I can understand the decision to move him to the bullpen, though there's no evidence that Scott Olsen or Daniel Cabrera are one iota better than Bergmann. Here's Bergmann's tRA* (subtract 0.40 and think of this as his "deserved" ERA, discounting luck, fielding, park effects, etc.) for the last two years:
2007: 4.85Now here's Olsen:
2007: 5.83And D-Cab:
2007: 5.06Then, this spring, all Bergmann does is throw 11.1 innings with a 0.00 ERA 6Ks, 2 BBs, 7 hits, and 1 HBP. Olsen's line is 4.55 ERA / 11 Ks / 8 BBs / 40 hits / 3 HBP in 29.2 innings. And Cabrera throws 12.2 innings at 6.39 / 5 Ks / 7 BBs / 16 hits / 1 HBP.
In any fair competition, Bergy would be in the rotation, not in AAA.
Now, I understand that he has options left and other guys don't. But it's not like we're holding roster spots for the Phillies' shutdown bullpen of 2008. After Beimel, Hanrahan, and Rivera, you're bringing a group of completely fungible non-descript arms up north who are as easily replaceable as anyone in the league. Wil Ledezma has gotten a chance with half a dozen teams and will probably bounce through a dozen more before he's done. Tavarez is the epitome of a fungible journeyman. Hinckley's just a guy. Shell's another cast-off retread.
This isn't a situation where options should be dictating the move. Bergmann is better than at least 6 of the 12 pitchers on the Opening Day 25-man. He should be there.