Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Bad Contracts Haunt The Angels
Stoneman said he had no choice.Waitaminnit. Why did this matter? (Ignore for the moment the fact that Carrasco seems to have trouble counting; the Angels lost two pitchers to free agency this offseason. Update: duh, that still leaves only one hole. Thanks, Vishal.) The only possible reason could have been money; Arte's generous, but his pockets aren't infinitely deep. As even the Yankees are discovering, there are limits to what you can apply toward salaries. Maybe it's wrong of me to do this, but the assumption has to be that there isn't room in this town for both Byrd and Carrasco. How bad do the signings of Cabrera, Finley, and Yan look now?
"We wanted to sign Hector, and we also wanted to sign Paul Byrd," Stoneman said. "Carrasco wanted an opportunity to be a starter, but if we signed Byrd, Carrasco wouldn't have been here. The problem was, other clubs were after Carrasco, and I didn't want to be left at the end of the day having waited for Paul Byrd and lost out on Carrasco and Paul Byrd. The timing of things doesn't always work."
Update 2: Nah, the more logical explanation is that I'm an idiot. Stoneman's explanation at least has the plus that it's internally consistent.
colon, lackey, escobar, santana, _______(carrasco)
Of course, either Bobby Jenks or Derrick Turnbow (or both of them together) would cost a lot less than a million bucks, but that's another can of worms.