Jose Mesa, Rick White, and Brian Meadows filed for free agency yesterday, effectively ending their careers in Pittsburgh.
Rather then exercising a $4 million option on oldie-but-goodie Mesa, the Pirates chose to buy him out for $500,000. Smart move...we're in the midst of a youth movement and every dollar counts. No point in paying a guy to try to save games if you can't take a lead in the first place. Gonzalez looked good closing out last year, let's hope it continues.
Meadows never inspired me, fine to let him walk.
Rick White I did like and I'm sad to see him go. He added a little toughness to that bullpen.
So for now the Pirates opening day pitching roster is looking like this.
SP: Zach Duke
SP: Oliver Perez
SP: Kip Wells
SP: Dave Williams
SP: Josh Fogg or Mark Redman (hopefully Paul Maholm)
RP: Josh Grabow
RP: Paul Maholm
RP: Ryan Vogelsong
RP: Brian Bullington
RP: Tom Gorzelanny
RP: Matt Caps
RP: Ian Snell (hopefully he gets called back up and works his way into the rotation)
CP: Mike Gonzalez or Salomon Torres (hopefully Tracy picks one and sticks with them, I hate that committee junk)
Pretty good really...I hope Van Benschoten gets in there somewhere and Ian Snell is crucial. But overall, it looks decent.