Today’s news, tightly edited
$42m Red Sox bid wins Matsuzaka posting (link)
Verlander wins AL RoY, Johjima places fourth
NL RoY announced
Teams flatter Meche
Karim Garcia courted by M’s, others
Webb wins NL Cy Young
M’s sign scrubs
(end tight editing)
That Rosenthal piece is ridiculous.
Meche, 55-44 lifetime with a 4.65 ERA, is similar to what A.J. Burnett was last off-season, a 28-year-old with upside.
Baseball-age-wise, that’s not true: Burnett’s 28 was 2005, his FA year, but Meche’s 2006 was only 27. But whatever. He’s also similar to Burnett in that he is human and a pitcher. Other than that, though, no.
AJ Burnett’s 2005: 12-12, 209 IP, 12 HR, 79 BB, 198 K
Meche’s 2006: 11-8, 186 IP, 24 HR, 84 BB, 156 K
So really, even in top-line rate stats, Meche is substantially worse than Burnett. I don’t know where this “Meche is good” or “has upside” (upside, btw– argh) comes from.
Also: Karim Garcia. Is Garcia this year’s Carl Everett?