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The cost of starting pitching

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While we are all still seething over the miss on Wheeler, the savvy clubs have been busy and productive grabbing plug and play 3/4/5 starters at (relatively) affordable rates. 

For all the madness over the contracts given to the big 2 plus even Wheeler, we've watched as Porcello (1/10), Lindbloom (3/9.125), Roark (2/24), Pineda (2/20) and Gibson (3/30) among others go to our rivals on relatively team-friendly deals that would have fit well with Uncle Jerry's mid-market budget mentality.

It's past time to wake up, front office!  Go get Alex Wood for 2/22, Miley for 2/24 or even Gio for 1/8 with an option for 9 in year 2 or a $1 buyout.  And if, somehow the market for Dallas K. is softer than anticipated (highly unlikely), grab him too.  We do not need to be trading away our premium minor league assets for SP.  Quit spending Manny's money on 1st class plane tickets and let's get some reasonable pitching in here before the remaining viable options get snapped up. Otherwise a reunion with Nova becomes increasingly inevitable.

Weigh in on which of the remaining options is most viable/attractive at this point...

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2 minutes ago, caulfield12 said:

Wacha to the Mets... was it really only $3 million or incentives also? 

 

I think there were alot of incentives attached. 

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Here's the dilemma.  If what's going through Hahn's head is anything like what I see on this board from all of us, no wonder he's nervous to make a move.  Flip through any one page in any thread and you will see:

1.  Spend the money, but don't overpay on these bums!

2.  Don't bail another team out

3.  Don't trade anymore prospects unless you are getting a #2 or #3 that is cost controlled for 2-3 years and costs Collins or less.

 

I could go on more.  Hahn probably wants to even do more but is hearing Jerry or Kenny in his ear.  I wouldn't want his job.  I still would personally go some mix of the following:

 

1.  Price if you can get the price down to about $20 million per or gain Benintendi.  Little going back as far as prospects.  Yes, Price had an injury issue last year but it seems to be good going in.  You have a guy that before that basically gave you 200 IP per year and an ERA below 3.50.  Yep, age is a concern, but again, find a resume like that on the market that is cheaper.  We have money people.

2.  One of the other BIG 3.  I'm fine with any of them.  I would go 4 years on any and anywhere from 70-90 million if that's what it took.  You can't piecemeal reclamation projects for both of the last two remaining spots.  One is fine but not both.

3.  Get #1 and/or #2 above and (yep, I would consider doing both) then go get  Wood, Nova, Teheran, Miley type that could go into long relief once the kids are ready.  Do this if you don't want to spend $18-$20 million per on two pitchers (even though again you could since you can always move pitchers at trade deadlines if you have a surplus).

 

I am now ready to be destroyed :).  Carry on!

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Holy crap I hadn't realized how barren the cupboard is.

Beyond the extreme need for a guy like Kuechel, I don't understand the lack of urgency on the next tier.

Just please for the love of god sign a Gio or Miley so you have options.  What can the extra cost be to lock that up? $1-$3 million above market?  Figure it out guys.

The value of one of those guys over a Despaigne is monumental (well above their own WAR add) and can only enhance trade leverage.

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I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of this thread.  This offseason needed to be about pitching, pitching, pitching.

Screw the Red Sox if they want to get assets back to dump a contract that they agreed to.  If they want to get bailed out of a contract, I do not want the White Sox giving them any of our top prospects.  

Go spend some $$ on the remaining free agent pitchers before they are gone.

Relatively short term deals are not going to hurt this rebuild...trading significant assets to get an expensive contract for an aging pitcher might.

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5 minutes ago, wegner said:

Go spend some $$ on the remaining free agent pitchers before they are gone.

Relatively short term deals are not going to hurt this rebuild...trading significant assets to get an expensive contract for an aging pitcher might.

If Wheeler was your guy, give him what he wanted to come here. Don't say "We had the best offer (by 1%)"

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2 minutes ago, daggins said:

Even bringing back Nova would preferable to having Covey in the rotation. 

Those are 2 BAD options.  We have to be better then this.........again I'm willing to let it play out before I start freaking out.

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Just now, Hatchetman said:

If Wheeler was your guy, give him what he wanted to come here. Don't say "We had the best offer (by 1%)"

They did.  He did not want to come here.  Why can't we understand that.

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3 minutes ago, daggins said:

Even bringing back Nova would preferable to having Covey in the rotation. 

People are assuming Kopech will be good to go opening day. I think that would be a huge mistake.

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2 minutes ago, Hatchetman said:

People are assuming Kopech will be good to go opening day. I think that would be a huge mistake.

He will be good to go opening day... in Charlotte. 

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2 minutes ago, 2Deep said:

They did.  He did not want to come here.  Why can't we understand that.

1-2% more on an offer isn't going to get someone to move away from their home. If you want an employee, offer 10% more. Otherwise you really didn't want him that badly.

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Of the three Tier C options, the only one I want is Keuchle because I wouldn't give up the draft pick.  Sorry, not for that tier or that contract length.  I want a guy who will be good for 4-5 years to sacrifice the pick, not a guy I am holding my breathe for his health or nose on the tail end of the deal.

If I can't get a C, Miley at two years ok.

After one of the above, my one year guy would be Gio as I said before to start at the beginning of year and then maybe piggy back with Kopech.

My reclamation project, so one year with a team option, would be Taijuan Walker who did make it back to the mound at the end of the year.  Until his medicals are in order, don't give Wood much of anything guaranteed, his back was toast last year.

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17 minutes ago, Hatchetman said:

People are assuming Kopech will be good to go opening day. I think that would be a huge mistake.

That's fine.  They have 4 off days in Mar/April not counting rain/snowouts.  They will only need a 5th starter for a couple games.  Bring him up on May 1.  

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4 minutes ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

That's fine.  They have 4 off days in Mar/April not counting rain/snowouts.  They will only need a 5th starter for a couple games.  Bring him up on May 1.  

I think if you start him in AAA for a month, you might as well keep him there until you get the year of service back. I believe that would be late May/early June.

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5 minutes ago, SoxBlanco said:

I think if you start him in AAA for a month, you might as well keep him there until you get the year of service back. I believe that would be late May/early June.

With what we see as the cost of decent pitching, to not get the year back is crazy.  Wonder if he looks great in spring training you could do a deal getting 1-2 free agent years covered and make it a non issue?

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12 minutes ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

That's fine.  They have 4 off days in Mar/April not counting rain/snowouts.  They will only need a 5th starter for a couple games.  Bring him up on May 1.  

If you're using Mr. Offday as a starter you better not have anyone else in your rotation on an innings limit (Cease). 

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Just now, BamaDoc said:

With what we see as the cost of decent pitching, to not get the year back is crazy.  Wonder if he looks great in spring training you could do a deal getting 1-2 free agent years covered and make it a non issue?

Has anyone signed an extremely early 8 year extension like that with a pitcher (rather than a position player)?

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34 minutes ago, Hatchetman said:

1-2% more on an offer isn't going to get someone to move away from their home. If you want an employee, offer 10% more. Otherwise you really didn't want him that badly.

I run a corporation, this sounds great in theory.  Ultimately you can't control if someone does not want to be somewhere.

How many times have you heard from sports people that a said player will always take the most money..........in this case it didn't work for us.  We offered the most money and I can't be mad at the FO for that.  There are plenty other reasons to be mad.  

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