Revisiting Matt Capps' non-tender and looking at Neal Huntington's new bullpen
When the Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps back in mid-December, Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, and Steven Jackson remained as the most established relievers. The Pirates had cut money from an already bare-bones payroll. In the five weeks or so since then, the Pirates have signed DJ Carrasco and Brenden Donnelly while a deal with Octavio Dotel is reportedly close.
If Dotel signs, the bullpen drops the bottom end (probably guys like Chris Jakubauskas, Steven Jackson, and an NRI or two like Neal Cotts) in favor of three proven vets for only a little more than it would've taken to settle Matt Capps' arbitration hearing. Clearly, Huntington had a vision for his bullpen when he let Capps go and it seems like that vision is rounding into shape nicely as we get ready for Spring Training.
But what sort...