Leo Nuñez's real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo.
In the long run, this may not be a big deal. Miguel Tejada and others who've lied about their age never had to pay any real stiff penalties.
I feel like Juan Carlos Oviedo will be better than Leo Nuñez, at least for a year or two, because he won’t have this laying on his conscience any longer. The Marlins have a decision about his third year in arbitration, but they should offer it to him. All 30 teams should be interested in this guy to handle the 7th, 8th, or 9th.
As an exercise, we could look to see who may be in the market for a top-tier relief pitcher. An examination:
|Honesty is the best policy.|
If Oviedo’s stock drops significantly from suspensions or visa complications, the Royals may anticipate a barren market and let him go. Dayton Moore, the Senior VP of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Royals, Godfather of ‘the Process’, may want to reacquire Oviedo, a player he once traded for the inferior Mike Jacobs.
The Yankees have shown the ability to sign talented players with question marks and have them flourish with a slightly diminished role on the Bronx Bombers. The millions they spend on their roster isn’t so much an advantage with signing stars. (The Cubs, Mets, Mariners, and other big losers have expensive stars.) The advantage lies in being able to eat the cost of a failed star to sign another one, and the chance to have some excellent players on the bench. This past winter, the Yankees signed former star players like Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez, and Russell Martin and just asked them to be part of the supporting cast.
It’s probably not worth
much, but Joe Girardi’s bench coach is Tony Peña. In addition to living one of the more inspirational stories I’ve ever heard, Tony Peña was the Manager
of the Royals when Oviedo, as Nuñez, was called up to the Big Leagues for the
first time. Their relationship at the Major League level didn’t last long, as
Peña was fired midseason, but they may have a good relationship.
|Tony probably throws a solid BP.|
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for Francisco Rodriguez"
Twins, Rays, Tigers, Angels, Mets, and Cubs
While these teams had vastly varying degrees of success this season, their bullpens were below average, and they should the money to buy a late-inning arm like Oviedo’s.