Right now, thanks to getting Latos, the #4 and #5 starters are Homer and Arroyo.
Honestly, I can live with that
Most of the people here think that Homer will outpitch Arroyo.
Every team has a question mark for a #5 starter. Having a guy that might give you a league average ERA (or close) and pitch about 200 innings is not bad at all for a #5 starter. That seems like a reasonable prediction for Bronson, or at least a plausible one.
In essense, trading for Latos solved the Arroyo problem.
Yea, Arroyo is expensive but if we "give" him away, then we are stuck putting Wood or Chapman in the #5 slot, which would probably give worse results.
We can hypothesize on getting a FA with Bronson's money, but there's no guarantee it will happen.
As someone else said, we can't understimate the need for an innings eater on this club, with all the youngsters in the rotation. I think people get way to focused on salaries.. If Bronson was a reclamation project that we just signed for 3 million, somehow I doubt people would worry about him.
I also disagree with making Bronson the closer. He gave up way too many hits and HR last year. If he still has that problem, he'd be a nightmare as a closer. Moving Bronson to the pen negates one of his big benefits.. when he pitches a good game, he goes deep and eats innings.