Originally Posted by Benihana
I would like to see the Reds handle Homer exactly how the Twins did Liriano. This would be like Liriano's 2005. Leave Homer in AA for the rest of the year no matter how well he does, then assuming he has success let him start in the big league bullpen next year, and if he continues successfully, hopefully he can crack the rotation by June (while still keeping him on a strict pitch count.) I think this would be the perfect compromise between not rushing him, yet not letting him throw so many minor league innings that he gets injured and turns into another Ryan Anderson or Jon Rauch (two former top prospects that were left in the minors too long IMO). Perhaps of equal importance, this way the clock towards arbitration/FA doesn't start til next year. I know I know, he will be throwing innings whether he's in the minors or majors, but I like the path Liriano has taken with the Twins. If he can have any kind of success resembling Liriano's, we could be VERY good next year.
Thats also how the Astros handled Roy Oswalt as well. Did his time in the pen and then onto the rotation.