Whatever you may think of the Reds’ decision to demote Amir Garrett and the reasons for it, the club’s strategy for replacing him seems backward.
The stated rationale for the timing of Garrett’s move to AAA is the Reds’ upcoming schedule. Two off days allow Garrett’s turn to be skipped and to use a rotation of Bronson Arroyo (40), Scott Feldman (34), Tim Adleman (29) and Rookie Davis (24) for a couple weeks.
Why use a 4-man rotation in Garrett’s absence?
Doesn’t that run counter to the declared principle that 2017 is a season for finding out what the young players can do? With the appropriate focus on the Rebuild, the Reds would have arranged it so one of the other young pitchers could take Garrett’s turn while he’s gone. Instead, the front office’s intention appears to be using up an even a higher percentage of starts with non-Rebuild pitchers.
The decision to send Amir Garrett to AAA for a few weeks may be brilliant from the stand point of the pitcher’s service time. It might even be the right thing to do in terms of the public reason of keeping Garrett’s innings pitched in check.
But the approach the team appears to be taking to replacing him sure seems like a huge missed opportunity.
Yes, it’s only two or three weeks. And maybe the club won’t stick to the 4-man rotation throughout Garrett’s time in Louisville. Maybe Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson or a different young pitcher (Michael Lorenzen, Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle?) will be given the critical experience of major league starts. We’ll have to watch and hope.