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Big Pimpin wrote:Atrophying Testicles wrote:Big Pimpin wrote:TheYanks04 wrote:Yanks would be nuts to trade Duncan for Lawton. Lawton is not even someone you can play regularly in the OF as he has had problems with his knees if memory serves me right.
I completely agree. I just wouldn't put it out of the realm of possibility for the Yanks to make a move that might be considered "nuts."
I'm sorry but when you say 1 year wonders like Wright and Pavano you're using hindsight with Pavano. He was widely regarded by baseball people to be the best pitcher on the market in the off season and he not only won 18 games last year he has had solid postseason success so don't go telling me that the Pavano signing was stupid at the time. Yes it looks bad now but it was a good move at the time. I wouldn't mind signing Lawton because he is solid offensively but I don't think he is necessarily the answer and I'd rather have a guy with better defense.
I can honestly say I thought it was a stupid signing since the day the deal was done. I understand "baseball people" thought he was the best pitcher on the market, and I won't argue that at all, it just goes to show how weak the pitching market was this past offseason. Other than Pedro of course.
He had one good season. ONE. I'm not saying he's not a solid 4th or 5th starter, because he certainly is. He had good win numbers and ERA last year, but he was never a dominating-type pitcher. And maybe he did have some success in the postseason, but it's not like he's started 20 games in the playoffs or anything. I'm just saying he's worth nowhere near $10M a year.
All I can say is that I was pissed when I heard the Mariners were "wooing" him, and I was so pumped when he took the Yankees offer over Seattle's. In that respect, I do think it was a "stupid" signing.
Big Pimpin wrote:Yeah the career 57-58 record with a 4.20+ ERA, 1.30+ WHIP, and .270+ BAA coming into this season just SCREAMS 2nd or 3rd starter. Whatever dude. He had one good season, that's it.
I'm not here to argue that the market wasn't distorted by teams paying too much for guys like Benson, Lieber, and Milton, it certainly was. But you'd think at some point you'd have to look at a guy and say "the market may say you're worth $10M a year, but you are most certainly NOT worth $10M a year, we'll pass."
Sure he was considered the best at a weak position, but I still contend it was a stupid signing then, and it's a stupid signing now.
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