kab21 wrote:velocity might be down but K's are increasing and BB's decreasing every season - maybe the velocity is still there but he knows that he doesn't need it?
This gets overlooked a lot, IMO. Greinke and Kershaw both have the ability to throw 96-97 when they want to. Felix still has 98 in his back pocket for when he absolutely needs it. He's learn how to pitch.
This is simply creating a narrative to support your beliefs. Head in the sand kind of stuff. Are you saying in 2009 and 2010 when he had a combined ERA of 2.38 and finished second and then first in CY voting, that he didn't yet know how to pitch? But now that he's lost a significant amount of velocity over the span of 2 seasons and seen a marked rise in his ERA, that he's had a revelation that he doesn't need to throw hard? Just like Lincecum learned how to pitch by throwing softer and not using his slider any more.
I hope this works out for Seattle because it's great to see a team willing to spend money, but I really get the feeling that it will be an albatross preventing them from competing down the road 4-5 years from now and it was a completely unnecessary move to make at this point with 2 years left.