Wednesday, December 05, 2007
A Sports Post
But here goes nothing:
I'm glad the Yankees aren't going to trade for Santana. Really, Really glad. Yes I am very aware of how good Santana is. He's the best pitcher in baseball. He's miles better than the #2 pitcher, whoever that may be. But I didn't want the Yankees to have to give up Hughes. He's really young, really talented, and has already shown that he can make in New York. Plus I'm always worried when bringing a new pitcher into Yankee Stadium. What if Santana can't handle New York? There's a long line of pitchers who were great but couldn't handle the pressure of pitching in the biggest market in baseball.
Now if the Red Sox get Santana, they're going to have a scary good rotation. But I'm quite ok with a rotation of Wang, Pettite, Hughes, Joba, and Moose/Kennedy.
And the Red Sox getting him is way worse. Also, that's not a great rotation at all.
After the Tigers' moves, the Yanks seem to be getting squeezed out of the playoffs.
The Red Sox haven't gotten him yet. I can definitely see the Twins holding out for a deal that never happens. With Wong and Petite as your first two pitchers, you're in fine shape. Hughes and Joba aren't gambles- last year they were. This year they're not.
The Tigers scare me though.
Of course not, but Santana will make over 20 million a year while Hughes will make 500,000, so the marginal dollar per win is much higher with Hughes. And Hughes is much younger, so he still has a whole bunch of peak years left, while Santana is in the middle of peak. So obviously Santana is much better now, but is it worth sacrificing all those great Hughes years in exchange for a 2-3 years of greatness? Tough call.