Re: Offseason Priorities
I like the idea of another veteran starter. My biggest complaint about the way Dusty set up the pitching staff for the series is that Arroyo was not on the mound for game 5, short rest or no. Nevertheless for next year's playoff I'd hope to go Bailey, Chapman, Cueto, and Latos (the order I see them being next year)--so I don't really know where we'd use that more experienced starter. Mike Leake's a competent number 5, but I wouldn't let that fact get in the way of the Chapman to starter experiment for a moment. If Chapman can start, then the org's judgment about Leake is going to turn on whether he's sufficiently better than what can be picked up in the market or what we've got in the pipeline to keep around. Personally I think he will either be traded or likely start opening day for Louisville next year. I don't see him cracking a rotation of Bailey, Chapman, Cueto, Latos, Arroyo, and it might make best sense to keep Redmond or turn to Villareal as your back up guy if Leake can bring something of value in trade.