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Dan Meyer DF'A; Jorge Sosa called up from AAA


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Dan Meyer was one of the Marlins most valuable weapons in the bullpen last season. Now, he's looking for a job.

 

The 28-year old left-hander was designated for assignment after Thursday night's 8-3 loss to the Braves. Jorge Sosa, a 31-year old journeyman right-hander from the Dominican Republic, will be coming up from Triple A New Orleans to replace him. It was the third move made by the Marlins to their bullpen in the last 48 hours, a clear sign management is looking to fix an area of major concern.

 

Meyer, who went 3-2 with a career-best 3.09 ERA last season in 71 appearances, just never seemed to find himself this season out of spring training. In his 12th appearance for the Marlins this season Thursday, he walked five batters and gave up two hits and three earned runs, raising his ERA to 10.80 on the season. He also gave up a run without recording an out Wednesday, but prior to that appeared to be turning things around after going on the disabled list. From May 16-23, in four outings, he hadn't given up an earned run.

 

But the Marlins, apparently, saw enough Thursday to throw in the towel. Now, Meyer must clear waivers before the Marlins can reclaim him outright. Otherwise, he'll be pitching somewhere else soon. That idea, the more likely scenario, nearly brought Meyer to tears as he hugged teammates and manager Fredi Gonzalez in the clubhouse after the game.

 

"I got a lot to figure out," Meyer said. "This is tough to swallow. But I have to be a man about it. I'm not helping this team, running myself out there every few days and trying to pitch. It's not so hard on me as much I have some life-long friends in this clubhouse. This is probably the best I've fit in. I love these guys. It's going to be hard not showing up here everyday."

 

Meyer said he couldn't put a finger on what exactly has gone wrong for him.

 

"I've been working with [pitching coach Randy St. Claire] since I've been back, just working on finishing, just working through, trying to carry it to the mound," Meyer said. "I felt like I had some pretty good outings. I felt great in Chicago for 1 2/3 innings. I couldn't have felt better. It's just amazing how five days ago I thought I was back and then go out tonight and your scrambling. It's like quicksand. The more trouble I get, the harder I'm trying, the deeper it gets. If I could say one thing about myself, my downfall is I care way too much."

 

"It's got to be something. I feel great now. I feel healthy. The stuff's there. Confidence wise, I've taken a little bit of a hit, since last year. It's a long hard road to the top, but a short fall to the bottom. For me, mentally, it's going to be tough. But it's not just mental. Mechanically, I'm not right either. I'm falling. I probably have more walks now than I did all of last year. It's probably something ridiculous. I mean, I walked a run in, which is absolutely embarrassing. That's just not right. I can't expect 24 guys to play hard for me when I'm out there just sinking. So, just got to keep plugging. 28 years old, be a man about it, nose back to the grind stone."

 

Sosa, who was 4-1 with a 3.78 ERA in seven starts for the Zephyrs this season, has plenty of major league experience. In eight big league seasons with the Rays, Braves, Cardinals, Mets and most recently the Nationals, he has a 42-50 record with a career 4.72 ERA.

 

 

 

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A shame and all that, that Meyer was "nearly brought to tears." He was excellent last season but the simple fact is, if you don't perform, you have to suffer the consequences. I would imagine with him being a lefty, and 1 year removed from decet performances, that someone will claim him. Washington or Arizona no doubt...

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For another team to acquire him I believe he has to be added to their active roster immediately (after physicals and paperwork) which may increase his chances of reaching NOLA and working things out under the tutelage of Scott Mitchell. I'd bet he has a better than 50/50 chance of not being claimed even with the problems in so many bullpens throughout baseball.

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I think someone will claim Meyer or the fish will work something out. I dont see him getting through waivers. I think guys like Sosa is what makes this organization and shows the importance of throwing strikes as a reliever. Most fringe roster players have good stuff but throwing strikes is what keeps you in the majors and is what we need this year.

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Tough to see that but you knew it was coming. Sosa isn't giving me that great feeling right now, where is Kiko? Has he been picked up by anyone?

 

 

Kiko is getting his ass kicked in aaa for the mets last i checked. More outrage in the offseason that shows that the front office knows a hell of a lot more than most other people.

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honestly, the way this bullpen has performed all year, the only people who aren't under some pressure to be sent down right now are Hensley and Nunez. Everybody else is still fighting for a job here atm.

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I could see Jorge Sosa being a short-term solution to our bullpen problem. But he is 33, so I wouldn't count on him being in Florida for very long. But in the past 7 days, Sosa pitched in 3.2 innings for the Zephyrs, and gave up no runs, though he did walk 5 people. That's pretty sad.

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I think someone will claim Meyer or the fish will work something out. I dont see him getting through waivers. I think guys like Sosa is what makes this organization and shows the importance of throwing strikes as a reliever. Most fringe roster players have good stuff but throwing strikes is what keeps you in the majors and is what we need this year.

 

If anything Sosa shows the importance of not being terrible at baseball. Over the last 2 years he has a 6.75 ERA and he's been throwing 60% strikes, which is just under the 63% which is league average and around his career average of 62%. His last decent year (and second best career year) was as parts of that imploding 2007 Mets team when he had a 4.47 ERA but had let a very bad 37% of his inherited runners score.

 

I'd rather have Crash Davis

 

I rather have Crash Holly.

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Sosa could be a good reliever, if Fredi decides to play matchups. If you look at his career splits, he's actually been very good against right-handed hitters. He's also been absolutely horrendus against left-handed hitters.

 

Basically...

 

1. Hope Nunez and Hensley keep pitching the way they've pitched.

2. Hope Brian Sanches can continue to be adequate.

3. Hope that Sosa's #'s against righties + now Tank's career #'s against lefties (assuming he's the good Taylor Tankersley...which he showed flashes of being last night, and has shown all month at AAA)...can allow us to matchup out of the pen.

 

For now, that's all I've got.......

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For another team to acquire him I believe he has to be added to their active roster immediately (after physicals and paperwork) which may increase his chances of reaching NOLA and working things out under the tutelage of Scott Mitchell. I'd bet he has a better than 50/50 chance of not being claimed even with the problems in so many bullpens throughout baseball.

 

You are right, must go onto an active roster.

 

I'd lean towards unclaimed.

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.Sosa could be a good reliever, if Fredi decides to play matchups If you look at his career splits, he's actually been very good against right-handed hitters. He's also been absolutely horrendus against left-handed hitters.

 

Basically...

 

1. Hope Nunez and Hensley keep pitching the way they've pitched.

2. Hope Brian Sanches can continue to be adequate.

3. Hope that Sosa's #'s against righties + now Tank's career #'s against lefties (assuming he's the good Taylor Tankersley...which he showed flashes of being last night, and has shown all month at AAA)...can allow us to matchup out of the pen.

 

For now, that's all I've got.......

 

 

 

Looks more like long relief.

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