Re: Who would you like to see as the fifth starter in the Red Sox rotation.
posted at 3/7/2012 1:34 PM EST
Assuming Bard is getting one and I think that it is his to lose at this point, my first choice would be ---- Padilla
Of the “retreads” as some have referred to them, he has the best track record and could be a terrific end of rotation guy.
It depends on which Vicente Padilla, we have.
If it’s the one from 06, 08, 09, I’ll take that in this slot.
He signed a minor league contract, so they could send him down.
I don’t think that would go over well with him, nor would the bullpen.
I think he makes it as a starter or he is gone.
Thoughts on the others
Doubront----It’s now or never for him. He has no options, but he would be gone in a heartbeat if they cut him. My guess is that as long as he is reasonably effective in ST, he makes the team and for now out of the bullpen is a good place. If he is on the team, he could spot start. If he is in the bullpen, long relief would be a good spot, like come in the 4th when a starter blows out. Even sixth or seventh. If he is really good, he might even make Morales expendable at some point.
Miller-Very similar situation to Doubront, in that he has no options. He makes the team or they say good bye. The elbow thing, if it not serious shouldn't make much difference. Clearly they see something in him and hope that the guy who was drafted 8th will reach some sort of potential. Unless he is absolutely lights out in ST, I don’t think he would start the season in the rotation. He would be one that could also go long relief. They are going to push this one. My guess is that if they can find a way to get him back to AAA, they would do it, but if he is put on waivers, someone will claim him.
Cook, Ohlendorf---These are intriguing and since both are coming off injuries, I don't think either is likely out of ST. Both signed AAA contracts, so they can be sent down. I think they are possible callups by May, June or in emergency. Opt out???
Silva--The shoulder doesn't help, but possible they keep him around and rehab him, extended ST. Also a AAA contract, so.... Matsuzaka
will probably be back by July, maybe sooner. They will need to find a spot for him. He will likely get 12-18 starts. Whether he is the guy to send Bard back to the bullpen or takes a full time role as the 5th starter, remains to be seen. By then then, hopefully something shakes out between Padilla, Doubront, Miller, Cook, Ohlendorf, Aceves. That's a lot of arms, one or two should do reasonably well.
What happens with Aceves and Bard as starters maybe depend upon how the bullpen develops over the course of the year. What kind of BPs did St. Louis and Texas have entering August. And look where they ended up. I mean who was Jason Motte in April, May, June even July.
In Response to Re: Who would you like to see as the fifth starter in the Red Sox rotation.
[QUOTE]I think Miller has the most potential, and would be the hardest to use out of the pen. Keep Cook in the pen - it's nice to have a sinker baller available when you absolutely need a ground ball. All in all, I'd stick with Aceves because he's earned it. He was great in relief last year, but if we had had five healthy quality starters, we wouldn't have noticed how great he was.
Posted by slomag[/QUOTE]