Thursday, July 05, 2012
Amaro is Stupid with Money
Ryan Madson, Joe Nathan, and some others of lesser pedigree were available, but Ruben Amaro decided to blow most of his allotted money on Papelbon. Not smart. Thought Stanford grads were supposed to be intelligent.
Personally, I advocated for Nathan, thinking he'd be cheaper and nearly as good. Turns out, he was cheaper and has been markedly better.
Papelbon '12: 32 G, 31.1 IP, 38 K, 2-3 W-L, 18 SV, 2 BS, 3.45/1.15.
Nathan '12: 34 G, 33.2 IP, 42 K, 0-2 W-L, 18 SV, 1 BS, 1.87/0.89.
Contracts: Papelbon- 4 yr/$50M, Nathan- 2 yr/$14.5M.
This isn't a one time mistake with Amaro either. The Howard and Blanton extensions are bad, the Baez contract was almost unforgivable, signing 2 pitchers to $20M+ per year contracts was questionable, Polanco's contract hasn't worked out that well, Ibanez's contract was 1 year too long and a few million per season too much. Amaro is reckless with the Phillies money. Am I missing anything?