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Thursday Open Thread

Where I ran out of time to write something

Division Series - Minnesota Twins v Houston Astros - Game One Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

My habit of waiting until the last minute to write something has bitten me. As I write this, I have a few hours until I have to work an overnight shift, and I feel like sleep would be a good idea, so I don’t really have enough time to write anything. I toyed with the idea of writing something when I got back, but what would probably happen would be the delirious ramblings of a zombie who doesn’t even stay awake long enough to post whatever incoherent things end up on the page.

In the meantime, an NL Central team not named the Cardinals finally made a move, and it’s what we all feared: Emilio Pagan signed with the Reds. In this short offseason, with the controversial moves the Cards have made, the Reds are clearly the winner so far of the worst signing of free agency in the NL Central.

They signed him to a 1 year, $8 million deal with an $8 million player option, so it’s a 2 year, $16 million deal because who the hell else would want to pay $8 million for a ho-hum middle reliever? He saw his strikeout percentage fall to a career low, and had a 4.57 xFIP. He is now going to a bandbox, so that nifty 5.3 HR/FB% that helped him get a 2.99 ERA certainly won’t be repeated. His previous career low was 9.5% in his rookie year and for his career, it’s 12.8%.

This is a phenomonally stupid signing for a team with very few resources (self-imposed, but still). Was there really another team who was giving him $8 million AAV that required that player option? How does a player like Emilio Pagan get a player option? I cannot say enough bad things about this move, so I better stop before I write 2,000 words about it.

Not to bring up a point that is responsible for some of the more lengthy disagreements, but I am curious where the VEB readers stand on a particular issue. With the recent news that Sonny Gray’s first year salary is just $10 million, and thus a bit more budget to work with than anticipated after the initial news, do you believe the Cardinals will acquire another starting pitcher?

Poll

Will the Cardinals acquire another SP before Opening Day?

This poll is closed

  • 71%
    Yes
    (565 votes)
  • 28%
    No
    (221 votes)
786 votes total Vote Now

Not do they plan to but things got in the way, is it possible they will, but just a straight up “yes they will acquire another guy” or “no they won’t.” This question has nothing to do with quality, just a pitcher you could plausibly call a starting pitching option. I have a specific name in mind but I don’t want to influence the vote, but they could sign someone who they plan to start games but not until injuries hit the rotation. They count as a yes. Also, yes, Shane Bieber and Tyler Glasnow count, this does not have to be free agency.

I’m very curious on the results. Anyway have a good Thursday, if I don’t sleep for 12 hours, maybe I’ll write something for Friday.