Looking back, Correia and Pelfrey did alright for what they got paid. The problem is that even with the signings, the Twins were still short on good pitchers. There were too many innings pitched by AAA guys. The Twins really could have used a couple of more good pitchers (e.g a couple of pitchers better than these two).
Looking towards 2014, the Twins made the right move in signing a couple of starting pitchers (Nolasco and Hughes), but they lost Pelfrey (as of right now) and who knows if Deduno's shoulder is going to hold up, so they would be wise to sign one more pitcher. Either bring Pelfrey back or find someone else who can at least be serviceable.
Reider, I'd disagree with you on the third SP. When you look at it, we have the following:
To fill those two question marks, we have:
Worley - out of options
Diamond - out of options
Albers - out of options (can someone please confirm this??)
De Vries (is he even around anymore??)
I put Duensing and Swarzak in there because TR did say they should be prepared to start. I doubt they will and he'll most likely keep them in the bullpen.
You think Gibson might end up getting one of the two, but we have to question if the Twins want to give up on Worley and Diamond. Both of them at least have had one recent good season at the MLB level. Also, you have to wonder if we want a left-handed starter in the rotation. The only one doing that outside of Duensing is Diamond and Albers.
Personally, I'm not ready to cut the bait on either Diamond or Worley. If I were TR, I'd tender Duensing and trade him. He's becoming more expensive and wasn't as good last year. Let him go and let Diamond either make the team as a starter or put him in Duensing's bullpen role. As for Worley, I think be should be assured a spot to start out. If he can't make it, then let him go after May or June. Before then, let him see what he can do. He's young enough to rebound.
Of course putting Diamond in the pen and letting Worley and Gibson into the rotation means we have an all RH staff. Probably not the best, but this is what was decided upon when signing Hughes and Nolasco as well as retaining Correia. Bringing back Pelfrey does nothing IMO unless he was left-handed.
I would designate Albers for assignment and see what happens. I doubt a team will claim him. He can then be re-signed for Rochester to add depth and be an emergency call-up. You hopefully then retain a lefty.
For the first part of the year, we then have:
Diamond is in the pen. If an injury happens or one of the starters struggle, Diamond moves to the rotation and gives us the lefty.
I don't think putting Gibson in the minors is going to be helpful at all. He's what .. 25 (maybe close to 26??). He doesn't need anymore conditioning. If he not MLB ready now, he'll never be. He needs a full season to show us what he can do and if he'll be a long term solution to a spot in the rotation.
Nothing is going to be easy, but I do feel we now have enough in house options not to sign anyone else to take a spot.