ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay’s 2012 bullpen might have been the best in team history. Now the Rays’ brass must cobble together a ‘pen with what remains from that extraordinary group.
Last year’s bullpen led the American League with a 2.88 ERA and held opposing batters to a .208 batting average. That gave the Rays the lowest ERA by an AL team since the 2005 Indians (2.80) and lowest opposing average by any Major League bullpen since the 2003 Dodgers (.207).
Looking toward 2013, the Rays have three solid members set to return in Fernando Rodney, Jake McGee and Joel Peralta.