Shi Davidi of Sportsnet checks in from Nashville, and he says something that we all probably should have been thinking for a while now, though I know that, at least for me, it’s been too often overlooked:
“[Carlos Villanueva] is a free agent and is looking for a team to make a commitment to him as a starter. He should have no trouble finding one to do that. But during the summer he also said he would consider returning as a swingman if he was paid as a starter, and that may be the compromise needed to keep him in Toronto.”
From the very few things that I’ve been able to hear, my sense is that Villanueva has been a well-liked member of the clubhouse– or at the very least is a smart guy and a good interview– and shit… the more I think about it, the more I don’t quite understand where this 30 start commitment stuff is coming from, or at the very least, why its being made out as absurdly binding.
Does any pitcher have some kind of guarantee that he’ll start every game as long as he’s healthy? Sure, there are lots of guys for whom removing them from the rotation is unthinkable, and there was also the situation we saw last year with Ricky Romero, but even with him there were reports that the club had at least toyed with the idea of a minor league stint.
If he isn’t getting the job done as a starter, you flip him back to the ‘pen and go with Happ. Should be easy, shouldn’t it? And by signing him you go a long way to solving your rotational depth problem– at least at the big league level.
The other interesting tidbit that Davidi lays on us, though it offers no change from what we’ve already been hearing, is that “clarity on Darren Oliver’s status would help but the left-hander remains undecided about playing another season, according to a source.”
Figure it out, Black Magic! Figure it out all the way back onto this king hell roster.
So… there’s that.