Re: final piece
posted at 1/26/2012 8:45 AM EST
In Response to Re: final piece
[QUOTE]I read somewhere that Floyd shouldn't take one of the Sox top prospects, but may take a few prospects, at least one of which has a high ceiling. Furthermore, as a number 4 starter, Floyd would be great. I don't think he's an ace though, and as such, I wouldn't trade as much for Floyd as I would for an ace.
Posted by Skadude22[/QUOTE]
No, he's not an "ace" in my mind, but he does have some numbers that place him in the top 14 AL starters the past 4 years, which in theory, makes him an 1 slot pitcher. I think of him more as a decent #2 slot-type pitcher or a top #3 slot guy. Having him as a 4 slot greatly improves our staff in many ways:
1) Lessens the chances we will need to rely on Silva, Cook, Padilla, Miller or others to eat major innings this year.
2) Allows bard or Aceves to stay in the pen: a pen without Paps.
3) If one of the "project starters" do well enough to start, we can have both bard and Aceves in the pen.
4) His $3.9M tax limit cost fits us better than Oswalt or Jackson and allows us to maybe stay under the limit and avoid future financial penalties.