Re: 25 man roster crunch
posted at 1/22/2013 12:26 AM EST
Pitchers - We know the 5 starters (Lester, Buccholz, Dempster, Lackey, Doubront) and 3 of the back end of the 'pen...unless Bailey is moved he will be the setup guy, occasional closer subbing for Hanrahan, the other sure thing would be Uehara in the 7th. I also see Morales, Breslow and Tazawa making the team and Aceves filling spot #7 despite his antics of last season.
Assuming no injuries by opening day, highly unlikely, I think Miller is in the pen and someone with options remaining starts out in AAA. Remember, Mortensen & Miller are out of options. If healthy, they will be traded, put on the phantom DL, or on the 25 man roster by opening day.: (pitchers with options)
Bailey 3 (Will not be in AAA unless doing horribly in ST)
Aceves 1 (Would probably be traded before being demoted)
Tazawa 1 (Sadly, the odd man out.)
Bard 2 (AAA unless someone is hurt or struggling in ST)
I think our pen is deep enough, and we have enough 5-6 slot starters unless we have serious issues, so as I have been saying for months, we need to make some 2 or 3 for 1 deals to improve our quality over quantity.
13 pitchers with no options or should be on the 25 man roster unless hurt or traded::
Lester, Buch (1), Dempster, Doubie, Lackey, Bailey (3), Hanrahan, Uehara, Aceves (1), Morales, Breslow, Miller, Mortensen.
Tazawa should be on the 25 man roster, and eventually maybe Bard, de la Rosa or someone else from the farm might make a case to be called up without a need on the big club, so basically we have 14 pitchers for 12 slots.
Somebody can get hurt or go on the fake DL. Tazawa, Bailey, Buch and Aceves could be sent to the farm, but if healthy and doing OK+ in ST, room should be made for them sooner rather than later.
Now that Breslow is signed for 2 years, I'd look to trade Miller & Doubront. I don't think we will get equal value back for Mortensen or Aceves, but they should be shopped. Morales is also a possibility. A package with Ellsbury and/or Salty could net us a very good prospect or two, or a player under team control for beyond 2013 or 2014.