It's deep to say the least, however is it a `good' deep class or just a bunch of average relievers, just a surplus of them, here is the list of relievers broken up by throwing arm, alphabetically listed, with a little snippet of my own on each.
Right handed relievers
The Octopus, he's better known for having six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot than being a truly successful major league reliever. He was signed by the Rangers to a minor league contract in January of 2006, but was then released on June 19, 2006 after posting a 18.00 ERA in 1 IP after coming off the DL on June. He turns 35 in April and the Rays are not looking for a new batting practice pitcher so we should pass on double A.
Second righty in and it's another former Cub closer, and as you will soon see another trend, another former Rays reliever (joining Roberto Hernandez, Esteban Yan, Lance Carter, and Danys Baez on this year's free agent market). Joe-Bo and his mystical eyes will be 36 next year and though he's had some success this season (posting a 3.69 ERA, more saves than walks; 33:31) it's not likely the Rutgers grad would be given another shot with the Rays, and honestly he probably shouldn't.
The Submariner of Moneyball fame has had back issues due to his abstract delivery. A 2.83 ERA in 50+ innings of work should at least grant a look at the 32 year old Bradford.
No thanks, Brocail will soon be 40, and through 28 IP had allowed 27 hits and a 4.76 ERA, all in a pitcher's park.
Soon to be 34, nothing about Brower's season or past spells that he would be better than anything on the current roster.
Nearly 39, and was sent down to A ball recently. Carrara is one of those relievers who always finds a way to extend his career, compared to some other arms on this list who are younger I don't think a year rental of Carrara would better the team.
One of the more intriguing prospects, he's only 31, and had a very good season last year, and a decent one this year after being dealt to the Brewers. The question is, could he step back into the closers' role or would he be more of a setup man? A 0.46 ERA in 19 innings with the Brewers and 13/14 in save chances suggests he very well could close again.
DeJean doesn't have an ERA this season, of course he's only thrown 1.2 innings so that obviously dampers the `perfect ERA' scenario. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and is expected to be sidelined another 2-3 months.
Once part of the scary trio that included Lidge and Wagner, Dotel has battled injuries the past season and a half. So far he's pitched 7 innings, and has an ERA of 9.82, including getting touched up, allowing four runs in one inning of work.
He's been surprisingly good as of late (allowing 4 runs in his last ten outings, all in one appearance) who knows if he could return to closing, but as far as a pitcher with off-speed stuff who if he can regain focus could become a good reliever at the age of 33.
Was one of the suspended major leaguers for steroids last year, has a 4.81 ERA but when it's considered he's played for the Phils and Reds this season that can be discounted a bit. Allows way too many hits to be considered a lock down reliever.
Allows a lot of hits, not many homers, but doesn't really walk or strikeout people out too much. Is now 33 and the idea of him being a closer is ludicrous. Would probably be best if he didn't pitch in pressured situations.
Perhaps the most surprisingly successful name on this list. His numbers are decent, 3.96 ERA in 64 IP, the problem is he's allowed 82 hits in that same span. At 36 it's doubtful he can stay as lucky for another year or two.
NOTE : The extra long part three (covering the remaining FA relievers) will be up within the next few days