-I don't regret not re-signing Mark Reynolds. He's a streaky player, and he's been on a hot streak 30 games into the season. It's only a matter of time before he starts slumping. Even with a improved strikeout percentage so far this year, he won't keep this up. He's never hit anywhere close to .293. He's never gotten on-base near a rate of .362. He's never slugged anywhere close to .641. From what we saw last year, he's an above-average defender at 1st base, and a hitter that will likely hit to an .800 OPS, and I was fine with letting that go. Reimold will break out sooner or later.
-I don't think Gonzalez and Tillman have been that bad at all. Of course, they haven't been as good as last year, but who honestly thought they weren't going to regress a bit. For Tillman, the H/9 have naturally gone up, but he is still a MUCH, MUCH, MUCH better pitcher than the Chris Tillman we saw in 2009-2011. Gonzalez has been running into some homerun problems, but he has kept us in every game he has pitched, and that is about all you can ask from a #4 pitcher.
-Ayala being here or not being here wouldn't really make a difference at all. He's an average reliever. I would have liked to kept him, because I think it would have been smarter for us to send Brian Matusz
to work as a starter in the minors, but he's gone and it really isn't that big of a deal.
- The 5th rotation spot is a MESS. I'm not sure what Duquette was thinking on this one. Freddy Garcia isn't very good, Britton should have never been called up in the first place, Stinson is a reliever, Arrieta should have never made this team. Even with Steve Johnson, who should bring some stability to the 5th spot, but likely won't pitch great.
-Strop will improve. He has too good of stuff not to. Maybe he isn't the reliever we saw in the first four months of 2012, but hey, not many people on this earth are. If he could keep that up, he be one of if not the best relievers in baseball. So maybe he isn't, that's okay. But he won't continue to pitch to a 6.00 ERA.
- It's only a matter of time before Reimold & Wieters break out.