so, if three starters are out of the rotation, it will be hard to have depth behind the replacements? Other than the Dodgers, isn't that true of every team in baseball?
Yeah, but the Twins have a high chance of failure. Normally, I'd be comfortable with 6-7 rotation pieces to start the season but with this rotation, I want 7-8 because I expect the turnover to be high.
Gibson, Hughes, and Santiago all have ceilings of mediocrity (or slightly better), which is valuable to the Twins... but they all have high chances of implosion, too.
Basically, I want some protection as a bridge to the second half of the season, when one of Romero or Gonsalves will hopefully be ready. Santiago provides that bridge whereas Vogelsong is the type of guy you bring in when things go horribly wrong. You don't start the season with that guy.