What do you think about this suggestion for 2018’s starting rotation?
1. Yu Darvish
2. Anthony DeSclafani
3. Luis Castillo
4. Homer Bailey
5. Brandon Finnegan/Tyler Mahle/Sal Romano
Would that rotation be enough to make the Reds competitive in 2018?
A couple of thoughts. Darvish’s name in that list is mostly just a stand-in for whatever starter the Reds go out and acquire in the off-season. Add in the name of whatever free agent pitcher you prefer (Dallas Keuchel?) or someone that the Reds might be able to acquire via trade. The point is that the acquisition of just one good starter can immediately make this rotation look a lot better.
Also, there are other names that could be added to the group competing for the #4 and #5 spots in the scenario above. Robert Stephenson has looked better lately. Cody Reed could return to being the pitcher we thought he was. Amir Garrett could get healthy. Rookie Davis is a legit option. Perhaps Michael Lorenzen will get a look, as suggested by Bryan Price recently.
So here’s what we need to happen:
–The Reds need to acquire a front line starter in the off-season.
–DeSclafani needs to be healthy all year long.
–Castillo just needs to continue to develop.
–The Reds need to find two good pitchers for the last two slots in the rotation, out of a group of nine pitchers listed above. Just two out of nine.
I dunno, none of that seems out of the question for next season. (Well, besides asking Disco to stay healthy. That may be too much to ask.) And I think a rotation that shapes up like this would be enough to make this club competitive.
(Wild card, perhaps?)
Just daydreamin’ on an off-day…