He's been one of my favorite pitchers in baseball since I saw a 22 year old kid take the mound against the Sox in the 2008 playoffs and pitch with the poinse, confidence, and control usually reserved for guys with years of experience.
I was thinking to myself "given that this kid started pitching early, he must be a FA in the next year or 2". Well, according to baseball reference, he's not a FA until after 2015:
He'll be 30 his first season after signing what will likely be a huge contract.
I'm confused...how did this guy remain under TB control for so long? I was thinking the Sox would have a shot at him, on the open market, at 28 or so.
At any rate, the thinking nationally seems to be that TB will deal him after 2013, as arbitration will likely balloon to 13mil+ for the 2014 season.
I KNOW TB will NOT deal him this offseason, but he's a guy worth keeping tabs on going forward. If TB does look to deal him before 2014, and with 2 years of control remaining...I'd make a play for him. At that time, the Sox should be seeing production from their stocked farm system...hopefully they continue to do a good job of stocking it, and this is a guy that could makea difference for them, for 2 years, on a team that, hopefully, will be contending again in 2015/2016.