Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
There is no way Pedro will sign with the Reds, but I have to admit I'd love it if he did.
When are MLB teams going to learn to stock up on pitching? You shouldn't go into the season with five starting pitchers; you should go into the season with seven. Because at least one or two are going to get hurt and at least one or two are not going to perform up to expectations. Even if Owings and Bailey look good, get me some Pedro. That is the fast track to being a contender this year. If the Reds always have five solid starting pitchers, they will be in the race.
I agree. But I think Pedro is a different situation. He doesn't have the gas to start pitching in early April and last all the way through the season. We saw what happened with Clemens when he came back and would start pitching in May. He still didn't have the gas to hold up into late September. Ideally for Pedro he would use all of April and May getting in good condition and then start pitching in June. IMO if you get 20 overall starts out of Pedro you are doing good this year.