Your post is a good example of the level of intelligent, respectful discussion that we want to have at TD. You have made your arguments without attacking other posters, and you have focused on substance and have refrained from preaching. Very nice work.Quote:
There is actually a lot of great points made on both sides of this discussion. As I see it, the two camps are basically these:
A) Correia turned out to be a better signing than anyone expected. He was generally solid and dependable. Again, more-so than anyone expected. How much worse would this team have been without him? His overall numbers would have been better with greater support. We want our team to improve. Having him slide further down the pecking order in the rotation will only make us deeper, better, and with a better chance to be competitive each game.
B) Correia has never been anything special, just solid and largely dependable. He has no upside at this point. With the talent we do have, and the young talent on its way, some of who are ready or very close, why stick with a guy who lacks upside and won't even be with us a year from now?
And really, the problem is, both sides are correct.
TR has put together a potential staff that lacks a #1 starter to be sure, but has the best overall depth of talent and potential the team has had in several seasons. Nolasco and Hughes in particular, Pelfrey has had some success, does provide innings, and should be better this season, rebounding/rehabbing not only his arm n general, but his endurance and the mental part of belief in his arm. (One could hope for a suggest the same of Gibson and others as well) And there is nothing wrong with a stable innings eater like Correia adding to the depth of a chance to win with a solid performance day in and day out. Haven't we all seen enough of 5 & 6 run deficit games after 3 innings?
But it's also true that Correia, signed through only this season, older than any other SP on the team, and without upside, is NOT a part of the future. Now it's true that winning is good, and a team "learning to win" and expecting to is also a good thing. But where does "solid chance to win today" meet the place of winning tomorrow?
As I have stated before in regard to Deduno somewhat, but mostly Diamond and Worley, if you've done it before, you just might be ale to show that you can do it again. I know their injuries weren't of a major nature, but there was injury and some surgery as well. Not only do you have to get healthy, but you have to get your work in to build your arm, but to also get your "feel" back for pitches as well as your overall confidence. Does this excuse Diamond and Worley from just awful years? No. Do they have a long-standing record of quality production? Again no. But all of that does provide some small measure of possibility and opportunity that simply must be allowed.
Unfortunately, when ST begins, I'm afraid Deduno may still be rehabbing and strengthening, etc. I have doubts he's going to be a 100% right off the bat. I think TR is hedging his bets. That would leave 3, not 4 fighting for the final spot in the rotation. There s no doubt and no debate that Gibson is the greater talent here. I hope he's ready, hope he kicks butt and takes names from day one. But one year of AAA, inconsistent, then consistent, then a MLB promotion where he struggles is almost to be expected for most young pitchers, much less one coming back from TJ surgery. I want him in the rotation, e needs to be in the rotation. But as I've said before, a few starts in AAA to stretch out and pitch every day to begin the season isn't a bad thing, or an inditement of his talent or potential.
And how many times does anyone come through ST with every SP 100%, no blisters, no muscle pulls, etc. If Diamond and/or Worley can really find themselves again, I believe the Twins will make room for them, cheaper, younger, more upside, and surely someone could use a veteran like Correia.
You don't keep a 1 year, mediocre innings eater over a younger player with some potential. It you also don't keep a younger player just because he's younger if he falls on his face. I truly believe the Correia situation will play itself out in ST.
Ideally, he would be traded for something because two of Deduno, Gibson, Worley and Diamond will prove him expendable.