dan72 wrote:Guthrie and Arrieta are locks. Britton and Hunter are probables depending on what happens in the off season. I feel strongly that Jim Johnson and Alfredo simon should be in the pen. I've been a Matusz fan from day one however he needs to improve in several areas before he is ready to pitch in the big leagues. Matusz is in the same boat with Tillman all the sudden, on the outside looking in. Long relief may not be a bad option for either of them.
As a long time season ticket holder, I would like to see at least one and preferably two starters brought in pitch for us in 2012. We know what our guys are capable of. Our offense is not the issue, our pitching is. It has been the issue for a long time. 14 years to be exact.
ofahn wrote:Jordan wrote:I would also look into signing Edwin Jackson, as I believe he is a FA.
Mark Buehrle is also worth a look but I don't see ANY (not even C J Wilson) FA pitcher worth more than a two year contract.
Last week impending free agent Mark Buehrle talked about how switching to the NL might be appealing after 12 seasons in the AL, but yesterday his agent chimed in to say “we’re not going to eliminate any team from consideration.”
Buehrle needs multiple teams bidding for his services to get the largest possible contract, so saying he wants to re-sign with the White Sox or sign with the hometown Cardinals or switch to the NL … well, all that stuff would just limit his market. Or at least that’s probably his agent’s thinking.
For his part Buehrle told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he’d sign quickly “if the right deal is there” rather than waiting around to see what happens with fellow left-hander C.J. Wilson (and possibly CC Sabathia as well).
Don wrote:Simon still has the speed, but his command is shot about the second time through the rotation and his conditioning is really the key for his success.
Jordan wrote:Here are my thoughts on the 2012 rotation: http://orioles-nation.com/2011/10/04/pr ... -starters/
1. Zach Britton
2. Jeremy Guthrie
3. Jake Arrieta
4. Brian Matusz
5. Tommy Hunter
Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?
Matt P wrote:CJ Wilson obviously tops the list of pitchers I would love to see them sign
A_K wrote:We're going to be bad next year
A_K wrote:If they make any trades, they should be for reclamation projects and blocked prospects who carry a cheap price tag and still have considerable room for projection. No more ... Tommy Hunters.
A_K wrote:I'd love to see an offseason free of short-sighted moves to fill in the perceived holes in our 2012 roster. We're going to be bad next year. Really, really, depressingly bad. Just like we were last year, and for the last 14 years. That's not ideal, but it's also not negotiable.
If they make any trades, they should be for reclamation projects and blocked prospects who carry a cheap price tag and still have considerable room for projection. No more Kevin Millwoods or Tommy Hunters. Embrace the dumpster dive! Embrace the reality that we're destined to be one of the five worst teams in the league yet again! Move past acceptance, and go right ahead and wrap both arms around the thought and breath it in. We are going to suck! Let's at least suck with an eye on not sucking at some point in the future.
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