Originally Posted by DoogMinAmo
The bright side is it was only a marginal raise form last year, where he pitched above expectations. I say good enough.
Again, this is why GMs have to understand their park effects. Due to some creative groundskeeping the Reds transformed the GAB into a pitchers park last season. Wilson's 4.36 ERA wasn't any better in relative terms than his 4.64, 4.83 and 4.88 marks in previous years. In fact it was exactly the same. So he didn't pitch above expectations. He pitched directly to his career norms and if the Reds think otherwise then they've failed to take into account the effects of their own actions.
Wilson did have a winning record for the first time in his career
, but that had almost everything to do with getting 5+ runs a game from the offense in his starts. Would you pay that much for an 8-11 pitcher with a 4.50 ERA? Because that's what Wilson is on average.
Originally Posted by Boss-Hog
It's 100% on O'Brien for spending the money that is available to him on signings like Paul Wilson.
Exactly. And it's not like the ownership won't lump the blame for these decisions on his shoulders if it leads to a losing product the next two years.
Crash, great stuff.