Originally Posted by bucksfan2
Could it be that the A's got lucky? I mean Houston Street was drafted as a reliever just as Ryan Wagner was. I mean its great when it works but when it doesn't work you are up a creek without a paddle.
The A's have had their fair share of bombs in early draft rounds. However, when you get multiple picks from letting players go via free agency, you get some cushion against mistakes.
traderumor: "And we're back to the vicious circle of "one team does it this way, it works, therefore any team that does differently is dumb."
I do think Cordero is a mistake. I am still rooting for the guy to work out: I am a Reds fan more than I need to be 'right'. I am not saying the Reds are "dumb". I just think there are serious inefficiencies in the closer market, and the Reds are on the wrong end of the economics.
Finally, it is worth looking at how the teams fared that picked up the A's cast-offs. Only Isringhausen amounted to anything after the A's let him go, and the Cards have paid a premium for his service(and won a World Series...). Everyone else melted down and was out of MLB altogether within a few years, although it is too soon to say for sure with Dotel.
The couple years the A's paid a high salary were either due to arbitration, or short term contracts. In any event, they have managed to fill the closer role efficiently for that time period.
My fear with Cordero is the 4 year contract. The guy is 32, and at his peak. I am afraid he has only one direction to go....I hope I am wrong. He may well prove valuable for 2008 and even 2009 at the rate we are paying. My problem comes with 2010 and 2011.
Even if he pitches very well, I think the Reds drastically overpaid. See JinAZ's article LINKED HERE