As of right now, Surkamp is not looking like the answer, and with Vogelsong looking at a huge free agent pay day, it might be time to look at the rotation. Assuming Zito continues to fill space on the roster, it’s looking to be Lincecum, Bumgarner, Cain, Sanchez, Zits and one open spot.
So who is the #5? If Vogelsong is dumb enough to give a hometown discount I’ll take it, but the smart money is that he will look to the free agent market to catch a premium on his career year. I could easily see a team forking out Bronson Arroyo money to let him spend the next few years pitching .500 ball for a marginal team.
So, assuming Vogelsong leaves, who takes the last spot in the rotation? Is there a guy in the minors you like? A pending free agent who won’t break the bank? Another Vogelsong who may slip through the cracks?