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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Weird Sherrington column 

Kevin Sherrington's Tuesday column is mainly fawning over Mark Teixeira, and advocating for him to stay at first base for the foreseeable future.

I don't have that big of a problem with that, although I think he'd be more valuable in right field, and I doubt that Magglio Ordonez is a better DH option than Carlos Delgado, as Sherrington suggests.

But then, towards the end of the column, Sherrington gets a bit distracted and suggested that the Rangers should have more aggressively pursued starting pitching...in particular, Derek Lowe...

Yeah, Sherrington concedes, he "wasn't great" last season -- but hey, he was 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in the 2004 postseason, and Sherrington thinks that having "someone with a track record" if the Rangers ever get to the postseason is a necessity...

Sherrington asks: "Isn't Lowe, 31, worth the $36 million over four years he got from the Dodgers?"

The answer, of course, is no...he's not worth $9 million per year for four years. He's not worth $4.5 million per year for two years. And Sherrington concedes that "it might have taken as much as $12 million a year" to get him to Texas.

I don't understand why some folks are still so entranced by Derek Lowe. As has been pointed out all over the web, best case scenario, Lowe is a league average innings eater. And $9 million per year is way too much for that...


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