Terrell Young seems to be improving his chances with a solid 5 innings of work, allowing only one run and one walk. Steven Shell meanwhile has done the opposite, allowing four runs, seven hits and two walks in his four innings of work. The left-handed reliever spot seems as wide open as ever. The team's only given Wil Ledezma one inning of work, Mike Hinckley has allowed three runs in his 3.1 innings with no strikeouts, and Mike O'Connor's not reminding anyone of this. Dark horses like Preston Larrison, J.D. Martin, and Garrett Mock haven't done squat. Jesus Colome is still in line for high-leverage innings. Shairon Martis is getting chatted up as an option in the bullpen, but if he's a starter long-term you'd probably rather keep letting him start in AAA.
It's far too early and spring training stats far too meaningless to draw any grand conclusions here, but the point is that we started camp with a lot of questions, and we still have a lot of questions.
So just for kicks, let's look at the remaining free agents out there and see if maybe the team could buy some stability. Dennys Reyes just signed for 2 years and $3 million, which is still more evidence that there are bargains to be had (Fangraphs had his fair market value in 2008 at $2.8m) Here's the list of remaining free agents, courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors. Of that group, a couple names jumped out at me:
- Will Ohman
- Joe Beimel
- Aquilino Lopez