And the angel line up is right hand hitting heavy! He makes sense in that way also, even for just a short 1/2 season.
Did the 1970's Dodgers do that, go out and trade for Jack Billingham to block the ten flamethrowers they had banging the door down?
But in a perverse sort of way I like the Millwood strategy. Sign him cheap. Be straight up with him: He may get 8 starts, he may get 28...and it won't be based on his performance probably.
Vargas must start and I think you have to see what Furbish has. Beavan, then? What to do with him? Tough one for me, because I'm higher on him that most around here.
Best case scenario? Millwood is actually decent! Swap him out, sell high.
Low risk, high reward: Hold down the fort for the young guns. Win/Win.
Looks like a fair fit for Safeco.
FB doesn't fool anybody. Forkball is his best pitch. Fairly durable.
I would imagine that there's no Millwood deal in the works if Iwakuma is signed.
I'd rather get Iwakuma than Millwood.
Millwood has no upside at all..Iwakuma is just as cheap to get, most likely, but has plenty of upside still.
...I didn't know that B-Ref had Japanese league data...some of it, anyway. They have five years for Iwakuma...his last five. In which time he's posted a JPPL 7.1 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 with miniscule HRs.
That would probably translate to a Chien-Ming Wang-esque profile. Meaning he'd have a few years before the league booked him and he blew up. That's fine with me.
Millwood was pretty consistent for the Rockies after they signed him last summer. And for that staff that was pretty good. If Millwood pitched well, he could be trade bait if not in contention. Hopefully that won't come into play!
Happy New Year!
Leo Gomez at MC provided this linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgLjgoIf4CY
To my eye it shows Iwakuma showing great command of all his pitches. The pitch I am most excited about is the forkball that seems to drop in to RH hitters.
His shoulder issue last season combined with general non-star NPB trepidation could make Iwakuma a value as a #5 SP bridge. Iwakuma's great control, slight frame and Japanese heritage remind of Uehara and Hasegawa who also succeeded in the bullpen. The M's could move him there to preserve his health and make way for Hultzen/Paxton.
Perhaps Iwakuma, like Team Japan teammate Kawasaki, is also motivated to play alongside his WBC captain and HOFer :-)