Can a team create a pitching staff of 12 middle relief/1 long relief combined with a AAA staff of options to burn?
Pitchers 1,2,3 with a long relief available that could be optioned the next day if need be.
Each averages 50 pitches.
Day 2: 4,5,6 with long relief available.
Pitcher 4 goes 4IP, pitcher 5 only goes 2/3rds, long relief (pitcher 13) gets called in to finish 1 1/3 but throws 35+. Pitcher 6 throws 3IP at approximately 45 pitches.
After the game pitcher 13 is optioned to AAA.
Use the top 9 pitchers for the top 3 days assuming you can pitch them consistently on 3 days rest and skip the 10/11/12 spot when there is an off day?
This is a bit of a hybrid of the 8 man rotation and what Tampa is doing every 5th day.
If I'm a small market team rebuilding and I have some value with my current SP that I would be better off trading, I would consider it throughout the organization.
If you're the Cubs, would they be better averaging 10 mil per on 10 pitchers with 5+ mil per on pitchers 11 and 12 to get to the 110 mil they're approximately spending in 2018? (Or allocate 8 mil per and utilize the rest towards offense)
I know there will never be a team that would go to the extreme but it would be fun to watch.
Idiotic brainstorming from me.