After Neal Huntington's offseason bullpen spending spree, most of the Pirates bullpen is locked up before the season even starts. We've got two holdovers in Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan, two new additions almost assured of spots in Octavio Dotel and Brendan Donnelly, and two new signings that are pretty safe bets to make the team in DJ Carrasco and Javier Lopez. That leaves, at the absolute most, one bullpen spot left. Actually, without a Rule 5 guy in the pen it might leave zero spots. That said, I think they're going to roll with seven in the 'pen enough to dedicate an entire blog post to it.

Depending on how you look at it, there's anywhere between one obvious choice and an endless run of potential arms here. If we go straight up with the best pitcher, the last reliever should be...

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