Re: Wakefield and Varitek
posted at 12/2/2011 5:19 PM EST
like what Wang and Hernandez got?
You get what you pay for, unless you get lucky.
Hernandez was a starter contract, not a back-up. Red Sox have Salty, and can add Lavarnway to active roster for zero cost increase.
I have said I would have loved to have Hernandez, but though we need all the money for pitching and papi (or another DH). I do not think he is still the above average defensive player he used to be, but he still throws well. If we had gotten him, I'd have traded Salty andn made Lava the back-up.
That leaves 1.5M for someone besides 45 year old Wastefield. Bedard made less than that as 2011 FA contract. There are more than a dozen under 40 profiles who will cost no more than that, but you want to spend 3M on Varisuk and Wastefield because you claim the Red Sox can't afford anyone else. Absurd!
You lie again. I have said there are many options, but most cost more... not all cost more. I even said, I'd be happy to get guys better than Wake and VTek if we can afford it.
You've already missed the Wang number by 300%, but there may be a few steals at $1-1.5M that might be the next Garcia or Colon. We'll see. I hope you are right, but I wouldn't bet on an oh for 168 streak.
Let's have a look at what some starting pitchers have signed for already:
Sabathia $24.4M x 5
R. Dempster $14M x 1
Wainwright $11.5M x 2
B. Chen $4.5M x 2
(35 in June: since 2006, 69 GS/ ERA 4.73/ tERA 5.08/ WHIP 1.43)
C-M Wang $4M x 1
(32 in March: since 2008, 35 GS/ ERA 5.36/ tERA 4.89/ WHIP 1.46)
F. Garcia $4M x 1
(36 in Oct., since 2007, 76 GS/ ERA 4.40 /tERA 5.07/ WHIP 1.36)
2007: 124 GS/ ERA 4.82/ tERA 4.68/ WHIP 1.34
2008: 93 GS/ ERA 4.84/ tERA 4.66/ WHIP 1.34
2009: 63 GS/ ERA 5.18/tERA 4.66/ WHIP 1.42
Here's what's left:
Colon, Cook, Davies, DDavis, Duke, Francis, Galarraga, Garland, Harang, Harden
LHernandez, Iwakuma, AJackson, Kazmir, Kuroda, RLopez, Maholm, Marquis, Millwood, Mitre, Oswalt, Penny, Pineiro, Talbot, JVazquez, Wada, Wakefield, Webb, Willis, CJWilson, Young