In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to hill55's comment:
Moon makes a compelling argument.
To attack the Bronson Arroyo/Ryan Dempster comp from another angle, was the two-year, $23.5 million contract the Diamondbacks gave Arroyo a wise one?
Two FanGraphs columnists offer their analyses:
Mistake or not, a MLB GM paid $23.5M for 2 years to a guy the same age as Dempster and pretty close to the same resume as Ryan.
Dempster is only a one year gamble for a GM- not two.
Dempster has not just come off 8 straight years of 199+ IP like Arroyo, so in my opinion, he is less likely to break down at this age.
If we pay $2-3M of his deal, he'd even be cheaper than Arroyo per year, so I am certain some GM will take Dempster at $10-11M.
With $10M in the bank, we'd have great flexibility to plus a hole or two this summer.
1/$1.5M for Mulholm from the cash-rich Dodgers. Mulhom is not the best comp for Dempster and not as good, but he is younger at 31 and is a similar back-of-the-rotation workhorse type. The Dodgers must have kicked the tires on Dempster as part of their due diligance. Ben must be thinking like you (unless you actually are Ben) and holding out for the desperate GM who has a starter go down in April.