Re: Do you Extend Wakefield to 2012?
posted at 9/26/2011 8:16 PM EDT
One I have mentioned before. Epstein questioned the team's pitching depth in late February because he did not 10 identifiable guys who could start games at the MLB level. Wake won't be the 11th guy next year either.
Excellent point katz. I've been talking Wake up as the possible 6/7 guy next year, but the fact is we will likely need or want to have 10 starters next spring. So far, this is how we stack up...
1) Beckett (Has had injury or performance issues about half of his seasons in MLB)
2) Lester (A cancer survivor that has been eratic of late.)
3) Buchholtz (Young but with a back problem- an injury that is known to reoccur.)
4) Dice-K (Will be lucky to be back in form by next August.)
5) Lackey (If he repeats 2011 next year, he will be benched by late June.)
6) Miller (Has a $3M team option. If he's worth this, Wake is worth $1.5M)
7) Weiland (Has potential, but has a 7.99 ERA in 5 starts-not really encouraging)
8) Doubront (Has a 4,84 ERA in 35 MLB IP. He has ML potential, but a gamble.)
9) Bowden (I guess he could be converted back to a starter, but...)
Who's number 10?
Bedard is a FA.
Tazawa is a FA.
I look at this list and see Wake as being an equal or better option than everyone from slot 4-9. He's cheaper than a few.
Look at the cost of obtaining pitchers this trade deadline. Many weren't even that good, but the cost was high.
Let's assume Theo gets Buehrle and a guy like Bedard (let's say Bedard). I'd still prefer this depth chart:
7) Dice (Aug>)
8) Wake for $1.5M over Miller at $3M
Even if we keep Miller, I'd prefer Wake at #9 than Douby or Weiland. Doubront can be used in the pen if he looks sharp next year.