Rudy- nothing personal here, but I do not think these are valid reasons for bringing the guy back. His age, inability to strike guys out, his record with inhereited runners scoring, all appear more to be more tangible reasons to let the guy go.
I know he's up there in years, but he wasn't much younger a few years ago and was very good. He's been a good pitcher for a long time. I think his stuff was still good last year and his awful second half may have been a result of his injury. I think it's a decent risk. The inherited runners stuff is noise, and largely a function of poor pitching before him, IMO.
I guess I still think Timlin can be one of the 6 relievers on this club. If the Sox can find 6 better than him, I'm cool with letting him go. Seems unlikely though.
Timlin was one of the 25, yeah, yeah, but I think he needs to go. If his role on the team changes and he does not pitch high leverage situations, he could be benefical (and the young guys could learn from him), but do you think Tito would change Timlin's role? I don't.
Do folks realize that Hansen and Delcarmen were even worse than Timlin in the second half last year? People keep acting as if Tito was so blind in his loyalty to Timlin, and that he's incompetent to use his best relievers. I think it's really insulting to Tito. Why did Timlin pitch hi-lev spots? Because there was really no better option!!! Why did Kyle Snyder stay in the rotation? For the same reason.
Timlin was excellent in the first half, excellent for many years before that. Crappy in the second half after he was hurt. I'm not ready to give up on him quite yet given his track record. Would you give up on Hansen and MDC after their second halfs? Of course not!
Let's give Tito some credit. If 6.00 ERA Mike Timlin is one of the team's better relievers, it's a huge issue, but not one that is just blamed on Timlin and Tito. Doesn't some blame have to go to everyone else too. It's not like there were lots of guys pitching well as Timlin wasn't...he was forced into hi-lev spots because the young guys crapped themselves when given the chance.
This is just one move of many.