Originally Posted by slavko
It goes along with what many of you are saying. If you're so bad you don't need a closer, you can be so bad you don't need a spot starter or long man. Hence Axelrod.
Seriously guys, not needing a closer is carrying it too far. If Reed blew 20% of his save chances and made us unhappy, how unhappy would we be if Thing II blew 50% of his save chances.
I don't even think Axelrod is the world's worst option for spot starter.. as long as that's his role. He's recorded a quality start in 40% of his MLB starts, which isn't awful for a guy if you're asking them to step up in an emergency every now and then. It's just a problem when you ask that guy to give you 130 innings in a season.
I don't ever want to see Axelrod in the rotation any more, but I don't think there's enough talent elsewhere in this organization that we can afford to just cut everybody and anybody.