I'm curious why folks think he's not a fit for the AL East. Nice up-tick in GB rate last year (50+%), purportedly due to an improving change-up. He's got TOR stuff (he's a lefty who sits around 93 but can touch 95-96), w/ some command issues. Depending on what they're asking for, I'd be very tempted. His xFIP
his last two years (in Colorado, remember) has been sub-3.80. Last year he was actually a little better at home than away, while the year before he had the expected extreme home/away splits (5.20 ERA v. 3.30 ERA H/A) - key here is determining whether the difference is due to the change-induced GB% improvement or whether it's just an anomaly.
Lefties, who sit in the near-to-mid 90s, w/ 50+% GB rates and 8+ K/9
are rare. In 120 innings last year, he was still worth nearly two wins. I'd gamble on a two year contract, maybe three, depending on $$$. Word is the A's are offering 5 years. I don't go that long on him (and, truly, it seems foolish for the As to).