Re: Pitching is the name of the game
Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
I get the sense he wants to be a closer more, and I'm not sure the Angels are really that concerned with throwing money at a position they have covered. The Angels like Walden a lot. That's why they gave him the job and he rewarded them with being an All-Star. He wore down late in the year, but that was a matter of not pitching a full season like that.
I don't think the Angels are really that worried about it, and all reports suggest they won't offer much money or a guarantee of closing.
I could see them signing him with the justification that if they don't, they're going to end up paying Jordan Walden big money in a few years in arbitration anyways. It's not like you have to worry about the politics of demoting a 24 year old with 1 year of experience from closer to set-up guy.
My bigger fear is that somebody with money to burn simply gives him a 1 year deal at $10M -- the RedSox perhaps. Maybe the Marlins or Nationals.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.