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Rzepczinsky has a terrible delivery. The Jays tried him as a starter, but quickly realized that he could not endure in that role. As mentioned in the article, he kills lefties and is OK against righties. Situational pitcher in the 7/8th inning. This is a win-now move by the Cardinals. However, even now, they look like the 4th best team in the NL (after the Phillies, Braves and Giants) and are not a lock to win their own division.
Nice article. Just a speculation...If (big if) Dustin McGowan comes back, he will be in the bullpen. Does he have the stuff to close or set-up? I realize that he may not get back at all, but speculation is fun!
Arencibia is ready, already. Apart from a LOOGY the Toronto bullpen is now just about set (could be 7 or 8 deep). The deal makes sense. Texas have an over-abundance of relief arms and the Jays are very deep at C.
VW was put on waivers near the end of last season. If the Angels wanted him, then they could probably have persuaded the Jays to kick a percentage of his outstanding contract (say 20% per annum, which Toronto would probably have agreed to) and still have Napoli and/or Rivera as trade bait for another player or even just released them from their contracts. This trade smacks of desperation. AA and Rogers will laughing all the way to the bank. I wouldn't be surprised if either or both those players were moved on sometime soon.