Good move on Mujica. That probably means that Bailey is not likely to be back (they can negotiate with him.). Unless he is open to a minor league contract and certainly not the 4.1 that they would have had to pay him if they had tendered him. Since he is not going to ce avaialble until June, that could happen. He was there in the dugout along with Miller all the way. (Hanrahan was not).
The Mujica move also covers the probability of Workman going into the rotation. Though I am hearing that he may start out at Pawtucket. That would give them more flexibility. If they keep everyone or close to everyone and someone goes down, he is right there to come up.
When I see Workman, I see Masterson, Arroyo and to some extent Lowe. And we saw what they did elsewhere. Really now, did anyone expect Arroyo to be the ace of a staff when he was with the Red Sox. He was a nice mid to end of rotation guy ofr Boston. And Masterson.....No one saw that coming.
Clearly they will have to get creative.
Starters--Lester, Buchholz, Lackey, Peavy, Doubront, Dempster, Workman, Webster
Bullpen--Badenhop, Mujica, Morales, Miller, Breslow, Tazawa, Uehara, Britton, De la Rosa, Wilson, Beato
Those are all guys that pitched in the majors last year and COULD come north. That is also 19, so obviously they all won't. And you know they will make a few more moves
Then you have Barnes, Ranaudo in Triple A and Owens in Double who all could be up at some point this year. Look at Workman. He started the season in AA and then he was pitching in high impact situations in the World Series.
They could have some rotation to start the season in Pawtucket
Barnes, Ranaudo, Webster, Britton and if Workman starts there, him. Possibly De la Rosa as well. Wilson was a starter two years ago and if they could somehow sneak Morales back there..... Owens will be there by June, I think.
the future looks bright