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Grounded Polo wrote:This will totally put Detroit over the top, World Series champs next year, book it.
made me laugh (and wasn't a canned joke)
raiders_umpire wrote:Benoit will be bringing the Rays their first of many supplemental draft picks in the 2011 draft.
mweir145 wrote:Developing your own relievers is the way to go. You'd generally like to avoid spending this much on one of them.
Skin Blues wrote:Sign Soriano for $10M+/yr, get 1.6 WAR. Sign Benoit for $5M/yr, get 1.5 WAR. Pretty simple. Relief pitchers are extremely overpaid, but closers to a much greater extent, so the value is in middle relievers. Spending >10% of your budget on somebody that will pitch in 5% of your innings is not a wise move.
RedSoxNation04 wrote:Skin Blues wrote:Sign Soriano for $10M+/yr, get 1.6 WAR. Sign Benoit for $5M/yr, get 1.5 WAR. Pretty simple. Relief pitchers are extremely overpaid, but closers to a much greater extent, so the value is in middle relievers. Spending >10% of your budget on somebody that will pitch in 5% of your innings is not a wise move.
You can throw last year's WAR out there all you want, but on a three year contract for this much money, you're expecting a LOT from Benoit...just doesn't seem like a wise use of money when the Tigers have other holes to fill. Like Mweir said, it would make more sense to develop your own guys to fill out your bullpen. Just my opinion...
thomasps3 wrote:In recent years, the priority on finding useful setup guys has been what has driven the market for their prices. One good year turns into a reliever getting rewarded with a 3 year deal, like Shields in LA, Brandon Lyons in Houston, Chad Bradford for 3 years back in 2007, Kyle Farnsworth in 2008. I mean, what it looks like to me is that teams are willing to gamble on relievers with extra years because of the huge benefit they reap if it does pan out, where a seemingly small investment can cover up a shortage of quality starters, which is where teams can very easily cripple their finances if someone doesn't pan out. At the very least, Benoit has shown he can handle the pressure of being an 8th inning guy, and since his contract overlaps Valverde's for a year, he may be able ot step in in 2012 and be their closer for what would then be cheap closer money....but just a hypothesis...
AquaMan2342 wrote:Zumaya and Perry have been unreliable. Schlereth will be our lefty this year and it looks like Coke might move into the rotation. It's not that we haven't been developing our own guys, it's that they either haven't worked out (Perry) or are made of paper (Zumaya). I assumed we would make at least one bullpen signing this offseason and with Benoit's peripherals I am pretty satisfied. Too much money? Yeah, probably, but Detroit usually has to overpay anyways.
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