1. What is your assumption on Hurlbut?
2. One could suggest adding Trevor May to this list as well as he returns from injury.
3. I also like this list, and I'm with you in hoping they aren't planning on having two of them in the rotation at the beginning of 2018. In fact, I'd prefer their not planning to start any of them in the rotation -- I'm not sure that any of them are where Berrios was a year ago at this point, and it seems to have worked well for his development to begin 2017 in Rochester.
4. Which is why I prefer they not trade Santana. I could very much live with a rotation of:
1-Break the bank on signing a free agent who doesn't cost anything in terms of player talent.
5-Someone from among likes of a low-level free agent signing, Phil Hughes or a Dillon Gee-type. Yes, I'd even consider the right person on a minor league contract -- even non-tendering Gibson or Santiago and giving them a final shot. I know options like Hughes/Gee/Gibson/Santiago won't be popular on this site, but the No. 5 starter really only gets 3-4 starts before early May. I'd rather give your list the extra month in Rochester.
4. The message to the guys on your list heading into spring training is: "We hope to start you in Rochester unless you force us into having no choice but to add you to the rotation. Otherwise, your job is to go to Rochester and be ready for the callup, because the odds are that we're going to need a half-dozen of you over the course of the year."
Edited by IndianaTwin, 30 July 2017 - 10:04 PM.