Tuesday, November 30, 2004

No Wilson for Bowden

MLB is reporting that Wilson has agreed to resign with the Reds, for 2 years and $8.2M, with a club option.

I wasn't optimistic about Bowden going after him under the assumption that if we got him, we'd be overpaying. But, it could potentially be a two-edged sword, in that overpaying Wilson would have been better than overpaying Esteban Loaiza ;-)

And, it seems that Bowden was actually exercising some restraint. Considering the guy made $3.5M last year, I'm sure surprised Bowden didn't win the deal with ~14M, 3 years and an option year.


At 3:17 PM, Blogger SuperNoVa said...

True, the Reds saved Bowden from himself. I'm relatively sanguine about the rotation, especially if the 1971 dimensions of RFK are used. Hernandez, despite being consistently abused, seems to be a better than league average pitcher. Tomo Okha is extremely underrated and, if healthy next year, should be a solid #3/#4 guy. If Armas can get healthy, and Zach Day can continue to dance between raindrops, this is a pretty solid rotation. I think Jon Rauch can also be a solid guy from the #5 spot, having watched him in the White Sox system for years.

Still, the Nats would do well to target Matt Clement. He's another underrated pitcher and having him in the rotation immediately removes at least one question mark.

As for Odalis Perez... yesterday I would have said I liked him. But it looks like he is more lucky than good in his good seasons. In 2002, he had a absurdly low .247 BABIP along with his 3.00 ERA. When his BABIP went back up to a more league-average .294 in 2003, his ERA ballooned to 4.52, even though he pitched half of his games in Dodger Stadium. I'm wary about Odalis, and can't see wasting more than $3-$4 million on him. As a matter of fact, he's only marginally better than Paul Wilson.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Washington Baseball said...

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At 7:40 PM, Blogger John said...

Welcome to the neighborhood! The Nats blog space has definitely been exploding... at this rate, no one will be able to read them all by the time opening day gets here ;-)


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