Re: Red Sox Sign Francisco Cordero to Minor League Deal
posted at 2/18/2014 8:23 AM EST
shouldn't there be a limit on these guys
Not sure what you mean here. Of course there is a limit, but it makes sense to stock up on as many of these types as possible. Most, of course, will not amount to anything. Some will get released or be gone in March or April due to an opt-out in their deals. (Don't know if Cordero has such an arrangement or not.) Ultimately you're throwing a lot against the wall and seeing what sticks.
isn't there a point where these long shots
have a negative effect on the development opportunities of the kids
I seriously doubt Cordero gets in the way of any of our prospects getting the opportunities they need and deserve. And if for some reason he did, that would mean he's working out far better than anyone expects.
ever hear of John Smoltz his low risk was
a very ugly (not 4 me) 2- 5 with era over 8
Wasn't Smoltz guaranteed $5 million or so for 1 year? Many people characterized that as "low risk," which I guess depends on your perspective, but that's a big difference from a minor league deal for $750,000 or whatever it is.
while I understand the advantages of such moves
I don't automatically C it as 100% positive like so many here make it sound
It is not an automatic positive in the sense that it will pay off big for the team, but it is a positive in the sense that the potential rewards are there and the risk is little to none. As I mentioned, the major league pen is already stacked and we have plenty of kids who will be given every consideration to be called up when a spot opens, so it's not like we're counting on this guy for anything at this point. It's just rolling the dice and seeing what might happen.
It's one thing to predict he is washed up and won't amount to anything in 2014 (which may well be true)...it's another to say it's a dumb signing and why even bother. I don't understand the latter viewpoint.