Originally Posted by mth123
Watson is probably in the same boat as Lutz. Second Round pick with a good arm and needs some sustained success. Smit and Avery have been starters and while I think they are probably both relievers if they have any future at all, having been a starter gives them the nod IMO. Guys like Geronimo and Medina are probably in the same boat as Lutz and Tabor and it will probably be tough for the team to keep them. Personally with Arroyo and Harang both probably in their last season, I'd like to see a spot or two to try and find a reclamation starter. I'm not high on any of the high minor league starters at this point (including Wood) and in 2011 I see Bailey, Volquez and Cueto as the core of the rotation. Maloney is a possible fourth (I'm a skeptic) and I'd really like to see a vet added on the cheap. Those reclamation vets are long shots, but they have a better chance of helping a big league team than Tabor, Lutz, Geronimo and Medina IMO.
I see your reasoning but as you point out it's not like we are super rich with arms. We can't just start tossing promising ones overboard just yet IMO. The guy has 4 seasons with us and 3 of them have been sub 3.00 era so he has the production and his ceiling is still relatively high as a relief arm goes as his stuff is better than most of those aforementioned types. I'm all for cutting a couple of guys who are getting by with guile and moxy for some talent (Bonser I like) but keep the little talent we do have.