A little more than I think he is worth, he needs to come in and give you 30 starts and at least 180 innings to make it worth it. Something he has only done once in his career. Six million dollars is to much for a guy that may end up in your bullpen at some point.
Offseason isn't over yet, but I think a little bit of an overpay for Feldman.
Doesn't make much sense to go signing a handful of pitchers like Baker and Feldman to deals that max out around $7-$8m just to have them toil in middle relief, when the one thing we've got, are some MR prospects who are ML ready.
I was fine with one of these types + a better SP. I'm not so certain how excited I am about a few of these guys filling out the rotation. They offer, neither, upside above mid-roation guys nor should they fetch a nice return at the deadline.
They're boring and necessary moves on their own. Together, I find the Baker and Feldman deals to be somewhat redundant.
Sure it does. Quality depth is vital to putting together a competent team, and this being a team that had Brooks Raley, Justin Germano, and Chris Rusin starting multiple games in the second half I am ever happy to have some quality rotation depth. Throw in that Baker is coming off surgery, they might be moving some arms at the deadline, and there's no young SP depth coming up and these moves make perfect sense for the Cubs.
Big fan of this move...I've pushed Feldman since the summer as a Brandon McCarthy substitute. Getting him out of Texas should do him some good, which is not something I can say about McCarthy getting out of Oakland (even if I chose to ignore the laundry list of injuries).
This is a solid move even if its not exciting. He's a poor mans version of McCarthy. I don't think this means they are done with the rotation. Being a stats oriented FO I don't think they are just going to give Wood the 5th spot. I can see a Marcum/Blanton, McCarthy type signing. I just wish we could add some longer term pieces to the team though.
Blech. This better not replace a McCarthy or a Marcum and hopefully is instead pitching depth. I don't really like his career DIPS all that much. As depth I like it. As much more...not a fan.
Basically how I feel about this.
I like Feldman, but he joins Baker, T-Wood and the likes as a back of the rotation arm.
It'd be nice if we can still strike a deal with Marcum or McCarthy. I think we'll still be in on one of them. With their injury history as well as Baker's, Feldman will be a nice insurance arm when one of them inevitably goes down.