The Post on Ortiz and LoaizaToday's Post discusses Russ Ortiz, pointing out that we're probably not going to be able to afford him. Not being an Ortiz fan at all, that makes me happy. What scares me is this:
|[Ortiz' agent, John Boggs] has also talked to Bowden about another of his clients, righty Esteban Loaiza.|
Despite his horrible performance last year (5.70 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 5.75 K/9), I would expect Bowden to be willing to give him a shot by giving too much credit to his fluke 2003 performance (2.9 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 8.23 K/9). Note that his 5.70 ERA is not inconsistent with past performances. Even with his one good season over a 10 year career in the majors, lifetime he's got a 4.70 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and 5.86 K/9. Lifetime, batters have hit .287 off him, with a .338 OBP.