reelbiggecko wrote:Ortiz could easily lose his rotation spot to Sele in spring training. He's got a Pedro-like frame but without Pedro's freak abilities, and that could be cause for concern.
Lackey's a good guy that has #2 starter written all over him for the future.
For this year though, I would like Colon, then Washburn (I agree, he'll bounce back), and Lackey if you have a keeper league. I wouldn't touch the other three (Ortiz, Escobar, Sele) with a ten-foot pole.
What do you have against Ortiz?
In 2002 he was 15-9 with a sub 4 ERA 1.18 WHIP and 162 K in 217 IP.
Last year his father was sick all year and Ortiz finally took the first part of Sept off to be with him while he died. This offseason he had a kid, named him after his father and is, by all reports happy and anxious to get back to baseball.
He had been improving every year in almost every statistical cat until last year. I give him the benefit of the doubt and think that he is a great sleeper pick.