Bulding A Better Bullpen On The Cheap
I was thinking this weekend about the Orioles' signing of Mike Gonzalez to a two year $12 M contract (plus incentives!) to be their closer, and the waste of putting real money into the bullpen in that fashion - especially for a team with other holes to fill and no realistic chance at contention. It seems like it's been a maxim in the stat community that throwing lots of cash at pitchers who only pitch 60-70 innings a year (often not even in high leverage situations) isn't a good idea. I compared how effective teams' bullpens have been this year with their costs, to see if there was much correlation. The results are over at Beyond the Box Score.