Re: The Age Old Question: 12 or 13 Pitchers??
posted at 1/17/2013 4:15 PM EST
In response to Softlaw1's comment:
They can start Bard in AAA, if need be. Aceves is the most reliable pitcher they have. Carpenter is dumpster trash. They need to retain all the pitching depth they can, so if attrition from spring training doesn't thin the herd, they should start the season with Tazawa in AAA.
i have to dispute your placement of Tazawa.. He has filthy stuff and is definitely MLB ready, but given the crowdedness of the sox BP we have to cut it down somehow. I'd rather stock pitchers in AAA who have options than Trade someone away. The good news is that in AAA we can make him a starter like he should be..
They should not trade Miller or Breslow or Morales, at this point in time. Miller was one of their best pen weapons in 2012. He's still young and settled in well, with explosive stuff. Morales is excellent long relief and spot starter depth. Breslow has been solid almost every season of his major league career.
I agree with this, i see no problem with having 3 lefties.
The Red Sox management has correctly improved the depth of what was a good pen in 2012. They should use remaining options and AAA to retain that depth, and approach 2013 with a deep overall pitching staff to make up for the lack of elite starters at the top. Elite starters rarely reach trade or FA market unless they are damaged goods or old and high miles, and it's a huge mistake to sign 2nd and 3rd rate starting pitchers and pay them like they are elite starting pitchers.
idk what your talking about here, elite starting pitchers are making big money. I don't see anyone on our staff besides lackey who is being paid even close to a #1 SP's salary..
Highest paid starting pitchers:
1. Zack Greinke, $24,500,000 (2013-18)
2. CC Sabathia, $24,400,000 (2012-16)
3. Cole Hamels, $24,000,000 (2013-18)
. . . Cliff Lee, $24,000,000 (2011-15)
5. CC Sabathia, $23,000,000 (2009-15)
6. Johan Santana, $22,916,667 (2008-13)
7. Matt Cain, $21,250,000 (2012-17)
8. Tim Lincecum, $20,250,000 (2012-13)
9. Roy Halladay, $20,000,000 (2011-13)
10. Carlos Zambrano, $18,300,000 (2008-12)