MendozaLineup wrote:Before the injury, there was a lot to like....he's a 30 year old entering a contract year who consistently gets double digit wins with a perennial AL West winner, and is an annual for threat for 200 Ks barring 30 - 35 starts. I think he certainly qualifies for a high end #2 SP, but definitely a low end #1 (not in same class as Hamels, Halladay, etc.).
He is also a guy who put too many innings on his arm and just started developing arm problems the previous year so there were plenty of reasons to avoid him. I have him in one league but only because he fell a couple rounds and was a bargain so an injury isn't the end of the world on that team.
Once any pitcher starts to develop arm problems they are very risky no matter what. Generally speaking the normal pitching motion tears up players arms slowly and once they start having issues they rarely stop having issues until they get surgery and replace the tissue.