How I Learned to Love Carp

Relievers are a funny breed.  Sometimes, a failed minor league starter/swingman like Jonny Venters or Luis Avilan suddenly becomes one of the most dependable arms in a bullpen.  Other times, a formerly good major league pitcher like Chris Hammond becomes an uberly good performer.  Or a waiver claim turns into Eric O’Flaherty.  You never know where an arm may come from. When the Cardinals selected David Carpenter with their 12th round selection in 2006, they…

Stock Report: Midseason Edition (Part 2 of 3)

Relief Pitchers (continued) Eric O’Flaherty 2013 Salary: $4,320,000 2014 Status: Free Agent For four years, O’Flaherty had proven himself to be a stellar left-hand option out of the bullpen, most noticeably during a tremendous 2011 run where he finished with an 0.98 ERA over 73.2 innings.  However, with his velocity down and pain increasing, O’Flaherty hit the DL and the news was delivered that he would undergo Tommy John surgery and his season was over. …