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The O-Zone: Current events
Posted by Joe Oberkrieser at 3/8/2007 2:16:00 PM
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A few thoughts on some current events …

* I like the Javier Vazquez extension. Three years, $34.5 million might seem like a bit much for a pitcher who went 11-12 with a 4.84 ERA last year, but there’s a lot to like regarding Vazquez -- namely his ability to dominate hitters (8.17 K/9) and his command (184/56 K/BB). With skills like that, Vazquez should improve on his lackluster ERA in the years to come.

In addition, with all the money being tossed at hurlers this winter, the Vazquez deal certainly isn’t out of line. Vazquez’s yearly salary is more or less the same as Gil Meche’s. Whom would you rather have?

* Mike Hampton’s oblique injury guarantees Kyle Davies will open the season in Atlanta’s rotation. Davies is too wild to be a smash hit in 2007; he walked 33 in 63 1/3 innings last year. Nevertheless, there is some strikeout potential here, and Davies’ age (23) should make him attractive to those of you in keeper leagues.

* I shed no tears for the Angels over this whole Gary Matthews situation. Serves them right for signing him to such a ridiculous contract.

* First it was his back. Then it was the virus. Now it’s knee inflammation.

Todd Helton is breaking down. Actually, let me rephrase that: Todd Helton has broken down.

I still see Helton listed among the elite first basemen on many Web sites and in many magazines. Why?

Stay away from Helton unless you get him at a deep discount -- which you probably won’t.


I think there comes a point where we have to realize that Vazquez isnt getting better but actually getting worse. Despite what all the ks to walks to innings to whatever, the truth is that he just is just an inconsistent mediocre pitcher. Now I know that one sees 8 innings and no runs and 10 ks (typical great game for him)and says to themselves, hey, maybe if he can just get some more consistency, these types of starts would be more common. But the truth is, the bad outings, and there are plenty of them (4.8 ERA last year, 3 straight over 4), are indicative of how inconsistent he can be. He just gives up too many hits, regardless of how many hitters he strikeout. He has completely regressed from his days in Montreal and at 30, I dont see him getting back to what he was.
Posted by nayfel at 3/8/2007 4:27:00 PM
Vazquez's secondary numbers don't match his recent ERAs. Fantasy sleeper this year.
Posted by schoenke at 3/9/2007 7:56:00 AM
I actually think there's a stampede to avoid Helton, to the point that I see some people who first pan him, and then take him because the price has collapsed. Maybe we're in different circles. I know I don't want him until the cost is tiny.
Posted by spianow at 3/9/2007 9:09:00 AM

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