"I think we’re much improved in the bullpen," said Trembley when asked about his strategy. "It also lets your team know you’re not going to rely on the same guy every night. You’re going to need everybody in the long course of a season to make contributions."
Sherrill, acquired from Seattle in the Erik Bedard deal, has stepped into the closer’s role, but Bradford and Walker are the heart of the group. They made 76 and 81 appearances, respectively, last year. Trembley hopes the newfound depth takes some of the workload off of Bradford and Walker.
"Those guys have had a lot of wear and tear. I need to stay away from doing that, but especially in the first couple months during the season," Trembley said after each had pitched in three of the first four games.