phillipmike wrote:Sanchez is a 27 year old 0.9 fWAR pitcher in 2019 with another year of control and a career 5.9 fWAR.
Gausman is a 28 year old 1.2 fWAR pitcher in 2019 with another year of control and a career 12.7 fWAR.
Sanchez was used in a trade for Fisher and the Braves just put Gausman on waivers and lost him to the Reds for nothing a year after trading for him and Oâ€™Day. Oâ€™Day was paid a prorated 9M last season and 9M this season to not throw a pitch for the Braves to date.
Sometimes your players arenâ€™t as good as you think.
Roughly once a month I find myself being surprised that Kevin Gausman is not, in fact, 33. I have no idea why I think Kevin Gausman is old...he hasn't even been in the league that long. I presume it's just that Kevin Gausman sounds like a name that belongs to an old dude.
Also, the Reds are one weird ass-team. Gausman isn't a terrible bounce-back candidate (he's getting rather unlucky), but that's really only advisable if you're hoping for him to bounce back to being the totally average starter he generally is. The problem is that he's going to get $10m or something in arb, and paying a guy $10m in the hopes that he'll bounce back to being average is seriously unwise, particularly if you have limited resources as the Reds do.