Jordan: 'Still not convinced with the starting rotation'

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
March 06, 2019 - 11:13 am

Less than a month away from Opening Day of the new Major League Baseball season, and their are still plenty of big name free agents left on the market. Dallas Keuchel, OF Adam Jones, LHP Gio Gonzalez and reliever Craig Kimbrel are among those without contracts.

And the Atlanta Braves have been linked to at least two of those names: Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel.

So, why haven't the Braves signed either yet?

Former Brave Brian Jordan joined the Midday Show with Rick and John and said he knows exactly what's going on.

"What's going on, Rick, is analytics. And the analytics have changed the game," Jordan said. "Come 2020 when that whole collective bargaining comes to the table, I wouldn't be surprised if we had a strike because the analytics are changing the game."

"Do (sic) Kimbrel deserve a five-year deal, yes. I mean he puts up the great numbers but, according to the analytics, he doesn't deserve a long-term deal."

Jordan said it's because of stats, and for Keuchel past injuries, that they should look for shorter-term contracts. 

"I think Keuchel and Kimbrel are still on the table for the Braves, but they're going to have to take less years."

The NL East, minus the Miami Marlins, has gotten better over the offseason. The Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and the New York Mets have all made moves to bolster their rosters heading into the 2019 season.

As far as the Braves go, where would you rather improve the team: starting rotation (Keuchel) or back-end of the bullpen (Kimbrel)?

"I'm still not convinced with the starting rotation,"' Jordan continued. "I think you still have to go after that veteran, a guy who's proven; that he can pitch. Keuchel, you look at his resume, this is a ground-ball pitcher perfect for Suntrust Park...I think starting rotation is the pivatol position that we need to show some attention to."

Click below to hear that plus more with Rick, John and Brian Jordan.