LA Detective wrote:I could be wrong but I thought we had an option for Ayala at a very low price? 1mil?
LA Detective wrote:If this is true I would consider bringing him back..Depth in the BP can be huge...I also believe he was maybe the most effected by the keeping of KGregg...Ayala, ODay and Strop took on alot of innings going into June and July becuase we could never pitch Gregg or we didnt have a long man. This was even more compounded by the abnormal extra innings we played. I think Ayala's ability is closer to what we saw in the first half.
Matt P wrote:Starters
The last 3 may or may not be ready for the start of the 2013 season but they figure to be ready at some point during the season. By my count, that's 12 starting pitchers that are under contract for next year as of today and 7 of them will all be competing for one spot in the rotation. Of course some will disappoint and some will get injured but 12 seems like a lot of pitchers before free agency starts. They should have a AAA rotation this season that is better than some of the recent Orioles rotations.
The other thing is we all found out how much Duquette loves depth. You have to figure there is going to be a few minor league free agent signings as well as a trade or two for some more pitching depth (like Eveland last year). With a few signings and trades they could have 10+ pitchers competing for one rotation spot.
Then, you take a look at the bullpen and realize there is a lot of depth there as well. They already have Johnson, Strop, O'Day, Ayala, and Patton for next year. That leaves two open spots as of today and you figure one will be a lefty and the other a long reliever (although, they went most of last year without a 2nd lefty or a long reliever so who knows). If they trade one of their relievers they can just plug in a guy who doesn't make the rotation. Pomeranz is going to be ready for Spring Training and he looked great last year. It's also another area where Duquette and his scouts have shown to have a great eye for talent (Gonzalez, Pomeranz, Neshek, Socolovich, Villareal, and others were all brought in as minor league relievers before the season).
I keep looking at it and thinking of all the trade possibilities. Whether they can pull off a trade for a #1 starter or middle of the order hitter remains to be seen. Trading to improve in areas of weakness last season (OBP, 2B, etc.) should be a guarantee.
rudyrooster wrote:I'm excited about the future of our pitching staff. I think some of our young arms are finally starting to grasp the idea of what it takes to pitch successfully in the big leagues. Matusz had a different look in his eyes coming out of the bullpen, Hunter wasn't holding back anything and he was blowing batters away. If those two guys need to remain in the bullpen in order to have success then so be it I say.
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