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 their new clubs:
I would've rather spent an extra $7-8 million on Ted Lilly or Gil Meche than sign Armas. Hindsight is 20-20, but with either of those two in the Pirates' rotation (all else equal) we'...
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