Dear Mr.Epstein, get us a pitcher who doesn't suck!
posted at 7/15/2011 9:11 PM EDT
Theo needs to get a good starter asap. Andrew miller got hammered tonight by the rays who are by no means a high caliber offensive team are good and are one of our main competition. hopefully lester will get back soon giving us 2 good starts. That still leaves 3/5 of the rotation that needs improvement. Well ok 2/5 cause we know lackey aint going nowhere. We cant keep going forward with wake and miller. Wake is unreliable and hurts the team more than he helps it. He gives up more stolen bases than any other pitcher in the league and cannot field his position. He relies on one pitch and if thats off then he is useless. miller has been average so far and when he finally had to face good competition he crumbled. Walked 5 batters in 2 innings and gave up 7 runs. (just how he would do against the yankees) Miller could maybe be a bullpen guy but he just does not have the make up to be a successful starter. So what are our options?
1. Trade(the best option)
2. Call up (already called up weiland, doubront could be next)
3. stand pat (not really an option unless we dont want to make the playoffs)
In terms of trades there are, there are a few interesting options:
Matt Garza, Francisco Liriano, Hiroki Kuroda, and Ubaldo Jimenez.
Lets start with kuroda, plain and simple no thanks. He is 36 and has pitched his entire career in the NL.
Liriano is an interesting option but i think at this point he is too much of a wildcard. You never know what you are going to get from him.
Garza is a solid option and the most realistic. I dont think he will cost as much as people tend to think. He is a number 2 starter at best and the cubs are going knowhere and after this year he will get much more expensive.
The last option is Ubaldo Jimenez. He would be by far the best pitcher available but would also cost the most. Why are the rockies considering trading him? A couple of reasons. The first being that they just gave out huge contracts to tulo and cargo and giving out a third to jimenez would use up a large amount of the teams payroll moving forward. The second reason is they need to build up their farm system and an injection of 3-5 high quality prospects would do just that. So what are the rockies looking to get back? Well in the sox case the deal would have to start with anthony ranaudo and go from there. Would i give up ranaudo to jimenez? Heck yes! Imagine the rotation:
I would say that matches the phillies rotation which is the best in the NL. One other reason why the sox should go after him? The evil empire. The yankees will no doubt be in on jimenez as starting pitcher is there biggest weakness along bullpen. There has already been reports that the yanks had a scout watching ubaldo's last start(there were a report 17 scouts at the game). I am willing to bet that the sox had a scout at the game as well. Pitchers of ubaldo's age and caliber do not become available often. Even though the sox need a right fielder, i would much go after jimenez and upgrade the rotation and start josh reddick. We can worry about right field on the offseason once drew is gone and we have had a better look a josh reddick. Also by then we should have a better understanding as to where ryan kalish is at and if he will need surgery or not. What do you guys think?