Matt P wrote:I don't know why but I have this feeling that Duquette wants all of the young pitchers to start in the minors and get some time in with his development staff. I really wouldn't be shocked if we start the season with a rotation of Guthrie, Chen, Hunter, Wada, Eveland or one of the other "depth" guys.
I feel the same way and suggested exactly that in another post. Having Wada and Eveland pitch so well that the team feels comfortable breaking camp with them would only boost the level of talent on this team. As the younger pitchers at AAA convince the FO that they are ready to return to the majors we can trade Eveland for a modest return and Guthrie for a solid return. IMO part of any Guthrie trade should include a ML ready pitcher with remaining options that can placed at AAA. This team has little pitching depth at AA that's not at least two years away from the majors.
Wada may show he's a really a ML reliever which opens another spot in the rotation.
All of this would force Britton, Arrieta, Matusz, and Tillman to EARN their return to the majors. Maybe they will develop a whole new respect for that opportunity.