TuckerBlair89 wrote:It remains to be seen whether some of these SP are flukes or not.
This winter's crop of free agent SPs is almost unprecedented. We should be able to sign two quality pitchers with solid upside to ONE year contracts. I would prefer to do that and remain a contender than risk the season on the group we have now. If we buy the insurance we will have the time to properly evaluate our younger pitchers and weed out the pretenders just in time to welcome the next wave.
IMO the most important signing we can make this winter is a generous extension for Rick Peterson. Our pitching development and evaluation program needs some COMPETENT stability for a few years so we can get the best out of the talent we have. Just ONE year of that ludicrous Kevin Gregg contract would probably make Peterson happy for at least the next ten years. I'm not suggesting THAT kind of extension. I'm just showing how poorly we have spent the money. Too often, the focus is spending the money on what goes on the field. As our bullpen showed this year you can get a LOT more on field production by proper scouting, evaluation, and instruction.