Nice work, M2. I admit that I was one of those who encouraged the Graves-to-the-rotation attempt (although I didn't encourage a guaranteed multiyear deal). I hope the Reds will realize that they're stuck with the contract, and they might as well put him where he's useful, middle relief, rather than the rotation.
I agree with you on just about everything. I'm not sure that the Reds are as high on Corky as you think they are. But I could be wrong. My guess is that the catcher of the future, if not LaRue, is not yet in the organization.
I also don't know what to think of Griffey. I'm not so sure that he's leaving. I don't advocate a Mike Hampton type deal. At least when Griffey plays, he hits well above average (900+ OPS). So unless we can get rid of his contract, or trade him for close to fair value, I say keep him.
I would slot Paul Wilson at the top of our starters for his brains and guts alone. He just got his 17th quality start of the year (out of 27) this year. I know that's not the sexiest stat in the world, but consider that only 27 other pitchers in the majors have done that (one per team). Not bad for a guy, who's making an average of $2 million per year. I realize that he'll be overpaid next year. But if he puts up a similar performance, then I think he'll have earned his money over the two year period.
Where would you put the new addition, Hummell, on this chart?
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids