NOTE: Some of you will probably not like this post. This is nothing but a conversation starter for the Royals starting pitching in 2012, and that is all I intend it to be.
Well, we are here. The Royals have one of the most mediocre rotations in baseball, and it needs to be fixed. We have to get to the point where we don't go "Well, so and so is pitching, I guess we're going to lose this one." We have to get to the point where we aren't worrying about one of our pitchers imploding in late innings. We have to get to the point where we have three or four reliable starters in our rotation. In other words, we have to get from "here" to "there".
In order to get from "Here to there", we need to do five things:
1: Reinstate the six-man rotation.
No, I am not kidding. This is step one. We need three good starters to contend, imo, and we will get to that later in this article.
2: Recognize some of the current starters we have that would fit on a contending rotation.
We have starters that would fit in the back end of a contending rotation, IF they can keep up what they have been doing over the past two months. Those being: Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino, and Danny Duffy. Hochevar and Paulino have about a 50/50 chance to keep up their current numbers, and Duffy has about a 60/40 to 70/30 chance. If by the end of the year these players are performing at a serviceable level, put them in the back-end of the Rotation. If one of them fails, put a bullpen guy like Crow or Holland in the rotation. So, now that we have the back end of the rotation solved, let's move on.
3: Sign an expensive FA to be our ace.
C.J. Wilson would be a perfect fit. Lock him up to a 3-5 year contract, and we have ourselves an ace.
4: Either make a waiver claim on Wandy Rodriguez, or trade for him in the offseason.
5: Trade for another ace.
I saw Scott say something like: "Not many clubs are willing to just give up their aces for prospects." There are a few that probably would be, though. The Dodgers are in dire financial straits. Trade for Chad Billingsley, and we are set.
This would give us a rotation of:
That is, if everything goes right.
Your thoughts on what the Royals need to do to fix their rotation?