I would have tried Dickey and Gee and done that in a heartbeat. Dickey and Niese I would have had to think about it, but I still would have done it.
i think Odorizzi would step in right away and be a starter for us and Myers would be out in the OF on Opening Day too....
so you'd have Santana,Odorizzi,Harvey,Gee,Mejia with Wheeler coming and Myers added to our starting lineup
i also would have done dickey and gee but i would not have done dickey and niese
thats just a lot of weight to place on the shoulders of harvey and wheeler, asking them to straight up be THE guys if santana is closer the second half version we saw last year than the first
but that's why the proposed deal was framed with the provision that we'd gotten pitching depth in another deal
and i agree that Dickey/Niese might be more talented than Shields and Davis although it appears that other teams don't view our pitchers as we view our pitchers
again,a deal like this would have only been possible if we were able to obtain pitching depth in another deal
the only reason Tampa Bay could do this deal is because they had so many starters to deal from
but once again we come back to the real problem with our team: lack of talent and lack of depth and little in the way of building it up
somewhere along the line we had to bite the bullet and make the decision to try to get younger and deeper but we pretty much stayed the course for whatever reason
i agree with that,but i think Dickey being 38 and a FA after '13 is playing a huge role in terms of what teams are willing to give up in terms of prospects and we have to be realistic about that
looking at talent in a vacuum? Dickey/Niese is a better package than Shields/Davis
taking into consideration age and RA's contract status? that changes the perspective IMO