Re: Question on pitching staff
posted at 12/30/2012 1:51 PM EST
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to Beantowne's comment:
It's dependent on on options and early on how they manipulate the DL...
Base on contract terms and options, the locks are; 1) Lester 2) Buccholz 3) Dempster 4) Doubront 5) Lackey 6) Hanrahan 7) Urehara 8) Morales 9) Miller 10) Breslow 11) Bailey 12) Aceves.
Those that are on the fence and are dependent on further roster moves are
13) Tazawa who's out of options, but will be in the mix?
14) Bard who I believe still has options. Frankly has to pitch his way back onto the team this spring.
15) Mortensen's another who needs to show that he's a viable ML reliever and his status is aslo dependent on other roster moves if he's also out of options?
not sure who the 16 pitcher is that you're refering too? The only others on the 40 man roster that are not slated to start the season in AAA I believe is Carpenter?
That said, it's fairly obvious based on all of the above that some sort of deal is in the offing. Becasue there's no chance they'll let Tazawa walk so the reality is that they need to make room for him and it could be as simple as one of the above starting the year in AAA if we assume that Bard is also slated to start the season @ AAA...Lots of time to sort it out and the good news is that Cherinton's dealing from a position of strength...
According to soxprospects.com Tazawa still has 1 option left.
Here are the rest of the pitcher options remaining:
de la Rosa 3
The rest have zero.
It seems Mortensen is the guy that will be on the 25 man roster or traded.
That'a good news as it buys them more flexibility in terms of managing the surplus...As we know you can't have enough pitching and given the up & down nature of bullpens. Baring a trade you have to like the depth...given that Tazawa has another option does it makes sense for him to perhaps begin the season in Pawtuckeof as a starter?