Matthias wrote:I've tried drafting injured pitchers in my auction league the past few years (Carpenter and Pedro among them) and really, it's not worth the hassle. You tie up a DL spot and the return date is always a little shaky and so are they once they make their first few starts. And by the time they might find their groove, the season is nearly over.
Depends on how many DL spots you have and if you took any Chipper Joneses earlier in your draft. Getting a Smoltz caliber player very late and then picking someone up as a FA post-draft has very little downside and you could end up with a very good SP down the stretch. Even if you think Smoltz is 25% or so to come back to form that's still better odds than most endgame young SPs have of becoming top-flight starters. And you have to use a roster spot while you're waiting on them versus a DL spot on Smoltz.
I wouldn't reach for a DL pitcher or count on him for anything, but I do think there is value in getting these guys right now and sitting on them. Ask the guy that stashed Liriano on his DL last year how much value that was worth to him down the stretch. Now obviously just because one guy does it, doesn't mean everyone will. Also not every DL pitcher out there has the potential Liriano has. But the point is its a late-round pick that can make a big difference.