How many young starters will be trusted to fill a rotation spot?
Veterans Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto are penciled into two spots in the 2020 rotation. Beyond that, who fills out the rest of the starting staff is anyone’s guess.
Tyler Beede (22 starts), Dereck Rodriguez (16 starts), Shaun Anderson (16 starts), Logan Webb (8 starts), Conner Menez (3 starts) and Andrew Suarez (2 starts) all saw time in the MLB rotation during the 2019 season.
In terms of upside, Beede and Webb would seem to have the best chance of establishing themselves as long-term rotation pieces, while Anderson may have found a home at the back of the bullpen down the stretch.
But how many of these guys will be part of the Opening Day rotation?
The team signed veterans Derek Holland and Drew Pomeranz to one-year deals last offseason, and they could target similar mid-level veterans to eat up some innings early in the season this winter. At the very least, rolling the dice on another bounce-back candidate like Pomeranz would seem to be a wise move.
This decision impacts the team’s short-term and long-term plans, so it will be one to monitor closely.