1. Next year he'll be 29. So he'll probably be about Wandy's age when we're next competitive.2. He'll be expensive; $10 million a year at the very, very least, and $12-$13 million isn't out of the question. We'd have to pay a premium as well as no SP in their right mind would sign with the Astros if they have other suitors; I.E. we'd have to overpay for him.
I'd pass. We're not looking for a solid #3 to fill out a competitive rotation; if anything, we just need some decent, stable, cheap inning-eater vets to bridge the gap.
If the Astros were to get an arm or two, who among the 2013 FAs would you suggest:
This list is of the more reasonable, available free agents:
Scott Baker (31 - 9.5m club option), Joe Blanton (32), Kevin Correra (32), Jorge De La Rosa (32), Jeff Francis (32), Gavin Floyd (30), Edwin Jackson (29), Francisco Liriano (29), Paul Maholm (31 - 6.5m club option), Daisuke Matsuzka (32), Brandon McCarthy (29), Anibal Sanchez (29), Ervin Santana (30 - 13M club option), Chien-Ming Wang (32)
With his injury history, I wonder if we could get Brandon McCarthy;======His injury history is precisely why we don't need to sign him. We need to get inning eaters first. If they produce good enough to warrant a trade, that is icing on the cake, but not the sole reason for landing an arm.
We probably don't have a great chance landing anyone entering FA around their prime.
Derek Lowe Joe Saunders, Kyle Lohse are probably the market we are looking at.
We could probably land 2 of those guys for short term low $$$ contracts and have a great chance at 400 IP for the season.
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I'm all about buying low, but high injury risks aren't worth it. We need innings eaters. It is no good to be paying some one millions of dollars while he camps on the DL, and McCarthy is about as prone as they come. It is a recurring shoulder injury. It isn't like a different injury every time (i.e. Lowrie)
Yeah, but look at the recurring injury pitchers and what they have done. It isn't pretty.
Also Ben Sheets isn;t going to come close to 200 IP, he was a mid-season pick up. We need arms on opening day.