Thursday, May 25, 2006
A Modest Proposal For Jered Weaver
So, my suggestion: have Weaver work out of the bullpen for a few games at Salt Lake, and call him up. If need be, release Yan or Carrasco — it doesn't matter which one — and give the kid a shot. He can't be any worse than those guys, and if Bartolo Colón slips on a Big Mac wrapper and bangs up his elbow, he can take over in the rotation.
A much better alternative: dump the Yam; slide Gregg into the 'pen, and pencil Weaver the Younger into that rotation spot. Deal with any other issues if and when Colon is healthy enough to reclaim his spot.
Carrasco's #s out of the 'pen are not bad, and he had an impressive outing yesterday against Texas. At this point, I think I'd trust Carrasco more than Brendan Donnelly in 6th/7th inning situations. Simply put, he has better stuff. Donnelly has not been the same pitcher since the pine tar incident.
Otherwise, you're essentially spending $10 million or so (the extra salary he'd get if he becomes arb eligible a year earlier) for four or five starts.