Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
Which leads me to ask...
(1) How many of these are there in Major League Baseball? Are there lots of them?
(2) Do more than 50% of ML teams have one of these?
(3) How many are there in the NL Central (Carpenter? Clemens? Oswalt?)?
(4) How many of them are in small markets?
(5) How many of them were developed by their current team's minor league system?
(6) How much salary does one of these get?
(7) Do you have to trade away starting-8 types to get one?
The only truly relevant question to be asking is "does our competition have them?" We don't compete against teams from similar market sizes, financial situations or farm systems, so how one acquires a true ace is a question more appropriately asked during the offseason, not now.
The fact of the matter is many of the teams competing against the Reds certainly DO have #1 starters--Webb, Carpenter, Clemens and Martinez from the NL would all qualify. can the Reds compete against those teams despite lacking a true ace? They certainly could, but it also makes things more difficult. Smaller market teams that are successful--Florida, Minnesota and Oakland, for example--generally have an "ace" pitcher. This isn't the time for the Reds to be crying foul over baseball's economic injustices, or to cry incompetence over their inability to draft and retain a #1 starter through their farm system--they need to figure out how they're going to overcome the disadvantage they're inevitably at when playing an Arizona or New York in a short playoff series.