Saturday, October 03, 2015

The Howard & Veteran Stopgap Starting Pitchers

The Howard Update:
Lookie, lookie, it's the likely American League MVP and Rookie of the Year atop of The Howard standings.  Both Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays and Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros have collected 5 Howards apiece.  With only two games remaining in the 2015 regular season, it very well might end in a tie for this prestigious award. Full list of The Howard 2015 is located on the upper right sidebar of the blog.

Veteran Stopgap Starting Pitchers:
Heading into 2016 the Phillies have 3 young starting pitchers that should be given the ball every 5th day (Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Adam Morgan). That leaves two gaping holes in the rotation.  There is a possibility Alec Asher, Jake Thompson, David Buchanan, or Matt Harrison could grab one of those spots.  However, a veteran starting pitcher looking for a 1 year deal to keep his career going is going to be required. 

Looking over the free agents to be this offeseason, here is a quick rundown of possible targets.  Warning - it is not pretty.

(#) - age they'll be/turn during the 2016 season
Kyle Kendrick (32) - 27 GS, 142.1 IP, 80 K, 7-13, 6.32/1.53
Kyle Lohse (37) - 37 G, 22 GS, 152.1 IP, 108 K, 5-13, 5.85/1.46
Aarong Harang (38) - 28 GS, 166.2 IP, 106 K, 6-15, 4.86/1.39
Bud Norris (31) - 37 G, 11 GS, 81 IP, 68 K, 3-11, 6.89/1.59
Mat Latos (28) - 23 G, 21 GS, 114.2 IP, 99 K, 4-10, 4.87/1.30
Mike Pelfrey (32) - 30 GS, 164.2 IP, 86 K, 6-11, 4.26/1.48
Alfredo Simon (35) - 31 GS, 187 IP, 117 K, 13-12, 5.05/1.44
Ryan Vogelsong (38) - 33 G, 22 GS, 135 IP, 108 K, 9-11, 4.67/1.47
Jerome Williams (34) - 33 G, 21 GS, 121 IP, 74 K, 4-12, 5.80/1.61
Chris Young (37) - 34 G, 18 GS, 123.1 IP, 83 K, 11-6, 3.06/1.09
Jeremy Guthrie (37) - 30 G, 24 GS, 148.1 IP, 84 K, 8-8, 5.95/1.55
Bartolo Colon (43) - 32 G, 31 GS, 193.2 IP, 135 K, 14-13, 4.18/1.24


GM-Carson said...

Aaron Harang is certainly putting in a shit effort for his last start of the season.

Rich Baxter said...

Far too many cheese steaks for sure for Harang this year.

GM-Carson said...

David Buchanan might rebound next year and be able to hold down a rotation spot. I don't think he's as good as her 3.75 ERA last year, but he's not as bad as his 7+ ERA this year either. I'm thinking he could settle in with a 4.50ish ERA. Nothing great, but if he can do 180 innings and keep the game close, then there is certainly value in that.

Also, it was really nice to see Maikel Franco return for the weekend series and swing the bat well. Puts injury worries about his wrist to bed for the offseason.

GM-Carson said...

C - Cameron Rupp/Carlos Ruiz
1B - Ryan Howard/Darin Ruf
2B - Cesar Hernandez
SS - Freddy Galvis
3B - Maikel Franco
LF - ?
CF - Odubel Herrera
RF - Aaron Altherr
Bench - Cody Asche/LF/3B & Andres Blanco/UTL

SP - Aaron Nola
SP - Jerad Eickhoff
SP - Adam Morgan
SP - ?
SP - ?
CL - Ken Giles
RP - Dalier Hinojosa, Luis Garcia, Elvis Araujo, Hector Neris, Jeanmar Gomez, ?.

Two spots in the rotation open and one spot in the bullpen. Left field up for grabs plus a bench spot. Internal options for SP - David Buchanan, Alec Asher, Severino Gonzalez, Jake Thompson and Matt Harrison. RP - Kenny Roberts, Justin DeFratus, Colton Murray and Nefi Ogando. Bench spot - Darnell Sweeney/UTL.

I could see at least 1 veteran stopgap starting pitcher brought in to eat innings. I would a bounce back candidate like Mat Latos. Wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of minor league contracts handed out to relief pitchers and some outfield/infield guys.

I would be nice to see Chooch traded. DeFratus might not be tendered a contract, and I expect the same fate for Domonic Brown. I know Francoeur has been a great clubhouse presence, but I don't know if he comes back, nor do I really think he should. It was a nice year with him, but my guess is if retained next season, he wouldn't be nearly as good (his track record suggests I'm right).

Aaron J Warren said...

Call me crazy, but I actually like that list of FA pitchers quite a bit. If you look at it from the Phils perspective (they're just not going to sign an A-lister. There's just no point in wasting starts and dollars on a player who would be in decline by the time the Phils are serious contenders again), Chris Young in particular could be a fantastic addition to what we have rolling into 2016.

Love the site, by the way. Have for a few years now.

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