Re: A Realistic Look At 2013: Part I
posted at 11/8/2012 8:54 AM EST
I'm just glad that posters are saying we don't need to make alot of moves. I mean, we obviously have more money now so we can, but it sure makes the team that was hammered by the press seem less like a bunch of losers. Maybe people are finally making the connection that we had alot of injuries. -kim
While all true, I think this team needs to start planning on injuries or "down years" as part of the game. Most teams that have won a ring recently experienced some serious injury issues during their seasons. Last year, I took a lot of grief for suggesting that we should not count on our big three starters to all have healthy and productive full seasons in 2012. They had never done it before, and we should not count on all three. I advocated trading for a top of rotation starter (#1-2 slot type) to help us in case one of the big 3 faltered, and if one did not, then we'd be golden.
Now that we got rid of many of the cronic injury players, maybe things will change, but one thing has not, to be highly competitive, we need 3-4 solid and dependable starting pitchers. (see my reply to Hfxsoxnut below)
I think the primary goal of this team has to be to put together a starting rotation that is at least in the top 5 in the AL by 2014. Everything else can be addressed but the rotation is the most formidable challenge. Elite starters are a precious commodity, and incredibly expensive unless they are young and from within your organization. How many Cy Young calibre starters has this organization produced? Lonborg for one year, and Clemens. Clemens is the only true ace we've turned out in 50 years.
So true, but we have had some success picking up a couple of guys who worked out well for us:
Tiant, Pedro, Schill, & Beckett (briefly).
We do seem to have a deeper pitching farm this year, but one never knows if any will come close to being an ace. Right now, it looks like we have several pitchers with pretty good upside, but no true ace or even a relaible solid #2 slot guy. We have 2 guys that have the potential to be a top slot 2 starter (Buch & Lester), but they have had injury or consistency issues of late. We have a number of decent 4/5 slot pitchers, but having to use 3 of them does not bode well for our immediate future (Lackey, Doubront, Morales, Mortensen, Tazawa, de la Rosa, Webster...)