'' Bill Simmons: In this case, I actually think they SHOULD overpay because Johan is the best pitcher in baseball. ''
I had no choice but to do a little research on that, when i thought to myself, 'wait, the dude didn't even finish anywhere in the Cy Young voting!'.
So I did some reading.
In terms of e.r.a, Santana finished '07 with a commendable but hardly stunning thirteenth lowest e.r.a in MLB. Amongst those ahead of him, Boston's own Josh Beckett.
The number thirteen figures in another aspect of his end of season totals. Not in a good way though.
Santana lost thirteen games!! Thirteen!! That number is not a mistake. Thirteen. Dreizehn. Trí deag! Any language you write it in, it's ugly. Sure, wins and losses are not the most precise guide to a pitchers ability, but they are certainly a guide of sorts. Thirteen losses is a fair whack.
I found that comment a little odd, and odder still once I read into it a little. The stats don't lie, in 2007 at least there were several pitchers who preformed at a higher level than Santana. My gut feeling on this is, let the Yankees give up the farm for the guy, the Sox lineup can handle him, and we're better long term with Jacoby, Lester and Bulletholes than without.
Let the kids play.