Amazinz wrote:Looper is way overpaid but so is every other stinking reliever this year. You're just not going to sign a reliever this off-season without overpaying. Within the context of the market I don't think the deal is that bad. I would rather have Tavarez than Looper but Looper pitched hurt all of last year and should bounce back nicely in a setup role for the Cards. He also gives them good insurance as a guy who can step in and fill the role adequately when Izzy is hurt.
For any team that wishes to improve this offseason, that team has to overspend. I agree that this is a good signing in the context of the market.
The key for any team is to win THIS year, and Looper helps the Cardinals in doing that. Could the Redbrids wait, not sign Looper, and perhaps find a better deal next year? Maybe, if that market isn't also inflated, but that's next year.
While there may be several signings this year for "too much money," it has to be done.
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