LA Detective wrote:Bottom line, I see the Pen as a strength and we all know how important it was in 2012. It was the biggest reason we were even in the race until the improvements in the line up came the 2nd half.
osforlife wrote:Great, organized, easy to read article. If I'm the manager/general manager of the Orioles...
1. TJ McFarland still has the potential to start in some minds, so he becomes one of Norfolk's starting pitchers. Chris Jones and Mike Belfiore both had pretty ERA's last year, but their WHIPS were atrocious. Once they show they can effectively keep hitters off the bases, then they will have spots waiting for them in Baltimore. Brad Brach is sent down to Norfolk for the sole reason that he has an option left.
2. Zach Britton and Brian Matusz are traded for anything I can get. Neither of them have options, and neither of them should be considered starting pitchers in the majors, although some teams might think so.
3. I'm not signing a closer. Paying for saves is one of the most idiotic things to do in baseball. Baltimore won't have a problem finishing out the game if they go into the season with their current group. O'Day and Hunter are better than Johnson, and JJ was capable of starting.
These three points leave Baltimore with a bullpen of Darren O'Day, Tommy Hunter, Ryan Webb, Kelvin De La Cruz, Josh Stinson, Edgmer Escalona, and Steve Johnson. Although, Baltimore may receive potential relievers in the Britton/Matusz trades. Also, I'd bring in Travis Blackley as left-handed insurance, as Matusz/Britton are gone, Patton is suspended, and Jones/Belfiore/McFarland are in the minors. More relievers will be brought in on minor league deals of course.
ofahn wrote:I could live with this group, particularly if we spend Jim Johnson's 11M on Arroyo or Burnett.
osforlife wrote:Starting pitcher wise, I'm most interested in AJ Burnett, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Capuno, and even Matt Garza.
ofahn wrote:Agreed on Burnett and Tanaka. IMO Capuano is a minor league signing and I wouldn't be willing to give Garza more than two years guaranteed. Someone will be dumb enough to give him at least four.
I think Peter Angelos could make up for a lot of past mistakes and hard feeling by offering 6/100M (plus the 20M posting fee) for Tanaka. He projects to be a legit #1 or #2 SP that would only cost money. I could only dream of a 2014 rotation that includes Tanaka, Tillman, and Gausman.
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