osforlife wrote:De La Cruz has always been a strikeout pitcher. He was able to suceed as a starter until AA, where he topped out. His numbers last year don't look overly impressive(1.556 WHIP, 9.0 H/9, 5.1 BB/9), but notice how he pitched in the PCL, which is already a hitter's league to begin with, and his home park was in Albuquerque, which is most likely the most inflated minor league park in America.
I'm not sure how productive De La Cruz will be alone, but signing players like this is exactly how one builds an effective, cheap bullpen. Paying a reliever eight figures, or anything close to eight figures, is ridicilous and is always a bad investment. Dear DD, keep signing effective AAA relievers.
I'm not really sure I understand the urgency to trade Brian Matusz. I mean, is $3MM really that bad? Jim Johnson is set to earn $11MM and nobody seems to care.
TuckerBlair89 wrote:I dunno, I think a lot of people have been very vocal on JJ making way too much money. I agree that $3MM isn't all that much, but if that is the difference between them being able to sign a better SP, then it probably is a spot the Orioles could look to shed some salary at.
j.q. higgins wrote:depending on how the rotation shakes out...i wonder if mike wright is a guy they'd consider for closing? we know he can keep the ball on the ground and his fb would probably really play up in shorter outings.
TuckerBlair89 wrote:I really like Mike Wright, I think some scouts discredit him unfairly because he doesn't have the best delivery.
He has the body frame that I dream of from MLB pitchers. I think he has a role on this club eventually, and I would not mind it at all if they chucked him in the bullpen for a year to get some experience under his belt.
Old Sneakers wrote:Not next season, but perhaps in 2015 Dylan Bundy might be an option to convert into a closer. He already carries a ML Contract and would be a decent consolation prize (short-term) for what he could have been. I say that as even though he was out all of 2013 and will be out most of 2014 his service clock is just ticking away. Wasting 2015 building up his innings limit to be a starter might not make much sense. He will be arbitration eligible in 2017. In the meantime we are somewhat ransomed into paying top dollar to Jim Johnson.
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