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But I'd hardly dress them down for not spending tens of millions on some senior pitcher.
On the contrary if it's a big ticket item he's deliberative because he's a lawyer, but can be persuaded.
By the way, what are the Marlins up to?
Jeff Baker, 2/3.7
Garret Jones 2/7.75
Mike Dunn 1/1.4
Just running through Cotts 40% of teams have cut payroll this year. What happened to all the TV money?. The Yankees and Mariners have accounted for 1/2 of the free agent money spent.
Walt do you think Jeff Baker was a good signing? I was hoping the A's could have gotten him and dumped Colaspo's contract on somebody.
I think the last big salary pitcher the O's acquired was Kevin Millstone, I mean, Millwood. He provided a lot of nothing for $12 mil ($3 mil paid by Rangers).Peter Schmuck and others raved about his work ethic, disposition, role modelling and, of course, veteran leadership for the younger pitchers. On the other hand, he was 4-16 that year and led the league in losses. I would rather see what the younger pitchers on the roster can do.
They should probably be in on Santana if the price is right.
Overpaying for Arroyo is the kind of meh thing that mediocre teams do (sorry Diamondbacks).
I think (Jeff) Baker is a really good lefty killer type with a lot of positional versatility. The way he was used by the Rangers seems to fit with the general impression of his infield defense at 2B/3B, but he's decent enough at those 2 spots to play there a few times per month if you need an occasional fill-in. He's not the guy to start every day at one of those spots if your starter is on the shelf, but as a platoon guy at 1B or a corner OF spot who can occasionally play 3B or 2B he's a really good use of a bench spot on today's pitching heavy rosters. He seems like an odd signing by the Marlins though; they're not exactly the kind of team to be picking up free agent priced role players. They'd be better off spending that kind of money on a reclamation project who has upside to be an everyday guy or something. But for a team like the Rays or Dodgers or another team that expects to contend I think he'd make a lot of sense at that price. Perhaps the Marlins are planning on platooning him and Jones for a cheap .850+ OPS first baseman. If platooned aggressively those two could basically be as productive as a guy like Mike Napoli. Plus they always have the option of selling him at the deadline for some kind of longshot prospect.
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