mcqfesijiba wrote:I would still like to see them sign a veteran pitcher, any veteran, to fill a rotation spot. I'm not talking a Greg Maddux, just an innings-eater who would be better than anything they throw out there as their current #5 starter.
Yeah and as it turns out, Pudge and Borras ARE richer. But, hey, as long as this turns out beneficial for the Tigers, I don't care.
I'm not so sure a veteran pitcher needs to be added. #1 through #4 will be Jason Johnson, Mike Maroth, Nate Cornejo, and Jeremy Bonderman, in some order. Battling for the #5 spot are Esteban Yan (who could yet factor into the closer equation), Nate Robertson (who looked good in Toledo and in a late season callup), Rob Henkel (the key to the Mark Redman deal; likely to start the season in Toledo), Matt Roney (still developing), and Gary Knotts (assuming he's out of management's doghouse).
OK, so its not exactly the type of rotation that made the Braves a powerhouse. But what veteran pitchers are left on the market? Greg Maddux probably won't be enticed to go to Detroit, although that's what many thought about Pudge. After Maddux, who's left? Chuck Finley? Ron Villone? Jose Lima? There's just not much left via free agency.
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