Re: Peter Abraham's Projecting the Red Sox roster-Do you agree?
posted at 2/25/2014 2:47 PM EST
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
having more pitching depth is NEVER a bad move. The Sox have also been applauded all around baseball for this move being a great value, fit and depth move for them.
That is not necessarily true. When the pitcher who was added to provide "depth" has a low likelihood of contributing the added depth becomes an albatross. Would you want Afredo Aceves added now as depth? How about Jeff Francis (ERA: 6.27)? Or Vance Worley who pitched 48 innings+ for the Twins last year and had an ERA well over 7? The depth individual has to have some basic level of talent, and thats where we disagree. I think I am going to have to get in line to bash him come June or July because he is so totally ineffective; you think he can contribute somehow.
Ok but those are NOT Capuano's numbers. The position he is being thrown into, he has much much better numbers there than most guys on most teams.
You are banking on a pitcher with very limited MLb experience and a .497 ERA and a WHIP higher than 1.4 to be better than a guy with a track record. Capuano has a MLB track record of adding positive value every year to the teams he pitches for Workman has no such track record.
Having young pitching is awesome...and everyone around here knows I'm a huge lover of prospects and will be the first to jump into a prospect conversation. But relying on those guys alone with zero other options is a mistake and a risk.
Having Capuano adds depth, and he has been a good pitcher (not great) the last several years. Workman could very well be a bad pitcher in 200 innings his first full year. If Capuano comes in and fails, he's cut and Workman is thrown into that role. But if the opposite happens and Workman fails and Webster hasn't progressed and none of Barnes or Ranaudo are ready to contribute without growing pains...then all the prospect pitching depth in the world means NOTHING.
If you want to sit here and tell me that Workman will have a better reason than Capuano that is fine because he very well may. But saying that the signing is a bad move is completley inaccurate and a failure to understand the value of pitching depth.
Come on Pumpsie, I've always considered you one of the good guys...come on over to my side of the fence.....we have cookies over here.