View Full Version : Tim Brown: Beane's blueprint calls for pinching pennies

01-28-2008, 10:14 AM
In a column about Billy Beane (Beane's blueprint calls for pinching pennies (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=An7cWkZtLgsQiU4uvbBVbdIRvLYF?slug=ti-freeagentpitchers012308&prov=yhoo&type=lgns)), Rick Hahn gets quoted:

Rick Hahn, assistant general manager for the Chicago White Sox (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/chw/;_ylt=AsTaUgE07.XO8JSavlpsblA8R9MF), said there are factors dampening the values of free-agent starters.

“Obviously, revenues are up and player compensations are up, so I believe the expectations for all players are up,” he said. “There are higher expectations because of the revenues in the game. But, while players at the elite level are fine, there doesn't seem to be similar growth on the back end. So, there might not be a meeting of the minds as far as expectations go.”
Then toward the end of the column there is is comment:

Then, the still-bubbling availabilities of Santana and Bedard might have conspired to keep a few starter-starved teams – the Yankees, Mets, Chicago Cubs (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/chc/;_ylt=AjWCUoDIxnJpx3fIzboVH2E8R9MF), Cincinnati Reds (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/cin/;_ylt=Aum8hQP4aMV4NDtNRkyp6VA8R9MF) – from turning to the free-agent arms. Teams appear willing to spend on a premier pitcher, but perhaps aren't as enthused to use some the same resources, either cash or players, until it becomes absolutely necessary.The Cubbies being "starter-starved" must come as a shock to Carol Sleezak, who says that the Cubbies have, "...a deep starting rotation and a bullpen that boasts three potential closers, the Cubs don't have significant pitching problems."

01-28-2008, 11:05 AM
Jan. 28 - never too early for Cubsession.