"Clay Buchholz is a very talented pitcher. His concern has been more keeping him on the field on a regular basis," said Dombrowski. "We're hopeful to get him close to 200 innings. He wants to do that. That's really a key for us. If he's out there on the field like that, he's a quality big league guy. He's a top-of-the-rotation, [No. 2]-type of guy out there."
Aside from Buchholz, the man most capable of anchoring the rotation along with Price is Eduardo Rodriguez, who won 10 games in his rookie year.
"Eduardo Rodriguez, we really like a lot," Dombrowski said. "He's a young guy that's improving."
"I like our rotation," said Farrell. "Certainly health is going to have a lot to do with it because a healthy Buchholz is an upper-end-of-the-rotation pitcher. The talent of Eddie Rodriguez, he's a guy that doesn't get talked about all that much and is talked about less with the addition of Price, but that's as good a rookie year as you'd like to see from any young pitcher coming to the big leagues."
And what about Rick Porcello, who won 15 games for the Tigers two years ago?
"Rick Porcello is a solid big league pitcher," said Dombrowski. "I know he didn't have the best year last year, but he pitched very well down the stretch, more commensurate with what his abilities are."