Closers cheap, starters pricey

Anyone read anything on this? Gonzo and Soriano are bargains and starters like Lackey — a good pitcher but more in the Lowe of a couple years ago mold than an unquestioned No. 1 — are fetching major dollars.

I don’t have much of a theory, other than that reliable starters are scarcer than good-not-great relievers. And relievers tend to be more erratic than high-quality starters. Maybe this bodes well for the home team’s effort to trade Lowe.


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3 Comments on Closers cheap, starters pricey

  1. PepeFreeUs // December 18, 2009 at 4:27 pm //

    It’s decidedly a seller’s market for starers right now.

  2. PepeFreeUs // December 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm //

    Actually, “starers” aren’t all that popular.

    Starters on the other hand…

  3. Viva Rufino Linares! // December 18, 2009 at 8:28 pm //

    Ever since Bill James and the rest of the sabrmatricians said that it didn’t make any sense to them to spend big on a closer, that’s what most of the teams have done. However, anyone who can consistently get the ball over the plate now a days for at least 5 2/3 will get a big chunk of cash. I don’t think there a lot of teams that focus on developing starting pitching, knowing that there will be a stud available from one of the middle to lower income level teams after 6 years. Take the current World Series Champions for example.

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