Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
What they should probably do is just suck it up and surrender a marginal prospect for a guy like Wandy Rodriguez.
Good pitchers are rarely available and they're never cheap. Here the Royals could probably get Rodriguez for nothing more than salary relief. Wandy's not a great pitcher, but he's a legit starter; a #3 on most squads. And yeah, they should've gone after Edwin Jackson (still don't get that).
Had they been willing to field a competitive payroll, they could easily have 3 additional legitimate starting pitchers (w/ Oswalt as well). They have so many cost-controlled position players that its inexcusable for them to not pursue some SP on the free agent market.
But if that's the argument that Petro was trying to make, he came unhinged well before he was able to make it.
Heard Passan talking about Edwin Jackson the other day. Apparently, he had zero interest in any AL team. Wanted to pitch one year in the NL and take his value up a notch. So that at least explains that, a little (takes two to tango).
Same thing with Oswalt, apparently.
I'd be all for nabbing a Wandy Rodriguez, but the best thing they could do is get aggressive and spend on some starters in the FA market this offseason. As I detailed below, it's a lot deeper than any in recent memory.