June 22, 2021

The 2020 Bullpen Depth Chart (Viva El Birdos)

One of the more interesting storylines this offseason, I think, is going to be how the Cardinals choose to try and bolster their relief corps. A unit which boasted the fifth-best ERA in baseball during the 2019 season would not seem to be a huge point of concern or emphasis this offseason, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned about bullpens, it’s that they are, by their very nature, inherently tough to predict.

My colleague wrote yesterday about the question of what to do with Dominic Leone, who has a checkered track record of both injury and ineffectiveness, and lacks a minor league option to allow the club any flexibility with his roster spot. I like Leone, and think there’s a decent chance he has a solid year in 2020, but if I’m being honest I’m also ready to move on from him. The Cards have, as I will be covering here in a moment or two, plenty of relief options to work through and utilise, and many if not most of them are, I believe, every bit as good a bet to be productive contributors as is Dominic Leone at this point. Then again, there’s a chance I may also be saying that just in order to stay #onbrand as the guy constantly advocating for the…

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