Last night, word came out that the KC Royals placed Louis Coleman on waivers. The right-handed reliever was the favorite to win one of the final two bullpen spots on the Opening Day roster. However, Coleman did not pitch well over the final two weeks of spring training.
The Royals have always been high on Coleman and were rumored to favor him over lefty Brian Flynn because Flynn has options and Coleman does not. They were afraid that they might lose him. Apparently, something changed over the last week.
Now it seems the final bullpen spot is down to Flynn and veteran Ryan Madson. If Madson makes the Opening Day roster, Flynn probably will make the team too as insurance. Meaning, a shorter bench and then all the position players left in camp (there are five of them), will head to Triple-A Omaha (or out of the organization).
I never understood why Coleman was perceived to be the favorite for a bullpen spot, mainly because he did nothing in 2014 to guarantee himself a spot. He has always been able to strike opponents out (185 in 174.1 career big league innings), but he also struggled with putting men on base (76 walks and 143 hits in those same big league innings).
Rumors are swirling that the Detroit Tigers are close to acquiring a reliever, with their bullpen always being a mess.
Maybe that is where Coleman ends up. Or maybe Coleman clears waivers and heads to that familiar place in Omaha.