Friday, December 2, 2011

Red Sox Interested in Joel Zumaya

Apparently, the Red Sox have expressed interest in free agent reliever Joel Zumaya. Zumaya missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing surgery on his right elbow in May. He also missed much of his 2010 season after hurting his elbow in June. However, before his injuries, he was a very effective reliever for the Tigers. In 2010, he had a pretty good year, going 2-1/2.58/34 in 31 games and 38 2/3 innings. In his best year, his rookie year of 2006, Zumaya was stellar, going 6-3/1.94/97 in 62 games and 83 innings. One of the reasons Zumaya is so effective is because he is a fireballer. And when I say "fireballer," I mean faster than Bard (who reaches the high 90's easily). Zumaya has thrown the most pitches over 100 mph in MLB history and holds the unofficial record with a 104 mph fastball. Zumaya would accompany Bard as fireballers in the bullpen and give the Sox a very solid setup corps. I would be for this move, as he'd likely come cheap, but would be great if healthy.

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