Ranma wrote:I wouldn't mind Strasburg on our team, but I'm wary of the contract he'll get this winter as the only premier pitching talent available in free agency. As you noted, there are concerns with his long-term health and durability. I don't expect us to be in play for him, in all honesty, but I supposed it wouldn't hurt to check in with him. However, his agent is Scott Boras.
I'm hoping the dearth of available pitching will make Kazmir a desirable enough commodity to opt out of his contract with us, thus giving us a 1st-round compensatory draft pick after we give him a qualifying offer (with him turning that down as well).
yeah health is a concern, his injury history is a red flag, and his funky delivery is only rivaled by Alex Wood.
but if our team doctors clear him, I don't see too many opportunities where we can make such incredible improvement with similar investment. since we are grossly underpaying Maeda even if he was to meet most or all of his incentives, (he is already underpaid and surely be far below his market price in a couple more seasons, then becomes one of the biggest bargains in all baseball by the end of his contract) we can bet on a player like Strasburg and take on the risk and the price. Urias will be making rookie money and Ryu's contract is also a bargain, I don't think the financial investment is going to be spent foolishly, as long as we continue to erase Ned Colletti's pile of **** contracts along the way.