Do people not get how dramatic a fall off it is from Darvish to whoever we throw out there? Duffy? Gonsalves? Gonsalves profiles almost identically to Mejia no? At least as a prospect? Arguably worse stuff? Romero is most likely a bull pen guy. May couldn't clearly beat out Pelfry. There is some hope there. But realistically no chance in hell any one or combination of those arms can replace the production of a Darvish. I'd actually bet on Hughes to have an impact over any of those other options and I'm not even sure he has any ribs left.
Not to mention we'll probably spend that money anyway. On worse components. And if we don't, we're certainly not banking it for next year or for any other signing or extension.
We need to get over it.Darvish didn't want to come here for reasons we don't know.Yes, the Cubs gave him more $$$ and more years.Personally, I am glad the Twins didn't go that far out with big dollars to a good pitcher...but not a real ACE.There were other reasons, perhaps including the lack of a Japanese community in Minneapolis.
Would Darvish be better than whomever we have as our #5.Maybe...Probably.But who knows, the decline we saw in the World Series may accelerate this year.Or he may go on the DL next month and miss half the year.Personally, I am glad we didn't restrict future contracts to our young kids by giving him a sixth of the maximum budget we can expect...for the next 6 years.
As for performance by Duffey or anyone else, we'll know how they are doing in a couple months.May be Duffey, hell, Jorge may earn the 5th starter slot.Let's give all these young guys who were breaking in last year a chance to give'em hell this year.I love this team and I will still love them if we don't sign another player.