Keith Law calls Rafael Soriano, Mariano Rivera and Joaquin Benoit the three free agent relief pitchers most in demand. And with Rivera almost certainly re-signing with the Yankees, that makes Soriano and Benoit the two best relief pitchers on the free agent market.

On Soriano: “You can make an argument that he was the best closer in all of baseball in 2010 — consider the competition he faced in the AL East — and has performed at that level for two years. He’s the best reliever in this free-agent class, but his arm action is long and he’s missed the better part of two seasons with injuries, so there is risk here as well.”

On Benoit: “His change is extremely effective against lefties, and his velocity has increased over the last few seasons as well. You do need to worry about the recurrence of a shoulder injury, but his relatively light workload in 2010 (60 IP) should lessen that concern.”


  • Jeremy Hellickson has been named to the Topps’ triple-A post-season all-star team. [MLB]
  • Carl Crawford has an update on his free agency. [Rays Report]
  • Gregg Zaun would like to return to the Rays…With Kelly Shoppach and John Jaso already under contract, all Zaun can hope for is a minor league deal. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • Don Martin of the New York Post speculates that Grant Balfour could be a “realistic option” for the Mets bullpen. [New York Post]
  • And don’t forget about your morning Cup O’ Joe. [Joe Bucs Fan]




  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Congrats to Hellboy

  2. Joe says:

    I can't disagree more vehemently with what strategy the Rays are implementing and executing this offseason. Out of sight, out of mind. Outrageous and I am insulted. Why this team is slashing and dashing and cutting bait is beyond me. Balfour may be the only guy they can retain, just because of his Type A status and no one wants to forfeit a pick for him.


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