Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
And if that $13 million could've been spread over 4 years to give the Royals the boost they need to get Anibal Sanchez? Hell, with time value you're really talking about $16 million. That's another $4 million/season they could've stuck onto an offer for Sanchez, who could be a true #2 starter for the Royals and for a fair period of time.
I've been beating the Anibal Sanchez drum since the start of the last offseason. You won't find me arguing against being the No. 1 bidder on Sanchez.
But I also have stopped believing they were really going to do that. Recent tenor from the club (in the past 10 days or so) seems to have closed that door. It also seemed to have closed this door, though, so who knows?
If they're going to take a 1-year dip on a guy, Santana and Haren were favored targets. Other one-year targets like Josh Johnson (pricy in prospects), Matt Garza (injury concern, pricier in prospects, but still someone I'd look at trading for) are there, too.
In this case, they gave up a nothing prospect (a guy who is like the No. 6 LOOGY in the system) and got cash back on Santana.
It's pretty low-risk for one year. Lower risk than giving 3/$30 million to Guthrie.