i dont know why, but his trade really annoys me from all sides. i've been reading these posts and cant believe it. i'm a met fan, so totally detached from this, but i dont know what the dodgers are doing nor do i understand how ANY cub fan can be upset over this.
cubbie fans, i understand that you're not thrilled about the offense of izturis, but who cares? getting anyone in their 20s for him in remarkable in my opinion. maddux is 40 and will not help them this season anyway. why let him pitch and take innings away from young arms? also, someone mentioned they couldnt believe the cubs would pay the dodgers in this deal. well, by my logic that's hardly an issue. maddux makes $9 mill this season and izturis makes $3.2 mill. that means they're due roughly 3 million and 1.06, respectively. when you factor in the $2 mill they're paying to LA, its basically a wash. so why not get a younger player who can progess and at the same time let a young arm get big league experience? not bad chicago.
and what is LA thinking? they're not gonna make the playoffs anyway. maddux certainly wont help them. he did well in april when his arm was fresh, but guess what, he's 40 and has been 4-11 since that month. opponents have hit over .300 off of him and his era has been 5.77 since then as well.
and the fact that people are considering picking him up for their fantasy team is even more laughable. after looking at his recent numbers, expecting a whip below 1.3 and a era below 4.5 is foolish. and no matter what his final whip and era are, his k rate (5.35 per 9) sucks. if your pitching is that bad that those numbers actually help your squad, you'd still be better off picking up whatever WW chump is playing the pirates, cubs or d-rays.....you'd get more wins that way at least. but either way, you're not winning your league.
you know why i think LA did this deal? to make money. try to convince me that this wasnt a sheer business decision. i'm sure they reason that part time fans will hear the name greg maddux and get excited. they'll probably come to the ball park when he pitches, either to see this supposed deadline savior or just tell their kids they saw the great greg maddux pitch once. hell, they might even buy a bag of peanuts while they're there. then when they don't make the playoffs, management can save face with the fans by saying "oh well, we tried...hey, we traded for a pitcher with 327 career victories, what else do you want??"
LA shouldve taken the opportunity to trade away a bad contract or stockpile some more farm system talent. i loved today, the trade deadline is great, always providing excitement. but the crazy media pressure always suckers a bunch of owners to make ill-advised moves that hurts their club in the long run. its just sad to me that this sport has so few clubs that are actually concerned with winning. this sport is so broken, how can we not have a salary cap? how can we let overseas players sign with the richest team? how can we allow half the league to cheat by taking drugs? i love baseball anyway, but it could be so much better.
when will teams realize that if you want to win championships, you have to produce from within your own organization. thats how the yankees did it in the 90s. thats why i applaud the angels for not caving at the deadline. thats why i think maybe the marlins are the smartest organization of all, by recognizing their limitations and gutting a team they know can't win. hell, i'll take a world series victory for my mets every 5 years or so.
and speaking of the marlins, thats really the only team i could think of that should've traded for maddux. then they could've used his help to make their young stud arms progess a little faster. if i were the dodgers, i'd make him my pitching coach. sorry if this became a rant far longer than expected, but am i totally off base, or does any of this make sense?