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Red Sox “discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler

Dec 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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After losing out on several of their reported top bullpen targets the Red Sox “are discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.

Keeping the ball in the ballpark has been Wheeler’s weakness, with 28 homers allowed in 172 innings over the past three seasons, but he still managed ERAs of 3.12, 3.28, and 3.35 in that time thanks to a 144/47 K/BB ratio.

That includes a 46/16 K/BB ratio and .207 opponents’ batting average in 48 innings this year, which made it surprising that the Rays declined to exercise their $4 million option on the 32-year-old right-hander and then declined to offer the Type A free agent arbitration. He has a 3.31 ERA in 392 innings since 2005, including a sub-3.50 mark in five of six seasons.

  1. BC - Dec 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Oh Lord. He’d be the second coming of Heath Slocumb pitching in Fenway. He’d be on the DL with a neck injury by June from twisting his head around to watch balls sail onto Landsdowne Street…

  2. bradwins - Dec 16, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Wheeler is from Rhode Island. I like having local kids on the team, if everything else is equal. Considering the state of the FA relief market, not sure how much better you’re going to get. As long as it doesn’t require a 3-year commitment like some of these other relievers are getting.

  3. flyboat44 - Dec 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    He’s too old. The Sox need guys under 30 in the ‘pen.

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