Missed much of the season with mono, starting around the All-Star break and sidelining him, or confining him to mopup duty, for most of the second half. When healthy, he was excellent, working mostly as a lefty specialist but occasionally pitching full innings; Bobby was always willing to try to move his LOOGYs into a larger role. It remains to be seen what Fredi will do. O’Flaherty is a better bet for a seventh-inning guy than Moylan or the Scotts. While he’s better against lefties than righties, it’s not extreme; he tends to walk some of the tougher ones. He did pitch more full innings than in 2009, but some of that is from late in the year when he worked a lot of long relief. He probably would have topped 80 appearances if he’d been healthy; as it was, he still had 56.
Is actually only about six weeks older than Venters, even though he’s been in the majors four years longer. The Mariners rushed him, and wound up wasting three years of options and losing him.