Well as much as I have backed Frank Wren over the years he has left me scratching my head the past couple days with his iffy bullpen acquisitions. After signing Livan Hernandez, the Braves for some reason decide that Chad Durbin is needed to help out the team. I’m with Ben Duronio on this one; I don’t understand.
He had a 4.85 FIP last year over 68.1 innings, all out of the bullpen. I do not understand this move at all. Maybe I will later on.
4.85 FIP isn’t even good for a back of the rotation starting pitcher. Can Cory Gearrin really not provide more value than Durbin and his –.5 WAR over the past three years? I would think so.
A few people have pointed out that Frank Wren may be looking for more ‘veteran presence’ but like Fred Owens will tell you, that is a joke. I’ll just throw out a couple of names you probably remember (but don’t want to) from last year:
Is that enough evidence? Well I hope so because this guy will be taking Yohan Flonde’s spot in the pen and now instead of having both Flonde and Gearrin, we will have neither. Our biggest strength just took a huge hit over these past few weeks with Vizcaino getting Tommy John and a couple of boneheaded moves.
Let ‘em have it in the comments boys.