According to an article in today's San Jose Merc, the team is leaning towards dumping Sweeney, carrying Niekro and Ellison and carrying only 11 pitchers:A club source said the Giants are so intent on keeping outfielder Jason Ellison and first baseman Lance Niekro, both of whom are out of options, that they are resigned to starting the season with just an 11-man pitching staff. Even with the extra position spot, there doesn't appear to be room for Sweeney at the end of the bench.
I guess there is some risk in only carrying 11 pitchers, but no one exactly stepped up and won a job. It's possible that once Aurilia shows he is healthy Frandsen could be sent down if another arm is needed.
So who would be the six bullpen members?
Waiver Wire pick-up?