davidmarver wrote:I don't exactly see how this is such a great pickup for the Sox. Donnelly's alright, but he's 35 and regressing. Seibel, on the other hand, pitched 80 innings in the minors last season giving up just 42 hits, 15 walks, and 11 earned runs, giving him an ERA of 1.24 and WHIP of 0.71 while striking out 83. And those numbers were from his first season back from Tommy John.
I don't care that he's already 27 -- Donnelly made his debut at age 31 -- I actually think the Angels get the better end of this deal, especially when you factor in Donnelly's loss of velocity.
He's a 28yo injury prone relief prospect who started 06 in A Ball. Not saying he'll never make an MLB roster, but he's the kind of commodity that's ten a penny in half decent minor league systems. We've got five or six minor leaguers competing for the last bullpen spot already, and none of them are Seibel.
For the Angels, I think it's just a salary dump. $2m is a fair bit to spend on a sixth-inning guy.