Pirates Bullpen Dominant-Built Yearly on Power Arms

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This article originally appears at Baseball News Source

The Pirates bullpen has been one of the more consistent aspects of the team for three straight seasons now, dating back to the days of Octavio Dotel and Javier Lopez in 2010, the bullpen has been a strength of the Pirates.

Pittsburgh goes about building their bullpen differently than other teams, as they have not given a long term contract to a reliever since Huntington has taken over as GM.

We have an organizational philosophy that values appropriating our resources to other parts of the roster and building a bullpen from a variety of options,” Huntington said. “We obviously like relievers with power stuff.” -Neal Huntington, courtesy of The Tribune Review

Coming into the 2012 season, the Pirates had several familiar faces returning to the bullpen, but potentially in different roles than used in 2011.  Joel HanrahanJason Grilli,Tony Watson and Chris Resop all seemed to have spots in the bullpen locked down, but only Hanrahan was assured a specific role–closer.

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