Re: Red Sox acquire Crisp
Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Fortunately, they've got some decent pitching at various levels of their minor leagues -- they should be well poised to mix some younger arms into their staff over the next two years, which should do wonders for the long-term viability of the major league roster.
Sowers has great stuff, and could be up in the majors by midseason if he continues on his torrid pace. They've also got a kid name Fausto Carmona in AAA who hasn't posted great numbers yet, but is only 22 and is supposedly a great control guy that figures out to a solid #3 or #4.
Indians pitching should be fine...they've shown they're in this for the long haul and that's a view that should serve them very well.
I'm extremely low on Carmona. My guess is Shapiro's hoping to flip him for someone more established. The Indians rode a number of older pitchers to success in 2005. In many cases, it might have been a last gasp (plus a big chunk of them have gone onto other organizations). Lee, Sabathia and Westbrook will need to improve across the board for the team to be as good in 2006. The bullpen's also a big question mark.
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