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bigh0rt wrote:I think he's more deserving of a starting role in that rotation than Wakefield, especially with how Wakefield has proven to be a great commodity out of the pen, and a good change of pace guy. I actually wouldn't be surprised to see Arroyo back in the rotation and Wakefield wind up in the pen at some point during this season. Sucks for fantasy owners of Bronson, though. I actually tried to buy him two months ago (and if he was guaranteed to start from today forward, I'd continue to try). I think he's very undervalued from a fantasy standpoint.
Transmogrifier wrote:There are two reasons for this:
1) As discussed, moving Wake to the pen is difficult. The knuckleball is fickle, and having him come in for short situations isn't really best--you pretty much know what you're going to get when he starts-- 4-5 runs for six or seven innings. Not great, but decent.
2) The Sox bullpen sucks. Arroyo goes a long way to solve that problem. He proved in the playoffs he can be used regularly in that role, and he can be a top-flight righty specialist. Teams have been stacking the lineups with lefties due to his drastic splits, and this will make use of what he does best--get righties out.
This move, in sum, solves two big problems.
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