If I’m not mistaken, this was Marshall’s 2nd arb year, and the deal bought out his 2nd and 3rd arb years. He was paid $950,000 in 2010. He also increased his K’s in the pen by increasing his use of the curve, throwing it 41% of the time. His curve was one of the best in ML last year, at 8.4 runs above avg. Since this deal is for Marshall’s last 2 years of team control, I think its a pretty good deal. $1.6M for this season after being paid $950,000 to put up more than 2 WAR is money saved IMO.
“But the relatively poor performance seen from Balfour and Fuentes (2.8 WAR in the four total seasons) in the two years past tell the rather predictable tale of just how [b]fungible[/b] relievers can be.”
I don’t think that word means what you think it means.
LOL, for some reason I thought bbcode worked here. Anyway, fungible is a term usually applied to commodities like oil that are standard and interchangeable. Once you define “light sweet crude” and “one barrel”, one barrel of light sweet crude on the market is one barrel of light sweet crude, no matter where it was drilled. The statement that relievers are fungible is true in the sense that if your setup man leaves you to sign a big contract with some other team, it’s typically no great loss — there’s likely some other reliever out there you can sign that will give you an equal chance of good production for the money. It doesn’t have to do with the volatility of their stats season-to-season and the difficulty of predicting them.
Comment by Jeffrey Gross — January 20, 2011 @ 12:45 am
Awesome, Marshall definitely deserves it!
Comment by Wesley Briggs — January 20, 2011 @ 11:15 am
Does anyone else see that this “payday” most certainly means he gets a run at the starting rotation in spring training this year? He has the ability and he also is a LHP. There sure is the need for one of those!
I don’t see the Cubs bringing all RHP’s this season. Look for Zambrano or Wells to get moved to a team like the Yankees still before the season begins.
I’m confused. It seems like you are saying it makes sense, yet panning the deal at the same time. I am no supporter of his, but I think Hendry values not having to go to arb because he thinks it leads to bad feelings and does more damage than good.
Having said that, the entire premise of this piece can be said of almost any deal involving any player. All contracts should just be one year, to hedge for poor performance and injury. But that’s a thing of the past.
Sean Marshall deserved a much bigger pay raise. A lot more than what Marmol is going to get. Sean has done everything for the Cubs, start, middle reliever and even finished games. Pitched in approx. 80 games last year. How many innings did Marmol pitch in and how many walks and runs did he give up? Marmol did pitch well towards the end but his entire career has been up and down with so many walks. But this is baseball. Reward the not so good with huge contracts ie Soriano, Bradley, etc and the Marshall’s, Theriot’s, Lily’s get a smaller portion then get traded or given smaller contracts.