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2012 in Review: The Bullpen

If the Indians took a lead into the late innings, the back-end of the bullpen usually preserved it. A look at the members of the best part of the 2012 Indians.

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Chris Perez: Good Inside, A Pain Outside the Lines

Even if Chris Perez had said nothing but the usual athlete platitudes in his post-game comments, the Indians would still be dangling him on the trade market this winter.

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Esmil Rogers: Good Reliever...Future Starter?

One of the bright spots of 2012, Rogers was given a second shot after a disastrous start to his season, and took full advantage of it. Perhaps the Indians could make an excellent acquisition even better by moving Rogers back to the rotation.

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Vinnie Pestano: The Next Closer

Doesn't it seem as though Pestano has been with the Indians for a lot longer than a bit over two seasons?

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Tony Sipp: A Tale of Two Halves

For the most part, the main cogs in the 2011 bullpen were just as good in 2012. That wasn't the case with the left-handers, though; Rafael Perez hurt his shoulder early in spring training, and although Tony Sipp was healthy, he wasn't nearly as effective as he'd been the previous season.

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Joe Smith: Common Name, Uncommon Relief

He has one of the most common names in the country, but Joe Smith's work in the bullpen has been anything but common.

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2012 in Review: Rafael Perez

The 2012 season for Rafael Perez was derailed rather early; in fact, a shoulder injury before the season even began would limit Perez's velocity and eventually remove him from the active roster.

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