Re: Anyone read or believe this note on Drew?
posted at 2/11/2014 3:13 PM EST
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13 million doesn't buy what it once did. In terms of starting pitching 15 million barely gets you a average starting pitcher.
Dempster also had a track record showing an ability to give innings...that is well worth 13 million. Yes it didn't happen last year, but get used to mediocre players getting big money.
although I agree that hes slightly overpaid, people have to remember that we were asking for less years for a slightly higher AAV. Im willing to bet that Dempster would have got closer to 10-12M if he got 3 years. They overpaid for a reason and if they decide to move him, Im pretty sure, depending on the team, that they will pay 10M for his services, experience, leadership and the ability to give them innings and keep them in the game.
Pitching salaries have gone way up and will continue to do so. You get a solid M-BOTR pitcher for 12-15M nowadays. Why do you think teams are locking up their top young pitching for years to come.
The Sox plan to overpay for less years worked to perfection last year and NOBODY should be complaining. Dempster was pretty solid the first half and got no run support, then the groin issue hampered him. He never complained about anything either. He helped a depleted BP last year and I have not issue with what he was paid.
With that said, I agree with Moon that his 13.25 off the books would help in 2014 and I think we have plenty of arms to get that job done. I truly believe Workman could give them 20 starts if he had to. heck, I think he could give them more. He had about 150IP total last year and should be able to give 180IP if needed. Webster, Barnes, Wright, Hijonosa, and Ranaudo can all contribute at some point this year too. So, last year Dempsters salary was well worth it. This year, we have the arms to cover it if needed for that role. If he was in the rotation, I might be thinking differently. But since hes slated to be the 6th starter, although an important job, is getting too much for that role.
Dempster was worth it last year because our younger SP were not ready to contribute in that role. Now they are, and that makes Dempster an appendix. He did the job for part of the year; for the rest of the time he was worse than mediocre.
On a side note, how many million dollars can one assign to the value of nailing AROD? That shows character, and its worth something. Or was last year anyway. I will always have a warm place in my heart for Dempster for doing what was right.
I think we all agree that dempsters paycheck doen not fit his role this year.
I also have a place in my heart for Dempster. Not only the A-Rod beaning, but being a complete team player and helping change that clubhouse atmosphere. They young kids can learn a thing or 2 from him, and hopefully they did.