Third and last in my series on the conundrums of protecting players from Rule V, getting rid of deadwood, choosing what to do about free agents and lining up trades. The Outfield and Infield had a lot of names and decisions, but nothing like the pitching staff.
Here we have our Ace – Berrios – who has worn down in August as an annual ritual letting others that the Ace spot until he recovers – and hopefully he can. Looking at performance is not just a calendar event – we might also look at who he has been suffering against and it is not an all-star group of teams. So, is he an ACE? We have no one else and we still have him under control. So, do we extend him? Putting an Ace in front of him, adding more quality to the rotation would do a lot.
Behind him is Pineda, but he is unsigned after this year and we just paid for two years to get one. Do we resign? Will he resign?
Odorizzi was an All Star then he stunk and now he looks good but he is a free agent. Do we resign him?
Gibson continues to perform as an underperforming pitcher with potential, but he is too old to have potential anymore. Do we resign him.
Perez has an option – do we take it? Great start, horrible middle, is he okay now? Not after his performance with against the Tigers!
Smeltzer came in and looked good, then he looked bad, and now he looks like a gimmick that might not have a lot of upside – is he in the rotation next year?
Thorpe has stuff, he has looked good. He looks like he should be in the rotation next year.
Graterol looks and sounds good because we actually have not seen him. Is he a starter or reliever next year or is he a bust?
Stewart has been up and down and frankly he looks like a pitcher who has shown us all he has and it is not great.
Littell seems to have risen and looks good, but that is as a reliever. Can he start again? Should he?
Poppen has some stuff, but is it enough for the MLB staff?
The Pen has Rogers on the top – can he keep it up? Romo has been great – do we keep him? Dyson has done well – is he long range? Duffey and May look like they are ready to settle in to the BP. Who do we keep? And Who do we let go? The starting rotation has the most fluidity.
Cody Stashak has debuted – did you like what you saw? Who is Randy Dobnak? Is Gonsalves still a prospect or someone who missed his turn? Did Romero get moved to the pen to be moved to the DFA list?
Has Ryne Harper had his fifteen minutes of fame? Can Hildenberger come back or was his strange delivery a short-term success? Marcos Diplan is a name that came in a trade but has not grown into a person of prominence.
And can Alcala jump to the pen and be a difference maker?
That is a long list. We do not know if there will be a trade – we do not know who will DFA nor do we know the trade scenarios. Is Balazovic ready soon? Is there a FA we can afford and attract from other teams? Is there a trade?
Must Keep - Berrios, Rogers, Duffy, May, Littell, Thorpe, Graterol
Want to keep - Pineda, Odorizzi, Romo, Dyson
Say good-bye - Gibson, Perez, Gonsalves, Harper
???? - Dobnak, Stashak, Romero, Diplan, Hildenberger,