Monday, March 03, 2008
After reading the incentive clauses in Bartolo Colon’s contract, it appears that both parties have agreed that the former Cy Young winner could be in various roles for the Sox. Plan A may be for Colon to start in the rotation on Sunday, April 13th or the first time the rotation will need a fifth starter. Barring a pitching injury, the husky pitcher will keep the spot warm for Clay Buchholz sometime in May, and then move to the pen.
Since the Sox want to keep Buchholz under 180 innings (30 GS / 6 months = 5 per month * 6 IN per start * 5 months = 150 innings plus 15 IN October equals 165), he will not be in the rotation before May. At that time, the low to mid-90’s throwing Colon – it is not uncommon for pitchers to pick up a tick or two on the gun when relieving - could re-appear setting up Papelbon. An in-house power reliever is better than having to pay for one in the form of a top up-and-coming prospect like Engel Beltre and others.
Future posts will cover Sox prospects and the Olde Towne Team’s new pitching PECOTA projections. An updated Sox PECOTA depth chart is not available and delivery of my Baseball America book is in transit.