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and has always been the sort of pitcher that every team thinks is just a fix away from stardom.
I know the contract year is fuzzy in general, but I think there is a very good chance that he specifically will start pitching like he did in 2011 and 2012 now.
Zonk, where did you read about the cubs kicking the tires? Not that they haven't "kicked the tires" on every free agent of worth only to come embarrassingly short on money but I never read a word about them and Jimenez
4/50 just seems so low for one of the better starters on the market.
I guess that's an expression of the value of draft picks in today's market.
Garza got a similar contract with no draft pick compensation. He had medical concerns however. It will be interesting to see what Santana gets now. I'd guess no more than 3/36.
Man would the Royals look like the village dunces if that's what Santana ends up with.
I wouldn't be surprised if they signed Kendry Morales in the next couple days.
In his insane 8 start run, he faced a lot of weak lineups.
There was an article on this recently. In his insane 8 start run, he faced a lot of weak lineups.
His potential for being an ace (or a #1, at least) is there but his low end is so low, 4 years is a long time to hold onto a worthless pitcher if it goes that way. Most teams won't eat 2-3 years so his stench might be around a long time if he isn't 2nd half 2013 UJ!
But then he was horrific in 2012, and solidly above average last year. Did Colorado's defense decline from 2010 to 2011? What's cleveland's defense like?
He's always thrown a lot of different pitches but also was reliant on his 98 MPH fastball. His velocity dropped around the same time he performance did. No one appears ever to have identified an injury.
Unfortunately for Baltimore, the rest of the teams in the division have outstanding rotations (well, 3 of the 4 others and the 4th is certainly Baltimore's equal) so I think their young hitters will be at a distinct disadvantage from the get go.
Sure, look at last year alone. 12 games behind Boston and 6 behind TB and tied with NY. NY adds significant players including the #1 pitching option and perhaps 2 of the top 4 hitting options in the free agent market. Clearly Balt is at a disadvantage from the start pitching wise. Now, maybe UJ is an ace for the entire year and maybe the Balt hitters get better (so what if Davis might have had a career year and so what if Machado is hurt for the first month...or two), there is still improvement to be had from Wieters and Jones...I think. Still I don't see them truly challenging for the title, unless you are happy being 8-12 out and relevant on the 4th of July but not on labor day.
(so what if Davis might have had a career year and so what if Machado is hurt for the first month...or two), there is still improvement to be had from Wieters and Jones...
Baltimore was 4th in the league in runs scored last year. I don't think their hitters are at much of a "disadvantage", or if they are, they're able to overcome it. Their pitching isn't as strong as the other East teams, and they took a big step towards evening that out this week.
Thank you, you've aided my point. 4th in the league in hitting and they were still 12 behind the sox, 6 behind the rays and tied with NY who didn't have a team! The disadvantage is their pitching staff to the other team's pitching staffs.
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