Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Each indicator seems to suggest more and more that Andy is not coming back next season. So with three glaring holes in our rotation (I'm currently including Burnett in the glaring hole category) the question is are we heading for another 2008? 2008 proved to be a rebuilding year. Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, and Phil Hughes could not take us to another championship, and despite an incredible season by Mussina, we just couldn't make it to the playoffs. That off season, Cashman restocked with Teixeira, Burnett, Swisher, and Sabathia, and we won it all in 2009. The only issue is that the 2012 free agent market does not look so promising for pitchers. It has some hitters, but not really any pitchers. That means now is as good a time as any to do two things. One, we need to pull off a trade for an established big league pitcher, and two, we need to get one of these kids ready for a starting role on this level. Otherwise, it could prove to be a rocky couple of years.