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asalerno wrote:I agree with the odds that this is a very bad deal. The steady decline in fastball velocity makes this a poor deal by all accounts. What's more surprising is that some of these MLB GMs actually get a paycheck.
Skin Blues wrote:That's applying a narrative to a problem. People want to explain why he's still good, so they assume he's purposely pitching slower. Sure, he can still gear up and throw it 95 if he has to (his max velocity in 2012 was 95.6), just like he could routinely dial it up to 100 in 2007. His 5 MPH drop in average fastball is mirrored by the same difference in his max fastball. Kind of makes the real story behind the drop blatantly obvious. At least the Mariners managed to get one "Get Out of UCL Repair Free" card added to the deal. Makes the signing a lot more palatable. Unless of course it's his shoulder that gives out.
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