Monday, January 23, 2006
Bottom of the Pittsburgh Bullpen
Expect fireballing RP Mike Gonzalez to be the Pittsburgh Pirates' closer when the season starts in April, despite competition from RP Solomon Torres. Gonzalez was to have won the job last year, but Jose Mesa could not be usurped despite his advancing age and declining performance. With Mesa gone to the Colorado Rockies, the path is open for Gonzalez. Newly signed Roberto Hernandez will vie for a setup spot.