It hasn't usually been organizational philosophy so far, but it seems as if the Rays are slowly accumulating bullpen arms. One of the unsung FO moves of the year might have been acquiring John Meloan. Moved back into a bullpen role, it seems as if he's starting to show once again why he was a highly regarded bullpen arm. Matt Gorgen is transitioning nicely into double A ball. Eduardo Morlan wasn't ready for the big time after being a Rule 5 pickup and was sent back to the Rays and is putting up a solid season in Montgomery. People tend to forget that he doesn't turn 24 until next year. A guy like Mitch Talbot seems like he's a arm that could transition well into the bullpen. Even Joe Maddon wondered aloud if Jake McGee would be a awesome power lefty in the pen.
Some of this is circumstances, but the Rays are slowly assembling some promising arms for the bullpen. And more ways of cutting costs next year. Guys like Meloan and even Sonny could replace Nelson and Cormier. Talbot could do the same.
What is the thought on Meloan? Can he be a good reliever in Tampa Bay next year? Is there any other prospects that show promise in a relief role?
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