Originally Posted by reds44
Cingrani isn't as good as Peavy and Cozart isn't as good as Ramirez.
How much Peavy > Cingrani and Ramirez > Cozart is debatable, but neither are as good.
I'm not sure how much sense Peavy makes, but having the potential to run Cueto, Latos, Peavy, and Bailey at somebody in the playoffs is a fun thought.
Both Peavy and Ramirez would be improvements (more Ramirez), but marginally when you consider the payroll and club control considerations. Enough that I don't like that deal.
Ramirez is OPSing .651 with more a .280 batting average and a .306 OBP. Cozart is OPSing .649 but only batting .243 with a .270 OBP. Still, his slugging has produced 11 more runs and 12 more RBI than Ramirez has this season. Again, I do believe Ramirez is the better hitter, but I'm not sure that sort of production is enough of an improvement to be worth the $10 M he's owed the next two years.
Peavy is, at this point, around a 4.0 pitcher both in terms of his ERA and FIP numbers. Yes, I like Cingrani's ability to match or exceed that production. And I like that he can do it for less than Peavy's $15 M.
Just my two cents. Who knows what Walt and co are thinking.