Monday, November 12, 2007
A pair of pitchers that the Sox threw in the Goodwill bin – Joel Pineiro and J.C. Romero – signed contract extensions with their new clubs before testing the free agent market. Both inked multi-year deals in excess of $10 million. If they allowed other teams to bid on their services, it can be presumed that each would have been offered larger contracts. This winter is even more of a sellers market for pitching than last year. With that in mind, here are a few observations:
* Even though Julian Tavarez could not crack the postseason roster, picking up his option was a sound decision. He will be paid less than Pineiro and Romero who he outpitched during their tenure with the Sox. The Olde Towne Team should have a trade market for Tavarez.
* Of course, the best strategy in this market is to build your own cheap pitching staff, but like Rome and the Big Dig, it can’t be built in a day. A short-term solution could be quantity over quality. A club should send out more non-roster invitations to spring training than Tila Tequila has myspace friends. Why the hell not someone might stick.
* On average about 25% of the outs in a season are made by way of the K. In the vast majority of the other outs, the pitcher is getting significant assistance from his teammates. Perhaps, position players / fielders are being undervalued relative to pitchers.
THE FREAK WINS
Even though Dustin Pedroia looks like you and me, he is a freak. He doesn't look like a professional athlete. Everyone has always doubted DP, mostly because he is "...five foot nothing, a hundred and nothing..." but he has unbelievable hand-eye coordination and is the Rookie of the Year.