Originally Posted by jojo
The team one 97 games this season while missing one of the best players in the majors for a significant stretch, ultimately losing in the playoffs to a team that looks like it is about to win the world series.
Gutting one of the team's greater strengths of last season seems like an unnecessarily risky strategy.
100% agree (except for the fact that they "won" 97 games *grin*). Simply put, I don't get all the posters wanting to deal off starting pitching. Has everyone so quickly forgotten what it was like to NOT HAVE IT???? CF is much easier to fix than a rotation. Leadoff is much easier to fix than a rotation. LF is much easier to fix than a rotation.
Phillips to leadoff permanently fixes one problem.
Keep at least one of Stubbs/Heisey fixes another problem.
Signing one outfielder fixes the rest.
Sure, we'd all like a boost to the offense. But not at the expense of PITCHING or DEFENSE!!!!