Buster Olney writes that if you were picking the best pitcher in baseball right now -- not based on track record or anything other than current ability -- it'd be hard to pass up Justin Verlander. But other arms would have a say in the debate.
When Rays manager Joe Maddon describes what he needs James Shields to do, it starts with what he wants his pitcher to create in the heads of opposing hitters. "Weird thoughts," for one. And it starts with adding to the mix.