The Twins are rarely, if ever, rumored to be in discussions with high end free agents. And we have quotes straight from the brass saying they will not "overpay" for pitching.
Well, at least they've decided not to hitch their wagon to injury risk guys. Right, Worley, Pelfrey and Harden?
I think getting away from Miller park will really help Marcum. In the last two years, he's got a road ERA in the mid 2s, while his ERA pitching at home was in the mid 4s...
I seem to recall subtle mentions of us pursuing some pretty darn good pitchers. It's a damn shame that we have so many of them that we can't sign more without fear of blocking all of those other pretty darn good pitchers we have clogging up our system.
Mets signed RHP Shaun Marcum to a one-year, $4 million contract.
He'll have a chance to earn $2 million more through incentives. The deal was reported Thursday, but Marcum passing a physical was no formality after he dealt with elbow issues last season. The right-hander posted a 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 in 124 innings last year for the Brewers and should give the Mets some solid innings if he can remain healthy.
Besides, the Twins don't have any depth at AA, either. This is a non-issue.
2) I would say that something's seriously wrong everywhere in the FO this offseason, this is just dumb, in-over-your-head thinking and insulting to the fanbase, at least to the only-81% left who renewed their season tickets.
Right, exactly right, except the qualifier number is "...about 29 other major league teams." When you have local columnists "scooping" the trail balloon that Hermsen has a decent shot at starting out the season in the big league rotation, you know that no one in this collection of misfits, castoffs, has-beens and never-weres are going to block anybody if they can even hint at possibly being an effective MLB starter.Quote:
Originally Posted by S
And someone argued that Jack Morris was the last top FA to come to MN. That was how long ago? It can't all be management? Maybe the city needs to reflect on its image and draw for FA's? Just saying. I believe Marcum just did not want to come to MN, like the other Top (1,500) FAs over the past 20+ years. TR is setting up this team the right way (thru prospects) - because NO ONE wants to come here. Proof is in the history / results.
PITCHf/x Pitch Velocity
Postseason | Projections | Minor Leagues | Regular Season
Season Team vFA vFT vFC vFS vFO vSI vSL vCU vKC vEP vCH vSC vKN 2007 Blue Jays 87.6
86.2 82.8 75.8 81.3 2008 Blue Jays 87.0 88.4 86.6 83.4 75.4 81.4 2010 Blue Jays 86.9 86.6 84.1 75.3 80.6 2011 Brewers 86.8 86.6 83.9 80.2 72.1 79.3 2012 Brewers 86.3
86.3 84.7 80.2 73.0 80.2 Total - - - 87.0 86.6 84.5 82.3 73.9 80.3
And, he basically has replaced half his fastballs with a cutter.