namor720 wrote:What I am arguing is that stating that he has a VERY SLIM CHANCE of starting is flat out wrong. He has a good chance to be put in the rotation based upon the circumstances I listed above which you conveniently ignored. Regardless of what Zumaya wants, Leyland will use him where he needs him if you know Leyland. Zumaya has 20 starts, 23 starts and 26 starts his last 3 years and never has had a save in his career, he was put in the pen because of necessity and his arm, very much like Heilman. If Ledezma and Colon fails, if Tata is even MLB ready (which he is not) and fails, which there is a very very good shot of happening, there will be talk of putting him into the rotation. Zumaya needs to further develop this 3rd pitch and he needs to build his arm strength up, he has a drop off in his stuff around the 6th-7th inning in his minor league starts and isnt smart or experienced enough to limit his pitch count by being more efficient rather than blowing people away. But you all seem to know this already. In regards to his future, you can speculate, but you dont know. He clearly would thrive in any role. As for now, its a wait and see.
Leyland says he wants Zumaya in the pen. Zumaya says he wants to stay in the pen. This is not speculation, these comments have been reported. To argue he will be put in the rotation is pure speculation and goes against everything reported on the issue.