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You'll have a hard time convincing me that most MLB teams can't "afford" to spend on a level comparable to the Yankees. I'm pretty sure the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Mets could easily do so if they wanted to at the very least.
Just because they don't doesn't mean they can't, and the Yankees shouldn't be the ones people cry foul at for this.
I think the issue is that for this particular piece Goldstein is using a sample of only major-league pitchers, while the scale is designed to evaluate ALL professional players. Thus, his conclusion has merit: That a right handed pitcher needs to have at least average or above average fastball velocity *compared to everyone else in professional ball*. Logically, this makes sense as the players used for this sample are only part of the sample because they were good enough to reach the majors.
You forgot 2002: Tejada over everyone else
I don't think it's being overstated at all, given that (last I checked) the Red Sox hold the worst defensive efficiency in the league. Various other defensive metrics seem to bear this out as well.
Well I can't fault Joe for sticking to his guns even if it partially relies on hoping Buchholz suddenly becomes an above average pitcher despite all evidence to the contrary this season.
Perhaps something that's getting lost in all this luckiness business is the quality of competition. He's faced Baltimore twice, Kansas City, Oakland, Washington, and Texas. This isn't in-depth analysis or anything, but that list seems comprised mostly of teams that don't take walks and swing freely. Perhaps his current peripherals are misleading?
A Napoleon Dynamite reference in my BP? Didn't see that one coming.
Just as an aside, and I know there isn't much performance-wise to go on but still, where on the Top 100 would Aroldis Chapman be if he were signed by a team today?
Early reports seem to indicate Chapman could get a Strasburg-like contract, 30 mil+ That sounds about right.
I'm pretty sure that's supposed to say "allowing at most three runs", which makes a lot more sense.
This might not be applicable to a hapless franchise like the Nationals, but I wonder if the increased knowledge of pitcher workloads along with an increased emphasis on taking care of young pitchers would result in more success stories from top pitching picks in the coming years. After all, one would think teams would be making sure not to have another Mark Prior on their hands if they could help it.
Articles like these are why Jay is my favorite writer on this site.
Isn't it a bit disingenuous to look at Kazmir's body of work and declare that three pitchers with barely 5 starts worth of major league experience between them (one of which was drafted two years ago) can match or exceed that? And then make an argument about why trading a commodity as valuable as Kazmir would be a good idea based partially on that premise?
Sometimes I get the feeling that in the process of trying to raise the awareness of and understanding of the potential ability of prospects, some writers have swung the pendulum in the extreme opposite direction.
Rebuttal: Everyone owns Farnsworth
Echoing this and then some.
Just expect homer in every outing and pray no one is on base when it happens.
Only one obstacle (The Marlins moving to the AL) remains between a 2015 world series between Miami and the Cubs!
I prefer to think that the Yankees signed Burnett with full knowledge that he\'d end up being hurt half the time, in effect leaving a spot open for Hughes, Kennedy, or whoever to show their stuff without having to cement themselves as a permanent part of the rotation. He\'s also being paid $80 million because Cashman likes screwing with us Yankees fans.
At least this is what I tell myself at night.