keeps on keepin’ on but I feel like something is going go foul on Taz this year.