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So says Dave Cameron of Fangraphs.
McCarthy chimes in on Twitter (posted at end of article), saying Feldman was instrumental in his change and that he thinks he'll be one of the better bargains available.
He will definitely be one of the better bargains on the market, there's no question about that. But will his pitching be better than his monetary value? Doubtful. He is going to get the same 1-2 year deal that all the other "pull a name out of a hat" relievers are getting. He may live up to that money but I wouldn't expect him to suddenly go back to 17-game winner Feldman. He's a long man out of the bullpen and a spot starter. He might be a 5th starter on a bad team. All in all, my expectations for Feldman (whoever he signs with) are low.
Feldman is good for what he is, a consistent #4 to #5 starter at best.
The only problem is that there are many teams with young pitching prospects who could perform just as well as Feldman, if not better, for much cheaper.
I still think Feldman is a bargain for some teams, just as long as he's being paid for what he really is.
Feldman makes a lot of sense for a team like Houston that needs a stop-gap while some prospects have time to develop. There will be a nice market for him which I think will drive up his price a bit and like the other guys said, make it hard to live up to the contract.
Cameron is a great writer but comping Feldman to McCarthy seems lazy at best. McCarthy was willing to rework his delivery, use cutting edge technology to monitor progress and make improvements, and was once touted as a top pitching prospect. Feldman broke on the scene because he hit the 17 win mark with a 4.0+ ERA. Not even close to being the same guy IMO
I'm not sure if yall are overvaluing McCarthy (c'mon guys, I could be a good pitcher in Oakland) or undervaluing Feldman.
They are both tall, lanky, (at least currently) sinkerballers that have had injury issues (though feldmans issues have been leg related and mccarthys have been shoulder related). And, as a result, really werent able to settle into a role with the rangers. I can understand the comparison. Feldman has a pretty decent arsenal but he loves his curveball (like mccarthy did) and hasnt been focusing enough on sinker/cutter command. Both are decent middle of the rotation guys (TORP in oakland...but pretty much everyone is in oakland...). Maybe not necessarily for the top end teams that expect to make the playoffs, but definitely for middle of the pack teams who are desperate for any kind of pitching.
I suspect if you put feldman in a pitchers park like oakland, he could put up similar numbers and be considered "the poor mans mccarthy"...whatever that even means.
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