Every time the Jays lose a couple of games in a row, some Einstein sports writer points out that we needed pitching last offseason and didn’t get it, and that our attempt to “go cheap” on starters has ended in ruin. While it’s true that we’ve ended up with one marginal 5th starter from the 3 pitchers we picked up, nobody ever points out that once plan A (signing Lilly and/or Meche) failed and B (trading Rios – our current MVP – for pitching) wasn’t really going anywhere, we could have done a lot worse. At least we paid basically nothing for crap! Here’s what COULD have happened…
Terrible signings we were thinking about
Woody Williams: 6.25 million for 2 Years REC 1-6 | ERA 5.52 | WHIP 1.53
Vincente Padilla: 11.3 million for 3 years REC 2-6 | ERA 5.52 | WHIP 1.55
Tony Armas: 3 million for one year REC 0-3 | ERA 8.16 | WHIP 2.09
Yikes…dodged a few bullets there. Well maybe you were wondering about someone else, who the Jays just didn’t seem to have on their radar- here’s how it could have turned out:
Terrible singings that were in the same league
Jeff Weaver: 8.5 million REC 0-6 | ERA 14.32 | WHIP 2.59
Kip Wells: 4 million REC 2-8 | SV 0 | ERA 6.10 | WHIP 1.44
Adam Eaton: 8 million for 3 years REC 4-3 | SV 0 | ERA 5.70 | WHIP 1.49
Kei Igawa: 5 Million for 4 years REC 2-1 | SV 0 | ERA 7.63 | WHIP 1.60
Miguel Batista: 8 million for 3 years – : REC 4-4 | ERA 5.61 | WHIP 1.62
Ok, maybe you were of the “get what you pay for” theory and we should have opened up the wallets and gotten a REAL pitcher?
The expensive crowd
Jason Schmidt: 15.5 million, 3 years REC 1-2 |ERA 7.36 | WHIP 2.00 (Not to mention on the DL, velocity down, possibly finished)
Barry Zito: 18 mil, 7 years REC 4-5 |ERA 4.70 | WHIP 1.35
While we’re at it, here’s some options instead of the much-maligned Clayton for the middle infield, or Thomas at DH.
Julio Lugo: 9 million, 4 years AVG .236 | HR 3 | RBI 27
Adam Kennedy: 3.3 million, 3 years: AVG .231 | HR 0 | RBI 9
Frank Catalonotto: 5 million, 3 years AVG .164 | HR 3 | RBI 10
Mark Derosa: 4.3 million, 3 years AVG .254 | HR 4 | RBI 19
Put it all together, and there’s a ton of cash we didn’t waste- and there wasn’t really much out there (other than the two we tried real hard for who are tearing up the league). The only pitchers that are doing decent are Marquis (ha!), Suppan (4 x 10 mil is still ridiculous) and Randy Wolf (we’ll see if he makes it past 12 games this year). They say sometimes the best trade is the one you don’t make- well, these are some really good offseason signings in the same vein.