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Maholm and Duke

I know everybody expects at least one, and maybe both of these pitchers to be traded at some point this year, but I'm beginning to wonder if that's the best option at this point in time. Obviously, neither guy is lights out, but neither one is old (duke's 26 and maholm will be 27), neither guys bad, and they tend to keep us in their fair share of games. These guys obviously would never front a good rotation, but I think both would be very good at the four or five spot, and they probably wouldn't be too steep to retain. So maybe the best option is to resign them (so long as its reasonable), and hold onto them until we're certain we have better options in the minors. Our 5th spot this year is already a mess, and the only real pitchers on the horizon for next year are Lincoln and Veal (and Veal's still a long shot). Maybe Rudy Owens or Crotta could work themselves into a starting position, but pitching still seems like a weakness moving forward (at least in the high minors), and I dont expect either of them to get the call till at least the second half of next year. I also think duke and Maholm would be easy to move if their deals were reasonable (reliable starters are certainly in demand), and I dont think either would get a big payday anyway, so I'm just not sure if rushing to get rid of two of our more reliable pitchers is such a great move. I don't know, it just seems like pitching's so hard to come by, and prospects are such a crapshoot, that trading them now might be a bit premature. If we have the cap room (and we definitely do), and they wouldn't be hard to move anyway, I don't see the harm in holding on to them for a bit until we've got some more good arms in the rotation and some more good arms in Indianapolis to really replace them.

Thoughts?

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