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News of the Day – 1/3/09
Posted By Diane Firstman On January 3, 2009 @ 9:09 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
Powered by my hope that MLB Network will at some point show up on Time Warner’s “Digital Starter Pak” tier, here’s the news:
On a scale of one to 10, the Yankees get an 10 for identifying their top winter priorities and taking care of all three. Sure, the Yankees spent in huge numbers, spreading a combined $423.5 million among three players. But they did so completely within the rules of the game and have found a way to operate the way few clubs can. The Yankees cannot be penalized for writing huge checks just because other teams aren’t willing to enter their arena.
Chamberlain in the bullpen would most likely make each starting pitcher better by shortening his starts. Fans concerned about Sabathia burning out in September or Burnett breaking down over the long haul could rest a little easier. A Chamberlain bridge would also make life easier for Rivera, who turned 39 in November and may not be able to crank out a two-inning save with as much ease as in the past.
In addition to keeping others healthy, Chamberlain could be healthier by remaining a reliever. There’s no questioning his effectiveness as a starter. His numbers as a starter last season (2.75 ERA and 10.3 K/9) were almost identical to his stats as a reliever (2.31 ERA and 11.1 K/9). But his shoulder injury came about as a starter, and fewer innings could only help him keep his shoulder strong.
I know what Drayton is thinking. He wants a salary cap of around $65 million. That’s fine if he’s going to lower the price of tickets and hot dogs. Just between us girls, it’s not Drayton’s style to lower the price on a cold one.
Let’s review why the Astros have missed the playoffs three straight years. The reason is that Drayton McLane has made some mistakes. If you listed all the things that went wrong, “lack of a salary cap” wouldn’t be in the top 20 reasons. ….
He got rid of one of baseball’s best general managers, Gerry Hunsicker. Hunsicker had a magic touch. He also was able to work under McLane’s smothering presence.
Drayton has spent too much money on free agents and too little on draft choices. Good baseball organizations are built from the ground up. They hire good scouts and treat them well. They do the same with their minor league managers and instructors.
And equally as important, good organizations get their draft choices signed. They understand that spending $900,000 on a high school center fielder is smarter than $100 million on a veteran left fielder.
Acquiring high-priced free agents makes no sense from an economic standpoint. It only works if an organization is one or two players away.
It’s an endless road. If you throw millions at one free agent and you fail to win a championship, you then throw millions at another. Pretty soon, you’ve got an old team and a depleted system.
McLane liked the idea of signing Carlos Lee to that $100 million deal because he got an immediate return. When he didn’t allow his baseball people to sign some high draft picks, no one noticed.
Those draft picks probably would have spent at least three years in the minor leagues and most of them wouldn’t have come close to making it to the big leagues. That’s how baseball works.
Yet building through the draft remains by far the most efficient and cost-effective way to build a winner. …
[My take: nice return on the investment there ...]
See you Monday …
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