While it is true we don’t have a ton of pitching to match the hitting studs we have, Theo has done a tremendous job adding arms, and lots of them.
Right now we have
Kyle Hendricks (Dempster trade)
Dan Straily (Shark-Hammel trade)
Felix Doubront (Red Sox trade)
Jacob Turner (Marlin waiver claim????)
CJ Edwards, Neil Ramirez and Justin Grimm from the Garza trade
Corey Black (Soriano trade)
Arodys Vizcaino (Maholm trade)
Johnathan Martinez (Barney trade)
Armando Rivera Cuban signing
Pierce Johnson 2012
Rob Zastryzny 2013
Jake Stinnett 2014
Carson Sands 2014
With all those arms, they just need to develop 1 or 2 of them for full time starting spots. Not to mention we figure to have a top 3-4 pick next June which could be a college pitcher ready to help within a year or two. We can sign 1-2 FA’s, then use Arrieta and maybe 1-2 other guys and we have a full rotation, plus tons of relievers to use. And we’d still have guys developing in the minors, building a position of depth.
Obviously, we are bat heavy, we have a ton of talent there, and pitching is harder to predict, determine health and what not, but Theo has brought us a TON of options. And Bosio has been amazing building up Shark, Hammel, Arrieta, Ramirez, Maholm, Feldman, etc. If he works his magic on another arm or two, we could get the staff we need to go along with the bats. Still a lot of work to do, but they have pointed to 2015 as the starting point all along, and now, look how close everything is getting. Soler, Bryant, Russell, Almora getting closer by the minute, and Theo has been adding arms everywhere to give us options. This winter, I expect us to be heavy in the pitching market to try and make a run, starting next year, and by 2016, they could be real strong with the extra 2015 experience.