After surrendering two home runs and nine total baserunners to his first 16 batters faced, Anthony Bass is getting a break from closer’s duties. He wasn’t even among the three pitchers used for high-leverage relief work in Saturday’s win—that save opportunity went to Yimi García.
In January, Bass became the first pitcher to receive a guaranteed, multi-year major league contract from the current Marlins ownership group. Relative to the rest of MLB, $5 million is a modest expenditure, but the team went out of its way to hype him up. Although Miami never explicitly named Bass the closer during spring training, there wasn’t a formal competition for the role, either. It was his to lose.
Another reminder: this is a long season. Any player who has been an initial disappointment in 2021 has ample time to wind up as an overachiever, and vice versa. That being said, for the Marlins to alter their bullpen hierarchy so early on speaks to their genuine concern about Bass’ inability to locate his pitches.
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- Get your bids in for this vintage Florida Marlins pennant flag (h/t @MarlinsHistory).