Don’t forget that Padilla is famous for plunking opposing players. Now in the AL he can do so without repercussions. Although, I’m sure Youk will have something to say about it once he gets one in his earhole after a Padilla HB.
Comment by Headhunter — January 13, 2012 @ 9:07 am
“Eek” is what someone scared says when they see a mouse. “Eke” is to work hard to get something.
Padilla provides about as much reward as Garcia did for the Yankees. Garcia had been erratic for several years, and also didn’t pitch much (228 IP from 08-10 compared to Padilla’s 251 from 09-11 that you cited). Further, Garcia’s career GB%, K%, and BB% are nearly identical to Padilla’s.
These types of deals are never really high reward, but they are often excellent value, which is really the point. Is Padilla an ace? Absolutely not, but that’s why Beckett and Lester are there. He’s someone with the potential to be a league average starter at under $1M, with far less uncertainty than the average NRI. With NRI’s it’s not always about getting high reward but also about signing someone for cheap who offers a reasonable amount of certainty to be average/above replacement.
Comment by guesswork — January 13, 2012 @ 10:40 am
But Garcia had logged 157 healthy innings in 2010. Plus it was expected that he would get a slight boost in velocity from being a healthy year removed from serious surgery. The bulk of Padilla’s innings came in 2009. In addition Garcia has none of the baggage that Padilla has.
how is padilla not a good signing yet colon and garcia were? colons recent numbers look very very similar to padillas. garcia may have had a bit more recent success but he got paid more last year than what padilla will make.
what is the better option for the red sox? they have no money and need starters. signing guys like cook and padilla is really the only way they can fill in the back of their rotation. what else should they do?