So why all the attention to Britton this spring? First, Pete had Britton as the 3-1 favorite to win the fifth starter role. Then he had two follow-on articles speculating on the impact the Jimenez signing would have on Britton's ability to make the rotation or bullpen. Really? Did Pete watch at all last season or was he asleep? If he was paying attention he would of seen a guy that posted a 2-3 record, 4.95 ERA, 1.725 WHIP and barely made it out of the fifth inning in any start. The ultimate clunker came in early Sept in the heat of the wild card race when Zach went 2.1 inning , gave up 6 hits, 4 runs, and 2 walks to the Tribe. He was unreliable at best.
This guy has crossed into journeyman status for me. I don't see Buck every trusting him in the rotation again. He has worn out his chances just like Arrietta did. The only conversation here should be whether he can win McFarland's LH long man role. I never thought he was a legit contender for the fifth starter role even before Jimenez. Just don't think Buck would stand to be fooled again. Last word for Pete - Come on Man!