osforlife wrote:Comparing Chen and Jackson's contracts here are invalid. The argument is why the Orioles would only give Marcum and Jackson one year deals. Both are in their prime and have pitched well the past three years. Look at their FIP's more 2010, 2011, and 2012. They hardly flunctuate. Nobody wanted to give Jackson a 5 year deal. Thats why he didn't get his desired contract. Saying Marcum is a flyball pitcher is un-important too. He would be a flyball pitcher for the one year on a single season contract and he would be a flyball pitcher for x # of years of his multi year contract.
Players generally perform at their highest level when they are playing for their next contract. First, why take that incentive away from them? Second, this winter will be basically a buyers' market. We will have a TON of SPs to choose from. Our money will go a long way. Third, we don't yet know whether we NEED to add long term SP assets. We have Chen for two years and an option. If Hammel pitches as well next year as he did this year he will certainly be offered arbitration, if not an extension. Tillman, Britton, Arrieta, and Matusz are all controllable for at least three years. Are they established? No, but frankly they haven't been developed properly until this year. We will probably see Dylan Bundy
and Michael Wright start games in Baltimore next season and they may, along with Bobby Bundy, become important parts of our pitching staff in 2014. Steve Johnson
and Miguel Gonzales have shown they deserve consideration; and Wada may contribute in 2013, too.
That's a long winded way of saying we MAY need some pitching depth next year, but why sign an expensive pitcher for more than one season if WE DON'T NEED HIM BEYOND 2013?