Purgatory Online

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Mike DiGiovanna at the L.A. Times reports that "The Angel rotation seems set, with Bartolo Colon, Jarrod Washburn, Kelvim Escobar, John Lackey and Ramon Ortiz, and it's possible Sele, who is guaranteed $8.5 million this season, will be traded or demoted to the bullpen." Mark Saxon has similar sentiments at the Orange County Register, reporting that Sele is expected to be traded by next week, possibly to St. Louis. While I'd guess that Ortiz is the most likely fifth starter, let's not count Sele out just yet. Given that they'll be paying him at least part of his $8 million salary whether they trade him or not, it makes no sense to do anything other than giving that rotation slot to the guy who will pitch best. If Sele finishes spring training with a couple more strong starts, and Ortiz blows up, Sele should be given a shot at it.

Kelvim Escobar is starting today's game against the Cubs. Escobar flew to Venezuela and back over the weekend to be with his mother, who was injured in a car accident, but should be rested enough to get a few innings in by now.