Friday, November 10, 2006

Signing Pitchers to Long Term Deals: Bad Idea

Check this article out. Offers a pretty good analysis of how long-term contracts for pitchers has panned out over the years.

I generally agree with this principle. Particularly now, as a Yankees fan, having watched Carl Pavano go from coveted free-agent to team cancer in a two year span. It's one thing to not pitch well (see: Jaret Wright) but it's completely inexcusable to act like a complete pussy like Carl Pavano has been over the past two years. He made only 17 starts in his first season, followed by the Yankees babying him with his "sore" shoulder the entire season before he got into a fucking car accident which he didn't tell the team about until well after it happened. What a fucking douchebag. He can burn in hell for all I care.

This brings me to another point: Why do pitchers get babied nowadays? Like how the hell did pitchers go from being able to throw 500 innings in a season to now 200+ if they're lucky? How does this collectively happen? It's ridiculous. Particularly when you consider the fact that pitchers these days are obviously stronger. Can't one team try out just throwing two good pitchers every other game all year just once? This could work, right? Or is this some vast conspiracy concocted by the ever-powerful baseball players' union? I think I might be on to something here.

I think the article misses the point just a little bit though. It's not ALWAYS wrong to sign a pitcher to a long-term deal (see: Schmidt and Mussina), but you better have a STRONG track record to support it. Someone's going to give Jeff Weaver four years this offseason. It's going to happen. That team will also not be very happy with the deal two years later. However, whoever signs Zito for five years may end up very happy with the deal because Zito is a guy who has pitched consistently well for over half a decade now.

Also, I'm very happy with the Sheffield trade as a Yankees fan. Sheffield obviously was not going to be very fun in the clubhouse if we made him play first base for a whole season. Now we can add a major league ready top pitching prospect and two other pitchers instead? I'll take it. Plus, Humberto Sanchez is really fat, and I love fat pitchers. Plus, he's from the Bronx. Awesome.


At 10:32 PM, Anonymous jp said...

Thank god Brian Cashman is in complete control of the Yankees. Allowing the Red Sox to bid 40M on an unproven foreign pitcher (Hideki Irabu was the japanese Roger Clemens when he left his homeland) and picking up the sheff option then dealing him for a top pitching prospect is pretty solid.

If George was in charge, the Yankees would sign Jeff Suppan to a 4 yr/40M dollar deal and sheffield wouldve been given the same extension the Tigers gave him.

That being said - get a quality 1B, 1-2 young bullpen arms and either Randy Wolf or Mark Mulder on the discount, coming off injury. I would take Andy Pettite back as long as he is committed to playing and winning more championships. He sounds like a complete pussy lately, declaring he no longer has the passion for the game.

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Anthony said...

The cliche "pitchers used to be able to pitch 500 innings" isn't entirely accurate. It is true that pitchers pitched a lot more innings back in the day. However, pitchers also didn't need to throw 89 - 95 mph. The pitching motion is far too violent when throwing at these high velocities. That's why they are babied these days.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Chubbs said...



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