Absolutely. But the teams that are in the best shape are the ones with the most depth at the MLB level and near-ready. We are incredibly thin in that area.
Originally Posted by CUBluejays
I think that's foolishly optimistic. He might be able to do the same next year, but he's done it precisely once.
Samardzija threw 174.2 innings before he was shut down as a precaution. He had no drop in velocity and was a hole 14.2 innings from the magic number of 190. I think he could be counted on to do the same next year.
I'd find it very amazing if the Cubs both wanted to resign him and he wanted to resign with the Cubs.
Garza resigning with the Cubs wouldn't be dramatic or amazing. The Cubs need pitching, have money, he seems to like Chicago. I think there might be a match there.
When a guy keeps getting bounced back to AAA, you should wonder if maybe you should count him as a full portion of a non-awful rotation.
Wood threw 197 IP between AAA/Chicago. I'm going for non-awful in 2014-2015 so I think he can count. That gets you to 3/5 of an anti-awful rotation without one addition to the organization.
Huge potential for awful there.
To fill out this anti-awful rotation the Cubs could sign a couple of free agents in the Baker/Feldman class,
Probably not. It might happen, but pretty much only the Cubs internally seem to think he can stick as a starter. And I think that's more desperation than scouting.
Vizcaino could prove to be a starter
It would take some dramatic good fortune for a college SP to emerge who could hit the majors and succeed n less than a year in the minors, let alone have him drop to No. 2 in the draft.
, the #2 pick could be a pitcher and move through the minors quickly,
I'm still waiting for all those young starting pitchers we got in exchange for last year's trade deadline haul to show up.
Baker/Feldman/Marmol/Barney/Soriano/Jackson/Vitters could all be moved and might net a pitcher or 2. None of these moves are drastic or amazing and the Cubs could end up with some decent pitching depth.
I made my points. You said something incredibly stupid in response. If you had responded like you just did, instead of you're whole "OH MAN YOU SAID THERE'S NO CHANCE" and "LET'S NOT TALK ABOUT FUTURE SEASONS BESIDES THE IMMEDIATE ONE IN THE ORGANIZATIONAL PHILOSOPHY THREAD," you would have gotten a different response. I called that stupid, correctly. You can be as offended as you want, but you brought it on yourself.
I think you bring up some good points, but your constant hair pulling/world is ending/I'm the smartest guy in the room gets tiring.