Friday, December 22, 2006

Royals Sign Riske

Dayton Moore signed David Riske to a one year contract with an option this week. Finally, the Royals are attempting to solidify the bullpen by actually signing guys who are accustomed to bullpen roles. How many guys have we banished to the pen in recent seasons as a consolation prize simply because they weren’t good enough to start? Truth be told, many of them were not good enough to be in the pen either.

Riske, 30, is expected to be our setup guy. His career numbers speak for themselves: 3.59 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and .229 BAA in 361.1 IP. And he’s never walked more than 41 guys in a season.

We’re actually starting to put a legitimate bullpen together. I can see Jimmy Gobble finally settling into long relief and guys like Todd Wellemeyer, John Bale, and Joe Nelson setting the table for Riske and then Dotel.

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