With Heilman coming in and Olson gone, let's recategorize our current pitching staff to see what is reasonable to expect for 2009 as of today.
Four of our starters are easy:
Z, Demp, Lilly, Harden
The "bona fide" relievers:
Marmol, Gregg, Cotts, Vizcaino
Then the swingmen, who might start or relieve, but will be on the 12-man:
Marshall, Gaudin, Heilman
That's 11 of 12, leaving one spot for the three pitchers left on our roster without options:
Wuertz, Guzman, Hill
Then there are the AAA guys, who might be major league ready, but simply don't fit as of right now, and will likely be in the minors since they have options:
Samardzija, Stevens, Hart
I think that's where the list ends for possible '09 contributors, although someone like Cashner might also surprise. Who knows.
So guys, what do we do with all these arms? Who starts? Relieves? Pitches in Iowa? Is traded?