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    Re: 15 Reasons Not to Rebuild a Pitching Staff Through Free Agency

    Quote Originally Posted by spanky185 View Post
    On one hand FA pitchers are established and thus less risky than a hurler from the farm. On the other, getting elite pitching in FA is getting harder, and those who do get to market are going to destroy payroll flexibility. Which leaves trades as the best way to acquire elite front of the rotation pitching, then hope to develop one or two midrange starters, and plug the rest of the rotation with lower cost FA's.
    Exactly. But be prepared to give up a ransom. I'm not trading top prospects for middle of the rotation guys. I want a 1
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    Re: 15 Reasons Not to Rebuild a Pitching Staff Through Free Agency

    Quote Originally Posted by spanky185 View Post
    On one hand FA pitchers are established and thus less risky than a hurler from the farm. On the other, getting elite pitching in FA is getting harder, and those who do get to market are going to destroy payroll flexibility. Which leaves trades as the best way to acquire elite front of the rotation pitching, then hope to develop one or two midrange starters, and plug the rest of the rotation with lower cost FA's.
    The landscape of free agency is littered with the carcasses of "established" pitchers who didn't live up to their reputations. Some examples:

    Barry Zito
    Johan Santana
    Matt Cain
    CC Sabathia
    Mike Hampton
    Kevin Brown
    David Price
    Zach Greincke
    Homer Bailey
    Tim Lincecum

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    Re: 15 Reasons Not to Rebuild a Pitching Staff Through Free Agency

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Marsh View Post
    The landscape of free agency is littered with the carcasses of "established" pitchers who didn't live up to their reputations. Some examples:

    Barry Zito
    Johan Santana
    Matt Cain
    CC Sabathia
    Mike Hampton
    Kevin Brown
    David Price
    Zach Greincke
    Homer Bailey
    Tim Lincecum

    You're being a little harsh there. Several of those guys were very good to excellent the first few years of their contracts. CC, Santana, Brown, Greinike (the Dodger years, before the opt-out). Jury still out on Price, but I agree he will probably not be the "top-of-the-line guy he once was. Cain and Bailey were always hurt. Zito, Hampton were very poor signings.


    Overall, if these teams could do it over, most would not offer the contract, but those with the opt-out would still make the offer. The key is not to sign the guy after he opts out. Greinike might be the exception, as he is much improved this season over last year.

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