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The end of a (brief) era: John Farrell off to Boston in exchange for SS Mike Aviles
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10-13-2012, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by
IMO, it would be wise to stick with Drabek and Hutchinson and give them a shot when they return. A full year of experience for Alvarez could be beneficial as well.
I think this team actually needs position players more than pitchers.
We have a need for a 2B, a DH and maybe even a LF, unless we start with Gose at CF, move Rasmus to LF and Bautista at RF. But AA has come on the record and said he plans on having Hechevarria and Gose start years in the minors.
All I want are capable replacements for Lind and Johnson. I want them far away from this team. Ken Rosenthal mentioned Torii Hunter as a possibility and I'm warm to the idea. He's an amazing club house guy and can still play.
The rotation with
is good enough IMO and has potential.
It's not an "either/or" situation: Anthopolous needs to address both the rotation and positional holes. (He needs to decide which bullpen arms to ring back too).
But even if Drabek and Hutchison were healthy (don't count on either for 2013), the only addition you've made to the starting rotation from last spring is Happ, a #5 guy. And you're counting on Romero to bounce back and be an ace again, which is a high risk proposition. Of course the rotation has promise: it's very young overall. But that also means it's unpredictable and unreliable, as this season proved (even before the injuries). Tr Jays absolutely need to add two legit starters, including a top-2 arm, this winter.
And yes, the Jays also need to address DH, LF and 2B (although Hechavarria has shown he is a legit "do nothing" option for 2B).
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