Still a premium on starting pitching 

March, 30, 2007
MEMPHIS -- As teams pack, trim and begin thumbing their way back to the heaven that is the new season, there were certain truths this week that seemed to be undeniable.

The first is the state and value of pitching, a reminder why what Brian Cashman did this winter in acquiring his stash of young pitchers was so significant, why Theo Epstein continues to try to build his inventory of arms, and why the Tigers and Indians are potentially so powerful.

"We had an organizational scouting call running down all the teams this week," says one National League executive. "After several hours, we agreed on one thing -- somewhere between 70 and 90 percent of the teams are looking for bullpen help, somewhere from 20 to 27 clubs.