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Seriously, It’s Time to Look at Rick Porcello

Not long ago, I penned a column examining the primary free agent starters still on the open market, with the overall message of the piece being that there were interesting, useful options available to fill a spot, depending on what direction you wanted to go. The Cardinals’ rotation looked shaky at the time, what with the uncertainty of Miles Mikolas’s elbow, Adam Wainwright’s advancing age, Carlos Martinez’s unpredictability, and Alex Reyes’s questionable suitability for a starting job. There were three players I covered — James Paxton, Jake Odorizzi, and Rick Porcello — representing the full spectrum of performance vs predictability.