Wednesday, January 19, 2005

It's Imminent

Blogger ate my post last night. It's the first I've lost. I guess I was overdue. Anyway, here's the Cliff's Notes version.

Loaiza's signing a 1-year $3 million contract. The bright side is that it's one year. The down side is that he doesn't really add much to the team--they've already got mediocre starters--some who might actually have a bright future.

Despite being a two-time All-Star, he actually kinda stinks. He has a career ERA of 4.70. The League ERA during his career has been 4.62. In only three of his ten seasons has he been above league average in ERA.

Hopefully, he'll be used as a swing man, filling in for starters depending on injury. He was much more effective last year out of the bullpen, in part because of a tired arm. I'm sure that's not how they're going to use him though.

As a one-year deal it could be worse. It's just silly to expect anything more than a 4.50 ERA from him. He had one magical season, but that was so out-of-line with the rest of his career, it's as big a fluke as Brady Anderson's 1996.

That's the Cliff's Notes Version??!?