Re: Bard Is Not A Starting Pitcher!!
posted at 5/19/2012 12:11 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Bard Is Not A Starting Pitcher!!
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Bard Is Not A Starting Pitcher!! : Really?! What teams with the economic resources like the Sox have, trade young Major League pitchers under team control with stuff like Bard's?
I would actually say it's very rare these days. Teams are locking up their young talented pitchers more and more, which is why Cliff Lee is the only #1 type starter to hit the free agent market over the last few years. Unless a team is in full rebuild mode and looking for 3 or 4 top prospects, these type of pitchers arent going anywhere. Feliz is another guy who asked for a shot to pitch in the rotation and he deserved it. One of the reasons these guys want an opportunity to start is that is where the $ is, as you mentioned, so you can't blame them for wanting a shot. Closers come and go in this league all the time, and it's obviously a heck of a lot cheaper to develop one in house or sign a guy like Nathan for a hell of a lot less money, but that doesn't change the fact that you don't trade a guy with Bard's stuff when you're a team with a contending nucleus, and you certainly don't give up on him after 7 career starts...
Posted by jasko2248[/QUOTE]
Again, you over value Bard. Whether or not #1 SP's hit the free agent market and teams lock up set up men are completely different.
Bard is not the elite pitcher you are trying to paint him to be. To support your argument by citing how many #1 starters have reached free agency is almost laughable.
Bard's career as a reliver (2.88ERA, 1.056WHIP, 9.5BB/9, 3.5BB/9) is nearly identical to that of Rafael Soriano at the same age (2.89ERA, 1.094WHIP, 9.3K/9, 2.8BB/9) back when Soriano was with Seattle, before Atlanta, TB, and NY. He did the exact same role Bard did in Boston, and did it just as wel. guess how he left Seattle? Trade.
I don't get what Cliff Lee has to do with Daniel Bard at all...