Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports put this off-season's signings under a microscope yesterday, sorting the free agent contracts into categories; think good, bad and ugly, but more specific.
Tony Armas didn't make the top 10 list of worst signings, nor the top five of "good thing [the contract's for] only one year." Really, sinking $3.5 million into an iffy starting pitcher isn't that horrible of a move on its own.
Sure, a mid-market team like the Pirates should be making every attempt to earn a solid return on its investments. And of course, missing on Armas hurts more when put into context with Burnitz, Randa, et al.
But what stings the most is passing over the players who were eminently signable---guys even the Pirates could've inked---who've gone on to put up respectable stat lines with th...
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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.