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I haven't done a great job keeping up with all the recent roster cuts, but now that we're coming down to the end of the spring, every one means more in terms of setting the final 25-man roster. This one announced earlier by the team has a significant impact on the bullpen competition.
Pinder and Goody were both prime candidates for one of the last bullpen spots based on their SWB shuttle service time last year. I thought Goody was in good shape for a spot heading into the end of last week based on how he had been pitching, but he served up 3 home runs in a 24-hour period and that surely got him cut. Pinder just didn't pitch all that well this spring, not well enough to stand out against the rest of the competition at least, and Olson was too far below others on the lefty depth chart.
So with these 3 gone, I think we're down to 34 or 35 guys still in big league camp. The remaining candidates for the 'pen are Kirby Yates, Johnny Barbato, Anthony Swarzak, and Luis Cessa. Yates has to be close to a lock at this point, so it's the other 3 for 1 spot. Based on ST performance and what's best for the organization, I think we'll see Barbato get the final spot. There's no reason to convert Cessa from a starter now to be the 7th guy in the big league 'pen when there are already a ton of other righty options available for that job.