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J35J wrote:If he does start the whole year, it'll take some time. He'll throw his good games but he'll have bad ones as well....in the end he'll probably be mediocore or slightly above in terms of fantasy. IMHO, his value drops just a little "for this year". 127IP in '08, 108IP in '09, 69IP in '10....even if he does do well in the rotation he'll likely be limited on how many innings he throws this year anyway.
jsphlly wrote:Agree somewhat. I wouldn't go ahead and project his ratios out over 200 IP but he does have 2 things working for him...
1) Nolan Ryan (Not a fan of pitch counts and inning limits)
As far as I recall, there was actually no proof, in the numbers, that they actually handled their pitchers any different in terms of pitch counts and/or innings pitched last year.
2) CJ Wilson made a pretty seamless transition from the backend of the bullpen to a frontline starter. From what I understand CJ is a pretty hard worker and really takes care of himself, but also shows the organization knows how to handle it's staff in my opinion.
There will always be exceptions to every rule. To "expect" that Feliz will jump right in and be one of these exceptions isn't something I'll do...can he do it and do it well...sure...but to expect it to happen this year is another thing entirely.
Pogotheostrich wrote:I tend to agree. I think it hurts his value for this year but in a keeper I would be very happy about this.
MasterX1918 wrote:I personally think it's a bad idea, i'd rather have a lights out closer than an ok starter. I really don't think Feliz is an Ace nor distended to be one, but then again who knows. Ogando/O'Day look like they could fill the role so maybe its worth a shot, but it really is a gamble.
TheNatinals wrote:MasterX1918 wrote:I personally think it's a bad idea, i'd rather have a lights out closer than an ok starter. I really don't think Feliz is an Ace nor distended to be one, but then again who knows. Ogando/O'Day look like they could fill the role so maybe its worth a shot, but it really is a gamble.
Feliz was projected to be a future ace while he was a prospect. Why would one year as one of the best closers in baseball (and the AL ROY) change that? He definitely has #1 starter upside and that's not something organizations can ignore.
Look at the contract dollars the top SPs get vs the top closers and you'll see how differently they are valued by MLB teams (hint: the greatest closer of all time currently makes $8mm less per season than CC Sabathia and $1.5mm less than AJ Burnett, playing for the same team).
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