daullaz wrote:Volstad's not terrible. Groundball profile, making steady gains in limiting walks and just 25 years old. If things break right, he could come close to a 4.00 ERA next season. At any rate, if Zambrano's peripherals from last year demonstrate his new level, I'd rather have three years of Volstad than one more year of the cancerous Zambrano.
Even if the plan is just to hang on to Volstad for a year or two, he could become a nice trading chip for the Cubs down the line and bring in a solid prospect. We all agree that wasn't going to happen with Zambrano, who teams knew couldn't exist in Chicago.
Agreed. He made some great strides last season with his walk rate. That is important because of his size (6'8"). It's usually harder for the taller pitchers to repeat their mechanics. He was also a tad unlucky last season (68.9 LOB%; 15.5 F/HR). If the Cubs get an ERA somewhere in the 4.25-4.40 range from him as a back end starter they'll be happy.