Originally Posted by SweetLou1990
Broxton, Marshall, Arredondo, JJ Hoover, Simon & Lecure & Leake. There seams to be a lot of good, solid options. I'm not sure that LEake is a lock for 4 reasons:
1. Need someone from AAA ready to take Aroldis spot in the rotation?
2. Keep him in AAA in case of injury to another starter
3. If he spends an entire season at AAA as a starter, he takes Bronson spot next year
4. He has options - he wasn't picked to be on the NLDS roster for a reason.
I know this post may get picked apart, I'm not saying its going to happen, but Walt has to make a couple of seriously tough decisions and it may come down to who has options and who is garaunteed money.
I think the Leake to AAA plan is OK, but if he's going to be sent down, it will need to be at the beginning of the season, His option clock expires early in 2013 and after that he'll need to clear waivers even though he still has options remaining. If the plan is Leake in the rotation to start out with Chapman moving in around Late May/early June, they won't be able to send Leake down.
Leake is going to be making around $3 Million in 2013.