Woulda, coulda, shoulda?

Posted on May 16th, 2007 – 11:53 AM
By Joe Christensen

With Sidney Ponson gone and Ramon Ortiz erasing all the good feelings he built up over his first five starts, here’s a timely piece from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that looks back at last winter’s free agent pitching class.

The Twins really liked Gil Meche but were blown away by the five-year, $55 million deal he got from Kansas City. If he and Johan Santana were forming a 1-2 punch, the Twins would be looking pretty good right now, but I still don’t think that would be worth $55 million. I also think the Brewers have been helped immensely by the Jeff Suppan signing. He, too, was expensive, but that team was close enough to contention to justify the price. Adam Eaton … three years, $24 million. That one still makes me laugh.

I still think Ortiz ($3.1 million) and Ponson ($1 million) were decent investments. For these reasons:

Kevin Slowey 4 2 1.46 7 7 2 0 0 49.1 31 9 8 2 1 3 44 0.69 0 0
Scott Baker 3 2 3.16 7 6 0 0 1 42.2 34 16 15 3 1 4 41 0.89 0 1
Matt Garza 2 2 3.75 7 7 0 0 0 36.0 40 19 15 2 3 15 41 1.53 0 0

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