Sunday, January 14, 2007

Gobble Signs One-Year Deal

You've probably heard by now that Jimmy Gobble signed a one-year deal with the Royals for $712,500. Gobble is the last man standing in the bullpen that Allard Baird put together that was so highly touted. Even though it had a lot of potential, the combination of guys being rushed to the big leagues with guys who just couldn't throw strikes gave the Royals one of the worst, if not the worst, bullpens in baseball in recent seasons.

When Gobble came out of the pen last season, he put up decent numbers. He had two saves with a 4.68 ERA. Overall his ERA was 5.14 (he started six games) and he struck out 80 guys in 84 innings. Let's hope that he continues to improve and that the Royals leave him in the pen.

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