wrote to me:
Good morning Mack,
Have been reading a piece on Colin McHugh. You wrote to me yesterday that you expect him in the pen on opening day. Toby Hyde had an article on McHugh.
Any thoughts on this article? If true why put him in the pen? You could argue that perhaps Dillon Gee can be traded as kind of proven starter. Wouldn't that get more then a prospect?
I don't remember what I wrote, but I don't expect Gee to be in the pen come opening day 2013. The rotation is right now set with Santana-Dickey-Niese-Harvey-Gee and I only see a change if someone is traded.
Now, I do believe that Gee might lose his job come the all-start break, especially if Dickey isn't traded. Zack Wheeler is projected to join the rotation and someone has to go.
I have no thoughts on whether McHugh is a better pitcher than Gee. I will say that Gee has done very little to warrant losing his job to anyone other than Wheeler. His stats rank with the best SP5s in the game.
We're less than 12 months away from some kind of pitching logjam that has to result in some trades.