Re: Name one transaction......
posted at 12/18/2012 2:33 PM EST
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
Since he has only been on the job for a year, how do you conclude that '2 or 3 years never comes'? Is there a prospect right now that needs a shot? Could Iglesias or Lavarnway not benefit from more schooling? Just because he is patient doesn't mean he is stupid. Do the short (and thus overpay) contracts of this off-season not signal to you that the Brentz-Bradley-Ranaudo-et-al crop of blue chippers are set up to have their shot if they pan out?
And, who were the better-than-Dempster FAs? Now, if you say McCarthy, I'll give you that. Should have signed him. He was cheap and he is a gamer. But, all the better-than-Dempsters also got lengthy contracts ... which would be working against getting the kids a chance in a year or two.
We can debate the merits of how he is putting this roster together for the short-term. I am not sold on it. I very much dislike the Drew signing. But, if you cannot see the strategy Cherrington is employing, if you really think there is no plan, thats on you man.
Nice post Spaceman. I was disappointed McCarthy didn't end up wearing Red Sox, but I don't think McCarthy for 2 years is definitively better than Dempster for 2. McCarthy has a higher ceiling but Dempster should log significantly more innings than McCarthy. It's all a roll of the dice but I think the comparison is something like this:
150 IP @ 3.5 ERA
200 IP @ 3.8-4.0 ERA
Either way, the DBacks got a great deal IMHO. I disagree about Drew unless you want to put it as a choice between Drew and McCarthy (about the same money). On one hand, I wouldn't mind having both McCarthy and Dempster but I hate to push Doubront out of the rotation and move our young depth guys back a notch. I like the idea of giving Doubie as many starts as he can handle and letting #6&7 slots go to Morales, RDLR, et al. For this off-season, short term money really means very little to the team so spending it on Drew just gives us optoins. If Iggy shows some more bat in AAA and Drew has healed enough to be more of his former self, we might have some interesting options at the trade deadline.