rjc3 wrote:I know, I know. Yu Darvish is a huge risk.
But he is 100% the kind of risk the O's MUST be taking if they want to compete with the beasts of the AL East!
So what if he busts. He's a potential ace and the O's would be foolish not to invest in him.
When someone says sign this player or that player, I would like for them to at least put an amount plus the length that they think the contract should be. With this information a person could tell if the poster is serious or just blowing smoke.
Having stated this desclaimer I do not think the Orioles should set themselves up for anything more than a three year deal on any
pitcher. The vulnerability of the arms to fatigue and failure could cost way to much in the long run.
I am thinking Roster Spots.
When players get injured and are on the 15 day DL it can cripple the 40 man roster. When placed on the 60 day DL the 40 gets relief short term until the off season and then the roster spot is taken away when the rosters are finalized for the rule 5 draft. Clubs live and die from this Forty/Twenty-Five Rosters during the long season and to have an injured high priced unproven pitcher could hamstring needed moves.
I will also add that I am totally against this "Posting Fee" scenario and the "Blind Bidding"that ensues. The fee does nothing to help the player only the Parent Japanese Club. This smacks of robbery to me.