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It’s not a big signing, so I’ll save the 1,000 word essay for something else. Sele hasn’t been effective in a long time– the last time he posted a good strikeout rate was 2000. That’s a long way from today. He just doesn’t have the stuff any more. I think the injuries have clearly taken him down. Disturbingly for the “innings eater” label, he had problems with “shoulder fatigue” and “dead arm” last year, which is never good.
I don’t see a lot of upside here, and if they’re bringing in guys to challenge Franklin for the 5th starter job, I’d rather see them take bizarre gambles on… Steve Sparks, say, a knuckleballer who might do well in Safeco (who knows?). Someone who might turn out to be a significant upgrade on Franklin if it works out.
Dave adds: I really like the Reichert signing, and think this is a great example of that. Reichert is every bit as good as Franklin and could be an effective swing man for nothing. It’s a pretty good group of NRI’s, much better than what Gillick usually brought in.