In response to moonslav59's comment:
Signing 2 of Swisher, Naps or Ross without addressing the starting rotation makes us still a "bridge year" team in 2013.
We were horrible last year. There is no way Naps and Swish (& Gomes & D Ross) can turn us around that quickly, unless a confluence of other "what ifs" all happen at once. Doubtful, to say the least.
I disagree. I think that there are infinite championship equations. People thinking that you have to have a specific formula (1 ace, 1 #2 pitcher, 2 # 3 pitchers, solid defense, blah blah blah) to win a championship are wrong.
The truth is that every single championship team has gotten there a different way. We dont have to have elite pitching to win a world series. And please dont throw the giants at me as an example because I understand that elite pitching is one of the ways to get there. But there are infinitely other ways too.
W/ a lineup of
Our pitching only has to be good enough. Look at the possibilities:
Buchholz pitches like he did mid-May on (a strong possibility)
Doubie takes a step forward (a high possibility considering his K rate)
De La Rosa emerges (throws 97 as a starter, has been successful in a short ML stint)
Webster takes a step forward
Lackey recovers strong from Tommy John
Out of those six, if three happen, we are in good shape. We could then supplement our pitching via trade (if we sign Swish/Naps/Ross , we still have all our prospects).
I wasnt high on Swisher; however, the numbers Ive seen kicked around are suprisingly affordable to me. I thought he was going to get 5 / 70. But Im hearing more like 4 / 52. I jump on that. He's 32 and is not showing any signs of slowing down.