Re: Red Sox
posted at 2/21/2014 7:52 AM EST
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
Heres my 2 cents.
I will use Allen Webster to make this point. I like him as a prospect, and I think he has tremendous upside with a good shot to still be a middle of the rotation starter and possibly better.
I also think his time may come this year at some point and he could be competing to keep a job by next year.
But we all saw what happened last year when he was brought up. That is what happens with young players, some catch fire right away, some catch fire and cool down, and other struggle for a while before they adjust.
Just because a player struggles when he first comes up doesn't mean he won't be really really really good. Look at the first month or two of some of the biggest superstars in the game!
BUT with that in mind we have to remember that just because we have all this pitching depth, it doesn't mean that there isn't any value in a guy who can give you quality innings out of the bullpen and be able to slot into the rotation for a start or two if you need him.
The Sox have a heavy schedule in the beginning of the season, so it makes sense to bring a guy in that will replace dempster at a fraction of the cost.
The young guns WILL get their shot this year, I think all of us in the know can agree that the Webster's, Barnes, Ranaudo's and Workmans will all make some kind of contribution this year.
Just to add to this, the guy who fits the long reliever/6th starter role is a guy that in times of normalcy might not get a lot of work. The Sox F.O. probably wants those guys on a regular schedule.