What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
This guy has been consistent his whole career, until last year. Always stays healthy and could be had for cheap. Plus, 3 years ago we added Vladdy and Oliver and went to the WS. 2 years ago we added Nap and went to the WS, last year we added no former Angels and got ousted in the WC game. Adding former Angels equal WS!
If we don't sign Greinke or trade for Price, absolutely!
I've always liked Danny Haren, however, contrary to your mini-synopsis, he was injured just about all of last year. I mean, it's kind of crazy to think he's posted 4.0+ fWAR seasons in every year sans 2012, where, like I said, he was injured.
I have to think there's going to be some kind of market for him, because he's still a pretty decent age (32), and will be a high-upside reclamation project. Because of his significant velocity drop and back troubles, and career 43.2% GB rate, I don't think he'd be a very good pickup for our park.
I of course would rather sign ZG, or trade for guys like Price, Shields or Lee. I was just saying Haren is a guy I'd like as a fall back rather than a guy like Lohse, Edwin, McCarthy etc.
His GB/FB last year was worse than Holland's (an awful 1.00), plus his HR/FB was 12.8% which was 1.6% worse than Colby Lewis' in '11 when Lewis was getting lit up for 35 HR's. Haren's a flyball pitcher and therefore not surprisingly he gets killed in our park (in 7 career BPIA appearances a godawful 1.59 WHIP and 5.05 ERA). Not a good idea methinks.
We have too many "H" guys already.
Valid point Andy.
If he was that good LAA would have picked up his option even if it was a bit of an overpay. Unless there is some glaring mechanical issue that our staff sees and feels is correctable, I'd stay away.
Haren's velocity decline scares me; it's below 89 now. You don't think there was a good reason the Angels didn't keep him? And the Cubs backed out of a deal for him at the last minute? And no other team stepped forward?
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