Originally Posted by George Foster
Just spending 3 million on a #4 starter in a "contract" year may not have been that bad of a move. He is modivated to have a great year or no contract for 2008. We have other bullpen talant other than Coffey, who I think should not have been traded in this potential deal.
With our limited income, there are not going to be that many "sure things" available, unless you spend 30 million over 3 years. It would not have been that much of a risk for 1 year.
Wright's main problem is staying healthy. Even if he is motivated, he will likely get injured for a sizeable part of the year.
This year alone, I would take Coffey because of Wright's injury issues plus there's a good chance he just isn't particulary effective. He was decent last season, but only pitched 140 innings. In 2005 he was nothing short of putrid. And his chances of ever pitching like he did for the Braves are non-existent.
Plus in giving up a player like Coffey, you lose a reliever that's going to be very cheap the next few seasons, and he's one of our very few effective relievers. It's not like we are dealing from a position of strength. On the major league roster, the only other long term relievers on the roster that are potentially above average are Bray and Majewski. Coffey's probably the best of a dirty lot, and I sure as heck don't want to give a guy like him away for a huge 1 year question mark in a year that I don't plan on contending in.