Joel was right at the top of the list. He's a guy that, even when he was having great success as a starter, a lot of our reports were, 'Wow, this guy would be unbelievable in the bullpen.'Down in the Dominican Winter League, Wily Mo Pena is 1-for-23 in six games for Aguilas.
Last year, our scouting reports on him when he went to the bullpen really indicated that he had dropped his arm angle a little bit, so he was getting a little bit more life on the ball, and they thought he'd make a very good transition into the bullpen. We think we signed a very good relief pitcher.
Three former Red Sox players have signed one-year deals for 2007: Keith Foulke with Cleveland ($5 million), Doug Mientkiewicz with the Yankees ($1.5 million) and Mark Loretta with Houston ($2.5 million).
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