One day after the Rays traded the team’s best relief pitcher in 2007, Juan Salas, to the Indians for wellrounded singleA second baseman Isaias Velasquez, they signed former Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen to a Minor League deal to boost the lateinning bullpen competition. The 36yearold Isringhausen has 293 career saves and was a dominant closing pitcher for nearly 10 years in Oakland and St. Louis before arm injuries hit him hard in 2008.
He is definitely a good choice to have on call if Troy Percival is rendered unavailable. We saw what happened when the Rays signed the recently unretired Percival before last season. Isringhausen adds a further veteran presence and a solid arm in the back end of the bullpen. He made 32 saves with a 2.48 ERA just two seasons ago. It’s very good to have a guy like that come in at a discount price.
Spring Training rolls on in Port Charlotte, and now 9 > 8. The math is accurate this year. Until next time, go Rays.