Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
LeCure seems like a nice kid -- he's a good story too (farm hand works his way through the system and onto the big league roster) -- but having seen him pitch a number of times it's pretty clear that he has nothing special in his arsenal. Most organizations are loaded with guys like LeCure -- low ceiling RHPs who can pull a few spot starts but who are ultimately destined to be journeyman AAA guys or swingmen out of the pen.
He's a career 3.77 guy in the minors, and he's going to be 27 in May. If the team is going to be without the services of Cueto and Bailey for an extended period of time, I'm all for seeing if they can do better than Sam LeCure.
Everything you said about LeCure is true, and everything you said projects LeCure to be at least a league average 5th starter, if he were to start the whole season.
The Yankees just signed Kevin Millwood, the Dodgers' fifth starter is Tim Redding, the Padres' right now is either Dustin Mosely or Aaron Harang. These are not the Pirates and the Royals.
LeCure projects to be at least as good as Silva over a full season, and comes without the headaches.
The Reds can do better than LeCure, but there really isn't a problem if they don't.