Cubswin11 wrote:I’m surprised a Theo run organization hasn’t dedicated a spot in the pen the last few years to shuffle through guys in hopes of unearthing a gem since every other smart team seems to have dedicated a pen spot to a AAA/DFA shuttle like that recently instead of giving the Brad Brach, Brian Duensing’s etc of the world MLB money and sticking with them too long.
Finding good to decent cheap and controlled talent (especially pitchers) is kinda important right now. Mills has looked good and Underwood has been decent since the relief move in AAA. Don’t know why they’re definitely worse options and not worth trying out and instead paying guys like Gausman and Sanchez real money is a smart move. If they aren’t used in trades I think they both should be given a look to start the year and essentially the first guys on the shuttle to begin the year, if they suck after a month or so cut bait and cycle through other dudes with options.
Bold: Literally Rowan Wick's path, Edwards Jr. before him
Italics: Underwood's long history of being terrible
No one is downplaying the importance of landing cheap and controlled talent, but possibly the most important key is that they not suck. Mills is boring but he's been a pretty good AAA pitcher for a while and just had a nice run, fine guy to shuttle if he has options. Since he doesn't, Mills will be a tough guy to keep. Underwood is 8 years in on getting by on being young, potentially cheap, and something about upside but without anything actually being there. Hell, his stuff isn't even good. It doesn't look good, it's not power stuff, he doesn't command it, it's not high spin or sneaky or any of that stuff...Do what everyone else does and scour the waiver wire, make the small trades, gamble on healthy fallen prospects or stars in smaller roles, and promote the guys who actually get guys out in the minors consistently and in a believable way