The bullpen needed help, and in theory got it Friday when the Diamondbacks
claimed Claudio Vargas off waivers and acquired Matt Herges from the Giants in
exchange for outfielder Doug DeVore.
Herges is in his seventh MLB season and has filled a variety of roles during
his career, including being used as a closer by the Giants for the first half of
last season. He is expected to fill a set up role with the Diamondbacks,
but if Brian Bruney's struggles continue he could fill in at closer until
Brandon Lyon's return.
Vargas will be used in long relief, and could make spot starts for the
Diamondbacks, but the key for both players will be to shore up a bullpen that
ranks dead last in the MLB in ERA.
DeVore was part of the crowded outfield in Triple-A Tucson, and had been
passed on the depth chart by Carlos Quentin, Conor Jackson (when he's not
playing first base), and Josh Kroeger. DeVore was hitting .289 for the
Sidewinders this season and was in the midst of a four game hit streak. He
certainly left Tucson in style, his final game with the Sidewinders was
Wednesday, and he was 3-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored.