Meche thinks he'll be in bullpen in 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2010 12:00 am
Gil Meche chose not to collect $12 million for sitting out next season. Instead, it sounds ike he's going to be a really, really expensive reliever.
Meche opted against surgery on his troubled shoulder that would have knocked him out for the final year of his Royals-record five-year, $55 million contract. Instead, Meche, who started just nine games this season, is rehabbing and planning to return late in the season out of the bullpen.
But Meche told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that he's pretty sure the relief role is going to be permanent.
"Ninety-five percent, yeah," he said. "I mean, we've been at this for two years trying to start and my shoulder just doesn't recover [from] throwing 90 pitches in five days. So needing to be my best as a starting pitcher isn't going to work."
Meche deserves credit for opting to do what he can to help the team next year -- the easy move would have been to have the surgery, take a year of wear off his arm and protect his future earning potential. But he's personally making 16 percent of the Royals' payroll this season, and that's a lot of money to mop up in middle relief.
-- David Andriesen
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