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  1. Good timing, what with the Cardinals slide to ‘also-ran’ status in the Central.

    Comment by Eddie — February 23, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

  2. Ned Colletti. Super Genius.

    Comment by filihok — February 23, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

  3. I don’t see a problem with Ely or Link being the fifth starter.

    Comment by Worry — February 23, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

  4. It’s slightly odd that Padilla is the one they lost though. It seems like essentially you’re saying, “Good thing they signed Padilla for depth, or when they lost Padilla, they’d be short a pitcher.” I know that’s not the point and they could have just as easily lost a different pitcher, but it just feels odd.

    Comment by Matt — February 23, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  5. Interesting spin, although I don’t entirely buy it. The way I see it, the person he signed to provide depth is the one who can’t pitch, and there is no depth if any of the 5 are injured going forward.

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — February 23, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

  6. The point was that they had six starters and could have dealt one. But they didn’t. If they had, and Padilla got hurt, they’d be shorthanded.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — February 23, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

  7. ” and there is no depth if any of the 5 are injured going forward.”

    Also, if you follow this to its logical extreme, no one ever has any depth.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — February 23, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  8. He recovers from surgery to “free up [a] nerve that is entrapped in his forearm.” Wha?!? I think I need this surgery also – most all of my nerves are entrapped in my body. At least I don’t see any poking out and burrowing their way to freedom…

    This is a massive public health issue afflicting our nation, right up there with obesity, heart disease, and high cholesterol counts. We are all at risk here.

    Comment by Jason B — February 23, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  9. Obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol…and the diabeetus. Don’t forget the diabeetus.

    Comment by Wilford Brimley — February 23, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

  10. …wWhich can be treated with a hearty bowl of Quaker Oatmeal.

    Comment by Wilford Brimley — February 23, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

  11. I agree. It sort of undermines the entire point of the article.

    Comment by TonyAngelo — February 23, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  12. But they couldn’t really deal 3, and would be idiots to deal the other 2. So Colletti gets credit for not being stupid.

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — February 23, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

  13. No, no. You’re completely confused. It’s not “entrapped” like it’s inside. It’s “entrapped” like it was set up in a sting operation by undercover narcs or a hooker who turned out to be five-o. Once Padilla’s nerve beats the rap, he’ll be able to pitch in no time.

    Comment by B N — February 23, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

  14. Lilly never filed for free agency, he signed an extension. I am fairly certain he can be traded.

    Comment by Evan — February 23, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

  15. John Ely wasn’t that awful, and the value added by the acquired offensive player could counteract the difference between having Ely and Billingsley/Kershaw.

    Comment by os2011champs — February 23, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

  16. Dodgers waiting on lawyers again, then?

    Comment by ofMontreal — February 23, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

  17. It would be interesting to see what different teams look like in their 5/6 starter areas. My team, the Blue Jays are have reasonable options in Litsch & Rzepczynski for the 5th starter, but neither are well-established nor former top prospects. Grade: B

    Comment by gabriel — February 24, 2011 @ 12:44 am

  18. This post makes an excellent point. No team ever uses just 5 starters during a season. The more, the better.

    Comment by GiantHusker — February 24, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

  19. The 2005/06 White Sox disagree with you.

    Comment by The Nicker — February 25, 2011 @ 9:22 am

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