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about a trio of Hutchison, Stroman and Kyle Drabek. Unfortunately, it is clear that Drabek is not quite ready. His command, which seemed so precise in early bullpen sessions, has come apart when facing major league hitters. Happ to overcome his penchant for falling behind hitters. Monday, in Fort Myers, he walked four and gave up a hit, making only one out before he was pulled.
The elephant in the room, of course, is Ervin Santana, the last, best pitcher left on the free agent market. Aside from Masahiro Tanaka, it was an entirely forgettable free agent class but, right now, Santana is all alone on the market, clinging to his expectation of a four year, $50 million deal.
don want to force a deal and give somebody four or five years if we don believe in it, Anthopoulos said two weeks ago, not talking specifically about Santana, but about free agents in general. not like we can add someone regardless of the cost. We have Adidas Neo Cloudfoam White
Blue Jays could be better off with Hutchison
For example, in the past three games going into Tuesday evening game against the Phillies, all losses, Blue Jay pitchers have given up 29 runs on 40 hits and 16 walks. But, hey, who counting?
much better than a Stroman or a Hutchison are they?, Anthopoulos said. you start talking about that many more years, that many more dollars . does it make sense to do that? If we didn necessarily have guys that were talented and thought could contend for those spots and could put together good seasons for us, we might just say we go well beyond where we wanted to go, because we have to. We don feel good about our options. All of a sudden, that changes things and you say, know what? We have to do it. now, they don have to do it because, one, it spring training and, two, all they looking for is one solid pitcher and they probably have that in Hutchison. If Happ doesn start showing better form, they also have Stroman.
On that day, Anthopoulos spoke glowingly of Drew Hutchison and Marcus Stroman and neither of those young pitchers has disappointed in the early going of the Grapefruit League season. But beyond that, performance has been spotty.
Sooner or later, we going to find out just how enduring is Alex Anthopoulos faith in his internal pitching candidates.
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to feel good about it as well. If something presented itself, we love to do it. We just haven been able to find anything we felt worked for us.
going to go as far as our rotation will take us. But I think that the guys we have are going to surprise. I feel better about it than I did last October. We love to have more established, proven guys and keep all the kids in the minors for depth but if they get the opportunity I think they do a very good job for us. at the time was talking Adidas Originals White And Blue
Is Santana, at that price, a better bet than Hutchison, at just slightly more than the major league minimum? Tough call. Two years ago, Santana had an ERA over 5.00 and led the American League in home runs allowed in Anaheim. He had a bounce back year in 2013, but can you count on him?
It spring training, right? Results don matter.
after years of being fooled by spring numbers, he had stopped paying attention, preferring to rely more on a player track record in season. After what we seen on the Blue Jays mound recently, it best Anthopoulos be endowed with a convenient case of spring time amnesia if he continues to want to feel good about the majority of his candidates.
know the guys can throw strikes. We seen them all do it. But we got to get in the zone. That Pitching 101. Take your chances, look for contact. We been steering away from contact and that a recipe for disaster. As a guy who pretty secure to be on the team, just attack. Get your work in and if you give up a few runs through contact, nothing wrong with that. of his lack of command, Happ has always been a guy who swiftly reaches a high pitch count, forcing him out of games in the fourth or fifth inning. If the Jays are going to be anything this year, the starters have to routinely get to the sixth, seventh or deeper to keep their excellent bullpen from wearing down.
So, again, how bad do Happ and the other candidates have to pitch before Santana starts to look attractive? Maybe never if Scott Boras is right in his assessment that it the good folks at Rogers Communications who are nervous about the explosive growth in Toronto payroll that has gone from the $75 million range two years ago to nearly $140 million this season. That speculation aside, Anthopoulos argument that the team young, controllable arms could be just as good as the bulk of the pitchers who were free agents this winter holds some merit.
When he spoke to the press earlier this spring, he confided that it was his confidence in the group of pitchers not only those who constitute the core of the Blue Jay starters, but those competing for at least one job at the back end of the rotation that prevented him from paying what he obviously feels is an exorbitant price on the free agent market for an experienced arm to stabilize things.
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