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Speculation about the Bucs' Bullpen

In Saturday night's win against the Marlins, Brad Lincoln came into the game with 2 outs in the 8th, and then pitched the 9th inning for his first save.

In today's (Sunday's) win, Jared Hughes was brought in for the 8th inning, and then handed the ball off to Hanrahan for the 9th.

In the past, Lincoln and Hughes typically have appeared earlier in games.

Speculation:

- Maybe Lincoln and Hughes are being showcased in late inning roles to facilitate a trade.

- Or perhaps they're being tried out in higher pressure situations with an eye toward possibly trading Grilli or Hanrahan.

At any rate, the timing (this close to the deadline) is interesting. Traditional baseball wisdom includes trading from strength. Since our bullpen has been a strength, it appears reasonable to speculate that we might trade a relief pitcher or two. If that can contribute toward getting a decent fielding SS who can hit a little bit, or a corner OF bat, or another reliable starting pitcher, or even a good LOOGY..... I'm all for it. <!-- / message -->
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