Tommy Hanson is likely ready to contribute now, this year, straight out of spring training. I'm thinking he is a legitimate top of the rotation, number 1 in the next few years and that holding him down on the farm might actually slow down his progress, not to mention hurt the Braves chances of contending for a playoff spot. At the same time, we can't count on him to give us 30 + starts / 200 innings.
So, apparently the Braves are intent on actually bring Tom Glavine back on board and putting him at the back of the rotation. This is despite him being 43 years old, coming off major surgery and having obviously lost a lot off his production, assuming the last 3 or so years is any indication. Nevertheless, it seems he is going to be handed the number 5 spot in the rotation. But, again, it is not at all reasonable to count on him to give us 30 + starts / 200 innings.
Now, Glavine is obviously an icon in his own right and a 1st ballot Hall of Famer, and is also the last surviving link to our golden era of pitching dominance. So who would be a more superb mentor for Hanson than Glav, the greatest craftsman of the generation, other than Cy Maddox. Glavine would be worth a million or three to the Braves to just take Hanson under his wing and dump his know-how in to the rookie's head. Hanson, who seems to a bright, super-competitive kid out of the John Smolz mold, based on the Baseball America interview, could possibly derive a huge benefit from this.
Of course, behind Derek Lowe and Javier Vazquez, both of whom have over the years proven to be durable workhorses, we have Jair Jurrjens - who is only 23 yrs old and looked significantly worn and really struggled down the stretch last year, finishing w/ 31 starts and 188 innings - and Kenshin Kawakawi - who in eleven seaons in the Japanese League never started 30 games and exceeded 200 innings only once. http://japaneseballplayers.com/en/player.php?id=kkawakami
Therefore, it is clearly a stretch to count on either Jarrjens or Kawakawi to give us 30 + starts / 200 innings.
Is the solution a six man starting rotation?