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...and is no guarantee whatsoever to live up to his ace reputation.
Price's reputation outstrips his value/performance IMO.
Shields rumors were prevalent for a good while before the deal actually happened. They simply kept Bossman and Crawford
Francisco Liriano blows out his elbow in spring training and suddenly the Pirates have to have an ace if they hope to contend and are willing to part with Gregory Polanco.
Why not just keep him, and if he walks away next year, take the draft pick?
I wonder if fleecing the Royals out of Wil Myers for James Shields has caused Friedman and company to set their expectations too high
I was just about to post that I wish the Pirates would move someone for Price right now, because counting on Liriano as the number 2 starter behind Cole seems extremely suspect to me.
...and is no guarantee whatsoever to live up to his ace reputation.The same could be said for Kershaw, Scherzer, Darvish, Wainwright, Felix etc....
That's nobody's definition of a consistent ace, it's an ok rookie season, two great years, and two merely good ones.
I think you're definition
I'm not sure why the first five years of a player's career are what matters, plenty of pitchers have had a couple real nice years in their first five seasons and then gone on to have future performances that teams would never have been happy giving up top prospects for;
Based purely on Price's performance history, is it not just as likely that he's going to turn in a 110 ERA+ for the next two seasons as it is that he's going to give you an ace season?
My point is that a pitcher for whom an 110 ERA+ season is a floor is an ace.
Taillon, Glasnow and Hanson is probably too much, but I'd happily part with any two of them plus a couple low-minors prospects.
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