It was a minor league signing. If a LOOGY is all they're looking for in a lefty reliever he actually might be worth a serious look. Lefties hit just .186/.273/.279 against him last year. Sure it's only 99 PA, but that's pretty good.
And actually those types of signings are the reliever signings that usually net the most value. When you sign a big name reliever, you're lucky to get the value out of that deal. You usually have to sign them for 2-3 years, and more money than they are worth. They generally struggle at least one of those years.
The minor league deals don't always work out, but its a low risk thing. If he struggles in spring training, he can sit in Nashville in case he gets hot. But there's always a chance that he over achieves, and that can turn out very well for us.
That's because they're not guaranteed anything. When a team wastes millions on a player they tend to stick with him longer than necessary just hoping the money they wasted pulls through and you get some value out of it.
Right. This is how free agent contracts for relievers work.
1st year: 12 innings then injured for the rest of the season
2nd year: misses the first month while regaining strength and has to be used gingerly because of injury risks. Pitches 37 mediocre innings.
3rd year: Pitches well for 60 innings. Then bolts
Wow, the reds got a lot better today. The Diamondbacks made one of the dumbest trades I've seen in a long time. They give up a top 10 prospect and a solid reliever for a blocked SS who isn't a top 100 prospect and a couple garbage guys.
Why can't we fleece a team like the Rays did to the Royals today for once? The Royals GM had to be drunk.
I agree that the Royal/Rays deal was in favor of the Rays but to me Jeremy Guthrie for 3/25 is far far worse.
Guthrie was a laughably bad signing. That guy should have been getting a 1 year deal worth about $4 mil. the fact he got a 3 year deal regardless of the $$$ is hilarious. The Ervin santana acquisition was also terrible. At least James shields is really good.
maybe the braves throw Juan Fransisco and some minor leauge pitchers for Hart?
Marcum said today in a radio interview he's open to resigning with the Brewers. I think that's the first thing we've heard from either side since free agency began.
The Red Sox are reportedly in serious talks with Dempster. If he signs with the Red Sox I won't cry, but I'd like them to sign him.