Amaro inked his back-end of the rotation starting pitcher today, the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona (aka- Roberto Hernandez). He is 33 years old, right-handed, owns a losing record of 59-82 with a 4.67 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with the Indians and Rays. He's coming off a season in which his ERA was 4.89 over 151 innings, yet Amaro graciously forked over a 1 YR/$4.5M contract. Other than 2007 and 2010, he's been terrible (Check out these ERAs- 5.42, 5.44, 6.32, 5.25, 7.53, 4.89). That inspires confidence, doesn't it? Hell no!
This move does not make the team better. Does this mean Pettibone, a young inexpensive arm with upside, is bumped from the rotation? I hate what Amaro has done to this team. Hate!
It's an Epidemic!Seems like even the bad players are making big money nowadays though. Clint Barmes, who's OPS hasn't cracked .600 the past 2 seasons, just re-upped with Pittsburgh for 1 YR/$2M. Michael Morse, a man who can't field and is coming off a .215/.651 campaign got 1 YR/$6M from the Giants. Juan Oviedo, who didn't even pitch last season got 1 YR/$1.5M from Tampa Bay. Rafael Furcal, who also didn't play last year, got 1 YR/$3M from the Marlins. Corey Hart, yet another that did not participate in 2013, got 1 YR/$6M from the Mariners. Oh, the madness doesn't stop there, as Felipe Paulino who didn't pitch in 2013 either, got 1 YR/$1.75M from White Sox. Phil Hughes, who's ERA has been 5.19 or higher in 2 out of the past 3 seasons, got 3 YR/$24M from Minnesota. Brendan Ryan, and his consistently plummeting OPS, got 2 YR/$5M from the Yankees. Edinson Volquez, coming off a year where he pitched in 2 of the most pitcher friendly parks in baseball to the tune of a 5.71 ERA, landed a 1 YR/$5M deal with the cash strapped Pirates. And last, but not least, Derek Jeter got 1 YR/$12M from the Yankees, even though he'll be 40 next year and only played in 17 games last season.
*Late addition- Joba Chamberlain got 1 YR/$2.5M from the Tigers despite ERA/WHiPs of 4.35/1.55 and 4.93/1.74 the past two seasons.