Monday, January 11, 2010

McTaggart, on the rotation

In McTaggart's article on the rotation, there is information for the canny reader to glean:

-It appears Myers, 29, will be plugged into the No. 3 spot in the rotation behind Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez, who are a bona fide 1-2 punch. Youngsters Bud Norris and Felipe Paulino will likely compete for a rotation spot, along with veteran Brian Moehler, whose $3 million option for 2010 was picked up shortly after the '09 season ended.

-Astros general manager Ed Wade...said early last week the club didn't want to add a pitcher with name recognition who would impede the development of a younger pitcher. Wade also didn't want to add a starting pitcher who was coming off a significant health issue.


Wade (prior to the Myers signing):
"At some point in time, we do need to begin a transition into a younger club and be mindful of the fact we do have prospects coming and we have to create opportunities for them to get their feet on the ground at the big league level...

...People say you've given a lot of chances to Felipe Paulino, and the results haven't been good, but when you look at his age and the weapons and what he brings to the game and if you're opened-minded about it, you'd say this kid deserves every opportunity to show what he's capable of doing if handed the ball every fifth day. Bud Norris falls into a different category. He's established a good record of success at every level coming through the organization, and I wouldn't want to get into the position of slowing that progress down.

"If the right guy comes along and Felipe Paulino or Bud Norris has to wait his turn, then so be it. We don't want to create another health issue and/or create an impediment that doesn't allow these kids to progress."

From these quotes it does look like it'll be Moehler who will earn his $3 million from the bullpen, and that's just the way I like it.