Yesterday, I predicted what the Astros' rotation and bullpen might look like. Not even 24 hours later, I have been proven totally wrong. Manager Brad Mills has announced that Brett Myers will be moving to the bullpen and will be the Astros' closer in 2012, according to ESPN.
I always thought it was a good move, and made sense, to have Myers as the closer but never thought that Mills would make the move, let alone have Myers agree to it. He provides a veteran presence in a high pressure position, has proven he can do it in the past and keeps Brandon Lyon away from the position.
Myers started the year in the rotation for the Phillies in 2007 but was moved to the bullpen and ended up converting 21 of 24 save opportunities. He made 48 appearances throughout the year going 5-5 with a 2.87 ERA.
The Astros were awful in late inning situations and only converted 25 of 50 save opportunities. This move now allows younger pitchers David Carpenter and Wilton Lopez to continue to work out of the bullpen. Having Myers veteran experience in the bullpen should add some stability to position.
But who will fill his spot in the rotation? The Astros brought in Livan Hernandez and Zach Duke with minor league deals this offseason to compete, and with this move, it is almost a guarantee that one will make the roster.
I thought Hernandez had the inside track for that spot and Duke would head to the pen to be a long reliever and another lefty for Mills. If this is the case, Jordan Lyles will most likely fill the final spot in the rotation for the Astros.
It will be interesting to see how this shakes out over the next month. The rotation is a little weaker, but in the end, moving Myers to the closer spot was the right move.