osforlife wrote:Sign quality rotation arm such as Jackson, Lohse, Marcum, McCarthy, Sanchez, Santana
Jackson - with all due respect NO, NO, H@LL NO. He wants a multi year contract and we can't afford to waste our limited resources on a pitcher like Edwin Jackson.
Lohse - he wants a multi year contract and we can't afford to waste our limited resources on a pitcher that is no better than what we all ready have in our system.
Marcum - see Lohse.
McCarthy - worth a one year deal with a low base and incentives IF he's ready medically.
Sanchez - minor league deal.
Santana - worth a one year deal with a low base and BIG incentives. Could be the real find in the off season market.
Here's an alternative suggestion. Suppose DD can make a deal with the White Sox to trade Peavy and 2M to us for our competitive balance pick instead of declining his option? He would give us our first legitimate TOR SP since Mussina left town on the Yankee Monet Express. We would have him with a one year commitment supported by a solid defense and maybe the best C in baseball. He would probably have a very good year. That, along with the success of our other pitchers, would show the rest of the league that they could be a winner in Baltimore. It would make it SO much easier to convince good pitchers to come here.
If we decide he wants too much money to stay after next season we would get a first round drat pick for him so the only real cost for his services would be his 2013 salary.