We have all been reading about the Braves surplus of pitching...we are all either advocating or reading about the Braves trading from this surplus to acquire a RH bat to play LF or RF. Yes-it would be nice to have a stud #4 hitter in RF....but ask yourself. Do we really have a surplus of starting pitching?
Lowe is not young, and while he has been the bastion of health for a number of years, would it be surprising if he broke down next year? No-He has ALOT of innings on that body.
Hudson is one year removed from Tommy John and isn't a spring chicken either. Would we be surprised if he had one..or two stints on the DL next year?
Vazquez has also been very healthy and strong-but he isn't exactly young either. He has also pitched A LOT of innings over the years.
Hanson-No injury history but you also have to respect his workload next year.
All that being said....do we really have "surplus." I think the Red Sox proved that a planned "surplus" can end up being a deficit real fast. That being said...if we made a trade and moved one of our starters-who would be the emergency #5 guy? Medlen would have been the obvious choice but if he is going to be prepared to pitch all year in the pen we can't have him going back and forth. He needs to really work as a bullpen guy.
So if we trade one of our starters...we almost have to go sign (or have someone included in the trade) that could step in and be the long guy/#5 guy in the rotation when someone goes down.
Is trading a starter before spring training really a good idea then? So unless someone is willing to unload Lowe's contract for us-as is-do we really want to move someone?