After Santana, Harvey, Niese and Gee and while waiting for Wheeler will SA sign a retread to give us 150 innings [CYoung, Marcum?] or go Kiddie Corps and give Mejia and Familia a shot? [And please don't suggest McHugh or Hefner who combined to go 4-11 with an ERA over 6.00 last year in 17 starts]. After Francisco and Parnell and Byrdak if he is healthy and productive can we go into 2013 counting on Edgin and Carson to round out the pen? Could be fun to watch or downright dreadful...as all four showed flashes but none had an ERA under 4.50.
Is saving $2M on a starter and maybe $2M on a pair of veteran relievers worth turning off fans if we have another season of failure on every fifth day or in the 6th and 7th innings? If the team shows some promise we will buy tickets and show up...1,000 extra fanniies in the seats generates at least $50,000 per game----x 80 dates and that's the $4M I just mentioned is paid for. Another 5,000 per game adds $20M to the bottom line...enough to help make real improvements next off season.
It will be fun to see Wheeler, Syndergaard, Montero, Tapia, Goeddel, Gorski and others make their way up the ladder this summer. These 12 youngsters may make for an interesting staff by 2015.