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MaudDib wrote:I would take 2 of Jennings, Hosmer and Lawrie and then keep Wainwright. Wainwright is a top 5 SP and easily the best of that group. Then I would take 2 of the 3 rookies with my preference just Lawrie and Hosmer.
RedHopeful wrote:Have to go against the grain. Can't see Wainwright finishing as a top 5-10 SP as he'll have the usual post-TJ rust + face a likely IP limit. Keep Jennings and then make a deal if needed for pitching.
MaudDib wrote:I am pretty shocked that people are more willing to gamble on three rookies than a yearly Cy Young candidate. I know SP are pretty volatile but so are rookies. Most rookies won't match people's projections there second year. It takes time especially because of how young they are. Occasionally you get a Longoria, Braun or Pujols but more likely you will get one of the Uptons, Heyward or Strasburg. All four would have been on this kind of list and all have had issues. Some it takes time for them to get going, while others have had injuries that have kept them back. Who knows but Wainwright is healthy now and should be at full strength for Spring Training and ready to roll come the start of the season. If this was one of those situations where we didn't know when he would be ready, then I take the rookies but Wainwright is a top 5 SP when healthy and is unlikely to be any different next year.
Rant over. Just amazed that people are more willing to take a risk with rookies because they have never done wrong or you want to have the next big thing on your team rather than take the guy that has already shown to be an all-star. Very few Aces out there and Wainwright is one of those guys that you can trust every time he pitches.
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