Re: Give the gold to Silva
I understand the risk involved. But I think it's a good risk because if Silva pitches reasonably close to the way he pitched this year, the Reds are right there to win the division, provided the rest of the pitching holds.
I think there is a lot of bias against signing free agent pitchers in the wake of the Milton debacle. Lost in that are some of the particulars of why Milton was a really poor risk, though those particulars were bandied about ad infinitum here -- his flyball tendencies, his chronic health issues. Silva is a groundball pitcher and he's been very durable.
I like the FA market. All you lose is owner's money -- and the Reds are looking at having a lot of money to spend over the next few years, while the young offensive core is in place. The scrap heap -- you're lucky to find anything. The trade market -- say goodbye to some of your best talent.
To me, Silva is the kind of risk a team that wants to win takes.
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