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Some Morning Reading

Just a little morning reading for you... I'll have the lineups shortly.

Here's the gamer from yesterday's 8-2 loss at Citi Field.

The NY Times describes a vindicating day for Mets' starter Mike Pelfrey, pitching on 11 days rest.

The NY Post calls the Nationals "comically inept."

Shawn Hill might be headed for the disabled list.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 26, 2009; 9:32 AM ET
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Exactly. Strasburg-Porcello-Crow-Zimmermann would have been a real Plan to support. Funny how Stan used to like to make Tigers comparisons back in '07, but the team then proved unable or incapable to draft and sign like them.

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The task is to develop quality young pitchers. That's why you need to:

(a) Draft the best pitcher available when you have the chance to draft a guy with huge upside.

(b) That means you don't go just for those who are willing to sign for slot (Detwiler).

(c) And once you draft the best one, then sign the guy. Don't worry too much about an extra few hundred thousand dollars.

Posted by: EdDC | April 26, 2009 8:43 AM

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | April 26, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, coverageislacking. Usually when you even hint about Crow, you get this fierce response that the kid is a jerk, and the fans are glad the Nats did not cave into the greed. The same fans will want to spend even more money to sign old Pedro (who knows if he is "only" 37?). Go figure.

The draft is probably the most cost-effective way to build the club. You mentioned Rick Porcello. Good one! Porcello is a guy who wanted too much money, in a year the Nats were determined to get a slot guy.

The Nats have really blown two drafts in a row by not drafting or signing the best pitchers available. Not a good way to build the club. At the same time they were blowing these draft opportunities, they were racking up league-leading net profit margins. This is troubling for those of us who look to the future, beyond the current futility of the club.

Anyway, Porcello is just a kid of 20, with loads of potential, pitching in the bigs already. Who knows how he will turn out? But you would like to have him on the staff. You can't always guess right on these kids, but talent (and not money) should be the biggest factor when you are in the club-building mode. If the Nats extend themselves financially and guess wrong on a kid, then you give them credit for trying.

Here is what the Tigers signed Porcello for in 2007:

"The Tigers signed Porcello to a $7.29 million, four-year deal with two one-year options. The total contract is worth $11.1 million, making Porcello the highest-paid high schooler ever.[5] He also received a $3.5 million signing bonus, the second largest bonus ever given out by the Tigers, surpassed only by the $3.55 million given to 2006 first round pick Andrew Miller"

Posted by: EdDC | April 26, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh my goodness, we got ourselves a natural disaster!

Posted by: BobLHead | April 26, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Shawn Hill hurt? Really. Maybe this will make all his one-handed typers STFU

Posted by: Wooden_U_Lykteneau | April 26, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

shocking that hill is going on the DL. shocking.

Posted by: sec231 | April 26, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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