Nine Rotations Already Set For 2011

There are no sure things when it comes to starting pitching, but some teams are better-positioned than others for 2011. These nine clubs don't have to worry about Cliff Lee or any other starters this winter. As long as their pitchers stay healthy, they'll enter 2011 with strong rotations one through five.

These aren't necessarily the best rotations (or else you'd see the Cardinals here), they're the groups that will require the least maintenance this offseason. Also note that all the players below are under team control next year and that some of the teams below (Rays, Braves) have more than five viable options.


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AntsinIN
4 years 11 months ago

I think you can add the Mariners to that list, or at least all the SPs are in-house

Felix
Vargas
Fister
Pineda
One of Pauley/French/RR-S

crashcameron
4 years 11 months ago

An ace of aces and four 4 and 5s

… too bad for M’s fans this ain’t poker

crashcameron
4 years 11 months ago

An ace of aces and four 4 and 5s

… too bad for M’s fans this ain’t poker

mcgovern92003
4 years 11 months ago

i dont think kyle kendrick is a definite for the phillies next year i mean maybe cause of a new year theyll start him in the rotation but after the debacle hes been this year i wouldnt be so sure

UtleyPhan
4 years 11 months ago

i agree, probably worley. he couldnt be any worse and he will only cost the league minimum.

foxtown
4 years 11 months ago

Maybe they’ll trade Kendrick to Japan for real this time.

foxtown
4 years 11 months ago

Maybe they’ll trade Kendrick to Japan for real this time.

malcolmec
4 years 11 months ago

Obviously, there are better possibilities than Kyle Kendrick. Still, Kendrick and his 4.90 ERA aren’t going to ruin the rotation in the #5 spot.

malcolmec
4 years 11 months ago

Obviously, there are better possibilities than Kyle Kendrick. Still, Kendrick and his 4.90 ERA aren’t going to ruin the rotation in the #5 spot.

4 years 11 months ago

Interesting concept, and I heartily agree on 6 of 9 …

Kazmir, Peavy and CZam are far from healthy/reliable imnsho

gocrazy
4 years 11 months ago

I agree, especially with Peavy.

ryankrol
4 years 11 months ago

You might want to tune in on Kazmir’s next start tonight. He’s been pitching much better since his return from the DL. His problem is confidence. No easy task learning how to be a finesse pitcher after being a flamethrower. Especially at 26 years old.

kdub53
4 years 11 months ago

I agree…hes doing better…I would like to see him get back to his ways of old…hes way too young to be dropping to 5th in rotation and talked about being sent to the pen. I hope he really gets it going next year. (kazmir)

kdub53
4 years 11 months ago

I agree…hes doing better…I would like to see him get back to his ways of old…hes way too young to be dropping to 5th in rotation and talked about being sent to the pen. I hope he really gets it going next year. (kazmir)

4 years 11 months ago

Reds–Arroyo, Cueto, Volquez, Wood, Leake
Chapman will either be the closer or the 8th inning guy.

osu_pokes
4 years 11 months ago

Arroyo isn’t for sure coming back next year. He has something like a $11 million club option with $2 million buy out.

Ethanator99
4 years 11 months ago

The Reds have already said several times that Chapman will be a starter. Also the Reds already have a closer, sort of.

The Reds are probably going to have to do something with Homer. He’s out of options

Ethanator99
4 years 11 months ago

The Reds have already said several times that Chapman will be a starter. Also the Reds already have a closer, sort of.

The Reds are probably going to have to do something with Homer. He’s out of options

TwinsVet
4 years 11 months ago

Liriano-Baker-Duensing-Slowey-Blackburn.

Sounds like the Twins have a rotation ready to go. The only question is whether or not they bring back/replace Pavano, yet again giving them 6 starters…

nick1538
4 years 11 months ago

I hope they bring back Super Pavario, but if not there is Kyle Gibson who will be in the equation, bringing the total back to 6 pitchers.

cman
4 years 7 months ago

I wouldn’t mind having Pavano back, but two Class A Draft Picks would be nice as well. Either way, a rotation of Liriano, Duensing, Baker, Blackburn & Slowey is good enough until 6′-6″ Kyle Gibson is ready AAA Rochester.

derekbellstutu
4 years 11 months ago

The Rays will open up a spot in the rotation for Hellickson by dealing Shields or Garza.

moonraker45
4 years 11 months ago

you got that right.

MadisonMariner
4 years 11 months ago

I think it’s more likely that Hellickson replaces one of Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann, since he’s better than either of them.

TwinsVet
4 years 11 months ago

But Davis & Niemann are cheap; Shields & Garza are getting expensive.

4 years 11 months ago

I would actually look for what teams would have to offer for Niemann though. His value may be low, but who wouldn’t take a chance on young pitching and Niemann while he’s still decent?

chowdah219
4 years 11 months ago

I think Garza would be the one to go

4 years 11 months ago

I would actually look for what teams would have to offer for Niemann though. His value may be low, but who wouldn’t take a chance on young pitching and Niemann while he’s still decent?

TwinsVet
4 years 11 months ago

But Davis & Niemann are cheap; Shields & Garza are getting expensive.

MadisonMariner
4 years 11 months ago

I think it’s more likely that Hellickson replaces one of Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann, since he’s better than either of them.

4 years 11 months ago

Suggestion for Giants – trade Zito or Sanchez for a big bat and go after a starter in offseason. Rotation of TL, Cain, Bumgarner, an offseason addition (Lee or someone), either Zito or Sanchez.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 11 months ago

Despite the fact that no one is bringing up sending Zito to the pen again, Zito is still not worth his contract. Over the next 3 years he’s owed $57.5 million… His contract is still awful.

4 years 11 months ago

Its possible to trade Zito for another bad contract but in the end we would be eating alot of money … More likely we trade Rowand for an another bad contract

4 years 11 months ago

Its possible to trade Zito for another bad contract but in the end we would be eating alot of money … More likely we trade Rowand for an another bad contract

moonraker45
4 years 11 months ago

The only bat you’d get for zito would be vernon wells

4 years 11 months ago

And he is actually hitting better than most expected this season….are their other hitters who has really bad contracts for a Hitter

moonraker45
4 years 11 months ago

Soriano, Bradley… but realistically with 58 mil left on the contract, even though he’s had a decent enough season. it would basically be 2 teams swapping massive contract mistakes.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 11 months ago

If you’re the 4th highest paid pitcher in the game then you better be in the Cy Young discussion. Realistically Zito isn’t going any where for another 2 years, that’s still one of the worst contracts in the game.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 11 months ago

If you’re the 4th highest paid pitcher in the game then you better be in the Cy Young discussion. Realistically Zito isn’t going any where for another 2 years, that’s still one of the worst contracts in the game.

moonraker45
4 years 11 months ago

oh i agree..

crashcameron
4 years 11 months ago

let’s go crazy:
rowand and zito for
zambrano and soriano and money
!?!?!?!?!

crashcameron
4 years 11 months ago

let’s go crazy:
rowand and zito for
zambrano and soriano and money
!?!?!?!?!

Sniderlover
4 years 11 months ago

That could actually make sense for Giants. However, Jays have a good enough rotation and already a few lefties so we wouldn’t want Zito and we have no one to replace Wells unfortunately.

Sniderlover
4 years 11 months ago

That could actually make sense for Giants. However, Jays have a good enough rotation and already a few lefties so we wouldn’t want Zito and we have no one to replace Wells unfortunately.

4 years 11 months ago

Brett Anderson wont get the opening day nod after what Trevor has done

4 years 11 months ago

Brett Anderson is very unfortunate to get injuried… If Cahill wins the CY Young he will be 2011 Opening Day Starter vs. the Rangers

4 years 11 months ago

Brett Anderson is very unfortunate to get injuried… If Cahill wins the CY Young he will be 2011 Opening Day Starter vs. the Rangers

JTCar
4 years 11 months ago

strange as it may sound, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Phillies try and trade Blanton. $8M/yr for a #4 starter (even if he is an innings eater) is a bit much when your payroll looks like theirs does.

moonraker45
4 years 11 months ago

who would take him is a more appropriate question.

Muggi
4 years 11 months ago

They tried prior to trading Lee, culdnt get any takers…and given his contract is heavily backloaded ($3m 2010, $10.5m 2011-12) they’d have to eat tons to make something happen.

I’d bet Blanton is in Philly for at least one more year.

JTCar
4 years 11 months ago

Now that you mention it, trading him in 2012 (if it all) would be a more plausible scenario. I guess for me, it’s more wishful thinking to make salary space to keep Werth and trading Ibanez also. But moonraker45 has a valid point, who would take either of them?

JTCar
4 years 11 months ago

Now that you mention it, trading him in 2012 (if it all) would be a more plausible scenario. I guess for me, it’s more wishful thinking to make salary space to keep Werth and trading Ibanez also. But moonraker45 has a valid point, who would take either of them?

Muggi
4 years 11 months ago

Oh I agree, I don’t think he’s going anywhere…but if he IS, it’s not going to be until 2012.

If Heavy B has a good season next yr, and one or more of the Phils young SP prospects looks to be ready for 2012, I could see the Phils eating half his salary and finding a trade partner for a second-tier or project prospect.

Muggi
4 years 11 months ago

They tried prior to trading Lee, culdnt get any takers…and given his contract is heavily backloaded ($3m 2010, $10.5m 2011-12) they’d have to eat tons to make something happen.

I’d bet Blanton is in Philly for at least one more year.

moonraker45
4 years 11 months ago

I would argue that the Jays:

Morrow-Romero-Marcum-Cecil-Drabek (RLRLR) would be pretty set as next years opening day starter…

but i also thought that going in to 2010 that Snider would play everyday and Arencibia would get some time to play at minimum in september… so who knows.

55saveslives
4 years 11 months ago

It’s good to know the Giants have the starting five set already. Although, I would have accepted 4 minus Sanchez plus Uggla minus F. Sanchez!!!

4 years 11 months ago

Dude beggers can’t be choosers ….Sanchez is hitting close to .300 and been a good #2 hitter….Sanchez will probably snag a bat this offseason but there aren’t many boppers that can hit for HR power and free agency doesn’t present much either …Jayson Werth will be a Aaron Rowand clone if he leaves Philly and there are many DH type of players that can still hit but contagious on the field

55saveslives
4 years 11 months ago

Freddy Sanchez had a busted up knee when we traded for him…had surgery in the offseason and now it is bothering him again. He is only hitting .286. Meanwhile Uggla is hitting .281 but with 30 jacks. AND they are making close to the same money.

I also would have given up Jonathan for Bautista instead of having Guillen or Ross.

4 years 11 months ago

Your right when we traded for him but now his shoulder and knees problems are in the past. They aren’t bother him now…he still a good defensive 2B Sanchez>Uggla…Better hitter to get on base Sanchez>Uggla…and Sanchez SO less than Uggla….YES “THE UGGLA” CAN HIT HR BUT THAT MIGHT BE 12-15 AT JUST AT&T PARK AND HE IS A LIABILITY OF DEFENSIVE 2B …I would want Uggla’s Power but would want Sanchez to main the spot until we find a better 2B in our farm system that can hit for power (Find me a Jeff Kent in our system)

bbxxj
4 years 11 months ago

The Marlin’s home park is almost as much a pitchers park as AT&T plus he is right handed and AT&T saps left handed power more than it does right handed power if I have that right.

Uggla is one of those guys who swings really hard so he strikes out alot but also when he gets ahold of one it goes a long way and doesn’t really matter which park its in.

johnsilver
4 years 11 months ago

Land shark stadium is horrible to both RH and LH.. it does not discriminate. Get Uggs outta’ there and his power would go up. Put him in Philly and talk him into moving to 3B, where he should have moved to a couple years ago for his lack or range issues and he would probably hit 40HR or more and be a new home town favorite to boot.

blackandorangepride
4 years 11 months ago

Uggla would’ve been great to have at AT&T he rakes over there he’d likely the same over here. I like Sanchez still he’s carrying the load at the top of the lineup now that Torres is hurt. People forget that the Giants are a versatile team Sanchez could move to third,Sandoval to first and huff to RF if we got Uggla he would still play 2nd. Unfortunately Sabes made bad decisions in trading for Garko and not keeping Penny had he not made those decisions J.Sanchez would be in Florida and Uggla would be in SF.

bbxxj
4 years 11 months ago

The Marlin’s home park is almost as much a pitchers park as AT&T plus he is right handed and AT&T saps left handed power more than it does right handed power if I have that right.

Uggla is one of those guys who swings really hard so he strikes out alot but also when he gets ahold of one it goes a long way and doesn’t really matter which park its in.

4 years 11 months ago

Your right when we traded for him but now his shoulder and knees problems are in the past. They aren’t bother him now…he still a good defensive 2B Sanchez>Uggla…Better hitter to get on base Sanchez>Uggla…and Sanchez SO less than Uggla….YES “THE UGGLA” CAN HIT HR BUT THAT MIGHT BE 12-15 AT JUST AT&T PARK AND HE IS A LIABILITY OF DEFENSIVE 2B …I would want Uggla’s Power but would want Sanchez to main the spot until we find a better 2B in our farm system that can hit for power (Find me a Jeff Kent in our system)

kimofromkauai
4 years 11 months ago

I think the 2011 Cubs staff (Zambrano/Silva) is ready. Ready to explode at any moment after the season starts.

kimofromkauai
4 years 11 months ago

I think the 2011 Cubs staff (Zambrano/Silva) is ready. Ready to explode at any moment after the season starts.

daveineg
4 years 11 months ago

The Angels are going to have to dangle one of their starters to get a big bat. One logical proposal would be a deal with Brewers that involves Ervin Santana and Prince Fielder as principles.

With Weaver, Haren and Pineiro, they would still have solid top 3, and by evening out the salaries somewhat with Santana, they’d have enough left over to fill his spot with a mid level FA.

From Brewer perspective, Santana fills the gap between Gallardo and Wolf. Narveson gives them a cheap and useful #5. That leaves the #4 spot to fill. They could find a second arm in a deal or through FA or go with an internal candidate.

kdub53
4 years 11 months ago

I dont know man…that would either mean that moralas plays third…or fielder would…unless you wanna put him on the DH spot.
With Matsui gone it has potential to be open, but if the angels are in fact eyeing crawford or someone else speedy in the outfield, it would mean Bobby would DH. Its kinda like tetris i know…
plus I really wouldnt want to see santana go..

kdub53
4 years 11 months ago

I dont know man…that would either mean that moralas plays third…or fielder would…unless you wanna put him on the DH spot.
With Matsui gone it has potential to be open, but if the angels are in fact eyeing crawford or someone else speedy in the outfield, it would mean Bobby would DH. Its kinda like tetris i know…
plus I really wouldnt want to see santana go..

daveineg
4 years 11 months ago

The Angels are going to have to dangle one of their starters to get a big bat. One logical proposal would be a deal with Brewers that involves Ervin Santana and Prince Fielder as principles.

With Weaver, Haren and Pineiro, they would still have solid top 3, and by evening out the salaries somewhat with Santana, they’d have enough left over to fill his spot with a mid level FA.

From Brewer perspective, Santana fills the gap between Gallardo and Wolf. Narveson gives them a cheap and useful #5. That leaves the #4 spot to fill. They could find a second arm in a deal or through FA or go with an internal candidate.

SteveBartmanMVP101403
4 years 11 months ago

Of course the Cubs god awful pitching rotation is posted before the likes of Houston and Florida. Figures.

bbxxj
4 years 11 months ago

This post has nothing to do with how good they are, its about how ‘set’ they are. Three of the Cubs pitchers are locked down on large contracts so they aren’t going anywhere and Gorzelanny and Wells are both young mainstays in the rotation. The Marlins and Astros may have better rotations but they have more variablity in how they will set them up.

I thought BNS explained the post pretty clearly.

myname_989
4 years 11 months ago

I disagree with not only this post, but with the corresponding post regarding teams that will be looking for a starter this winter. The Phillies are not going to go into 2011 with Kyle Kendrick as their 5th starter. People forget that Kyle Kendrick was optioned to AAA earlier in the season. The only reason that he never made it there was because Jamie Moyer was injured, and Kyle had to be recalled. Both Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee (pitching coach) have voiced their displeasure in Kendrick, and with Jamie Moyer a free agent after the season, that fifth starter’s role is wide open. Maybe they hand the job to Vance Worley, who’s impressed, but like you said with the Cardinals, the Phillies could be in the market for a cheap, maybe risky, starting pitching.

Just on a side note though… This may sounds absolutely insane, but the Phillies could actually upgrade their bullpen by adding Kyle Kendrick to it. (Crazy, I know.) He’s been really good against right handed hitters, and may do well coming out of the bullpen to avoid facing lefties. Just a thought though.

myname_989
4 years 11 months ago

I disagree with not only this post, but with the corresponding post regarding teams that will be looking for a starter this winter. The Phillies are not going to go into 2011 with Kyle Kendrick as their 5th starter. People forget that Kyle Kendrick was optioned to AAA earlier in the season. The only reason that he never made it there was because Jamie Moyer was injured, and Kyle had to be recalled. Both Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee (pitching coach) have voiced their displeasure in Kendrick, and with Jamie Moyer a free agent after the season, that fifth starter’s role is wide open. Maybe they hand the job to Vance Worley, who’s impressed, but like you said with the Cardinals, the Phillies could be in the market for a cheap, maybe risky, starting pitching.

Just on a side note though… This may sounds absolutely insane, but the Phillies could actually upgrade their bullpen by adding Kyle Kendrick to it. (Crazy, I know.) He’s been really good against right handed hitters, and may do well coming out of the bullpen to avoid facing lefties. Just a thought though.

daveineg
4 years 11 months ago

kdub33,

There’s no guaranty you can get Crawford. But even if you did, you’d have problem benching either of your corner OF? A lot of teams will get in the chase for Crawford. You’re Angels team has posted a putrid .315 OBP this year. Fielder has posted back to back seasons with OBP over .400, and even though this has been an off year for him he’s still leading the NL in walks. As good as Morales is, he’s not a real patient hitter. Fielder’s still one of the premier sluggers in all baseball. I would expect Fielder to DH in that lineup.

As for Santana, you have to give up something to get something. Angels need offense and they don’t have the young stud pitching to deal.

I’m also thinking Scott Boras will view Angels as realistic suitors for Fielder long term and may be willing to strike a deal.

daveineg
4 years 11 months ago

kdub33,

There’s no guaranty you can get Crawford. But even if you did, you’d have problem benching either of your corner OF? A lot of teams will get in the chase for Crawford. You’re Angels team has posted a putrid .315 OBP this year. Fielder has posted back to back seasons with OBP over .400, and even though this has been an off year for him he’s still leading the NL in walks. As good as Morales is, he’s not a real patient hitter. Fielder’s still one of the premier sluggers in all baseball. I would expect Fielder to DH in that lineup.

As for Santana, you have to give up something to get something. Angels need offense and they don’t have the young stud pitching to deal.

I’m also thinking Scott Boras will view Angels as realistic suitors for Fielder long term and may be willing to strike a deal.