kid sox wrote:The Sox are without an effective 5th SP so its more than possible that in the event that another SP goes down, Pappelbon gets moved to the starting rotation, Foulke gets the closers job back and Hansen comes up as the main setup guy.
As long as Foulke continues to pitch well, I don't any scenario where Hansen leapfrogs Foulke. It's generally not done that way.
Isn't that EXACTLY what Papelbon did?
Actually, not really. Papelbon started closing because in Foulke's first outing, it was clear he wasn't ready yet. He was still feeling the affects of his injury. Since, Papelbon has been doing so good, they'd have to be crazy to take him out of that position. So, Foulke might be stuck with the setup job.
sj2k wrote:As a sox fan I feel I have a good perspective. I feel foulke will close eventually this season and paplebon will move into the rotation UNLESS A. we trade for more pitching, B. sign the rocket, or C. wells comes back healthy. Foulke has been pitching well, and dinardo is not a long term answer in the 5th spot
If it isn't broke, don't fix it. There are other ways to solve the SP problem. If Wells does not come back healthy, and the rocket doesn't sign, then they will do a trade for more pitching. As long as Papelbon keeps doing as good as he is doing in the closing job, he will keep that job... at least for this year. Its his job to lose.